June 1, 2000
DURHAM, NC -- Three Washington State competitors had unpleasant outcomes during the second day of the four days of competition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Duke University.
Washington State's Ian Waltz did not rebound from his ninth place finish in the men's discus Wednesday, finishing 13th in the shot put final Thursday. Waltz, a senior from Post Falls, Idaho, threw a mere 18.05m / 59-feet, 2 3/4 inches and watched as neighboring University of Idaho rival, Joachim Olsen, won the shot put with a throw of 20.26m / 66-5 3/4. Olsen's best season mark coming into the competition was 19.86m / 65-2, ranked third best, while Waltz had thrown 19.13m / 62-9 1/4, ranked 11th.
Agneta Rosenblad, a junior from Sweden, finished 21st in the women's long jump with a distance of 5.70m / 18-8 1/2, far below her personal best of 20-10 1/2, at the Pac-10 Championships just two weeks ago. The long jump was won by Houston's Jenny Adams with a leap of 6.54m / 21-5 1/2. Rosenblad was the only Cougar woman competing Thursday.
Cougar junior Arend Watkins will not advance to the semifinals of the men's 110m high hurdles. Watkins, from San Jose, Calif., was last in the preliminary field of 20 with a time of 14.09 seconds, well above his season best time of 13.51, ranked fourth entering the meet. He did not to defend his title at the Pac-10 Championships last month because of a pulled hamstring that obviously did not heal completely prior to the NCAA Meet.
Cougar coach Rick Sloan quotes:
"Ian has been struggling a bit in the shot in the latter part of the season and it continued on into this competition as well. I'm sad because it's a sad way for him to end his career at Washington State and not be performing up to what he is capable of doing."
"Agneta seemed to have a little bit of a step problem, having trouble getting on the board. Probably had one of her worst performances of the year in the long jump today. Unfortunately, if she would have jumped what she's been jumping on a regular basis the last month, she would have been in there for a scoring place. It wasn't to be and we'll regroup for next year in the long jump.
"Arend's leg held up okay but with finals, the injured hamstring, and lack of training over the last month or so, he lost a little bit of conditioning. He didn't look that bad in his race, it just wasn't real fast. Hopefully next year we can keep healthier and train right through the meet.
"We're still battling and still trying to get some people to get going. Alishia is the only one who's performed at a real high level, everyone else has been in a funk back here so maybe we can get it going with the kids tomorrow and get some points on the board."