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Martus Breaks School Record At Husker Invitational
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/11/2000
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Feb. 11, 2000

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jeannette Martus bettered her school-record mark by six inches to finish third in the pole vault Friday at the first day's competition of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Meet at Lincoln, Nebraska.

Martus, a junior from Livonia, Mich., got her second school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in as many weeks by clearing 12-7 1/2. Last week at the Moscow McDonald's I Indoor in Moscow, Idaho, Martus claimed a WSU record with a vault of 12-1 1/2. Her mark Friday night tied the Devaney Sports Center record.

Scott Johnson placed second in the finals of the men's mile in a career-best time of 4:15.93. Western State College's Laux Nelson edged Johnson in a first-place time of 4:14.42.

In the men's 5,000m, Oscar Franco-Parra captured eighth place in 14:42.83. Less than three seconds away from finishing fifth, Franco-Parra smashed his previous best time of 15:09.43. Fellow Cougar Mark Wicklander finished 19th in 15:14.27.

Becky Potter and Andrea Thornton finished 12th and 16th, respectively, in the 32 competitor field of the 20# weight throw. Potter's best effort of the afternoon measured 56-3 3/4, while Thornton threw 55-2. Both throwers were well short of their personal bests. Robin Lyons of Wyoming was victorious in the event with a throw of 65-11.

In the one women's running-event final, Megan Maynard placed 17th in the 5,000m in 17:41.65. Ryan Gilmore competed, but did not finish.

In other finals, B.J. Schade took 11th in the 35# weight throw with a mark of 57-6 1/2, and Agneta Rosenblad placed 11th with a long jump of 18-4 1/4. Rosenblad also turned in the fifth-best preliminary time in the semifinals of the 60m hurdles. Tied with three other runners, Rosenblad's time of 8.52 was a career best in the event.

In semifinal action, Arend Watkins posted an NCAA PQ in the 60m hurdles with the top preliminary time of 7.88.

Sophomore Anson Henry cruised into the finals of the 60m dash in 6.77, the fourth-fastest preliminary time of the day. Last week Henry was clocked at 6.73, narrowly missing the NCAA's provisional mark of 6.72.

In the women's 800m preliminaries, Alisha Booterbaugh just missed an NCAA PQ with a finals-bound time of 2:10.18.

Remaining event finals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

WSU COMPETITORS AT DAY ONE OF FRANK SEVIGNE HUSKER INVITATIONAL

Women: Finals -- 5,000m: 17. Maynard (17:41.65), DNF Gilmore. Long Jump: 11. Rosenblad (5.59m/18-4 1/4). Pole Vault: 3. Martus (3.85m#/12-7 1/2). 20-lb Weight Throw: 12. Potter (17.16m/56-3 3/4), 16. Thornton (16.81m/55-2). Semifinals -- 60m Dash: 13. A. Higgins (7.72). 60m Hurdles: 8. Rosenblad (8.52), 10. R. Smith (8.67), 27. A. Higgins (9.18). 400m: 18. R. Smith (57.41). 800m: 5. Booterbaugh (2:10.18).

Men: Finals -- Mile: 2. S. Johnson (4:15.93). 5,000m: 8. Franco-Parra (14:42.83), 19. Wicklander (15:14.27). 35-lb Weight Throw: 11. Schade (17.54m/57-6 1/2). Semifinals -- 60m Dash: 2. A. Henry (6.77). 60m Hurdles: 1. Watkins (7.88#). 400m: 15. Macias (49.94).

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