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WSU's Watkins Breaks Husker Invite 60m Hurdles Meet Record

February 6, 1999

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Washington State University sophomore Arend Watkins ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.80 seconds to win the finals of the men's 60m hurdles in the second day of the 25th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invite at Lincoln, Neb. Of the nearly 900 athletes from 45 schools, there were 70 NCAA Division I qualifying marks including a dozen automatic qualifying marks.

Watkins, an All-American hurdler from San Jose, Calif., tied the meet-record time Friday night winning the fourth and final heat of the men's 60m hurdles in 7.83. Watkin's Saturday time is the fifth-best in the nation this year and a personal-best for him.

While Watkins was the lone WSU victor in the second day of the meet, several Cougars had solid performances. Francesca Green Sewell (Kennewick) finished second in the women's 60m dash tying her career-best time of 7.50. Cicely Clinkenbeard (sophomore, Okanogan) was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.52m/41-4. Junior Alishia Booterbaugh (LaCenter, Wash.) placed fifth in the 800m race in 2:10.95. In the 200m dash, Sharika Higgins (Oxnard, Calif.) was seventh in 25.28. Agneta Roseblad (sophomore, Sweden) and Ellannee Richardson (freshman, Gladstone, Ore.) finished sixth and seventh respectively in the 60m hurdles. Both ran personal-best times in the prelims Friday night with Rosenblad at 8.54 and Richardson at 8.68.

In spite of placing 14th, the women's 1600m relay of Higgins, Heidi Abersfeller (freshman, Kennewick), Booterbaugh, and LaTroya Mucker (junior, Los Angeles) had a season-best time of 3:57.32. The women's shot put saw Becky Potter (sophomore, Gig Harbor) take 17th place at 13.52m/44-4 1/4 and freshman Mandy Borschowa (Snoqualmie, Wash.) 19th with a distance of 13.42m/44-0 1/2.

For the Cougar men, freshman Anson Henry (Pickering, Ont., Canada) finished sixth in the 60m dash in a time of 6.88. In the triple jump, Demetrius Murray (junior, Tacoma) was sixth with a personal-best distance of 15.41m/50-6 3/4. Guillermo Macias (junior, LaPuente, Calif.) also placed sixth but in the 400m dash.

In Friday night's action, WSU's Bernard Lagat (Kenya) won the men's 3000m race in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 8:02.55 while Francesca Green Sewell (Kennewick) and Jeannette Martus (Livonia, Michigan) both had NCAA PQs in the women's long jump and pole vault respectively. Sewell leaped to 6.17m/20-3 for third place in the long jump and Martus was third in the pole vault at 3.60m/11-9 3/4.

At the McDonald's Scoring Invitational at Moscow, Idaho, junior Lex Katich (Keller, Wash.) grabbed WSU's sole win with a height of 4.95m/16-2 3/4 in the men's pole vault Friday night.

Next action for the Cougar indoor track teams include the Vandal Indoor, at the Kibbie Dome, and at the US West Collegiate Invitational at Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, Feb. 12.

Watkins, Lagat, Sewell and Martus Lead Track & Field at Husker Invite

February 5, 1999

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Washington State University sophomore Arend Watkins tied the meet record and ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.83 seconds in the preliminaries of the men's 60m hurdles in the first day of the 25th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invite at Lincoln, Neb. The Husker Invite hosts the nation's premier indoor track meet this weekend with nearly 900 athletes from 45 schools, including 23 NCAA Division I institutions. Last year's meet saw 97 Division I qualifying marks and is considered a preview for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Watkins, an All-American hurdler from San Jose, Calif., clocked his meet-record time winning the fourth and final heat of the men's 60m hurdles. The finals are Saturday.

Senior Bernard Lagat (Kenya) won the men's 3000m race in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 8:02.55 while Francesca Green Sewell (Kennewick) and Jeannette Martus (Livonia, Michigan) both had NCAA PQs in the women's long jump and pole vault respectively.

Lagat, who already has an NCAA PQ time in the 800m out-kicked UTEP sophomore Carlos Suarez for the 3k win. Sewell leaped to 6.17m/20-3 for third place in the long jump with WSU teammates Ellannee Richardson (freshman, Gladstone, Ore.) 12th and Agneta Rosenblad (sophomore, Sweden) 16th. Martus was third in the pole vault at 3.60m/11-9 3/4.

Other highlights for the Cougars in the first day's action included: junior transfer Brian Laville (Regina, Sask., Canada) finished third in the men's long jump at 7.32m/24-0 1/4; freshman Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) was the high jump runner-up at 1.80m/5-10 3/4; sophomore Megan Maynard (Langley, Wash.) finished fourth in the 5,000m race in a time of 17:07.83; B.J. Schade (junior, Sequim, Wash.) was 15th and Kevin Moore (senior, Richland) was 16th in the men's 35# weight throw; Becky Potter (sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash.) finished 21st and Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton, Wash.) 26th in the women's 20# weight throw.

Other Cougar qualifiers advancing into finals competition Saturday include: Sewell and Attrina Higgins (junior, Chino, Calif.) in the women's 60m dash; Sharika Higgins (junior, Oxnard, Calif.) in the women's 200m dash; Rosenblad and Richardson in the women's 60m hurdles; Alishia Booterbaugh (junior, LaCenter, Wash.) in the women's 800m; Anson Henry (freshman, Pickering, Ont., Canada) in the men's 60m dash; and Guillermo Macias (junior, LaPuente, Calif.) in the men's 400m dash.

Friday's action at the McDonald's Scoring Invitational at Moscow, Idaho, saw junior Lex Katich (Keller, Wash.) win the men's pole vault with a height of 4.95m/16-2 3/4 for the sole WSU victory. Action continues Saturday at the Kibbie Dome.



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