WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (1999-2000): Indoor - Won the 55m hurdles at the MPSF for the second time, clocking an NCAA AQ of 7.23i (2/26/00, Reno)…at the NCAA Indoor Championships, had a disastrous preliminary race in the men's 60m hurdles, not finishing in the second and slower of the two heats…his PR time of 7.72 seconds was tied for fourth going into the national meet…best times of season were 7.75i in 60m hurdles (2/12/00, Lincoln) and 7.21i at MPSF (1/26/00, Reno)…also ran at Simplot Games where he finished second in 60m hurdles in 7.78i (2/20/00, Pocatello)…Outdoor - Ran fourth-fastest high hurdles time in school history with 13.51 NCAA AQ at Mt. SAC Relays (4/16/00, Walnut) where he finished second to former Cougar and NCAA Champion Dominique Arnold…disaster struck again as a pulled hamstring kept Watkins from defending his Pac-10 high hurdles championship…after relatively little training for a month prior to NCAA Championships and a not fully-healed hamstring, did not advance from prelims, finishing last in field of 20 in time of 14.09…during the season was also lead runner of men's 4/100m relay with top time of 41.58 (4/1/00, Pullman)…SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Indoor - Finished eighth in the men’s 60m high hurdles in a time of 7.87i seconds at the NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships (3/5/99, Indianapolis, Ind.)...the difference between fourth and eighth places was only 3/100s second....clocked a 7.85i in the preliminary heats for the third-fastest time of the 16-man prelims...All-America...at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships won the men’s 55m hurdles in a time of 7.36i (2/20/99, Reno) after clocking a season-best time of 7.29i in the prelims...Outdoor - Won the Pac-10 110m high hurdles title in a time of 13.84 at Tempe (5/22/99)...contracted food poisoning at NCAA Championships and did not advance out of semifinals...ran a lifetime-best and sixth-fastest in school history 110m hurdles time of 13.63w in a fourth-place finish at Modesto Relays (5/8/99)...this time was the third-fastest of the collegiate outdoor season...top legal time of 13.77 was at Jim Click Shootout in Tucson (3/27/99)...FRESHMAN (1997-98): Indoor - Placed sixth at NCAA Indoor Championships earning All-America status...his time of 7.33 was a gutsy effort after he pulled a groin muscle in his 7.34 preliminary race...seventh overall after the preliminary races with only eight runners advancing to finals....clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.23i for second at Vandal Indoor (2/13/98, Moscow)...Outdoor - Ran 110m hurdles in 13.82 for second place at Pac-10 Championships...seventh-fastest time in WSU all-time standings...at NCAA Outdoor 110m hurdles Championships did not advance from semifinals after finishing fourth in his heat with a time of 13.99 seconds.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned four letters at Andrew Hill High...two as a small forward in basketball and two for coach Bobby Poynter in track…as a SOPHOMORE clocked 15.2 in the 110m hurdles...was the Freshman-Sophomore league champion…did not run as a JUNIOR…won division and sectional titles…finished sixth at the state track meet as a SENIOR in a time of 13.84...Stanford Invite champion...Golden West champion...Millard Hampton champion…NORCAL Cheetahs Track Club regional low hurdles champ and San Jose Speed 110m regional champion.
PERSONAL. Born 5/23/79 at San Jose, California...father Le Roy and mother Loretta are engineers...sister Jaime (8/26/75)...majoring in general studies at WSU.
AREND WATKINS’ WASHINGTON STATE BESTS: Indoor: 55m Hurdles - 7.23i (2/13/98, Moscow), 60m Hurdles - 7.73i (2/12/99, Colorado Springs). Outdoor - 110m Hurdles - 13.51 (4/16/00, Walnut), 400m Relay - 40.98 (3/27/99, Tucson).
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