WSU Women's Track Team 15th at NCAA Championships
June 1, 2002
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Washington State women's team's 16 points finished tied for 15th Saturday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was the highest placing for the WSU women since 1986 when WSU scored 20 points for 10th place.
South Carolina won the women's team title with 82 points, edging out UCLA in the 4x400m relay race. The Bruins were second with 72 points, and Southern California third with 57. LSU won the men's crown with 64 points with Tennessee second with 57. The Cougar women tied Liberty for 15th and WSU was third among Pac-10 schools.
The WSU women's 16 points were provided by the second place finishes of Whitney Evans (high jump) and Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon). At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the WSU women finished tied for 18th place with Illinois after scoring 15 points.
Unfortunately, WSU's Anson Henry and Cicely Clinkenbeard finished their collegiate careers but not in the style they had imagined. Henry finished eighth in the men's 100m dash and Clinkenbeard was 20th in the women's triple jump in the final day's events
Henry, a senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, cramped up around 30 to 40 meters into the 100m dash final Saturday night and ran his slowest time of his Cougar career, 11.16 seconds. Henry, who set the school record of 10.17 seconds this spring, had run 10.23 and 10.13 and 10.25 in the prelims and semifinals. Henry receives All-America honors and the Cougar men finish the meet with one team point.
Justin Gatlin, a sophomore from the University of Tennessee, won the 100m dash in a time of 10.22 seconds after running into a stiff (2.7 mps) headwind. Gatlin also won the 200m dash, repeating his double titles from the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships.
"After I cramped up I tried to start running again," Henry said after the race.
"You let up in a race like that, they (the other runners) don't stick around," Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said.
Clinkenbeard, a redshirt-senior from Okanogan, Wash., who owns the school record in the triple jump at 42-feet, 10 1/4 inches (13.06m), could only manage to leap 39-7 3/4 (12.08m) and finished 20th out of 21 competitors at the national meet. Her best triple jump this season was 42-5 1/2 (12.94m), which was second place at the Pac-10 Championships. Teresa Bundy, a senior at Florida State, won the NCAA women's triple jump with a mark of 44-0 (13.41m).
"Cicely just didn't have it today," Sloan said. "She just looked sluggish and not very explosive. It looked like she labored all the way through the thing. She ran out of her second attempt and fouled and her last attempt was just a little less than her first jump."
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