Memorable Mooberry Moments: Ellannee Richardson
Sept. 27, 2012
Ellannee Richardson has had many memorable moments at Washington State's Mooberry Track during her five years as a competitor and 10 years as an assistant coach working with sprints and relays. One of those memories is of the weekend she set the Mooberry Stadium record for the heptathlon in 2002.
During her collegiate career, Richardson was a three-time Pacific-10 Conference heptathlon champion and the runner-up another year. As a redshirt junior in 2002, the Gladstone, Ore., native won her second consecutive Pac-10 heptathlon title under sunny skies and warm temperatures, scoring a Mooberry Stadium, school record and NCAA-leading score of 5,821 points May 11 and 12. Her marks in the seven events were: 100m hurdles (13.98), high jump (1.71m/5-7 1/4), shot put (10.53m/34-6 3/4), 200m (24.21), long jump (5.74m/18-10), javelin (45.49m/149-3, and 800m (2:14.22).
"I had an okay second day. My long jump wasn't where I wanted it to be but I came back with a strong javelin and strong 800 meters," Richardson said May 12, 2002. "I knew going into the 800 meters that I was in range of the school record so I just had to go out there and compete. I came around the turn and got out (in front) but then I saw the Stanford girl (Hodari) come up from behind so had to kick it into another gear to finish."
In December of 2002, Richardson was listed as the third best heptathlete in the United States, in the Track & Field News.
During her WSU competitive career, Richardson held school records for the heptathlon, 400m dash, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay. Her relay records are still atop the school standings today and she is listed in the top 10 for a total of nine events: 100m dash (11.83 - t-8th), 200m dash (23.78 - 4th), 400m dash (54.51i - 5th), 100m hurdles (13.52 - 3rd), 400m relay (44.50 - 1st), 1600m relay (3:33.65 - 1st), 60m dash (7.61i - t-9th), 60m hurdles (8.42i - t-5th), and heptathlon (5,839 points - 2nd).
As an undergraduate, Richardson earned five All-America certificates, four in the heptathlon and one in the 1600m relay. She was also an outstanding student and was selected for these awards at the conclusion of her senior season in 2003: WSU's Pac-10 Medal Winner, Cougar Pride Academic Salute Trophy, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Women of the Year and Verizon/CoSIDA National Academic All-American second team.
Richardson has had many memorable moments as a Cougar coach, including being tabbed the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region men's sprints/hurdles 2006 Coach of the Year.
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