May 19, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Brittiny Roberts placed fourth in the triple jump Sunday at the Pac-10 Championships, helping Washington's women's squad to 36 points in a ninth-place finish at Washington State University's Mooberry Track Complex. The Husky men placed eighth with 49 points, as Stanford won its second-consecutive title with a score of 151. Top-ranked UCLA was the women's champion for the sixth-straight year, finishing with 160 points.
Roberts' mark of 40-feet, 8 3/4 inches added nearly nine inches to her career-best, and moved the Fresno, Calif., native up to third on Washington's all-time records list. Roberts is one of just five Husky women ever to clear 40-feet, and trails by less than a foot the school-record mark of 41-7 3/4 set by Tara Davis in 1995.
Roberts was one of several Huskies earning top-five finishes on the meet's final day. Junior Courtney Inman was the team's top performer, placing third in the 1500 meters in 4 minutes, 24.15 seconds. The nation's 17th-ranked competitor in the event, Inman was bested by just four seconds, with top national competitor Lena Nilsson of UCLA taking the title in 4:20.81.
Sophomore distance runner Eric Garner earned a pair of top-five finishes, including a fourth placing in the 800 meters and a fifth at 1500 meters. Garner, who completed the 1500 in 3:47.61, entered the conference meet ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in the event but was upset by Stanford's Gabe Jennings, who finished in 3:43.23.
Kelsey Sheppard, an NCAA qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles, took fifth in that event in 58.97 seconds, while quarter-miler Cristian Adams went 400 meters in 46.95, just one-hundredth of a second out of Washington's all-time top-10 in the event.
Sophomore Erik Lanigan was yet another Husky recording a PR at the conference meet, leaping 6-10 3/4 to tie for fifth in the high jump. Likewise, the Huskies' 4x400-meter relay team of Adams, Phil Tabor, John Snyder and Sean Williams took third in 3:11.40.
The conclusion of the conference meet marks the end of the 2002 season for many Husky track and field athletes, but a handful of qualified competitors will continue on to the NCAA Championships in two weeks, on the campus of Louisiana State University.
For complete results of the 2002 Pac-10 Championship meet, visit the official site of the Pac-10 Conference at www.pac-10.org.