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Cougar Track Teams at Cheney for EWU Last Chance Meet
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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February 17, 1998

EWU Last Chance Meet, Thorpe Fieldhouse, Cheney, Wash. February 21

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Reno, Nev., Feb. 27-28

WSU COMPETES AT EWU LAST CHANCE MEET: Thorpe Fieldhouse on the Eastern Washington University campus is the site of this week's competition for a limited number of the WSU men's and women's indoor track and field teamsthis is the third time WSU has competed in Cheney this seasonthe following is a tentative list of the Washington State entries:

Cougar Women (1998 indoor best marks)

55m - Francesca Green (7.01), Sharika Higgins (7.22), Tamika Brown (7.24), Attrina Higgins LaTroya Mucker (7.31) 55m Hurdles - Agneta Rosenblad (7.98), Lucita Zapata (8.20), Attrina Higgins (8.54), LaTroya Mucker (8.72) Long Jump - Cicely Clinkenbeard (18-0 Itoro Elijah (18-2 ) Pole Vault - Tauni Bainbridge (9-7 3/4), Jessica Goodall (9-6 1/4), Molly Monroe (9-0 1/4), Candice Heggie (7-6)

Cougar Men (1998 indoor best marks)

55m - Clay Thomas (6.53), Colon Sewell (6.58) 400m - Paul Sommer (50.22), Jermaine Hunsaker (50.36), Chad Randall (50.37), Travor Wyckoff (51.00) 55m Hurdles - Arend Watkins (7.23) High Jump - Chris Mosley (6-9), Craig Allen (6-7), Chris Rushing (6-5) Pole Vault - Tony Boitano (16-1 3/4), Lex Katich (15-7), Kyllan Tower (15-7), Billy Jesse (14-7 1/4) Long Jump - Chad Schwendiman (22-5)

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 25th season with the Cougar track program (fourth year as a head coach, third year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...he is joined by associate coach Lissa Olson, assistant coaches Dr. Li Li, Debra Lombardi, Mark Macdonald, and Rohan Walker...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Robyn Bryson and Dan O'Brien.

NCAA QUALIFIERS: The following Cougars have reached NCAA Qualifying Marks (NCAA ranking as of 2/17/98):

# = Provisional mark,  * = Automatic mark
MEN:  	* Shot Put - 19.28m/63-3 1/4  Ian Waltz, junior, Post Falls, Idaho (2nd)
	* 55m Hurdles - 7.23  Arend Watkins, freshman, San Jose, Calif. (5th)
	# 800m - 1:49.87  Rasto Kiplangat, senior, Kenya (25th)
	# Mile - 4:06.46  Eric Kamau, senior, Kenya (NR)
	# Mile - 4:08.10  Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (18th)
	# Distance Medley Relay - 9:45.23  Kamau, Macias, Kiplangat, Lagat (2nd)
WOMEN:  	# Long Jump - 6.20m/20-5 1/4  Francesca Green, sophomore, Kennewick, Wash. (7th)
	# 20# Weight - 17.54m/57-6 1/2  Becky Potter, sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash. (26th)
NOTEWORTHY: Cougar junior thrower Ian Waltz (Post Falls, Id.) placed second in the shot put at the Colorado Springs Sprint Classic Meet Saturday in Colorado Springs, ColoradoWaltz's throw of 63-3 3/4 is a lifetime-best mark for him, and second-best collegiate mark in the nation this seasonJohn Godina, former UCLA athlete and 1996 Olympian, won the shot put event with a mark of 71-3, longest throw in the world this seasonfreshman Agneta Rosenblad (Sweden) rewrote the WSU women's 55m hurdles mark twice last weekend, first clocking 8.00 to win the Vandal Indoor Meet Friday night at the Kibbie Dome, and then bested that time the following day with a 7.98 time at the McDonald's II Open meetRosenblad also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 18-8freshman Arend Watkins (San Jose, Calif.) won the men's 55m hurdles at the Vandal Indoor with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.23also at the Vandal Indoor, Rasto Kiplangat (senior, Kenya) won the men's 800m in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:49.87Eric Kamau (senior, Kenya) took the mile with an NCAA PQ clocking of 4:06.46 and fellow Kenyan Bernard Lagat won the men's 3,000m race in 8:13.64the top men's sprinter, sophomore Jody (Felton) Charles is no longer on the WSU track team due to personal reasonsCharles left the Pullman campus last week and has returned to his Oakland, Calif. home.

WSU SCHOOL RECORDS: Several Cougar records have been rewritten this indoor season:

Women's indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998
	Previous time - 8.04i Esther Medema, 1992
Women's freshman indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998
	Previous time - 8.14i Shannon Bryan, 1991
Women's indoor Distance Medley Relay - 12:10.69i (Booterbaugh, Brown, Neel, Hunsinger) 1998
	Previous time - 12:11.74i (Pevovar, Frary, Schaures, Hobbs) 1997
Women's freshman indoor Pole Vault - 2.90m/9-6 1/4i Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998
	Previous mark:  First year of competition
Women's indoor Pole Vault - 2.94m/9-7 3/4i Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998
	Previous mark:  First year of competition
Women's freshman indoor Triple Jump - 12.03m/39-5 3/4i Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan) 1998
	Previous mark:  11.43m/37-6, Kolleen Faires, 1993
Women's indoor 20-pound Weight:  17.54m/57-6 1/2i, Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) 1998
	Previous mark:  16.67m/54-8 1/4i, Becky Potter, 1997
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