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Track & Field at Kibbie Dome This Weekend
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/18/2004
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Feb. 18, 2004

COUGARS AT VANDAL INDOOR, McDONALD'S OPEN: The Washington State University track and field teams travel across the state line to Moscow, Idaho, for the 29th Annual Vandal Indoor and the McDonald's Open Meets...both meets are held in the Kibbie Dome on the Idaho campus....Friday night's Vandal Indoor is a limited event meet which highlights some of the top collegiate in the Inland Northwest...Vandal Indoor starts at 5 p.m. Friday with the final running event set for 9:40 p.m...McDonald's Open stages some events Friday afternoon and the rest Saturday beginning at 10 a.m...admission is $5 for athletes and spectators...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available Saturday night.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 31st season with the Cougar track program; tenth year as a head coach, ninth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Jason Drake and Ellannee Richardson, former All-American heptathlete and sprinter...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.

MASON MAKES MARK(S): Matt Mason, a junior semester transfer, won the UW Pac-10 Invite long jump, breaking a 16-year old school record and reaching an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 7.87m/25-10...the previous week at the Husker Invite at Nebraska, he reached an NCAA PQ time of 7.80 in the 60m hurdles semis...Mason transferred from Long Beach CC and also spent a year at Florida State...this week at the Vandal Indoor Meet, Mason is scheduled to run the third leg of the Cougar men's 4x400m relay.

INDOOR REDSHIRTS: Senior sprinter/triple jumper Bree Skinner (Pasco, Wash.) will redshirt the 2004 indoor season because of a stress fracture in her pelvic bone...decathlete Darion Powell (Kirkland, Wash.) and heptathlete Julie Pickler (Sachse, Texas) are redshirting the 2004 indoor track and field season in order to "even" their eligibility years with their outdoor seasons...junior distance runners Mike Heidt (Selah, Wash.), Justin Ireland (Issaquah, Wash.) and Julia Corbett (Bremerton, Wash.) have not recovered from injuries so will redshirt indoors only...freshman pole vaulter D.J. Brown (Bellingham, Wash.) is redshirting after having knee surgery last fall...freshman hammer thrower Keith Tyler (Union Gap, Wash.) is redshirting in order to work on technique in this event.

COMING OFF THE OUCH BRIGADE: Sophomore sprinter/jumper James McSwain (Las Vegas, Nev.) recovering from a high ankle sprain...sophomore pole vaulter Tyson Byers (Spokane, Wash.) recovering from a hamstring injury...freshman triple jumper Kaylee Gardner (Bellingham, Wash.) recovering from a hamstring injury.


* = Automatic mark, # = Provisional mark (National Standing)
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, # 4.00m / 13-1 1/2  (12th)
Triple Jump - Blessing Ufodiama, # 12.89m / 42-3 1/2 SR  (17th)
Weight Throw - Marie Muai, # 19.15m / 62-10  (20th)
Pentathlon - Diana Pickler, # 3,734 points  (13th)

Men: 60m Hurdles - Matt Mason, # 7.80 (T8th) Long Jump - Matt Mason, * 7.87m / 25-10 SR (3rd) Shot Put - Tim Gehring, # 18.74m / 61-5 3/4 (10th)

COUGAR WOMEN'S LEADERS AND HIGHLIGHTS: Louise Akesson (senior, Lyckeby, Sweden) finished fifth in 400m dash at Pac-10 Invite with PR time of 56.88...also ran third leg of 1600m relay. Molly Bull (junior, Oak Harbor, Wash.) ran a 5:06.95 PR in the mile at Nebraska. Tamara Diles (redshirt sophomore, Bellevue, Wash.) cleared an NCAA PQ of 4.00m/13-1 1/2 at WSU heights at both Nebraska and Pac-10 Invite. Tamara Gulley (senior, San Jose, Calif.) ran a 60m PR of 7.60 at the Cougar Indoor...strained hip flexor at the Pac-10 Invite. Angelita Green (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) leads team in 800m with season-best time of 2;13.05 at Cougar Indoor...also runs on 1600m relay. Nicole Hatcher (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) was fourth in the 60m dash (7.69) and fifth in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 24.96 at the Pac-10 Invite. Monique Jessie (Compton, Calif.) finished sixth in the 400m dash at the Pac-10 Invite with a season-best time of 57.05 and ran the lead leg of the 1600m relay. Robin Mikesh (sophomore, Sumner, Wash.) won WSU Open with high jump PR of 1.70m/5-7. Marie Muai (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) bettered weight throw school record by two inches with a toss of 19.15m/62-10 for third place at the Pac-10 Invite...record distance was first attempt in competition. Diana Pickler (sophomore, Sachse, Texas) reached NCAA PQ in the pentathlon at the Cougar Indoor with 3,734 points...took fifth place in the 60m hurdles (8.58) and tied for fifth in the high jump with a lifetime-best of 1.67m/5-5 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invite. Brandi Probasco-Canda (freshman, Portland, Ore.) ran top 400m time of 56.80 at Nebraska...was seventh in the 200m with PR time of 25.26 and ran the third leg of the 1600m relay at the Pac-10 Invite. Shannon Rance (senior, Renton, Wash.) top shot put mark this season is 13.93m/45-8 1/2 at Cougar Indoor. Blessing Ufodiama (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) competed in both the long and triple jumps at the Pac-10 Invite...first time this year...finished seventh in the long jump (18-9 3/4) and second in the triple jump (40-9 3/4)...the previous week at Nebraska, Ufodiama set the school indoor triple jump record with an NCAA PQ mark of 12.89m/42-3 1/2. 4x400m Relay - squad of Monique Jessie, Angelita Green, Brandi, Probasco-Canda and Louise Akesson ran a season-best time of 3:44.61 for second place at the Pac-10 Invite...Probasco-Canda ran a 54.2 third leg.

COUGAR MEN'S LEADERS AND HIGHLIGHTS: Martin Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.) ran PRs in both sprints at the Pac-10 Invite...third-place finish in the 60m dash (6.90) after running a PR 6.88 in the prelims...eighth-place 200m PR time of 22.01. Dione Cason (redshirt sophomore, Long Beach, Calif.) ran a 400m PR time of 48.03 for fourth at the Pac-10 Invite and runs lead leg of 1600m relay. John Cassleman (freshman, Pullman, Wash.) improved 400m PR time to 48.13 at with eighth-place at Pac-10 Invite...runs third leg of 1600m relay. Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) opened season with NCAA PQ and PR shot put throw of 18.74m/61-5 3/4 at WSU Open...also leads WSU in weight throw at 17.40m/57-1. Pat Harrigan (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) cleared indoor PR in high jump of 2.09m/6-10 1/4 at the Husker Invite. Matt Mason (junior, Marietta, Ga.) transferred to WSU at the start of spring semester...won Pac-10 Invite long jump with a Dempsey Indoor Facility record, school record and an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 7.87m/25-10...eclipsed 16-year old WSU indoor school long jump record of 25-9 1/4 set by Bill Ayears in 1988...ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 7.80 in the 60m hurdles at Husker Invite. Paul Nicoletti (redshirt junior, Snohomish, Wash.) cleared PR height of 5.15m/16-10 3/4 in the pole vault at the Husker Invite. Jamil Smith (sophomore, Palmdale, Calif.) season-best triple jump of 14.91m/48-11 came at Cougar Indoor...just 1/2 inch off PR mark. David Turpin (senior, Oakhurst, Calif.) top heptathlon score of 4,984 points from Cougar Indoor. Danny Wolf (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) ran a lifetime-best mile time of 4:06.00 at the Husker Invite...struggled at Pac-10 Invite 3000m with time of 8:16.01. 4x400m Relay - team of Cason, Lamarr Kirk (junior, Los Angeles), Cassleman and Qieed Ishmael (senior, Richmond, Va.) ran a season-best time of 3:13.38 for second place.

WSU Women
60m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon
200m - Asst. Coach Ellannee Richardson (unat)
400m - Louise Akesson, Monique Jessie, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Asst. Coach Ellannee Richardson (unat)
800m - Angelita Green
Mile - Hailey Young
3000m - Natalie Smith
60m Hurdles - Louise Akesson, Diana Pickler
High Jump - Robin Mikesh, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler (unat)
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Karla McGee, Audrea Nolan
Long Jump - Julie Pickler (unat)
Shot Put - Shannon Rance
Discus - Marie Muai, Shannon Rance, Vol. Asst. Coach Andrea Thornton (unat)
Weight Throw - Marie Muai

WSU Men 60m - Martin Boston, Dan Brink, Alex Jones, Jarrell Nelson, Anthony Buchanan (unat) 400m - Dione Cason, John Cassleman, Qieed Ishmael, Lamarr Kirk, Jon Manthey Mile - Daniel Frederick 60m Hurdles - Bob Frey, Barry Leavitt, Josh Leyk, Matt Mason, Darion Powell (unat), Vol. Asst. Coach Dan O'Brien (unat) 4x400m Relays - "A" Cason, Kirk, Mason, Ishmael, "B" Brownell, Cassleman, Fischback, Leavitt High Jump - Matt Alverson, Pat Harrigan, David Turpin Pole Vault - Paul Nicoletti, Tyson Byers (unat), Vol. Asst. Coach Dan O'Brien (unat) Triple Jump - Ben Hampton, Peter Rizzardi, Trandon Harvey (unat) Shot Put - Tim Gehring, Cameron Neel, Mike Schramm, Drew Ulrick Discus - Cameron Neel, Mike Schramm, Drew Ulrick Weight Throw - Thad Cullinan

Men - Martin Boston (60m, 200m, LJ), Brandon Brownell (tba), Dione Cason (200m or 800m), John Cassleman (200m, 800m), Chris Concha (800m), Thad Cullinan (WT), Bob Frey (60m HH), Tim Gehring (SP), Qieed Ishmael (200m), Alex Jones (60m), Lamarr Kirk (200m), Barry Leaitt (60m HH, 400m), Josh Leyk (400m, 60m HH), Jon Manthey (400m), Matt Mason (60m, 200m), Cameron Neel (SP), Jarrell Nelson (60m, 200m), Eric Nygard (200m, 400m), Mike Schramm (SP), David Turpin (tba), Drew Ulrick (SP), Darion Powell - unatt (60m HH).

Women - Teresa Brooks (200m, 400m), Grace Coulter (3000m), Karen DeMartini (mile), Angelita Green (mile), LaToya Harris (HJ), Nicole Hatcher (200m), Sarah Hineline (WT), Monique Jessie (200m), Julie Jewett (mile), Nicole McClendon (60m, 200m, 400m), Marie Muai (WT, SP), Diana Pickler (tba), Shannon Rance (SP), Kameko Wilson (200m, 400m), Kelly Ramirez (unat), Julie Pickler (unat).

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