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Cougar Track & Field Competes at Cardinal Qualifier
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 12, 1998

THIS WEEK: Cardinal Qualifier, Cobb Track & Angell Field, Stanford, Calif., May 16
Pac-10 Championships, Cobb Track & Angell Field, Stanford, Calif., May 16-17, 23-24
Upcoming: NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships, Buffalo, NY, June 3-6

CARDINAL QUALIFIER: WSU PREP WORK FOR PAC-10s: Washington State's men's and women's track and field teams compete at the Cardinal Invitational this weekend. This is a non-scoring meet and all the Cougars competing at the Pac-10 Championships will be competing and trying to improve marks in preparation for the conference meet at the same location the following weekend. The WSU teams and staff will remain at Stanford through May 25 senior triple jumper Hilary Mawindi will be competing at the Oregon Twilight Meet Fri., May 15, where several of the top triple jumpers on the West coast will be competing Ian Waltz will also compete at a throwers only invitational meet on May 19, at Hartnell CC in Salinas, Calif. top throwers from all levels of competition (collegiate, elite club, Olympics training) this season will compete in the shot put and discus.

MUCKER TO PAC-10 MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: LaTroya Mucker, a sophomore sprinter from Los Angeles, will compete in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Conference Multi-Events Championships, May 16-17, at Stanford this will be Mucker's first heptathlon after getting through the first day of a hept at the Tri-City Sports Festival, Mar. 13 in Richland, Wash., where she had to withdraw because of an allergic reaction that caused her face to swell and she lost vision. WSU's 1996 Pac-10 decathlon champion, Leo Slack, graduated May 9, and gave up his final year of eligibility at WSU for marriage and a job in the Tri-Cities.

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)...Sloan was selected the District 8 Indoor Coach of the Year...he was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Men's Coach of the Year and Women's Coach of the Year...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.


Event           WSU Athlete (National Standing)   NCAA Prov.  NCAA Auto.
M 800m          Bernard Lagat    (5th)       1:47.26
                Rasto Kiplangat  (17th)      1:48.35
M 1500m         Bernard Lagat    (4th)       3:40.79
                Eric Kamau       (21st)      3:43.76
M 5,000m        Bernard Lagat    (6th)      13:42.73
M Triple Jump   Hilary Mawindi  (14th)      15.90m /52-2
M Shot Put      Ian Waltz        (4th)      19.45m/63-9 3/4
M Discus        Ian Waltz        (2nd)      62.78m/206-0
M Javelin       Matt Stadelman   (16th)     68.46m /224-7
M Hammer        B.J. Schade      (30th)     60.44m /198-3
W 200m          Tamika Brown     (31st)     23.48
W 4x100 Relay   S. Higgins, Mucker,
                Brown, Green     (18th)     44.78
W Long Jump     Francesca Green  (11th)      6.29m / 20-7 3/4w
W Javelin       Molly Monroe     (16th)     50.84m /166-9
                Anna Church      (34th)     47.16m /154-9
W Hammer        Molly Moore      (56th)     52.50m /172-3
                Andrea Thornton  (59th)     52.30m /171-7
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, show the Cougar men tied for 12th with Texas and South Carolina in the May 6 pollin the USTCA Division I team Power Rankings, the WSU men are fourth out of 48 ranked teams (May 7) while the Cougar women are seventh of the 44 teams ranked (May 8).

WSU ENTRIES FOR MAY 16 MEET: Here are the tentative Cougar entries for this weekend:

Cougar Women
100m - Tamika Brown, Francesca Green, Attrina Higgins, 
200m - Tamika Brown
400m - Sharika Higgins
800m - Alishia Booterbaugh, Charlotte Neel, Kim Schmolka
1,500m - Joanne Hunsinger, Crystal Malgesini
3,000m - Megan Maynard
100m High Hurdles - A. Higgins, Agneta Rosenblad, 
Lucita Zapata
400m Int. Hurdles - Autumn Wood
4x100m Relay - Green, S. Higgins, Brown, A. Higgins
High Jump - Francesca Green, Cathy McNeely
Pole Vault - Tauni Bainbridge, Jessica Goodall,
Long Jump - Cicely Clinkenbeard, Green, Rosenblad
Triple Jump - Clinkenbeard, Kirsten Koch, McNeely
Shot Put - Molly Moore
Discus - Kristin Ogle
Javelin - Anna Church, Molly Monroe
Hammer - Moore, Ogle, Andrea Thornton

Cougar Men 200m - Guillermo Macias 400m - Guillermo Macias 800m - John Cote, Rasto Kiplangat, 1,500m - Eric Kamau, Bernard Lagat, Jon Murray Steeplechase - Chris Charles 110m High Hurdles - Arend Watkins 400m Int. Hurdles - Jermaine Hunsaker, Paul Sommer High Jump - Craig Allen, Chris Mosley, Chris Rushing Pole Vault - Tony Boitano, Lex Katich, Kyllan Tower Long Jump - Demetrius Murray Triple Jump - Demetrius Murray, Chris Mosley Shot Put - Ian Waltz Discus - Kevin Moore, Ian Waltz Javelin - Byran Jones, Ryan Nichols, Matt Stadelman Hammer - Kevin Moore, B.J. Schade

LAST WEEK: Rasto Kiplangat's win in the 800m provided the sole NCAA mark at the cold and windy Cougar Invitational Track and Field Meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman Saturday. Kiplangat, a senior from Kenya, was assisted in his race by Bernard Lagat, who ran as a "rabbit" as Kiplangat clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:48.35. The Cougars won all but 26 of the 34 events contested at the meet that featured athletes from WSU, EWU, Idaho, Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho College as well as members of the Bigfoot Track Club and several former area collegians competing as "unattached." Seen as a last chance meet for the Cougars prior to the Pac-10 Championships May 23-24 in Stanford, EWU was looking to improve marks for the Big Sky Conference Meet next week in Ogden, Utah, and Idaho in preparation for the Big West Conference finals. WSU's Charlotte Neel, a freshman from Olympia, Wash., ran a Pac-10 qualifying 4:39.58 to win the women's 1500m race. Lucita Zapata, a sophomore from Walla Walla, also qualified for the Pac-10 meet with a lifetime-best time of 14.21 for second in the women's 100m high hurdles.


Women's freshman outdoor 100m Hurdles - 13.76 Agneta Rosenblad (Sweden) 1998
    Previous mark:  14.06 Shannon Bryan 1991

Women's 4x100m Relay - 44.78 Sharika Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Tamika Brown, Francesca Green 1998 Previous mark: 44.97 S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Attrina Higgins 1997

Women's outdoor Pole Vault - 3.10m / 10-2 Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998 - First year of competition

Women's freshman outdoor Pole Vault - 3.05m / 10-0 Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998 - First year

Women's outdoor Triple Jump - 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Sharon Li 1992

Women's freshman outdoor Triple Jump - 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 11.90m / 39-0 1/2 Kolleen Faires 1993

Women's outdoor Hammer - 52.50m/172-3 Molly Moore (Kalispell, Mont.) 1998 Previous mark: 49.74m/163-2, Molly Moore 1997

Women's freshman outdoor Hammer - 52.30m/171-7 Andrea Thornton (Shelton, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 48.74m/159-11, Becky Potter 1997

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