March 22, 2005
COUGARS TRAVEL TO BAY AREA FOR PAIR OF TRACK MEETS: Two Washington State University combined events athletes, Katie Miller (heptathlon) and Ryan Thomas (decathlon) will compete at the California Multi-Meet this Wed. and Thurs., March 23-24, at Berkeley...on the other side of the Bay the next two days, selected team members will compete at the Stanford Invitational Meet, Fri. and Sat., March 25-26, at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus...this meet encompasses more than 1,000 participants in all age-ranges and ability levels...this year's collegiate competition will take place Friday night and in a compact format Saturday...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes each day.
DEAN SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN JAVELIN: Jenna Dean, a junior from Glenwood, Wash., finished second in the women's javelin at the Willie Williams's Classic after throwing a school record of 169-feet, 7 inches (51.70m)...Dean bettered her PR by 16-feet, 3 inches, to move ahead of former All-American Molly Monroe's throw of 161-4 in the WSU all-time records for the women's javelin...Monroe's mark also came in Tucson but in 2000.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the first year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for entrance into its championships meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered in the conference championships meet at each head coach's discretion...best marks from the outdoor season will be used to construct descending order lists, and the Pac-10 will allow the use of indoor marks for seeding into the championship heats/flights.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 32nd season with the Cougar track program; 11th year as a head coach, 10th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Kris Grimes, Mark Macdonald, and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Michael Friedberg, Matt McGee and Andrea Thornton.
NATIONAL POLLS: The Team Power Rankings is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential...the WSU men are 22nd and the Cougar women are 21st (3/5/05).
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM WILLIAMS CLASSIC MEET AT TUCSON: Four Cougs reached NCAA Regional Qualifying last weekend at Tucson: junior Jenna Dean threw a school record of 169-feet, 7 inches (51.70m) for second place in the women's javelin, senior Rachel Bertholf placed third in the javelin with a throw of 151-3 (46.10m), sophomore John Cassleman (Pullman, Wash.) had a fourth-place finish in the men's 400m hurdles in a PR time of 52.31 seconds, and redshirt freshman Drew Ulrick spun the disc 168-feet, 5 inches (51.33m) for fifth place...Cassleman also finished seventh in the 400m dash in a time equaling his indoor PR of 48.06, and ran the lead leg of the fourth-place men's 4x400m relay (3:17.97).
LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR STANFORD INVITATIONAL, MARCH 25-26:
100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson
200m - Jaycee Robertson
400m - no entry
800m - Justin Chambers, Jon Manthey
1500m - Justin Ireland
3000m Steeplechase - no entry
5000m - Ryan Freimuth, Alex Grant, Andrew Jones, Chris Williams
10,000m - Mike Heidt
110m Hurdles - Brandon Brownell
400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Eric Nygard
4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, Nygard, Robertson
4x400m Relay - Cassleman, Nygard, TBA
High Jump - Kyle Eaton
Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Brandon Brownell, Mason Kien, James McSwain
Triple Jump - Ben Hampton, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - no entry
Discus - Drew Ulrick
Javelin - Jon Jeffreys, Billy Reamer, Ryan Scott
Hammer Throw - no entry
100m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
200m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Anna Friedges
1500m - Molly Bull, Karen DeMartini, Haley Paul
3000m Steeplechase - Meghan Leonard, Kayle Peterson
5000m - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Kelly Ramirez, Natalie Smith
100m Hurdles - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
400m Hurdles - no entry
4x100m Relay - no entry
4x400m Relay - Hatcher, Porter, Probasco-Canda, TBA
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles
Long Jump - Sarah Burns, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner
Shot Put - Jessica Zita
Discus - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
Hammer - McKenzie Burgess