May 11, 2004
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SECOND WEEKEND: Washington State University will send 44 student-athletes to the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, May 14-15, at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium...this is the 74th annual men's and 18th annual women's championship meet...nine conference schools (Oregon State adds women's track next year) will compete in the two-day meet with the team champions being crowned Saturday at 10 p.m... Friday's events being at 2:30 p.m. with the women's hammer throw and end with the men's 10k, set for 10:10 p.m...Saturday's events begin at 3 p.m. with the men's hammer throw and conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 9:35 p.m...Arizona is currently in the Pacific Time Zone.
LAST YEAR: The USC men are the defending men's title holder while UCLA has won the women's conference crown for the past seven years...the Cougar women placed fifth in 2003 and the WSU men were sixth...Cougar Anthony Buchanan is the lone returning WSU champion...Buchanan won the men's 100m dash in 2003.
PAC-10 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS TV NETWORK: The delayed highlight broadcast of the 2004 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates around the country between May 21-23...check cable listings for the exact date and time for your viewing area...in the Pacific Northwest, FOX Sports Northwest will air the two-hour telecast Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, May 25 at noon - all times Pacific.
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: This is the second year for NCAA Regional Meets...NCAA has divided the Division I schools into four vertically drawn regions: West, Midwest, Mideast, and East....there are 41 men's track and 42 women's track programs in the West Region...the meet will be at Cal State Northridge, May 28-29...instead of national provisional and automatic qualifying standards (with exceptions for the 10k and heptathlon/decathlon events), the regional qualifying standards are based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year with all conference champions automatically invited to their respective regional...top-five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, at Austin...in addition to top five regional finishers, an additional six to eight athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional.
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...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.