June 8, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Washington State University Assistant Coach Mark Macdonald the West Region men's team Assistant Track Coach of the Year.
Macdonald is a former All-American intermediate hurdler for the Cougs and has been on the coaching staff since 1992, starting as a graduate assistant for two year before becoming a fulltime assistant coach in 1994. He coaches the men's and women's hurdlers as well as working with assistant coach Ellannee Richardson with the sprinters and relay teams. Macdonald is also the recruiting coordinator for the Cougar Track & Field program.
During the 2009 outdoor season, Macdonald coached the Cougar men's hurdles corps and relay squad to a total of 37 of the team's 91 points for fourth place at the Pacific-10 Championships, the best finish in over ten years for the Washington State men's program. WSU men's high and intermediate hurdlers scored 20 points at the NCAA West Regional meet where WSU finished third among 27 teams, with 66 points. In addition to mentoring two-time Pac-10, West Regional, and defending NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior intermediate hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson, Macdonald also assists with the Cougar sprints corps including Justin Woods who finished second in 100 meters and 200 meters at Pac-10s and won the 200 meters and took second in the 100 meters at the West Regional. Because the Cougars have a combined men's and women's track and field program, Macdonald also mentored the 2009 Pac-10 women's 400m hurdles champion, Lorraine King.
Macdonald will have four hurdlers competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.: Robert Williams, 110m hurdles; Lorraine King, Jeshua Anderson and Barry Leavitt, 400m hurdles.