April 27, 2004
COUGARS VS. HUSKIES DUAL: The 93rd meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington men's track and field teams will take place Saturday, May 1, at Mooberry Track...it will also be the 29th meeting between the women's teams...the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 59-32-1 record...the UW women have an 18-10 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won the past seven meetings with the Huskies going back to the 1997 season for a win...last year in Seattle, the Cougar men defeated UW 116-83, while the WSU women were 113-90 winners over the Husky women...the field events begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and the running events commence at 1:15 p.m...complete results will also be posted at the WSU Athletic homepage, www.wsucougars.com site.
CATS AND DAWGS DUAL SCORING: International dual meet scoring format of 5-3-2-1 for individual events with only two scoring per team per event, and 5-3 for relays will be used.
THEY'RE BAAAAAACK: Scheduled to compete this Saturday are series record-holders Karly Dockendorf (UW) and Tamara Diles (WSU) in the women's pole vault (3.80m/12-5 1/2) from the 2003 meet...also, WSU's Anthony Buchanan (100m, 10.26 - 2003) is expected to be eligible to compete...additional WSU athletes defending their titles from the 2003 meet in Seattle are: Buchanan (200m), Ian Johnson (steeple), Tim Gehring (hammer, shot), Tamara Gulley (100m), Monique Jessie (400m hurdles), Marie Muai (discus) and Blessing Ufodiama (triple jump)...Huskies back to defend their 2003 titles include: Eric Garner (800m), John Russell (1500m), and Cherron Davis (women's shot).
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.
LAST WEEK'S COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS: Washington State won 23 of 38 events at the Cougar Invitational Meet...WSU men reached personal bests in 11 events and the WSU women had PRs in four events...reaching an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying mark was the men's 4x100m relay of Martin Boston, Matt Mason, James McSwain, and Jarrell Nelson who ran 39.91 seconds...Curt Borland improved his NCAA RQ in the javelin with a throw of 65.52m/214-11...Karla Pfaff reached an NCAA RQ with a javelin throw of 43.32m/142-1.
UFODIAMA NAMED PAC-10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Blessing Ufodiama, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., was named the Pac-10 female field Athlete of the Week for April 12-18, after a fourth place finish in the women's invitational triple jump at the Mt. SAC Relays with a leap of 13.24m / 43-5 1/4 (2.7 wind)...in addition to being Ufodiama's PR and an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark, it is the longest triple jump in school history.