March 21, 2006
COUGARS HEAD TO LOS ANGELES THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the Trojan Invitational, Saturday, March 25 at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the USC campus...several Southern California area schools will compete in addition to WSU, Oregon and USC...hammer competition actually takes place Friday, March 24, at a location to be determined...Saturday field events begin at 9 a.m. and running events commence at 10:30 a.m....results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 33rd season with the Cougar track program; 12th year as a head coach, 11th 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), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coach Andrea Thornton returns for her third year with the program...coaches Farwell, Macdonald, Richardson, McGee and Thornton all competed for WSU.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the second year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.
COUGS REACH NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: Five individuals and a relay team reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks last weekend at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson...qualifiers on the women's side included freshman Catie Schuetzle (long jump 19-6) and senior Jenna Dean (javelin 160-8)...RQs from the men's team, junior John Cassleman (400m hurdles 51.83), 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, James McSwain, Justin Woods and Jaycee Robertson (39.67), discus throwers, junior Drew Ulrick (171-10) and freshman Matt Lamb (171-0), and junior Jon Jeffreys (javelin a PR of 213-4).
COUGARS WITH NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE (Regional/National Standings will be posted after April 1, 2006):
WSU Women: Javelin Jenna Dean 48.98m/ 160-8
WSU Men: 200m Dash James McSwain 21.19 400m Hurdles John Cassleman 51.83 4x100m Relay Boston, McSwain, J. Woods, Robertson 39.67 Discus Drew Ulrick 52.37m/ 171-10 Matt Lamb 52.12m/ 171-0 Javelin Jon Jeffreys 65.03m/ 213-4
LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR TROJAN INVITATIONAL, MARCH 25:
WSU Women 100m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter 200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter 400m - Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda 800m - Karen DeMartini, Marisa Sandoval 1500m - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Kelly Ramirez,Haley Paul 5000m - no entry 100m Hurdles - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler 400m Hurdles - Lorraine King, Sara Trané 3000m Steeplechase - no entry 4x100m Relay - no entry 4x400m Relay - King, Pickler, Pickler, Porter, Probasco-Canda,Trané High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Tiffany Maskulinski Long Jump - Katie Miller, Catie Schuetzle Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler Discus - McKenzie Garberg Javelin - Jenna Dean, Jasmine McCormack, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler Hammer - McKenzie Garberg
WSU Men 100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson,Brian Woods, Justin Woods 200m - Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods 400m - no entry 800m - Justin Chambers, Justin Ireland, Jimmy Schofield 1500m - Danny Wolf 5000m - no entry 110m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Robert Williams 400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Josh Leyk, Robert Williams 3000m Steeplechase - no entry 4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, Robertson, J. Woods 4x400m Relay - Boston, Cassleman, Chambers, Ireland,McSwain, Schofield, R. Williams, B. Woods High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan Thomas Pole Vault - D.J. Brown Long Jump - no entry Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Shot Put - Matt Lamb Discus - Matt Lamb, Chase Mancuso, Drew Ulrick Javelin - Jon Jeffreys, Ryan Scott Hammer - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso
COUGAR OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS: The following student-athletes will redshirt during the outdoor season: distance runners Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Clay Hemlock and Chris Williams, throwers Vic Asher and Cameron Schwisow.
INJURY UPDATES: All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is back in action this weekend after injuring her ankle and missing nearly all the indoor season...pole vaulter Tyson Byers is not competing this weekend although he did participate in limited practice the last two weeks after missing all of the indoor season with a strained hamstring.
WRISTBANDS FOR NYGARD: The WSU Track & Field teams are selling wristbands for senior hurdler Eric Nygard (Wenatchee, Wash.)...Nygard, a scorer in the 400m hurdles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2005...after an initial treatment, he was thought to be in remission...in January 2006, he was informed the cancer had returned and began treatment that prevents him from competing with the WSU Track & Field team...still attending classes at WSU with goal to graduate in August and apply to dental schools...Eric is married and has an infant daughter...wristbands are black with a quote from Charles Beard, selected by Nygard, in yellow lettering, "When it's dark enough, you can see the stars" and his initials, E.N...cost is $5 (medium and large)...to purchase a wristband, contact Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson at 509-335-4730...additionally, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is conducting a penny drive through donation containers in each WSU team's locker room with the proceeds going to Nygard...a benevolent account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank under his name for donations to assist with medical expenses and can be made at any WaMu branch.