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Track & Field Hosts WSU Open Indoor Meet
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Release: 01/20/2004
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Jan. 20, 2004

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2004 WSU Indoor Track & Field
Jan. 23-24  WSU Open, Pullman
Jan. 30-31  Cougar Indoor, Pullman
Feb. 6-7  McDonald's Collegiate, Moscow
Feb. 7  Sevigne Husker Invitational,Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 13-14  UW Pac-10 Invite, Seattle
Feb. 20  Vandal Indoor, Moscow
Feb. 20-21 Moscow McDonald's Open
Feb. 26-28  Mtn Pac Sports Fed. Champs, Seattle
March 5-6  McDonald's Last Chance, Moscow
	Husky Last Chance, Seattle
March 12-13  NCAA Indoor Track & Field Champs,
 Fayetteville, Ark.

COUGARS START INDOOR SEASON AT HOME IN THE IPF: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams opens the 2004 season with the third meet on the WSU Indoor Practice Facility's Mondo track...WSU Open will feature racing at 60m, 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m with 60m hurdles as well as a co-ed 4x400m relay...collegiate teams bringing competitors include Idaho, Eastern Washington, Whitworth and Community Colleges of Spokane...former WSU All-American Arend Watkins, running for Nike, is scheduled to run in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles...men's 35-pound and women's 20-pound weight throws take place Friday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m...remaining field events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24...all competitors were to register online no later than Jan. 21, at www.DirectAthletics.com for a $5 entry fee...late entries will be charged $15 for signing up the day of the meet...spectators may watch Friday's events free of charge but a $5 per person admission fee will be charged Saturday...free parking is available in the Yellow Lot between Beasley Coliseum and the WSU Tennis Courts until 2 p.m. when the lot will be restricted to permits for the men's basketball game (vs. Washington) at Beasley Coliseum (4 p.m.)...complete results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, following the completion of the meet.

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 who joins the staff after five years as an All-American heptathlete and sprinter...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.

WSU OPEN HISTORY: In its maiden meet (Jan. 24-25, 2003), the events included some off-beat distances (300m, 600m, and 1000m) but all the regular field events...Idaho's Angela Whyte won both the 60m dash (7.56) and 60m hurdles (8.28) and teammate Simon Steward won both the men's weight throw (18.76m/61-6 3/4) and the shot put (18.64m/61-2)...WSU's Blessing Ufodiama won both the long jump (5.54m/18-2 1/4) and the triple jump (12.26m/40-2 3/4) while Eastern Washington's Kurt Kraemer was a double winner on the men's side in the same events (7.20m/23-7 1/2 long jump and 15.25m/50-0 1/2 triple jump)...in addition to Ufodiama, 2003 Cougar winners returning for the 2004 meet include Tamara Diles and Karla McGee in the pole vault (3.75m/12-3 1/2), Tyson Byers in the men's vault (5.00m/16-4 3/4), and Shannon Rance in the shot put (13.37m/43-10 1/2).

INDOOR TEAM HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for indoor track season joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2003 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished third while the men were seventh.

ABOUT THE COUGAR WOMEN: The Cougar women return three All-Americans in Tamara Diles (RS-SO, pole vault) and 1600m relay members Monique Jessie (SR) and Angelita Green (SR)...Diles is the school record holder in the pole vault (4.25m/13-11 1/4i) and placed third at the national meet as a freshman...Jessie and Green combined with now-graduated Tiffany Giles and current Cougar coach Ellannee Richardson for a school record time of 3:35.49i and seventh place at the NCAA Indoor Championships...junior thrower Marie Muai set the school record in the weight throw last year at 18.83m/61-9 1/2i...other WSU returnees to watch during the indoor season includes multi-events specialist Diana Pickler (SO), hurdler Tamara Gulley (SR), high jumper Robin Mikesh (SO), triple jumpers Blessing Ufodiama (SR) and Bree Skinner (SR) and thrower Shannon Rance (SR)...newcomers to watch in their debut season includes Kaylee Gardner (FR, triple jump), Nicole McClendon (FR, sprints), Brandi Probasco-Canda (FR, 400m), and Teresa Brooks (RS-JR, sprints).

ABOUT THE COUGAR MEN: All-American decathlete Darion Powell (RS-SO) will redshirt the 2004 indoor season in order to match-up his eligibility seasons...he will compete unattached this weekend as will several other Cougar men, including sprinter Anthony Buchanan and distance runner Danny Wolf...coming off a redshirt season is sophomore 400m runner Dione Cason...Ian Johnson returns for his senior year as a distance specialist...the field events boast experience with Tyson Byers (SO) the freshman school record-holder in the pole vault, Patrick Harrigan and Matt Alverson in the high jump, long and triple jumpers Jamil Smith (JR) and Martin Boston (SO), and senior thrower Tim Gehring...newcomers to watch during the indoor season include freshmen hurdlers John Cassleman and Barry Leavitt, sprinter Jarrell Nelson (FR), sprinter/long jumper Alex Jones (JR), and distance runners Steve Barrus (SR) and Andrew Jones (FR).

WSU OPEN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS at the Indoor Practice Facility

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23

Throws (Trials / Finals)

6 p.m.

(W) 20# Weight Throw, (M) 35# Weight Throw to follow Women's event

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
Horizontal Jumps (4 attempts only)

8:30 a.m.

(W) Long Jump, (M) Long Jump to follow Women's Long Jump

(W) Triple Jump - follows Men's Long Jump, (M) Triple Jump to follow Women's Triple Jump

10 a.m.

(W) Pole Vault, (M) Pole Vault to follow Women's Pole Vault

(M) High Jump, (W) High Jump to follow Men's High Jump

Throws Trials/Finals

10 a.m.

(W) Shot Put, (M) Shot Put to follow Women's Shot Put

Running Events - 10 a.m.

Since the number of competitors/heats are unknown, we will follow this order of events and a time schedule will be developed after the entries are received.

60m Hurdles (W) Prelims
60m Hurdles (M) Prelims
60m Hurdles (W) Final
60m Hurdles (M) Final
60m (W) Prelims
60m (M) Prelims
60m (W) Final
60m (M) Final
Mile (W)
Mile (M)
400m (W)
400m (M)
800m (W)
800m (M)
200m (W)
200m (M)
3000m (W)
3000m (M)
Co-Ed 4x4 Relay  (2 Men/2 Women)
Washington State Cougars Track & Field
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