May 24, 2004
NCAA WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT FOR COUGS: Washington State University will send 15 men and 15 women to the NCAA West Region Track & Field Meet this weekend at Matador Track and Field on the Cal State Northridge campus...the Cougars will compete in the May 28-29 meet against student-athletes representing 40 men's and 42 women's teams...top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, at Austin, Texas...Friday's action starts at 8 a.m. with the women's hammer throw and concludes with the 7:30 p.m. men's 5k race...Saturday's events being at 9 a.m. with the men's javelin throw and will wrap up at 6:50 with the men's 4x400m relay...team scoring format is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for eight places in each of the 19 men's and 19 women's events (no multi-events and no 10,000m races at Regionals).
LAST YEAR AT WEST REGION MEET: Riding the ten points of Whitney Evans' win in the high jump and the eight points of the women's 4x400m relay squad's second place finish, the WSU women's team finished sixth (43 points) among the 24 teams competing in the first-ever regional qualifying meet...UCLA's women's team won with 138 points...on the men's side, WSU finished tied with Washington for 12th place among the 27 teams with 17 points...UCLA's men's team won the title with 101 points.
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 FOX Sports Northwest, 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...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...in addition to the top-five regional finishers, an additional six to eight athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships (June 9-12, Austin, Texas) 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.
RETURNING REGIONAL PLACERS: At the 2003 West Region Meet, the Cougar women from this year's entries who competed were: Monique Jessie finished fourth in the women's 400m hurdles and ran on the women's 4x400m relay which finished second...Blessing Ufodiama was seventh in the triple jump...Tamara Gulley was 10th in the 100m hurdles and ran on the 4x400m relay...Robin Mikesh was tied for 17th in the high jump...Tamara Diles tied for 16th in the pole vault...Marie Muai was 10th in the discus and 18th in the hammer...Rachel Bertholf finished sixth and Jenna Dean placed tied for 12th in the javelin...among the 2004 Cougar men entries who competed in 2003 were: Tim Gehring finished eighth in the shot put and 12th in the hammer...Curt Borland was 11th in the javelin...Jamil Smith was 14th in the triple jump...Anthony Buchanan finished 12th in the 100m dash...Paul Nicoletti placed tied for 12th in the pole vault.
NOTEABLE: Senior thrower Tim Gehring, while qualified for Regional competition in both, will compete only in the shot put and not the hammer throw...senior Thad Cullinan qualified for the hammer but is not competing at Northridge...redshirt sophomore Danny Wolf qualified for the men's 5000m but has not had adequate time to train properly following an injury and is not competing....Matt Mason, redshirt junior, will compete in the long jump but not the high hurdles after pulling his hamstring on the first hurdle at the Pac-10 Championships...senior Tamara Gulley strained her groin in practice last week but is still set to run the third leg of the women's 4x400m relay.
OLMPIC TRIALS, HERE COME THE COUGARS: Ellannee Richardson, five-time Washington State University All-American and current assistant coach for the Cougar track and field teams, won the women's Olympic Development 400m intermediate hurdles race May 22, at the Home Depot Track & Field Invitational at Los Angeles...running for the Palouse Hills Track Club, Richardson raced to a PR of 55.99 seconds, and out-leaned Megan Addy (Nike) at the finish line...Addy finished second with a time of 56.00 seconds...Richardson's time exceeded the "A" qualifying time of 56.00 seconds and she is now qualified for the 2004 USA Olympic Trials, to be held this July at Sacramento...coming into the Home Depot Invite, Richardson's PR was 56.40 seconds...she is scheduled to race again June 17, at San Diego...she joins current Cougar sprinter Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.) who reached the "A" qualifying standard time of 10.21 seconds in the men's 100m dash at the Pac-10 Championships May 15, and former Cougars and Olympic Trials "A" standards qualifiers Bennie Chatman (100m dash), Dominique Arnold (110m hurdles), and Ian Waltz (discus).