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Cougar Track Enjoys Success of MPSF Championships

Men's team coming off win at MPSF Indoor Championships.

March 3, 1998

NEXT EVENT: NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., March 13-14

MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP: The Washington State men's track and field team won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships at the Livestock Events Center in Reno, February 28the Cougar women's team were runners-up to Stanford, 114 to100 at the two-day meet that included eight Pacific-10 and four Big West/West Coast Conference teamsCougar senior distance runner Bernard Lagat (Kenya) was named Male Athlete of the Meet and Cougar coach Rick Sloan won both the Men's and Women's Coach of the Meet honorsLagat won the men's 3,000m race in an NCAA PQ time of 8:07.75 Friday night and Saturday claimed the men's 800m race in an NCAA PQ time of 1:50.25Arizona's Amy Skieresz was named Female Athlete of the Meet after winning the 3,000m in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 9:28.83Friday night, Hilary Mawindi (senior, Zimbabwe) won the men's triple jump with Demetrius Murray (sophomore, Tacoma) secondMawindi's winning leap of 51-9 3/4 was a lifetime best mark and an NCAA PQ mark while Murray jumped 49-11 3/4Mawindi was second and Murray fourth in Saturday's long jumpFrancesca Green (sophomore, Kennewick) won the women's long jump with an NCAA PQ mark of 20-5 1/4 with Agneta Rosenblad (freshman, Sweden) thirdRosenblad won the 55m hurdles, breaking her own school record time with a 7.89 clockingGreen placed third in the 55m dash with an NCAA PQ time of 6.91 with Cougar sprinters placing fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth in the finalssenior sprinter Tamika Brown (Fort Bragg, Calif.) was second in the women's 200m dash, running an NCAA PQ and breaking her own WSU record time with a 23.98 finishSharika Higgins (sophomore, Oxnard, Calif.) was thirdArend Watkins (freshman, San Jose, Calif.) won the men's 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.38 and senior Eric Kamau (Kenya) won the men's mile in 4:06.52Alishia Booterbaugh (sophomore, LaCenter, Wash.) won the women's 800m race in 2:10.38, an NCAA PQ timein the women's triple jump, Cougars Kirsten Koch (senior, Renton) was third at 39-6 1/2, and Cicely Clinkenbeard (freshman, Okanogan) fourth at 39-6, both personal best marksIan Waltz (junior, Post Falls, Id.) finished a disappointing third in the men's shot put behind Arizona's Chima Ugwa's NCAA AQ and Washington's Ben LindseyFinal men's team scores were: 1. Washington State 115, 2. Stanford 94, 3. Washington 83, 4. Oregon 66.5, 5. Arizona 61, 6. UCLA 49, 7. Utah State 40, 8. Arizona State 28, 9. Boise State 21, 10. Long Beach State 18.5, 11. California 17, 12. Portland 6Women's team scores were: 1. Stanford 114, 2. Washington State 100, 3. Washington 75, 4. Utah State 61, 5. Oregon 53, 6. Arizona 52, 7. Arizona State 49, 8. UCLA 38, 9. Nevada 32.5, 10. Long Beach State 17, 11. California 15, 12. Boise State 13.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 25th season with the Cougar track program (fourth year as a head coach, third year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...he is joined by associate coach Lissa Olson, assistant coaches Dr. Li Li, Debra Lombardi, Mark Macdonald, and Rohan Walker...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Robyn Bryson and Dan O'Brien.

NCAA QUALIFIERS: The following Cougars have reached NCAA Qualifying Marks (NCAA ranking as of 3/3/98):

# = Provisional mark,  * = Automatic mark
MEN:  	* Shot Put - 19.28m/63-3 1/4  Ian Waltz, junior, Post Falls, Idaho (3rd)
	* 55m Hurdles - 7.23  Arend Watkins, freshman, San Jose, Calif. (5th)
	# 800m - 1:50.25  Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (28th)
	# 800m - 1:49.87  Rasto Kiplangat, senior, Kenya (31st)
	# Mile - 4:06.46  Eric Kamau, senior, Kenya (12th)
	# Mile - 4:08.10  Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (NR)
	# 3,000m - 8:07.75  Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (6th)
	# Distance Medley Relay - 9:45.23  Kamau, Macias, Kiplangat, Lagat (5th)
	# Triple Jump - 15.79m/51-9 3/4  Hilary Mawindi, senior, Zimbabwe (11th)

WOMEN: # Long Jump - 6.23m/20-5 1/4 Francesca Green, sophomore, Kennewick, Wash. (10th) # 55m - 6.91 Francesca Green, sophomore, Kennewick, Wash. (46th) # 200m - 23.98 Tamika Brown, senior, Fort Bragg, Calif. (28th) # 800m - 2:10.38 Alishia Booterbaugh, sophomore, LaCenter, Wash. (35th) # 20# Weight - 17.54m/57-6 1/2 Becky Potter, sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash. (34th)

NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT WEEK: The 1998 men's and women's NCAA Div. I Indoor Track and Field Championships are Mar. 13-14 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Inddeclarations are due Monday, Mar. 9, and the entries will be available later that same daylast year the WSU men's distance medley relay team of Eric Kamau, Guillermo Macias, Rasto Kiplangat and Bernard Lagat ran a school-record time of 9:34.03i and finished second at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships...two hours before the DMR race, Lagat placed fourth in the men's mile in a time of 4:02.21, just off his lifetime-best 4:02.18i...Kiplangat ran a 1:51.68i for sixth in the third heat of the men's 800m preliminaries and did not advance to the finals...Francesca Green, the lone Cougar woman at the indoor championships, placed ninth in the women's long jump...her leap of 19-8 1/4 was one-half inch away from eighth place...all five Cougars earned All-America honors at the meet.

NOTEWORTHY: Cougar sophomore thrower Becky Potter (Gig Harbor, Wash.) injured her left shoulder at the McDonald's II Meet Feb. 14, will have surgery and apply for a medical redshirt for the 1998 outdoor seasonLeo Slack, redshirt junior decathlete, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week and is currently rehabilitating to be ready for outdoor competitionvolleyball player turned high jumper Elis Arias (Mexico) will have knee surgery this spring and will forgo her chance at being a two-sport letterwinner at WSU.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Feb. 25 Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement endorsed by the United States Track Coaches Association, finds the WSU men tied for 11th with Nebraska and North Carolinathe USTCA Division I team Power Rankings show the WSU men ranked fourth while the women are 14th in the Feb. 21 listings.

WSU SCHOOL RECORDS: Several Cougar records have been rewritten this indoor season:

Women's indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.89i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998
	Previous time - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad 1998
Women's freshman indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.89i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998
	Previous time - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad 1998
Women's indoor Distance Medley Relay - 12:10.69i (Booterbaugh, Brown, Neel, Hunsinger) 1998
	Previous time - 12:11.74i (Pevovar, Frary, Schaures, Hobbs) 1997
Women's freshman indoor Pole Vault - 2.90m/9-6 1/4i Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998
	Previous mark:  First year of competition
Women's indoor Pole Vault - 3.02m/9-10 3/4i Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998
	Previous mark:  First year of competition
Women's freshman indoor Triple Jump - 12.03m/39-5 3/4i Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan) 1998
	Previous mark:  11.43m/37-6, Kolleen Faires, 1993
Women's indoor 20-pound Weight:  17.54m/57-6 1/2i, Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) 1998
	Previous mark:  16.67m/54-8 1/4i, Becky Potter, 1997
OUTDOOR COMPETITION ON THE HORIZON: The WSU men's and women's track teams will move to outdoor competition on Saturday, Mar. 21, at the Tri-City Sports Festival at RichlandWSU's home meets will be April 11 (Washington, Idaho), May 2 (Kansas, Boise State), and May 9 (Idaho, Eastern Washington).

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