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Cougars at Pac-10 Conference Track & Field Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 19, 1998

THIS WEEK: Pac-10 Championships, Cobb Track & Angell Field, Stanford, Calif., May 23-24
Next Event: NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships, Buffalo, NY, June 3-6

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP-UP REGULAR SEASON: Washington State's men's and women's track and field teams compete at the Pac-10 Championships, May 23-24, on the Stanford campusthe meet will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1after the Multi-Events Championships May 16-17, the WSU women are in third place with five team points scored by the fourth-place finish in the heptathlon by LaTroya MuckerIan Waltz will also compete at a throwers only invitational meet May 19, at Hartnell CC in Salinas, Calif.

MUCKER MAKES NAME AT PAC-10 HEPTATHLON: LaTroya Mucker, a sophomore sprinter from Los Angeles, completed her first heptathlon with a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Conference Multi-Events Championships, May 16-17, at StanfordMucker tallied 5,015 points, fifth-best in school history, with a win in the 200m dash (23.8w), second in the 100m hurdles (14.26w), third in the 800m (2:28.00), fifth in the long jump (17-4) and the javelin (94-11), and sixth in the high jump (5-2 1/4) and the shot put (34-11 1/4)Mucker was in second place in the seven-women field after the first four events with 3,203 pointsStanford's Tracye Lawyer defended her title with 5,809 points with teammates Julie Tinker third (5,033), Katrinka Jackson fifth (4,938), and Joy Goff sixth (4,683)Oregon's Jennifer Thomas was second (5,452) and Arizona's Liz Giltner finished seventh (4,362)California's Ross Bomben edged out Arizona's Dominic Johnson to win the decathlon 7,808 to 7,764 points.

PAC-10 TEAM STANDINGS AFTER THE MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: WOMEN - Stanford 23, Oregon 8, WSU 5, Arizona 2 MEN - California 16, Arizona 13, Washington 5, Stanford 4, ASU 1.

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)...Sloan was selected the District 8 Indoor Coach of the Yearhe was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Men's Coach of the Year and Women's Coach of the Yearhe 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.

WSU NCAA QUALIFIERS TO DATE:

Event           WSU Athlete (National Standing) NCAA Prov.  NCAA Auto.
M 800m          Bernard Lagat   (6th)     1:47.26
                Rasto Kiplangat (20th)    1:48.35
M 1500m         Bernard Lagat   (6th)     3:40.79
                Eric Kamau     (25st)     3:43.76
M 5,000m        Bernard Lagat   (6th)    13:42.73
M Triple Jump   Hilary Mawindi (15th)       15.90m /52-2
M Shot Put      Ian Waltz       (4th)       19.45m /63-9 3/4
M Discus        Ian Waltz       (2nd)       62.78m /206-0
M Javelin       Matt Stadelman (19th)       68.46m /224-7
M Hammer        B.J. Schade    (31st)       60.44m /198-3
W 200m          Tamika Brown   (34th)       23.48
W 4x100 Relay   S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Green (18th) 44.78
W Long Jump     Francesca Green (13th)       6.29m /20-7 3/4w
W Javelin       Molly Monroe    (17th)      50.84m /166-9
                Anna Church     (36th)      47.16m /154-9
W Hammer        Molly Moore     (57th)      52.50m /172-3
                Andrea Thornton (60th)      52.30m /171-7
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, show the Cougar men tied for 14th with Southern Methodist in the May 14 pollin the USTCA Division I team Power Rankings, the WSU men are third out of 48 ranked teams while the Cougar women are seventh of the 46 teams ranked as of May 14.

WSU ENTRIES FOR MAY 23 MEET: Here are the tentative Cougar entries for this weekend:

Cougar Women
100m - Tamika Brown, Francesca Green, Attrina Higgins
200m - Tamika Brown, Attrina Higgins, Sharika Higgins, 
LaTroya Mucker
400m - Sharika Higgins, LaTroya Mucker
800m - Alishia Booterbaugh
1,500m - Charlotte Neel, Kim Schmolka
3,000m - Joanne Hunsinger
5,000m - Joanna Hunsinger, Megan Maynard
10,000m - Crystal Malgesini
100m High Hurdles - Attrina. Higgins, Agneta Rosenblad, 
Lucita Zapata
400m Int. Hurdles - Autumn Wood
4x100m Relay - Green, S. Higgins, Brown, A. Higgins
4x400m Relay - Mucker, Neel, Booterbaugh, S. Higgins
High Jump - Francesca Green, Cathy McNeely
Pole Vault - Tauni Bainbridge, Jessica Goodall
Long Jump - Cicely Clinkenbeard, Green, Rosenblad
Triple Jump - Clinkenbeard, Kirsten Koch, McNeely
Shot Put - Molly Moore
Discus - Kristin Ogle
Javelin - Anna Church, Molly Monroe
Hammer - Moore, Ogle, Andrea Thornton

Cougar Men 100m - No entrants 200m - No entrants 400m - Guillermo Macias 800m - John Cote, Rasto Kiplangat, Bernard Lagat 1,500m - Eric Kamau, Bernard Lagat Steeplechase - No entrants 5,000m - Bernard Lagat, Jon Murray 10,000m - Chris Charles 110m High Hurdles - Arend Watkins 400m Int. Hurdles - Jermaine Hunsaker, Paul Sommer 4x100m Relay - Hunsaker, Mawindi, Sommer, Macias 4x400m Relay - TBA High Jump - Craig Allen, Chris Mosley, Chris Rushing Pole Vault - Tony Boitano, Lex Katich, Kyllan Tower Long Jump - Hilary Mawindi, Demetrius Murray Triple Jump - Mawindi, Demetrius Murray, Chris Mosley Shot Put - Ian Waltz Discus - Ian Waltz Javelin - Byran Jones, Ryan Nichols, Matt Stadelman Hammer - Kevin Moore, B.J. Schade

NOTEWORTHY: WSU jumper Hilary Mawindi, bothered by an inflamed knee since the May 2 dual meet with Kansas and Boise State at Pullman, did not participate in the Oregon Twilight Meet last Fridayinstead, the senior triple and long jump specialist from Zimbabwe received an injection of cortisone and will join the Cougars mid-week in StanfordIan Waltz will be participating at the USA Mobil Outdoor Championships, June 19-21, at New OrleansWSU has ten seniors competing at the Pac-10 Championships - Brown, Hunsinger, Koch, and Schmolka for the women, Kamau, Kiplangat, Mawindi, Jon Murray, Mosley and Stadelman for the menAssociate coach Lissa Olson will leave the WSU staff in June and join her husband, Greg, a football coach at Purdue.

LAST WEEK: Rasto Kiplangat's win in the 800m provided the sole NCAA mark at the cold and windy Cougar Invitational Track and Field Meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman Saturday. Kiplangat, a senior from Kenya, was assisted in his race by Bernard Lagat, who ran as a "rabbit" as Kiplangat clocked an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:48.35. The Cougars won all but 26 of the 34 events contested at the meet that featured athletes from WSU, EWU, Idaho, Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho College as well as members of the Bigfoot Track Club and several former area collegians competing as "unattached." Seen as a last chance meet for the Cougars prior to the Pac-10 Championships May 23-24 in Stanford, EWU was looking to improve marks for the Big Sky Conference Meet next week in Ogden, Utah, and Idaho in preparation for the Big West Conference finals. WSU's Charlotte Neel, a freshman from Olympia, Wash., ran a Pac-10 qualifying 4:39.58 to win the women's 1500m race. Lucita Zapata, a sophomore from Walla Walla, also qualified for the Pac-10 meet with a lifetime-best time of 14.21 for second in the women's 100m high hurdles.

WSU SCHOOL RECORDS:

Women's freshman outdoor 100m Hurdles - 13.76 Agneta Rosenblad (Sweden) 1998
    Previous mark:  14.06 Shannon Bryan 1991

Women's 4x100m Relay - 44.78 Sharika Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Tamika Brown, Francesca Green 1998 Previous mark: 44.97 S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Attrina Higgins 1997

Women's outdoor Pole Vault - 3.10m / 10-2 Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998 - First year of competition

Women's freshman outdoor Pole Vault - 3.05m / 10-0 Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998 - First year

Women's outdoor Triple Jump - 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Sharon Li 1992

Women's freshman outdoor Triple Jump - 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 11.90m / 39-0 1/2 Kolleen Faires 1993

Women's outdoor Hammer - 52.50m/172-3 Molly Moore (Kalispell, Mont.) 1998 Previous mark: 49.74m/163-2, Molly Moore 1997

Women's freshman outdoor Hammer - 52.30m/171-7 Andrea Thornton (Shelton, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 48.74m/159-11, Becky Potter 1997

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