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Cougars Open Outdoor Season at Tri-City Sports Festival
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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March 17, 1997

THIS WEEK: Tri-City Sports Festival, Fran Risch Stadium, Richland, Wash., March 21
Next Week: Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif., March 28-29

TRI-CITY SPORTS FESTIVAL UP NEXT FOR COUGS: Washington State's men's and women's track teams have a two and one-half hour bus trip to Richland, Wash., this weekend to open their 1998 outdoor season at the Tri-City Sports Festival...growing in popularity, nearly 1,000 athletes are expected to compete from the following teams: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Portland, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Portland State, Central Washington, Eastern Oregon, Seattle Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Western Washington, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield, Whitworth, Whitman, Dordt College (Iowa), Utah Valley State, Northern Idaho, Ricks College, Spokane CC, Chemekata CC, Clackamas CC, Mt. Hood, and Flathead Valley CC (Montana).

WSU ENTRIES FOR TRI-CITY SPORTS FESTIVAL: The following is the Cougars' tentative entries for Saturday...after the NCAA Indoor Championship competition, Hilary Mawindi, Eric Kamau, Rasto Kiplangat, and Bernard Lagat are taking this weekend off.

Cougar Women
100m - Francesca Green, Tamika Brown, Attrina Higgins,
Lucita Zapata
200m - Brown, A. Higgins, Nicole Henderson
400m - Sharika Higgins, Nicole Henderson, Heather Silvey
800m - Lisa Schaures, Kim Schmolka, Joanne Hunsinger
1,500m - Alishia Booterbaugh, Lisa Chaffee, Charlotte
Neel, Megan Maynard, Hunsinger, Schmolka
5,000m - Crystal Malgesini, Sara Legerski, Danni Vargas
100m High Hurdles - Agneta Rosenblad, Zapata,
A. Higgins.
400m Int. Hurdles - Autumn Wood
400m Relay - TBA
1600m Relay - TBA
High Jump - Cathy McNeely
Long Jump - Rosenblad, Green, Clinkenbeard, Itoro Elijah,
Kirsten Koch
Triple Jump - Koch, Clinkenbeard, Elijah
Shot Put - Molly Moore, Andrea Thornton
Discus - Thornton, Kristin Ogle
Javelin - Moore, Monroe, Anna Church
Hammer - Thornton, Moore, Ogle

Cougar Men 100m - Clay Thomas, Guillermo Macias, Colan Sewell 200m - Thomas, Sewell, Macias 400m - Chad Randall, John Cote, Tony Olson 800m - Jesse Carlson, Rob Harris, Jon Murray 1,500m - Jon Murray, Harris, Chris Charles, Josh Mattson Steeplechase - Erik Allwine, David Jungk 5,000m - Justin Murray, Randy Edens, Charles 110m High Hurdles - No entrants 400m Int. Hurdles - Trevor Wyckoff, Rick Smith, Paul Sommer, Jermaine Hunsaker 400m Relay - TBA 1600m Relay - TBA High Jump - Craig Allen, Chris Rushing Pole Vault - Tony Boitano, Billy Jesse, Lex Katich Long Jump - Chad Schwendiman, Demetrius Murray Triple Jump - Demetrius Murray Shot Put - Ian Waltz Discus - Waltz, Kevin Moore, B.J. Schade, Vinnie Pecht Javelin - Matt Stadelman, Byran Jones, Ryan Nichols Hammer - Moore, Schade

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 Year...he was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Coach of the Meet and Women's Coach of the Meet...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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Mar. 11 Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, finds the WSU men tied for 14th with Baylor and Kansas State...the USTCA Division I team Power Rankings show the WSU men ranked third and the women are 12th in the March 11 indoor rankings.

COUGAR MEN THIRD AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The WSU men's indoor track and field team finished tied for third with Clemson at 26 points at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 13-14, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana...the Cougar men's distance medley relay team team of Eric Kamau, Guillermo Macias, Rasto Kiplangat and Bernard Lagat ran a world record time of 9:29.54i to win the DMR...the next day, Lagat placed second in the men's 3,000m in a lifetime-best time of 7:46.45...WSU freshman Arend Watkins finished sixth in the men's 55m hurdles (7.33) after pulling a groin muscle in the prelims...Ian Waltz placed fourth in the men's shot put with a lifetime-best throw of 63-5 1/2...senior Hiliary Mawindi (Zimbabwe) finished 11th in the men's triple jump with a leap of 51-1 3/4...Francesca Green (Kennewick), the lone Cougar woman at the indoor championships, placed 15th in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-4 3/4...Kamau, Macias, Kiplangat, Lagat, Watkins, and Waltz earned All-American honors.

WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS: Nine Cougar records were established during the 1998 indoor season:

Men's indoor Distance Medley Relay - 9:29.54i Kamau, Macia, Kiplangat, Lagat 1998 
[WORLD RECORD on regulation indoor track]
	Previous time - 9:34.03i Kamau, Macia, Kiplangat, Lagat 1997
Women's indoor 200m Dash - 23.98i Tamika Brown (Fort Bragg, Calif.) 1998
	Previous time - 24.24i Tamika Brown 1997
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
NOTEWORTHY: Redshirt junior All-American and 1996 Pac-10 champion decathlete Leo Slack (Kennewick) is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and will not compete this weekend...Slack missed the end of the indoor season with the knee problem but is currently training...senior distance runner Dana Pevovar Zlateff (Port Orchard, Wash.) is also recovering from a knee 'scope...sophomore thrower Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) undergoes shoulder surgery at the end of the month...Cathy McNeely, a sophomore high jumper (Philomath, Ore.), returns to the WSU track team after her second season on the women's basketball team...Felton "Jody" Charles, a sophomore sprinter from Oakland, Calif., is no longer a member of the Cougar track team.

COUGAR HOME MEETS: Washington State will host three meets at Mooberry Track on the Pullman campus this spring: April 11 - Washington and Idaho duals; May 2 - Palouse Team Invitational with Kansas and Boise State; May 9 - Cougar Invitational with Idaho and Eastern Washington.

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