April 14, 1998
THIS WEEK: Mt. San Antonio College Relays, Walnut, Calif., April 17-19
Next Week: Pelluer Invitational, Cheney, Wash., April 24
COUGARS SEND 26 MEN, 26 WOMEN TO MT. SAC RELAYS: Washington State's men's and women's track and field teams travel to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. San Antonio College Relays April 17-19...over 3,000 prep, community college, all divisions of college as well as elite athletes will compete in the three-day event...WSU will compete in the collegiate/university/open/invitational sections.
WSU ENTRIES FOR APRIL 17-19 COMPETITION:
Cougar Women 100m - Tamika Brown, Francesca Green, Sharika Higgins, LaTroya Mucker 200m - Tamika Brown, Sharika Higgins, LaTroya Mucker 400m - Nicole Henderson 800m - Alishia Booterbaugh, Charlotte Neel, Lisa Schaures 1,500m - Joanne Hunsinger, Megan Maynard, Kim Schmolka 3,000m - Joanne Hunsinger, Kim Schmolka 5,000m - Megan Maynard 10,000m - Crystal Malgesini 100m High Hurdles - Agneta Rosenblad, Lucita Zapata 400m Int. Hurdles - Autumn Wood 400m Relay - S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Green High Jump - Cathy McNeely Pole Vault - Tauni Bainbridge, Jessica Goodall Long Jump - Cicely Clinkenbeard, Itoro Elijah, Francesca Green, Kirsten Koch, Agneta Rosenblad Triple Jump - Clinkenbeard, Elijah, Koch Discus - Kristin Ogle Javelin - Anna Church, Molly Monroe Hammer - Molly Moore, Kristin Ogle, Andrea ThorntonABOUT 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 Indoor Men's Coach of the Year and Women's Coach of the Year...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.
Cougar Men 400m - Guillermo Macias 800m - John Cote, Rob Harris, Rasto Kiplangat Mile - Eric Kamau 5,000m - Chris Charles, Bernard Lagat, Jon Murray, Brad Treat 110m High Hurdles - Arend Watkins 400m Int. Hurdles - Jermaine Hunsaker, Paul Sommer High Jump - Craig Allen, Chris Rushing Pole Vault - Tony Boitano, Lex Katich, Kyllan Tower Long Jump - Hilary Mawindi Triple Jump - Mawindi, Chris Mosley Shot Put - Ian Waltz Discus - Kevin Moore, Vinnie Pecht, Ian Waltz Javelin - Byran Jones, Ryan Nichols, Matt Stadelman Hammer - Kevin Moore, B.J. Schade
WSU NCAA QUALIFIERS TO DATE:
Event WSU Athlete (National Standing) NCAA Prov. NCAA Auto. M 1500m Bernard Lagat (1st) 3:40.79 M Triple Jump Hilary Mawindi (6th) 15.90/52-2 M Shot Put Ian Waltz (3rd) 19.18m/62-11 1/4 M Discus Ian Waltz (1st) 62.78m/206-0 M Javelin Matt Stadelman (11th) 68.46m/224-7 M Hammer B.J. Schade (20th) 60.44m/198-3 W 4x100 Relay S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Green (12th) 44.78 W Javelin Anna Church (27th) 47.16m/154-9 Molly Monroe (28th) 46.94m/154-0 W Hammer Andrea Thornton (37th) 52.30m/171-7NATIONAL RANKINGS: Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, show the Cougar men seventh behind Arkansas, Arizona, Clemson, Stanford, USC and TCU in its April 8 poll...in the latest USTCA Division I team Power Rankings, the WSU men are third out of 34 ranked teams while the Cougar women's are fourth of the 34 teams that are ranked as of April 13.
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.
LAST WEEK: The WSU men's and women's track and field teams swept Washington and Idaho in dual meet action April 11 at Mooberry Track in Pullman. WSU's men defeated Washington 94-70 and outscored Idaho 106-56 while the Husky men beat Idaho 87-74. On the women's side, the Cougars defeated Washington 84-70 for their first win since 1992, and also beat the Vandals 120-30. UW's women downed Idaho 102-51. Even though the weather spanned the gamut of springtime on the Palouse including hail, rain, gusty winds and plenty of sun, the athletes stepped up to the task at hand, achieving one NCAA automatic qualifying and a dozen provisional qualifying marks. The Cougar men tallied nine wins in 19 events while the WSU women claimed 10 victories in 18 events including point sweeps (first, second and third places) in the long jump, javelin and 100m dash. WSU's Francesca Green (sophomore, Kennewick) leaped 20-feet one inch to win the long jump followed by freshmen Agneta Rosenblad (Sweden) and Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan). Green also led the way in the 100m dash in a time of 11.96 followed by Tamika Brown (senior, Fort Bragg, Calif.) and Attrina Higgins (sophomore, Chino, Calif.). Brown won the 200m dash in a windy time of 23.87. Rosenblad also won the 100m high hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.85 and Alishia Booterbaugh (sophomore, LaCenter) won the 800m race. The WSU women also won the 4x100m relay with a school record and NCAA PQ time of 44.78 with Sharika Higgins (sophomore, Oxnard, Calif.) in the lead leg, LaTroya Mucker (sophomore, Los Angeles) second, Brown third and Green anchoring. Sharika Higgins then moved up a notch and was victorious in the 400m dash with a Pac-10 qualifying and lifetime-best clocking 54.69. WSU senior Kirsten Koch (Renton) won the triple jump with a lifetime-best distance of 41-0 1/4 with Clinkenbeard second with her own personal-best mark of 40-4. Both marks were wind-aided. Cougar thrower Molly Monroe (sophomore, Ellensburg) claimed the javelin with an NCAA PQ distance of 154-0. Anna Church (sophomore, Yakima) and Molly Moore (junior, Kalispell, Mont.) took second and third in this event. Moore went on to win the hammer throw with a personal-best distance of 168-7. Washington's Aretha Hill (senior, Renton), collegiate record-holder in the discus, won that event with an NCAA AQ but did not improve on her 215-3 mark. Hill also won the shot put with an NCAA PQ, again, not an improvement over an existing distance. WSU's Ian Waltz (junior, Post Falls, Id.) won the much-anticipated match-ups in the men's shot put and discus events. Waltz, the national leader in the discus and second in the shot, beat Washington's Ben Lindsey (sophomore, Lynnwood), ranked third nationally in both events. While both men tallied NCAA PQ marks in both events, neither bettered existing distances. B.J. Schade, a WSU sophomore from Sequim, claimed the hammer with an NCAA PQ and lifetime-best mark of 198-3. Cougar junior Kevin Moore (Richland) was second. Hiliary Mawindi (senior, Zimbabwe) won the triple and long jump events for the Cougs, including an NCAA PQ mark in the triple, one inch short of his season-best leap. Leo Slack (junior, Kennewick) was second in the long and Chris Mosley (senior, Federal Way) was second in the triple. Idaho's Hugo Munoz won the high jump with an NCAA PQ leap of 7-2 1/2. WSU's distance All-American, Bernard Lagat (senior, Kenya) won the 800m and 1500m races with countryman Eric Kamau second in the 1500m race. Redshirt-freshman Brad Treat (Kalispell, Mont.) won the men's 5,000m race while freshman Arend Watkins (San Jose, Calif.) was victorious in the 110m high hurdles. Washington sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker (freshman, Ellensburg) won the men's 100m dash improving his NCAA PQ time with a 10.31 clocking and then ran an NCAA PQ time of 20.84 to win the 200m dash.
WSU SCHOOL RECORDS: The Cougars broke nine school records during the 1998 indoor season, and the outdoor season has already produced several new marks in several events:
Women's outdoor 100m Hurdles - 13.94 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 - 3.05m/10-0 Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: First year of competition Women's outdoor Hammer - 52.30m/171-7 Andrea Thornton (Shelton, Wash.) 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