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WSU Indoor Track & Field Opens Season At EWU Early Bird Open
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/11/2000
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Jan. 11, 2000

COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD BEGINS 2000 SEASON: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams begin their 2000 season at the Eastern Washington University Early Bird Open Saturday, Jan. 15, at Cheney...the Early Bird Open features limited events including a 500m dash ... field events begin at Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse at 9 a.m. with running events at 11:30 a.m ... team scoring will be tallied for the Division I schools in attendance.

TEAM HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for indoor track season joining teams from the Pac-10, West Coast and Big West Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the MPSF Indoor Championships in 1999 while the WSU men's team was MPSF runners-up...Cougar coach Rick Sloan was named 1999 MPSF Coach of the Year for both men and women...the WSU men went on to place 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with former Cougar Bernard Lagat earning NCAA Indoor Male Athlete of the Year honors.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 27th season with the Cougar track program (sixth year as a head coach, fifth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...WSU's volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.

ABOUT THE COUGAR MEN: WSU's men's team totals 51 athletes with ten seniors among the 28 returning letterwinners...returning indoor All-Americans are senior captain Ian Waltz (Post Falls, Id.) in the shot put, and junior Arend Watkins (San Jose, Calif.) in the 55m hurdles...senior triple jumper Demetrius Murray (Tacoma) is coming off a breakthrough outdoor season after finishing second at the NCAA outdoor championships ... replacing the points provided in the past by distance great Bernard Lagat will be a tough order for the Cougar men this year ... names to watch this year include seniors Guillermo Macias (LaPuente, Calif.) in the sprints, Brian Laville (Regina, Saskachewan) in the sprints and long jump, Lex Katich (Keller, Wash.) in the pole vault, sophomore sprinter Anson Henry (Pickering, Ontario) and Steve Dwyer (sophomore, Redmond) in the hurdles ... newcomers include Ian Johnson (freshman, Spokane) in the middle distance races, Jon Welsh (sophomore, Carmichael, Calif.) in the longer distance events, Matt Alverson (freshman, Everett, Wash.) and Ezra Gordon (Colville, Wash.) in the high jump, and Rick Collins (freshman, Spokane) in the pole vault.

ABOUT THE COUGAR WOMEN: WSU's women's team totals 38 athletes with just two seniors among the 25 returning letterwinners...WSU's returning indoor All-American is sophomore high jumper, Whitney Evans (Calgary, Alberta) ... returning outdoor All-Americans are sophomore heptathlete Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) who will run hurdles in the indoor season, Mandy Borschowa (freshman, Snoqualmie) in the shot put, and Megan Maynard (junior, Langley, Wash.) in the distance races ... other Cougar women to watch are Alishia Booterbaugh (senior, LaCenter, Wash.) in the 800m, Cicely Clinkenbeard (junior, Okanogan) in the triple jump, thrower Becky Potter (junior, Gig Harbor), Jeannette Martus (junior, Livonia, Mich.) in the pole vault, Agneta Rosenblad (junior, Sweden) and Randi Smith (sophomore, Beverly Hills, Calif.) in the hurdles, and senior sprinters Sharika Higgins (Oxnard, Calif.), Attrina Higgins (Chino, Calif.), and LaTroya Mucker (Los Angeles) ... newcomers to take note of in the 2000 indoor season include Andrea Doepker (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) in the pole vault, and Nicole McRae (freshman, Seattle) in the 800m.

NOTABLE: Team captains for 2000 are Ian Waltz and Francesca Sewell ... Sewell is out of indoor eligibility and will compete only in the outdoor season this year.

TENTATIVE WSU ENTRANTS FOR EWU EARLY BIRD OPEN:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:

55m Abersfeller, Evans, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, Richardson, Rosenblad
500m Abersfeller, McRae, R. Smith, Wood
55m HH Evans, A. Higgins, Odonkor, Richardson, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Zapata
1600m R TBA
High Jump Willis
Pole Vault Heggie, Martus, Robinett
Long Jump Clinkenbeard
Shot Put Borschowa, Evans, Potter, Richardson, Thornton
20# Weight Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:

55m Fitzhugh, Henry, Laville, Macias, Williams
500m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Kamau, Macias, Randall, Sommer
Mile Boxman, Childers
55m HH Dudley, Dwyer, Miller, Watkins
1600m Rel. TBA
High Jump Allen, Allverson, Dwyer, Gordon, Rushing
Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Dwyer, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali
Long Jump Morris, Murray, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Schwendiman
Shot Put Dwyer
35# Weight Pecht, Schade
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