April 18, 2007
COUGAR TRACK & FIELD HOME FOR INVITE MEET: Washington State University's track and field teams will compete at home this weekend for the Eighth Annual Cougar Invitational, Saturday, April 21...over 400 participants from the following schools: Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington, Community Colleges of Spokane, Central Washington, Eastern Oregon, Gonzaga, Lewis-Clark State, Northwest Nazarene, Seattle Pacific, St. Martin's, Treasure Valley CC,and Western Washington...no team scoring...the field events begin at 10 a.m. while the running events begin at 1:15 p.m...Admission is Free of Charge...results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com.
LAMB AND ULRICK TO COMPETE AT SAN DIEGO: All-American sophomore Matt Lamb and senior Drew Ulrick will compete in the discus at the Triton Invitational meet at UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif...many of the top US collegiate and elite as well as world throwers gather at the Triton Invite each year to take advantage of the good weather and fine wind conditions...while in the San Diego area, Lamb and Ulrick and Cougar Throws Coach Debra Farwell will also watch former WSU All-American and Olympian Ian Waltz practice at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.
BIG ROB MAKING NOISE: Robert Williams, Cougar sophomore hurdler from Riverside, Calif., spent last weekend showing off for family and friends who were in attendance at the UCLA meet...Williams ran a PR and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 14.11 seconds to win the high hurdles and then came back the next day to win the intermediate hurdles with a PR time of 51.87 seconds.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coaches included former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles, Bob Frey and Luan Weeks.
WSU IN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked tied 20th in Trackwire Online Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) April 17...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 1. Arizona State, 3. USC, 10. Oregon, 11. Stanford, t14. UCLA, 16. California, and t17. Washington...Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 3. USC, 4. Arizona State, 6. Oregon, 8. Arizona, 10. Washington, and t20. UCLA...WSU women are ranked 17th and the men are unranked in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) April 17 outdoor poll.
DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS: Five Cougars are ranked in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists for April 9...the Dandy Dozen lists are a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...Cougars ranked this week include: Diana Pickler (2nd heptathlon), Julie Pickler (4th heptathlon), John Cassleman (12th 400m hurdles), Tyson Byers (3rd pole vault), and Matt Lamb (8th discus).
Diana Pickler BREAKS SCHOOL HURDLES RECORD THREE STRAIGHT WEEKS: Senior heptathlete, four-time All-American and co-captain Diana Pickler broke her own 100m hurdles school record for the third consecutive week April 4, at the Texas Relays...Pickler ran a time of 13.42 at the Trojan Invite March 24, then clocked in a time of 13.31 at the Stanford Invite March 31...in the opening event of the heptathlon at the Texas Relays, Pickler ran a time of 13.28...she has reached NCAA Regional Qualifying in five events and leads the nation with her NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark in the heptathlon.