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Release: 06/06/2003
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June 6, 2003

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TWELVE COUGARS TO COMPETE IN TEN EVENTS AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Washington State University will send eight women and three men to the Men's 82nd and Women's 22nd Annual NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 11-14, at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus...the four days of competition will showcase action from mid-morning until past 9 p.m. each night...team scoring for all events is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...results can be obtained at the Sac State NCAA Track website, www.hornetsports.com/ncaa/results.asp.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 30th season with the Cougar track program; ninth year as a head coach, eighth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Francesca Green and Jason Drake...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Michael Friedberg.

ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGARS:

Anna Blue - Senior, Distance, Olympia, Washington

  • 2003 West Regional, 6th in 5000m with time of 16:32.26
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 5th in 10,000m (35:21.45)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 7th in 5000m (17:33.43)
  • Set school records in 2003 in 10k (34:25.63), 3000m (9:42.22i), and 5000m (16:14.55)
  • 2002 Pac-10 Championships, 6th in 5000m (17:12.98)
  • 2002 NCAA Championships, 15th in 5k (16:51.59)

    Bennie Chatman - Senior, Sprints, Houston, Texas

  • 2003 West Regional, 3rd in 100m dash (10.40w)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 2nd in 100m dash (10.12w PR), 1st in 4x100m relay (39.68)
  • 2002 Pac-10 Championships, 4th 100m dash (10.51/10.48 prelims), 200m dash (21.58 prelims)

    Eric Dudley - RS Senior, Intermediate Hurdles, Bellingham, Washington

  • 2003 West Regional, 4th in 400m intermediate hurdles (50.73)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 2nd in 400m hurdles (49.59 PR)
  • PR time 2nd on WSU's all-time list behind Boyd Gittins' 1968 time of 49.27, the collegiate record at that time and the oldest record on the Cougar men's all-time lists
  • 2002 Redshirt season
  • All-America 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships, 5th in 400m hurdles (50.28)
  • 2001 Pac-10 Championships, 1st in 400m hurdles (50.53), 8th in 110m hurdles (14.54)
  • 2000 Pac-10 Championships, 3rd in 400m hurdles (51.68)
  • Recipient of 2003 Awards: Cougar Pride Academic Salute, SAAC Outstanding Senior Male Athlete, President's Leadership, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America National First Team (2001); Dist. VIII First Team (2000, 2002, 2003)

    Monique Jessie - Junior, Intermediate Hurdles/Relay, Compton, California

  • 2003 West Regional, 4th in 400m intermediate hurdles (58.32 PR)
  • 2003 West Regional, 2nd in 4x400m relay (3:33.65 SR)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 4th in 400m hurdles (59.28)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 3rd in 4x400m relay (3:37.57)
  • All-America, 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, 7th in 4x400m relay (3:35.49i SR)

    Whitney Evans - RS Junior, High Jump/Heptathlon, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • 2003 West Regional, 1st in high jump (1.79m/5-10 1/2)
  • Pac-10 High Jump Champion for 2001, 2002 and 2003 (1.82m/5-11 1/2)
  • Three-time Indoor All-American, High Jump (4th in 2003 at 1.85m/6-0 3/4 PR, 3rd in 2002, T15 in 2002, 6th in 1999)
  • Does not practice due to Achilles tendonitis in left foot and patella tendonitis in her right knee
  • Three-time Outdoor All-America High Jump, (2nd in 2002, 3rd in 2001, 4th in 1999)
  • All-America Heptathlon, 7th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)
  • Second place, 2001 PAC-10 Heptathlon (5,546 points)
  • Held Canadian Junior Heptathlon Record at 5,579 points (3rd best in WSU history)
  • Redshirt seasons - outdoor 2000, indoor 2001 - patella tendonitis
  • Collegiate best High Jump of 1.84m/6-0 1/2 is second on WSU all-time standings
  • Lifetime best leap of 1.85m/6-0 3/4
  • Recipient of 2003 Awards: Cougar Pride Academic Salute, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Women of the Year
  • Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America National First Team 2002, Third Team 2001; Dist. VIII Academic All-American 2001, 2002, 2003

    Tiffany Giles - RS Senior, 400m Dash/Relay, Seattle, Washington

  • 2003 West Regional, 5th in 400m dash (53.34 PR)
  • 2003 West Regional, 2nd in 4x400m (3:33.65 SR)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 4th in 400m dash (53.65), 3rd in 4x400m relay (3:37.57)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 5th in 400m dash (54.02/53.43 prelims), 7th in 200m (23.97), 3rd in 4x100m relay (45.50), 3rd in 4x400m relay (3:37.30)
  • All-America, 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, 7th in 4x400m relay (3:35.49i SR)

    Angelita Green - Junior, Relay, Long Beach, California

  • All-America, 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, 7th in 4x400m relay (3:35.49i SR)
  • Will run on the 4x400m relay team in the NCAA Outdoor prelims in place of Richardson

    Tamara Gulley - Junior, Relay, San Jose, California

  • 2003 West Regional, 2nd in 4x400m (3:33.65 SR), 10th in 100m hurdles (13.75w)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 3rd in 4x400m relay (3:37.57)

    Diana Pickler - Freshman, Heptathlon, Sasche, Texas

  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 4th in heptathlon (NCAA PQ 5,254 points)

    Darion Powell - RS Freshman, Decathlon, Kirkland, Washington

  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 2nd decathlon (NCAA PQ 7,386 points)

    Ellannee Richardson - RS Junior, Heptathlon/Hurdles, Gladstone, Oregon

  • All-America, 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, 7th in 4x400m relay (3:35.49i SR)
  • 2003 West Regional, 6th 100m hurdles (13.52 PR), 2nd in 4x400m (3:33.65 SR)
  • Three-time Pac-10 Champion, heptathlon (2001, 2002, 2003), 2nd in 1999
  • Named the Pac-10 Female Track & Field Athlete of the Week for May 5-11
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 5th 200m dash (24.06), 6th 100m hurdles (13.55), 3rd in 4x400m relay (3:37.57)
  • Three-time All-America heptathlon (2nd in 2002, 4th in 2001, 4th in 1999)
  • Ranked third-best heptathlete (top collegiate) in the United States in 2003 by Track & Field News
  • Holds school records in 400m (54.14i), 400m relay (44.50), 1600m relay, heptathlon (5,821 points)
  • Redshirt season - 2000 indoor and outdoor - recurring hip and back pain
  • Recipient of 2003 Awards: WSU's Pac-10 Medal Winner, Cougar Pride Academic Salute Trophy, Senior Excellence in Academics, Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team, nominee for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, nominee for NCAA Women of the Year
  • Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America Dist. VIII Academic All-American 2003

    Bree Skinner - Junior, Triple Jump, Pasco, Washington

  • 2003 West Regional, 4th in triple jump (12.51m/41 0 1/2 PR)
  • 2003 Pac-10 Championships, 5th in triple jump (12.35m/40-6 1/4)
  • Entered program as sprinter, has only triple jumps a handful of times in competition

    DILLEY DISMISSED: Kurtiss Dilley (junior, Elverta, Calif.) was dismissed from the Washington State Track and Field team this week for violating team policies and will not be competing at the NCAA meet next week...Dilley was an indoor All-American after finishing fifth in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships...he had qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a fifth-place finish in the high jump (2.13m/6-11 3/4) at the West Regional May 30 at Stanford...he finished fourth at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships by clearing the bar at 2.14m/7-0 1/4.

    BUCHANAN'S INJURY PRECLUDES 100M DASH COMPETITION: Junior sprinter Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.), one of the pre-meet title contenders, will not be competing at the NCAA Championships next week due to recurring hamstring injury...Buchanan ran a lifetime-best 100m time of 10.10w to win the Pac-10 title and the explosive sprinter also anchored the winning 4x100m relay to a season-best time of 39.68, the fourth-fastest time run in school history...he pulled up in the 100m dash prelims at the West Regional Meet but his 10.10w time was second-fastest nationally and he would have been invited to the NCAAs if not for the injury.

    NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...WSU is 15th in the latest women's rankings but the Cougar men are not ranked...in the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings (dual meet predictors and demonstrate team depth), the Cougar women are 10th and WSU men are 15th.

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