May 28, 1998
NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships, UB Stadium SUNY, Buffalo, NY, June 3-6
1998 DIV. I NCAA MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Five men and three women from Washington State's men's and women's track and field teams have advanced to the NCAA Championship Meet next week at the University of Buffalo, New York...this is the largest Cougar contingent to attend the national outdoor championships in several years...the WSU coaching staff and eight athletes will depart from Pullman for Buffalo, NY, Monday, June1.
WSU'S 1998 NCAA ENTRANTS:
Event WSU Athlete (Natl. Standing/Total Entries) Mark Yr./Hometown
M 110m Hurdles Arend Watkins (11th / 19) 13.82 Fr., San Jose, Calif.
M 1500m Bernard Lagat (6th / 20) 3:40.79 Jr., Kenya
Eric Kamau (20th / 20) 3:43.76 Sr., Kenya
M 5,000m Bernard Lagat (6th / 21) 13:42.73 Jr., Kenya
M Triple Jump Hilary Mawindi (19th / 19) 15.90m /52-2 Sr., Zimbabwe
M Shot Put Ian Waltz (4th / 19) 19.45m/63-9 3/4 Jr., Post Falls, Id.
M Discus Ian Waltz (2nd / 19) 64.44m/211-5 Jr., Post Falls, Id.
W Long Jump Francesca Green (14th / 21) 6.29m / 20-7 3/4w So., Kennewick
W Triple Jump Cicely Clinkenbeard (21st / 22) 12.73m / 41-9 1/4 Fr., Okanogan
W Javelin Molly Monroe (18th / 22) 50.84m /166-9 So., Ellensburg
COUGARS RETURNING TO NCAAs: Three WSU athletes who have earned All-America honors from previous outdoor championships and returning this year are: Bernard Lagat (1997 - 4th in 1,500m Run), Ian Waltz (1997 - 8th in Discus, 8th in Shot Put), and Francesca Green (1996 - 4th in Long Jump)...Mawindi and Kamau both participated in the 1997 national meet but Mawindi did not place in the men's triple jump and Kamau finished 10th in the men's 1,500m...even though Lagat qualified in 800m in addition to the 1,500m and 5,000m races, the Cougar coaches felt the trials and finals racing times were most conducive to the 1,500m/5,000m double...with only 50 minutes between the end of the 1,500m and the beginning of the 5,000m race, coach Sloan said, "At least we know he'll be warmed up for the second race."
NCAA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all times converted to PDT):
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 - 3:00 p.m. Women's Long Jump Final THURSDAY, JUNE 4 - 3:20 p.m. Men's 110m High Hurdles Trials 5:10 p.m. Men's 1,500m Run Semifinals FRIDAY, JUNE 5 - Noon Women's Javelin Final 2:15 p.m. Women's Triple Jump Final 3:00 p.m. Men's Discus Final 4:35 p.m. Men's 110m High Hurdles Semifinals SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - 2:00 p.m. Men's Triple Jump Final 3:00 p.m. Men's Shot Put Final 3:10 p.m. Men's 110m High Hurdles Final 4:20 p.m. Men's 1,500m Run Final 5:10 p.m. Men's 5,000m Run FinalABOUT 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.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, show the Cougar men tied for 13th with South Carolina in the May 20 poll...in the USTCA Division I team Power Rankings, the WSU men are 7th out of 49 ranked teams while the Cougar women are 8th of the 47 teams ranked as of May 28.
WSU ATHLETES WHO MET NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS BUT WERE NOT ACCEPTED:
Event WSU Athlete NCAA Prov. NCAA Auto. M 800m Bernard Lagat (6th) - NOT ENTERED IN THIS EVENT 1:47.26 Rasto Kiplangat (missed cut by 11/100s second) 1:48.35 M Javelin Matt Stadelman (missed cut by 6") 68.46m /224-7 M Hammer B.J. Schade 60.44m /198-3 W 200m Tamika Brown 23.48 W 4x100 Relay S. Higgins, Mucker, Brown, Green 44.78 W Javelin Anna Church 47.16m /154-9 W Hammer Molly Moore 52.50m / 172-3 Andrea Thornton 52.30m /171-7 Kristin Ogle 51.74m / 169-9WSU SCHOOL RECORDS:
Men's outdoor Discus - 64.44m / 211-5 Ian Waltz (Post Falls, Id.) 1998 Previous mark: 63.66m / 208-10 John van Reenen 1970 Women's freshman outdoor 100m Hurdles - 13.76 Agneta Rosenblad (Sweden) 1998 Previous mark: 14.06 Shannon Bryan 1991 Wn'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 - 3.10m / 10-2 Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998 First year of competition Women's freshman outdoor Pole Vault - 3.05m / 10-0 Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998 First year of competition Women's outdoor Triple Jump - 12.73m / 41-9 1/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 12.59m / 41-3 3/4 Sharon Li 1992 Wn's frosh outdoor Triple Jump - 12.73m / 41-9 1/4 Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: 11.90m / 39-0 1/2 Kolleen Faires 1993 Women's outdoor Hammer - 52.50m/172-3 Molly Moore (Kalispell, Mont.) 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