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Cougar Track & Field Returns To EWU For Martin Invitational
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/18/2000
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Jan. 18, 2000

WSU INDOOR TRACK & FIELD OFF AND RUNNING (AND JUMPING, AND THROWING): Washington State University's indoor track and field teams had a successful first weekend of competition at the EWU Early Bird Open and returns to Cheney for this weekend's Jerry Martin Invitational...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.

NOTABLE: All-American thrower Ian Waltz (senior, Post Falls, Idaho) will make his debut for the season in the shot at EWU...Waltz is coming off a redshirt season due to a torn tendon in a finger on his throwing hand...Cougar coach Rick Sloan said freshman pole vaulter Andrea Doepker, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, will redshirt the 2000 indoor season...Doepker, who won a silver medal at the 1998 Canadian Junior Championships, has a stress fracture of her navicular bone in her right foot...sophomore Ellannee Richardson is nursing a sore back and may not compete at the Jerry Martin Invite.

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.

COUGARS SOLID AT EWU EARLY BIRD OPEN: Anson Henry (sophomore, Pickering, Ontario, Canada) won the men's 55m dash with a personal-best and NCAA PQ time of 6.26 seconds...junior All-American hurdler, Arend Watkins (San Jose), also opened the 2000 indoor season with an NCAA PQ as he won the 55m hurdles in 7.33 seconds...sophomores Eric Dudley (Bellingham) and Randi Smith (Beverly Hills, Calif.) ran a Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse records as each won the rarely-staged 500m races...Dudley clocked a time of 1 minute, 2.17 seconds to win the men's race while Smith finished first with a time of 1:14.15...in dual meet tabulations, the WSU women's team defeated Washington 54-40, and host Eastern Washington, 51-41...in men's dual meet scoring, WSU squeaked by Washington 51-50, and defeated EWU 48-42.

In women's action, Sharika Higgins (senior, Oxnard, Calif.) won the 55m dash (7.17) while Agneta Rosenblad (junior, Sweden) led seven Cougars in the top eight places in the 55m hurdles (8.30)...Cicely Clinkenbeard (junior, Okanogan) claimed the long jump by only three-quarters of an inch at 18-7 3/4...freshman Briana Willis (Ravensdale, Wash.) won the high jump at 5-5...junior throwers Andrea Thornton (Shelton) and Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) finished one-two in the shot put and two-three in the 20# weight throw...Thornton won the shot in a lifetime-best of 45-2 /12, and was one of five competitors to surpass the Thorpe Fieldhouse record in the weight throw, finishing second with a mark of 53-2 3/4...Stephanie Robinett (Bremerton) soared to a school freshman record in the pole vault with her mark of 10-11 3/4...the previous record was 10-10 3/4, set last season by Whitney Evans...Robinett and EWU's Autumn Deda cleared identical heights, but Robinett finished second on attempts.

In the men's action, pole vaulters Tony Boitano and freshman Rick Collins (Spokane) both cleared 16-0 to tie for first as Cougars finished first through fourth in the event...Lex Katich (senior, Keller) was third and redshirt freshman Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali (San Jose, Calif.) was fourth, both at 15-0...B.J. Schade (senior, Sequim) won the 35# weight throw at 56-4 1/2, while freshman Ezra Gordon (Colville) won the high jump at 6-8 3/4.

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 runner-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.

TENTATIVE WSU ENTRANTS FOR EWU JERRY MARTIN INVITATIONAL:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:

55m Abersfeller, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, Odonkor, Rosenblad, Zapata
400mWood
MileBooterbaugh, Maynard
55m HH Evans, A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Zapata
4x800m Rel. Booterbaugh, Johnson, Maynard, Miller, Neel, Schaures, R. Smith
High Jump Evans, Willis
Pole Vault Heggie, Martus, Robinett
Long Jump Clinkenbeard, Rosenblad
Shot PutBorschowa, Evans, Potter, Thornton
20# Weight Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:

55m Fitzhugh, Henry, Laville, Macias, Randall, Sommer, Tinsley, Watkins, Williams
MileBarker, Boniface, Childers, Wicklander
55m HH Dudley, Dwyer, Miller, Watkins
4x800m Rel. Barker, Boniface, Childers, Dudley, Harris, Hazelquist, S. Johnson, Kamau
High Jump Allen, Alverson, Dwyer, Gordon, Rushing
Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Dwyer, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss
Long Jump Dwyer, Morris, Murray, Schwendiman
Shot PutPecht, Waltz
35# Weight Molfino, Schade

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