Feb. 28, 2012
WSU TRACK & FIELD SENDS LAST CHANCE COMPETITORS TO SEATTLE
Five members of the Washington State men's track and field teams travel to Seattle for the UW Final Qualifier/NCAA Last Chance Meet Sat., March 3, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle...Joe Abbott (800m), Shawn Swartz (high jump), and Jovan Vukicevic (high jump), Ryan Barrett (200m, 400m)and Nick Smith (800m)...Abbott, Swartz and Vukicevic are aiming for marks to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships while Barrett and Smith are accumulating competitive experience...Saturday's events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude about 3 p.m...Live results will be available at www.gohuskies.com...results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, at the completion of the meet.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES
Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 39th season with the Cougar track program; 18th year as a head coach, 17th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), head coach for cross country Pete Julian (distance), and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Jeshua Anderson, Tim Riley and Wes McCann.
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS
The NCAA has automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2012 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
COUGARS AMONG THE NATION'S TOP 50>
WSU men in the TFRRS national top 50 list this week include: Joe Abbott, 800m (41st), Jono Lafler, 5000m (29th); Stephan Scott-Ellis, long jump (6th) and triple jump (9th); Michael Bolligar, heptathlon (36th); and 4x400m Relay of Brandon Dawson, Joe Abbott, J Hopkins, Jacob Sealby (41st).
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