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Pac-10 Championships Next For Track Squads
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/18/2000
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May 18, 2000

WSU Outdoor Track & Field Remaining Schedule
May 20-21 Pacific-10 Championships, Eugene
May 31 - June 3 NCAA Championships, Durham, NC

CONFERENCE MEET AWAITS COUGAR TRACK: The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams compete at the Pac-10 Conference Meet May 20-21, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus...the 70th Annual meet for men and 14th annual meet for women begins Saturday with field events at 1 p.m., and running events at 3 p.m...Sunday's events begin at 2 p.m...the meet can be seen on a taped-delayed basis on FOX Sports Northwest May 26 at 1 p.m., May 27 at 2 p.m., and May 28 at 3 p.m.

COUGAR PAC-10 HISTORY: Behind the outstanding performances of Ellannee Richardson and Francesca Sewell, the WSU women's team reached its highest Pac-10 finish of third in 1999...WSU's 4x100m relay team set a school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark with its surprising win at Tempe...Cicely Clinkenbeard captured the triple jump title...the WSU women captured points in all sprint events, hurdles and relays except the 100m dash...Sewell is also a returning champion with long jump titles in 1996 and 1998, finishing second in 1999...on the men's side, graduated is Bernard Lagat, the 1999 Pac-10 Men's Track & Field Co-Athlete of the Year...Lagat's win in the 1500 and second place finish in the 800m, along with Arend Watkins' win in the 110m high hurdles, helped WSU to seventh place...Ian Waltz won the shot put and discus titles in 1998 but red-shirted the 1999 season.

WSU 1999 CONFERENCE SCORERS WHO WILL NOT BE AT EUGENE: Ellannee Richardson, heptathlon, hurdles and 400m relay (redshirt, medical), Whitney Evans, heptathlon, high jump, 1600m relay (redshirt, medical), Megan Maynard, 5000m (redshirt, medical), LaTroya Mucker, 400m relay, heptathlon, 400m (pulled hamstring 4/16), and Steve Dwyer, decathlon (redshirt, medical).

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 selected the USTCA West Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year for 2000...he also three-peated as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Coach of the Year as the Cougar women won the team title for the second year...Sloan is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships are set for May 31- June 3, at Durham, North Carolina.
#= Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

NCAA Name Event Mark/Time National Standing (as of 5/16)
* Ian Waltz M Shot Put 19.13m / 62-9 1/4(9th)
* Ian Waltz M Discus 60.10m / 197-2 (10th)
* Arend Watkins M 110m Hurdles13.51 (3rd)
# Agneta Rosenblad W 100m Hurdles 13.59w (37th)
# Alishia Booterbaugh W 800m 2:05.66 (13th)
# Eric Dudley M 400m Hurdles 50.90 (T24th)
# Randi Smith W 400m Hurdles 57.61 SR (7th)
# Jeannette Martus W Pole Vault 3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (T25th)
# Agneta Rosenblad W Long Jump 3.32m / 20-9(T16th)
# Demetrius Murray M Triple Jump 16.24m / 53-3 1/2 (10th)
# Mandy BorschowaW Discus 51.90m / 170-3 (22nd)
# Bryan Jones M Javelin 68.58m / 225-0 (21st)
# Andrea Thornton W Hammer 58.76m / 192-9 (18th)
# Molly Monroe W Javelin 49.18m / 161-4 (17th)
# Casey Lektorich W Javelin 47.36m / 155-4 (29th)

PAC-10 MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: WSU's Cicely Clinkenbeard claimed third and Agneta Rosenblad took sixth at the Pacific-10 Conference Multi-Events Championships at Eugene, May 13-14. It was the first heptathlon for both women.

Clinkenbeard, a junior from Okanogan, Wash., rallied from her first-day sixth place total of 2,847 points to claim third with 5,044 points. Rosenblad, a junior from Lidingo, Sweden, dropped to sixth place with her two-day, seven-event total of 4,795 points, after climbing to fourth during the first day. California's Missy Vanek won the heptathlon competition of ten women with 5,505 points.

After the women's multi-events championships, Stanford is first with 12 points, California second with 10 points, and WSU third with 9 points. Oregon has five points while Arizona State has three. USC's two athletes did not earn any team points with their ninth and tenth place finishes.

Rosenblad won the first event of the second day, the long jump, with a leap of 20-feet, 6 1/4 inches. Clinkenbeard was second with a mark of 19-feet, 4 1/4 inches. In the javelin throw, a new event for both Cougar women, Clinkenbeard's throw of 133-9 was third farthest of the day while Rosenblad tossed the spear 79-9 for seventh. The final event, the 800m run, Clinkenbeard clocked a time of 2:29.74 which was sixth fastest, while Rosenblad completed the field in ninth at 2:40.80.

In Cougar women's all-time heptathlon history, Clinkenbeard's total of 5,044 points is seventh best while Rosenblad's 4,795 points is tenth highest.

MURRAY SOARS TO NCAA PQ IN TRIPLE JUMP AT MODESTO RELAYS: WSU senior, Demetrius Murray, soared to a season-best 53-feet, 3 1/2 inches for an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and second place at the Modesto Relays. Anson Henry improved his 100m dash time with a 10.45 seconds clocking in the finals at the prestigious two-day meet which attracts both collegiate and elite athletes. All collegiate competition was conducted Saturday, May 13.

Francesca Sewell improved her season-best mark in the long jump with a leap of 20-2 1/4. Sewell also advanced to the 100m dash finals with a preliminary time of 11.85 and a final time of 11.95. Places were not available. Sewell's triple jump mark was 39-7 1/4w. Attrina Higgins also advanced to the 100m dash, tying her career-best time of 11.83w in the prelims, and running 12.03 in the finals.

The much-anticipated women's 4x100m relay did not come off as planned by the Cougars. Sharika Higgins, the running the leadoff leg, pulled up with a leg cramp in her stint and did not make it to the handoff with Randi Smith. Higgins was not able to compete in the 100m or 200m races.

SCHEDULED WSU ENTRANTS FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAY 20-21, EUGENE, ORE.: With a total of 15 seniors, seven women and eight men could be concluding their competitive track and field careers this weekend at the Pac-10 Championships...the top eight finishers score on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 format...daily results will be available on line at the University of Oregon Athletic web site,

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN (current conference rankings in event)

100m Sharika Higgins (5), Francesca Sewell (8), Attrina Higgins (12)
200m Sharika Higgins (5), Attrina Higgins (15)
400m No entry
800m Alishia Booterbaugh (3), Lisa Schaures (13)
1500m No entry
3000m No entry
5000m Ryan Gilmore (16), Greta Johnson (WC)
10,000m No entry
100m HH Agneta Rosenblad (3), Randi Smith (6), Attrina Higgins (9), Sarah Okonkor (17)
400m IH Randi Smith (2), Autumn Wood (11)
400m Relay Rosenblad, Smith, A. Higgins, Sewell
1600m Relay Schaures, A. Higgins, Smith, Booterbaugh
High Jump Francesca Sewell (4), Briana Willis (7)
Pole Vault Jeannette Martus (7), Stephanie Robinett (16)
Long Jump Agneta Rosenblad (5), Francesca Sewell (8)
Triple Jump Cicely Clinkenbeard (3), Francesca Sewell (12), Alison Eldridge (16)
Shot Put Andrea Thornton (9)
Discus Mandy Borschowa (4), Andrea Thornton (12), Becky Potter(15)
Hammer Andrea Thornton (6), Becky Potter (14)
Javelin Molly Monroe (2), Casey Lektorich (4)

WASHINGTON STATE MEN (current conference rankings in event:

100m Anson Henry (7)
200m Anson Henry (20)
400m No entry
800m No entry
1500m No entry
Steeplechase Scott Johnson (9), Kyle Barker (20)
5000m No entry
10,000m Jon Welsh (11)
110m HH Arend Watkins (1)
400m IH Eric Dudley (4)
400m Relay Watkins, Fitzhugh, Macias, Henry
1600m Relay Macias, Fitzhugh, Henry, Dudley
High Jump Craig Allen (5), Matt Alverson (5), Ezra Gordon,(5), Chris Rushing (5)
Pole Vault Tony Boitano (8), Rick Collins (8), Lex Katich(11), Brian Pruess (11)
Long Jump Demetrius Murray (6)
Triple Jump Demetrius Murray (2)
Shot Put Ian Waltz (1)
Discus Ian Waltz (2), Vinnie Pecht (5), Cameron Graves (10)
Hammer B.J. Schade (8)
Javelin Bryan Jones (5), Russ Milam (12), Ryan Nichols (14)
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