March 14, 2006
COUGARS OPEN OUTDOOR SEASON AT TUCSON: The Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the first outdoor meet of the season this weekend...the Cougars will travel 19 men and 12 women to the 22nd Annual Willie Williams Classic, which includes the Dave Murray Distance Carnival, at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona campus...it is a two-day, non-scoring meet...a large high school competition runs concurrently with the collegiate meet...women's hammer opens the Friday events at 4:30 p.m. with the concluding event, the men's 5000m slated to begin at 9:50 p.m...Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. and finish with the men's 4x400m relay at 3 p.m. (all times Arizona Time - one hour later than Pacific Time)......results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes each day.
EMPHASIS ON OUTDOOR EVENTS: The Williams Classic Meet will find Cougars competing in events not contested during the indoor season...WSU will have both men and women entries in the 3000m steeplechase, 400m intermediate hurdles, discus, javelin, and hammer throw.
COACH SLOAN SAID: "We want to make the transition to an outdoor meet with nice weather, hopefully. But for others it is a huge transition because the javelin throwers haven't competed yet and we traditionally throw very well in Tuscon. The same with intermediate hurdlers and steeplechasers, it's their first competition of the year. The shot putters go from throwing a very large plastic ball to a smaller steele ball and we go from a rubber discus to a metal-rimmed disc and that is a very different feel in your hand. They aren't throwing into a net but throwing out into the sky and that gives a different perspective. The pole vaulters and high jumpers also contend with the sky instead of a roof. It isn't just indoors versus outdoors, warm versus cold, but a lot of factors."
STAYING HOME TO TRAIN: The WSU high jumpers, pole vaulters, and multi-events athletes will not travel to Tucson for this weekend's outdoor meet but will stay in Pullman to train for the USC Trojan Invite Meet March 25.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 33rd season with the Cougar track program; 12th year as a head coach, 11th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coach Andrea Thornton returns for her third year with the program...coaches Farwell, Macdonald, Richardson, McGee and Thornton all competed for WSU.
COUGARS AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Julie Pickler (junior, Sachse, Texas) was runner-up in the pentathlon with 4367 points, a school record, and her first indoor All-America certificate...Tamara Diles (senior, Bellevue, Wash.) finished 10th in the women's pole vault with a best clearance of 4.00m/13-1 1/2i.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the second year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for entrance into its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school into the conference championships meet at each head coach's discretion...best marks from the outdoor season will be used to construct descending order lists, and the Pac-10 will allow the use of indoor marks for seeding into the championship heats/flights.
LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR WILLIE WILLIAMS MEET, MARCH 17-18:
100m - La Shawnda Porter 200m - La Shawnda Porter, Brandi Probasco-Canda 400m - Lorraine King, Brandi Probasco-Canda 800m - Sara Trané 1500m - Meghan Leonard 5000m - no entry 100m Hurdles - no entry 400m Hurdles - Lorraine King, Sara Trané 3000m Steeplechase - Kayle Peterson 4x100m Relay - no entry 4x400m Relay - TBA High Jump - no entry Pole Vault - no entry Long Jump - Catie Schuetzle Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Discus - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Javelin - Jenna Dean, Jasmine McCormack Hammer - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita
WSU Men 100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods 200m - James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods 400m - Brian Woods, Jimmy Schofield 800m - Justin Chambers 1500m - no entry 5000m - no entry 110m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Robert Williams 400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Josh Leyk, Robert Williams 3000m Steeplechase - Evan Blanshan, Phil Hinrichs 4x100m Relay - TBA 4x400m Relay - Two teams - TBA High Jump - no entry Pole Vault - no entry Long Jump - no entry Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Shot Put - Drew Ulrick Discus - Matt Lamb, Chase Mancuso, Drew Ulrick Javelin - Jon Jeffreys, Ryan Scott Hammer Throw - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso
For a complete schedule or more information about the Willie Williams Track & Field Meet, please go to www.arizonaathletics.com.
COUGAR OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS: The following student-athletes will redshirt during the outdoor season: distance runners Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Clay Hemlock and Chris Williams, throwers Vic Asher and Cameron Schwisow.
WRISTBANDS FOR NYGARD: The WSU Track & Field teams are selling wristbands for senior hurdler Eric Nygard (Wenatchee, Wash.)...Nygard, a scorer in the 400m hurdles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2005...after an initial treatment, he was thought to be in remission...in January 2006, he was informed the cancer had returned and began treatment that prevents him from competing with the WSU Track & Field team...still attending classes at WSU with goal to graduate in August and apply to dental schools...Eric is married and has an infant daughter...wristbands are black with a quote from Charles Beard, selected by Nygard, in yellow lettering, "When it's dark enough, you can see the stars" and his initials, E.N...cost is $5 (medium and large)...to purchase a wristband, contact Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson at 509-335-4730...additionally, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is conducting a penny drive through donation containers in each WSU team's locker room with the proceeds going to Nygard...a benevolent account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank under his name for donations to assist with medical expenses and can be made at any WaMu branch.