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Cougar Track & Field Set For Vandal Invite, McDonald's II
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/15/2000
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Feb. 15, 2000

COUGS AT HOME ON THE PALOUSE: The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be competing in Moscow, Idaho, this weekend...first, at the 25th Annual Vandal Indoor Invitational Friday night, and at the Moscow McDonald's II Saturday...the Vandal Indoor features a limited events schedule...the running events are 60m, 400m, 800m, mile, 3000m and 1600m relays beginning at 6:30 p.m...the field events are high jump. shot put, and men's 35# weight and also begin at 6:30 p.m...for the McDonald's Open, the discus and triple jump will be Friday afternoon...Saturday events begin at 8 a.m.

WATKINS TO RUN AT SIMPLOT GAMES: Cougar All-American hurdler Arend Watkins will compete in the 60m hurdles at the Simplot Games Saturday, Feb. 19, at Holt Arena on the Idaho State campus...for the first time in Games 21-year history as the top indoor meet for high school athletes, professional athletes and invited collegians will compete as part of USA Track and Field's "Golden Spike Tour." For more information go to

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.

NOTABLE: The Cougar track DL this week includes: sophomore All-American heptathlete, Ellannee Richardson, rehabilitating a sore back, senior All-American triple jumper Demetrius Murray, out with a knee strain, decathlete Steve Dwyer, recovering from mononucleosis, Brian Laville, senior sprinter and long jumper, still listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury, sophomore All-American thrower Mandy Borschowa, out with walking pneumonia...for a complete roster and outdoor schedule, go to on the internet.

WALTZ TOSSES NCAA AQ, MARTUS CLEARS SCHOOL RECORD POLE VAULT AT LINCOLN: At the Husker Invitational, Jeannette Martus finished third but bettered her school-record pole vault mark by six inches to 12-7 1/2...Ian Waltz placed third in the shot put with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 63-2...Arend Watkins improved his NCAA PQ time in the 60m hurdles mark with a win clocked at a school-record 7.75 seconds...Agneta Rosenblad placed sixth in the 60m hurdles with a school-record time of 8.50, and 11th with a long jump of 18-4 1/4...Anson Henry ran a prelim 60m dash in 6.77, the fourth-fastest time of the day, but re-aggravated his hamstring and did not run in the finals...Scott Johnson placed second in the men's mile in a career-best time of the men's 5,000m, Oscar Franco-Parra captured eighth place in 14:42.83 but was less than three seconds away from finishing fifth, and Mark Wicklander finished 19th in the women's throws, Becky Potter was 12th in the weight throw (56-3 3/4) and 15th in the shot (45-4 1/4) while Andrea Thornton was 16th in the 20# weight (55-2) and 12th in the shot put (45-8)...B.J. Schade took 11th in the 35# weight throw (57-6 1/2)....Alisha Booterbaugh just missed an NCAA PQ in the women's 800m, with a prelim time of 2:10.18...she second in the finals at 2:12.90...Cicely Clinkenbeard placed sixth in the triple jump with her season-high mark of 41-0 1/2. The Cougars also entered a limited squad at the Bill Cosby Invitational at the Reno Livestock Event Center...Brianna Willis was second in the women's high jump with a person-best of 5-7 3/4 and Lucita Zapata was third in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.27...Eric Dudley ran a lifetime-best of 22.37 for fifth in the men's 200m dash and also finished fifth in the 55m hurdles in 7.87...Chris Rushing (6-9) and Craig Allen (6-7) finished third and fourth in the men's high jump...WSU freshman Ezra Gordon cleared 6-5 for eighth.

TEAM HISTORY: The Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, so WSU competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, joining teams from the Pac-10, West Coast and Big West Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the 1999 MPSF Indoor Championships 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.


WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 60m A. Higgins, Mucker, S. Higgins 800m Booterbaugh, Neel, Schaures Mile Miller 3000m Johnson, Maynard 55m HH A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, Smith,Zapata 1600m Relay TBA High Jump Evans, Willis Pole Vault Martus, Robinett Shot Put Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 60m Williams, Tinsley 800m Kamau, Hazelquist Mile S. Johnson, Wicklander 3000m Barker, Boniface, Franco-Parra, Welsh 55m HH Dudley 1600m Relay TBA High Jump Allen, Alverson, Gordon, Rushing Shot Put Waltz Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali,Preuss 35# Weight Schade

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships are set for March 10-11, at Fayetteville, Arkansas. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark, (National Standing), + = Converted marks from 55m

WSU Women: 60m Hurdles Agneta Rosenblad # 8.42+ (T27th) High Jump Whitney Evans # 1.80m / 5-10 3/4 (T12th) Pole Vault Jeannette Martus # 3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (T10th) Weight Throw Andrea Thornton # 18.70m / 61-4 1/4 (15th) Becky Potter # 18.29m / 60-0 1/4 (18th)

WSU Men: 60m Dash Anson Henry # 6.68+ (T18th) 60m Hurdles Arend Watkins # 7.75 (5th) Shot put Ian Waltz * 19.25m / 63-2 (6th)

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