April 19, 2005
COUGS HOME FOR COUGAR INVITE THIS SATURDAY: Washington State University's track and field teams will compete at home this weekend for the Sixth Annual Cougar Invitational, Saturday, April 23...participants from Idaho, Community Colleges of Spokane, Western Washington University, Gonzaga, Lewis-Clark State, Whitman College, Simon Fraser, Team Alberta and Montana will join WSU...no team scoring...the field events begin at 11 a.m. while the running events begin at 1 p.m...Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youths and senior citizens, and WSU students are FREE with valid ID...in addition to T-shirts and other prize give-aways, a lucky fan will win $250 in cash at this meet...fans can also sign up for get-away packages courtesy of Winger's and Holiday Inn Express at the contest booth...results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com website.
James McSwain PAC-10 MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: WSU junior James McSwain was named the Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 11-17) for winning the Mt. SAC Relays men's University/Open 100m dash with the second-fastest time in the world this year, 10.19 seconds...it is the top time in the US to date and behind only Australia's Joshua Ross' world-leading time of 10.12...also the second-fastest non-wind-aided time in Cougar men's history, behind Anson Henry's 2002 time of 10.17 (also run at the Mt. SAC Relays) and tied with Augustin Olobia's 1991 time of 10.19 (Eugene)...McSwain also ran a 200m NCAA RQ time of 20.85, and ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay season-best time of 40.24.
COUGS AT COUGAR INVITE: The list of Washington State athletes and their events will not be available until Wednesday, April 20...heat sheets for Cougar Invitational with an updated time schedule will be posted at www.wsucougars.com Thurs., April 21.
COUGS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: The WSU women's team moved up in the Trackwire Online Top 25 from its debut last week tied for 17th, to this week's ranking tied for 13th (with Auburn and Alabama)...the Cougar men are unranked...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Arkansas men...UCLA (5th) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Arizona's men (3rd)...Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...this projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...six Cougs are included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event: Diana Pickler (1st heptathlon), Julie Pickler (3rd heptathlon), Tamara Diles (6th pole vault), James McSwain (6th 100m dash), Darion Powell (11th decathlon), and Tyson Byers (11th pole vault)...Team Power Rankings is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential...WSU men are fifth and the Cougar women are 14th (as of 4/12/05).
EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: This year the Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...no login or password is needed, just click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the first year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for entrance into its championships meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered in the conference championships meet at each head coach's discretion...best marks from the indoor and outdoor season will be used for seeding into the championship heats/flights...Pac-10 website will post a PDF version each Monday by 6 p.m.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 32nd season with the Cougar track program; 11th year as a head coach, 10th 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), Kris Grimes, Mark Macdonald, and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Michael Friedberg, Matt McGee and Andrea Thornton.
D. PICKLER PAC-10 WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: WSU heptathlete Diana Pickler was honored as the Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 4-10) for the Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field...the redshirt sophomore from Sachse, Texas, won Texas Relays heptathlon with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and PR 5492 points...she leads the nation and is the second-best mark by an American woman this year...she had the top mark in four of the seven events.
COUGAR THROWERS BENEFIT CAR WASH: Throwers from the Washington State University track and field team will hold a benefit car wash Sunday, April 24, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Pullman Bank of America parking lot...car wash donations will benefit the family of Pullman resident, Vicki Nasralla, a 39-year-old mother of two who lost her battle with lymphoma last week...money raised will help pay the costs of her medical expenses...the Cougar throwers are working with the Whitman County Transplant Fund, Inc., to gather donations for Vicki.