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Cougar Track Crosses State Line for Moscow McDonald's I Meet
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/31/2000
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Jan. 31, 2000

WSU TRACK & FIELD CROSSES BORDER FOR INDOOR MEET: The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams have only an eight-mile trip this weekend as they cross the stateline for the Moscow McDonald's I Meet...this meet is a combination invitational and open meet...events begin Friday afternoon at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus...men's and women's invite discus and invite triple jump will be held Friday at 4 p.m...Saturday's field events begin at 8:30 a.m., with running events set to begin at 10 a.m.

NOTABLE: Sophomore All-American heptathlete, Ellannee Richardson, has not trained or competed for the past two weeks due to a sore back...Brian Laville, senior sprinter and long jumper, and Anson Henry, sophomore sprinter, are listed as day-to-day for practice and competition because of hamstring injuries...for a complete roster and outdoor schedule, go to www.wsucougars.com on the internet.

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.

THORNTON BETTERS SCHOOL RECORD AT SILVER STATE INVITE: WSU's Andrea Thornton bettered her NCAA provisional qualifying mark and school record in the women's 20# weight at the Silver State Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet at the Reno Livestock Events Center Jan. 29...Thornton tossed the indoor specialty 20# weight 61-feet, 4 1/4 inches, to win the event and better her WSU record by two feet...teammate Becky Potter finished second in the event with an NCAA PQ mark of 60-0 1/4...Thornton also threw a personal-best of 48-4 3/4 for fifth in the shot put...Jeannette Martus placed tenth in the women's pole vault but cleared an NCAA PQ and bettered her school record to 11-11 3/4...sophomore All-American Whitney Evans won the high jump with an NCAA PQ of 5-10 3/4...Agneta Rosenblad won the long jump with a season-best 19-3 1/2, and finished third in the women's 55m hurdles with a time of 8.05 although she ran an 8.01 in the preliminaries...Cicely Clinkenbeard finished second in her triple jump debut this season at 40-10 1/4...Alishia Booterbaugh finished second in the 800m (2:13.43) and junior Megan Maynard was second in the 3,000m in a time of 10:23.03...junior All-American hurdler, Arend Watkins, won the men's 55m hurdles in 7.51 seconds and Eric Dudley was fourth at 7.99...Anson Henry was third in the men's 55m dash in 6.30...Guillermo Macias placed fourth in the 200m dash in a time of 21.99 with Dudley seventh at 22.56...Ian Waltz, a senior All-American from Post Falls, won the shot put with a throw of 59-3 1/2, and B.J. Schade was third in the 35# weight throw at 59-2...in the men's pole vault, freshman Rick Collins cleared 16-6 3/4 for 10th place...Simon Kamau placed third in the men's 800m at 1:58.03...in the mile, Scott Johnson was third (4:20.43) and Jonathan Welsh was fourth (4:21.36).

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.

TENTATIVE WSU ENTRANTS FOR MOSCOW MC DONALD'S I AT UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 60m A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker 200m Abersfeller, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Wood, Zapata 400m Abersfeller, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, R. Smith, Wood 800m Booterbaugh, Schaures Mile Miller, Neel 3000m Filipy, Gilmore, Johnson, Maynard 55m HH A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Zapata 1600m Relay TBA High Jump Willis Pole Vault Heggie, Martus, Robinett Long Jump Clinkenbeard Triple Jump Clinkenbeard, Rosenblad Shot Put Borschowa, Potter, Thornton Discus Borschowa, Potter, Thornton 20# Weight Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 60m Tinsley, Williams 200m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Macias, Randall, Sommer, Tinsley, Williams 400m Childers, DiSpaltro, Dudley, Fitzhugh, Macias, Miller, Randall, Sommer 800m Harris, Hazelquist, Kamau Mile Childers 3000m Barker, Boniface, Franco-Parra, S. Johnson, Welsh, Wicklander 55m HH Dudley, Miller, Watkins 1600m Relay TBA High Jump Allen, Alverson, Gordon, Rushing Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss Long Jump Schwendiman Triple Jump Morris, Murray Shot Put Pecht, Waltz Discus Graves, Pecht, Schade, Waltz 35# Weight Nichols, Schade

** Cougars/events still to be determined for Feb. 4-5: Evans, Richardson, Dwyer, Henry, Laville

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:
	High Jump       Whitney Evans       # 1.80m / 5-10 3/4	(7th)
         Pole Vault      Jeannette Martus    # 3.65m / 11-11 3/4 (T19th)
	Weight Throw    Andrea Thornton     # 18.70m / 61-4 1/4 (10th)
		       Becky Potter        # 18.29m / 60-0 1/4 (15th)
WSU Men:
	60m Dash        Anson Henry         # 6.72+	(10th)
	60m Hurdles     Arend Watkins	# 7.84+	(7th)
	Shot put        Ian Waltz	         # 18.61m / 61-0 3/4	(9th)

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will send competitors to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite Meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at Lincoln, Nebraska.

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