Jan. 20, 2010
COUGAR INDOOR INVITATIONAL NEXT: The Cougar Indoor Invitational meet is set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, in the Indoor Track Facility...teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington, Utah State, Montana, Whitworth and Community Colleges of Spokane will join Washington State in the two-day meet that includes a men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon...team scoring will be 5-3-2 for individual events and 5-0 for relays...Friday's events includes all five women's pentathlon events, the first four men's heptathlon events, both men's and women's weight throws, and the men's long jump and pole vault...action gets underway at 2:30 p.m...remaining events begin Saturday at 9 a.m...spectators are admitted free of charge for all WSU Track & Field competition in 2010...free parking is available in the Beasley Coliseum Yellow lot...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, following the meet's completion.
NAMES TO NOTE FOR COUGAR INDOOR: Trent Arrivey (WSU) holds the meet record in the men's high jump at 2.20m/7-2 1/2 (2009) and will be competing this weekend...returning champions from 2009 meet include: Princess Joy Griffey (WSU, 60m), Lauren Schaffer (Idaho, 800m), Breeana Chadez (Idaho, high jump), Mykael Bothum (Idaho, shot put), Marlon Murray (WSU, 60m), and Luke Lemenager (WSU, 800m).
COMBINED EVENTS: Women's pentathlon consists of five events all contested on the same day: 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m run...men's heptathlon is comprised of seven events, split over two days: 60m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault, 1000m run.
BLOGING BACK: WSU Track & Field blog is online at wsucougars.com
ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at www.thebowerman.org.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).
WSU OPEN INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS: Junior Jeshua Anderson won both the 60m hurdles and the 800m run to open the 2010 season...freshman Andrew Kimpel, running unattached, won the men's mile in a meet record time 4:17.03...WSU women winning events included Cassie Whitfield (Puyallup) in the 20lb weight throw (56-8 1/2 - 17.28m), Chelsea VanDeBrake (Yakima) in the mile (5:18.66), Amanda Andrews (Gig Harbor) in the 800m (2:26.35), and Emily Farrar (Bainbridge) in the 3000m (11:07.81)...Cougar men with victories included freshman Brett Blanshan (Selah) in the 60m (6.87), freshman Wesley McCann (Puyallup) in the 200m dash (22.60), and Dan Geib (Reno) in the 3000m (8:34.69).
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10 and Big West Conferences...at the 2009 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Stanford (115), 2. Oregon (91.5), 3. Arizona State (78), 4. UCLA (75.5), 5. Washington (72.5), 6. California (68.5), 7. Arizona (62), 8. Washington State (51.5), 9. Cal State Northridge (32.5), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. UCLA (83.5), 2. Washington State (78.5) and California (78.5), 4. Oregon (78), 5. Arizona State (76.5), 6. Washington (75), 7. Stanford (68), 8. Cal St. Northridge (56), 9. Arizona (54), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...2010 MPSF Championships are slated for February 26-27, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll for 2010 lists the Washington State men's team No. 18...Florida State is the top men's team and Texas A&M is the top women's team...WSU women are not ranked in the preseason top 25...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...individual events where WSU is nationally listed are: Jeshua Anderson 400m dash (9th), men's 4x400m relay with only Anderson and Reny Follett, returning (5th), Trent Arrivey high jump (2nd) and Ryan Deese high jump (22nd)...next ranking will be published January 26.
ABOUT THE WSU INDOOR FACILITY: The IPF's track layout features an eight-lane Mondo straight-away track for 60m dash and hurdles racing, and a six-lane Mondo oval track for 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m as well as a 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events are contested on the artificial turf inside the oval.
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