Feb. 4, 2003
DESTINATION LINCOLN: The Washington State University track and field teams travel to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for the University of Nebraska Adidas Classic Indoor Meet, Saturday, Feb. 8...teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas State, Manhattan College, Minnesota and Missouri will join the WSU Cougars and host Nebraska Huskers in the Bob Devaney Sports Center for this one-day meet...the women's weight throw is the first field event, set to begin at 2 p.m. CT...the remaining running events are set to start at 4 p.m CT with the final events - the distance medley relays - scheduled for 8:10 p.m. CT...several Cougars will also be competing Saturday at the Idaho Scoring Meet in the Kibbie Dome at Moscow...this meet went from an invitational team meet to an open meet with Idaho and Eastern Washington providing the majority of competitors.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 30th season with the Cougar track program; ninth year as a head coach, eighth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Francesca Green and Jason Drake...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Michael Friedberg.
COUGARS WITH NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE:
* = Automatic mark, # = Provisional mark (National Standing)
Women: High Jump Whitney Evans # 1.81m / 5-11 1/4 (T4th) Men: High Jump Kurtiss Dilley # 2.17m / 7-1 1/2 (4th)LAST WEEK'S COUGAR TEAM INVITATIONAL INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS: The high jump provided NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks for Cougar junior transfer Kurtiss Dilley (21.7m/7-1 1/2) and senior All-American Whitney Evans (1.81m/5-11 3/4)...senior Tiffany Giles won both the 200m and 400m dashes...sprinter Tamara Gulley won the 60m dash and the Cougars won the women's 4x400m relay with Nicole Hatcher, Monique Jessie, Molly Bull, and Angelita Green carrying the baton to victory...the Cougars had two double-winners on the men's side with sprinter Bennie Chatman winning both the 100m and 200m dashes, and thrower Tim Gehring winning both the shot put and weight throw...Rick Collins and Tyson Byers pole vaulted to 16-4 3/4 (5.00m) with Collins winning the event on fewer misses...in the middle distances, Danny Wolf captured the mile and Justin Ireland won the 800m.
WSU 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 indoor track season joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2002 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar men finished second while the women were third...WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan was named West Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year by the US Track Coaches Association for the past two years.
RECOVERY MODE: Washington State assistant coach Francesca Green is currently coaching the Cougar sprinters on crutches, as she recovers from surgery Tues., Jan. 28...Green, a former WSU All-American long jumper, was on the runway, ready to take her first competitive leap of the day at the WSU Open, Jan. 25, when her Achilles tendon snapped...Green will be in rehabilitation mode for the next four to six months.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT ADIDAS CLASSIC MEET, FEB. 8: WSU Men 60m - Martin Boston, Dan Brink, Bennie Chatman, James McSwain, Darion Powell 200m - Bennie Chatman 400m - Dan Brink, Lamarr Kirk, Josh Leyk, Ryan Osborne 600 y - Eric Nygard 800m - Jon Manthey 1000m - Justin Ireland Mile - Ian Johnson 3000m - Mike Heidt, Mark Wicklander, Dan Wolf 60m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Darion Powell 4x400m Relay - Dan Brink, Josh Leyk, Eric Nygard, Ryan Osborne Distance Medley Relay - TBA High Jump - Matt Alverson, Kurtiss Dilley, David Turpin Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Rick Collins, Paul Nicoletti Long Jump - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jamil Smith Triple Jump - Ben Hampton, Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali, Jamil Smith Shot Put - Tim Gehring, Darion Powell Weight Throw - Thad Cullinan, Tim Gehring
WSU Women 60m - Tamara Gulley, Nicole Hatcher, Bree Skinner 200m - Nicole Hatcher, Ellannee Richardson, Bree Skinner 400m - Tiffany Giles, Monique Jessie 800m - Angelita Green Mile - Molly Bull 3000m - Anna Blue 60m Hurdles - Tamara Gulley, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler, Ellannee Richardson 4x400m Relay - Tiffany Giles, Tamara Gulley, Monique Jessie, Ellannee Richardson High Jump - Whitney Evans, Robin Mikesh, Briana Willis Pole Vault - Karla McGee, Stephanie Robinett Long Jump - Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler, Ellannee Richardson, Blessing Ufodiama Triple Jump - Bree Skinner, Blessing Ufodiama Shot Put - Marie Muai, Shannon Rance Weight Throw - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Sammy Jo Missel, Marie Muai