Jan. 30, 2007
COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TRAVELS FAR & NEAR: Members of the Washington State University indoor track and field teams will split up for competition this weekend...36 will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the 32nd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet Feb. 2 & 3, contested at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus...a dozen other Cougs will compete at the McDonald's Collegiate Meet at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome...results from Lincoln can be located as events are completed on the website www.huskers.com, and on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, upon completion of the competition.
SCHEDULED TO COMPETE AT HUSKER INVITE: Drake, East Carolina, Idaho, Iowa (W), Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri State (W), Nebraska, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Tennessee (W), UTEP, WSU, Wyoming...several other colleges and community colleges will also compete...see www.hurskers.com for more meet information.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is tied at 18th in the Trackwire Women's Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) this week...the WSU men are not ranked...a trio of Cougars have been included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...All-American multi-events specialists Diana Picker (2nd) and Julie Pickler (5th), and All-American pole vaulter Tyson Byers (11th) are ranked this week...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. Stanford, 3. Arizona State, T18. Washington State, T18. Oregon...Pac-10 men's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 4. Washington, 6. Oregon, T10. Stanford, 19. UCLA.
NCAA PERFORMANCE LISTS: Diana Pickler's 4,260 points leads the national in the pentathlon while Julie Pickler's 4,003 pts is fourth-best...Tyson Byers' 17-2 3/4 pole vault is sixth-best nationally to date.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th 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), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coaches included former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles, Bob Frey and Luan Weeks.
BYERS BREAKS FACILITY RECORD AGAIN: Fifth-year senior All-American Tyson Byers (Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the Cougar Indoor Meet pole vault with a clearance at 17-2 3/4 (5.25m)...this bettered his winning mark from the WSU Open meet the previous weekend where he soared 17-0 3/4 (5.20m) for the WSU indoor facility record, meet record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark...Byers became the first man to clear 17-feet in the Indoor Practice Facility where the Cougars host indoor track and field meets...he broke a WSU indoor facility record that was set 29 years ago, in 1978, by Brian Worden with his pole vault of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m) in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
PICKLERS IN NATIONAL OUTDOOR RANKINGS: Multi-events specialists Diana and Julie Pickler are ranked fifth and ninth, respectively, in the Track & Field News Magazine rankings for United State heptathletes...Diana set the school record last June with her 5,855 points for fifth place at the USA Outdoor Championships...Julie has a PR of 5,734 points...both are fifth-year seniors and All-Americans from Sachse, Texas.
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK: WSU's Diana Pickler won the women's pentathlon Friday night with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying and meet record mark of 4,260 points at the Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet...this mark was seven points shy of Julie Pickler's school record set last year...Julie finished second in the Cougar Indoor pentathlon, with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 4,003 points...three meet records fell and six competitors reached NCAA qualifying marks Saturday as teams from Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Utah State and Southern California competed...freshman Kyle Schauble won the men's heptathlon with a score of 4,974 points...Tyson Byers won the pole vault and improved his season NCAA PQ mark and the WSU indoor facility record with his vault of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m)...other Cougars who won: Kyle Eaton (high jump, 6-6 3/4), Moreno Zapata (triple jump, 47-3), Robert Williams (60m hurdles, PR 8.09), Luke Lemenager (800m, 1:54.26), Reny Follett (49.66) and Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (50.07) finished one-two in the 400m dash, Kaylee Gardner (triple jump, 38-9 3/4), McKenzie Garberg (shot put, PR 47-10)...putting up PR numbers included Justin Woods 2nd, 60m dash, PR 6.82), Jaycee Robertson (3rd, 60m final, PR 6.80 in prelim), Drew Ulrick (3rd, shot put, PR 54-2)...Princess Joy Griffey lowered her freshman school record in the 60m dash with her third-place time of 7.56.
ABOUT THE WSU HOME INDOOR FACILITY: The WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane 60m straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside the six-lane 200m oval.
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, Mountain West, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished eighth while the men were ninth.