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Track & Field Hosts WSU Open Meet Saturday
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Release: 04/08/2003
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April 8, 2003

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HOME SWEET MOOBERRY TRACK HOME FOR COUGS: Washington State will host its first of two collegiate outdoor meets for 2003 Saturday, April 12...the Mom's Weekend meet will feature competitors from area universities and community colleges will fill the fields with no team scoring...field events will begin at 11 a.m. and the first running event, the women's steeplechase will being at 1:15 p.m...a complete schedule is on the web....results to be posted at the www.wsucougars.com website.

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.

SOME COUGARS WILL BE M-I-A THIS WEEKEND: Missing in action this weekend will be several Cougar performers...on the WSU men's side, high jumper Matt Alverson (hamstring), sprinter Anthony Buchanan (hamstring), distance runner Danny Wolf (calf), Kyle Kraemer (hamstring)...for the WSU women, high jumper Whitney Evans (resting), sprinter Tiffany Giles (resting) and heptathlete Julie Pickler (plantar fasciitis right foot).

OUCH: Decathlete Darion Powell is competing with a cast on his left arm after injuring his wrist in a fall from a motorcycle.

FUTURE COUGAR GREAT LINEAGE: Spectators this weekend may be blinded by the engagement rings worn by a couple of WSU women's distance runners...senior Anna Blue is engaged to former Cougar distance man Jon Welsh...senior Hillary Smith is engaged to former WSU decathlete Steve Dwyer.

NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: This is the first year for NCAA Regional Meets...NCAA has divided the Division I schools into four vertically drawn regions: West, Midwest, Mideast, and East....there are 41 men's track and 42 women's track programs in the West Region...the meet will be at Stanford May 30-31...instead of national provisional and automatic qualifying standards (with exceptions for the 10k and heptathlon/decathlon events), the regional qualifying standards are based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year with all conference champions automatically invited to their respective regional...top-five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-14, at Sacramento...in addition to top five regional finishers, an additional six to eight athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional...there will be an approximate 40 percent increase in competitor field sizes...individual events were 18-21 deep and relays 11-12, the 2003 fields will be 27-29 for individual events and 15-16 for relays with the total number of athletes expanded from 388 in 2002 to 544 in 2003.

COUGAR TEXAS RELAYS HIGHLIGHTS: Eric Dudley, a redshirt senior All-American, won the men's 400m hurdles race in a personal-record time of 49.70 seconds, slicing 43/100s of a second off his former PR and surpassing his best time this year by 1.39 seconds. Dudley's time is second on WSU's all-time list behind Boyd Gittins' 1968 time of 49.27, the collegiate record at that time and the oldest record on the Cougar men's all-time lists. He also moved past his current hurdles coach, Mark Macdonald, who ran 50.05 in 1992. Bennie Chatman, a senior from Houston, Texas, finished second in the men's 100m dash in 10.19w, which bettered his a PR time of 10.27w clocked in the prelims. Ellannee Richardson finished fifth in the women's 100m hurdles with a PR time of 13.52, with Idaho's Angela Whyte finishing fourth in 13.30. Richardson, a redshirt senior and an All-American heptathlete, moved into second on WSU's all-time list for the 100m hurdles behind Agneta Rosenblad's 2001 wind-aided time of 13.28. Richardson also anchored the women's 4x400m relay team (Tiffany Giles, Monique Jessie, and Tamara Gulley) which finished sixth with a time of 3:38.26. The squad of Giles, Jessie, Angelita Green and Richardson had run a prelim time of 3:36.73 for the school's outdoor record for this event. Freshman Tyson Byers won the pole vault with a clearance equal to his collegiate indoor best of 16-feet, 10 3/4 inches (5.15m), and an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark.

LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED IN WSU OPEN MEET, APRIL 12:

WSU Men
100m - Dan Brink, Bennie Chatman, James McSwain
200m - Dan Brink, Bennie Chatman, Qieed Ishmael, Lamarr Kirk
400m - Qieed Ishmael, Lamarr Kirk, Ryan Osborne
800m - Eric Dudley
1500m - Tyler Davis, Mike Heidt, Mark Wicklander
3000m - Mike Barbero, Nathan Cabrera, Ian Johnson (unatt. Ryan Freimuth)
3000m Steeplechase - Reid Carrell
110m Hurdles - Eric Dudley, Josh Leyk, Darion Powell, David Turpin
400m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Jon Manthey, Eric Nygard, Darion Powell
4x100m Relay - no entry
4x400m Relay - TBA
High Jump - Kurtiss Dilley
Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Rick Collins, Andy Kammenga, Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali, Peter Rizzardi, Jamil Smith, David Turpin
Triple Jump - Ben Hampton, Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali, Peter Rizzardi, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - Tim Gehring, Sam Lightbody, Mark Matthey
Discus - Tim Gehring, Sam Lightbody, Mark Matthey, Darion Powell
Javelin - Curt Borland, Nate Cummings, Matt McGee, Kyle Mitchell, Brett Ortgiessen, Darion Powell, David Turpin
Hammer Throw - Thad Cullinan, Tim Gehring, Mark Matthey, (unatt. Andrew Rehwalt)

WSU Women
100m - Tamara Gulley, Nicole Hatcher, Bree Skiner
200m - Tamara Gulley, Angelita Green, Nicole Hatcher, Bree Skinner
400m - no entry
800m - no entry
1500m - Anna Blue, Angelita Green, Hillary Smith
3000m - Julia Corbett, Juli Ross, Megan Walker-Richards, Diana Worthen
3000m Steeplechase - Molly Bull, Hailey Young
100m Hurdles - Louise Akesson, Diana Pickler
400m Hurdles - Louise Akesson, Monique Jessie, Diana Pickler
4x100m Relay - no entry
4x400m Relay - TBA
High Jump - Karla McGee, Robin Mikesh, Briana Willis
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Karla McGee, Stephanie Robinett
Long Jump - Blessing Ufodiama
Triple Jump - Bree Skinner
Shot Put - Marie Muai, Diana Pickler, Shannon Rance
Discus - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Marie Muai, Shannon Rance
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean, Diana Pickler, Ellannee Richardson, Katie Syring
Hammer - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Sammy Jo Missel, Marie Muai

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