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Release: 06/21/1999
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May 21, 1999

IT'S PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP TIME: The start of the championship season begins for the WSU track and field team with the Pac-10 Conference Multi-Events competition May 14-15 at Sun Angel Stadium, Tempe, Arizona, followed by the team Championships May begin May 14 at 4 p.m. and May 15 at 3:30 p.m...the May 21-22 schedule shows field events beginning at 2:30 p.m. both days with and running events at 5 p.m. May 21 and 6:30 p.m. May 22...FOX Sports Net will televise a two-hour highlight show May 26, at 1 p.m.

HEPTATHLON, DECATHLON CALLS: Four heptathlon and one decathlon Cougar athletes will compete at Pac-10s...freshmen Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) and Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) have competed in one hept this year, the Arizona Multi Invitational Mar. 17-18 at Tucson...Richardson won with 5,369 points and Evans was second at 5,180 points...both were NCAA provisional qualifying marks...junior LaTroya Mucker (Los Angeles) placed fourth in the Pac-10 hept last year, her only competition to date, with 5,015 to the multi-events is fifth-year senior hurdler Nicky Booth (Federal Way)...Steve Dwyer, a freshman from Redmond, is WSU's only dec entrant...his sole competition to date was a 12th-place finish with 6,432 points at Tucson in March.

COUGARS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: In addition to the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships, WSU will have competitors at the Seattle Pacific University Meet at Seattle (UW), May 15, and at the Pre-Pac-10 Invite, May 16 at Tucson.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: # = Provisional mark * = Automatic mark (Current National Standing)

WSU Women:  
5000m Megan Maynard                 # 16:36.33 (36th)
400m Relay A. Higgins, Mucker, 
Richardson, Sewell                  #44.64 (12th)
High Jump Whitney Evans             # 5-11 1/4 (T-14th)
Pole Vault Jeannette Martus         # 12-3 1/2 (T-23rd)
Long Jump Francesca Green Sewell    # 20-3 1/2 (T-27th)
Triple Jump Cicely Clinkenbeard     # 41-11 3/4 (21st)
Discus Mandy Borschowa              * 188-8 (3rd)
Heptathlon Ellannee Richardson      # 5,369 points (9th)
Whitney Evans                       # 5,180 points (23rd)

WSU Men: 1500m Bernard Lagat # 3:44.34c (18th) 5000m Bernard Lagat * 13:36.12 (1st) 110m Hurdles Arend Watkins * 13.63w (3rd) Triple Jump Demetrius Murray * 53-5 3/4 (5th) Hammer B.J. Schade # 204-8 (24th)

NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 20 Poll for May 10, list the Cougar men at tied at 14th and do not list the WSU can find this site at United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings for the outdoor season find the WSU men ranked 11th and the Cougar women fourth through the May 8 competitive schedule...the USCTA website is located at

MURRAY NAMED PAC-10 FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Junior Demetrius Murray earned Pac-10 Male Field Athlete of the Week for his second place finish at the Modesto Relays invitational men's triple jump. Murray leaped 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches (16.29m) and was the top collegiate finisher. His mark is an NCAA autommatic qualifier, fifth-best in WSU all-time standings and fifth-best nationally. Murray is the third WSU athlete to earn conference athlete of the week honors this year.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan (26th season overall - fifth year as a head coach, fourth year as director of combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named 1999 Region VIII Women's Coach of the Year in addition to repeating as the MPSF Men's and Women's Coach of the Year...Sloan recently revealed his successful bout with prostate cancer...Sloan had surgery Oct. 1, 1998, and endured seven weeks of radiation treatment starting in January but has tested disease-free this spring...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Rohan Walker, and Kris Grimes...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Nancy Wenzel, and Dan O'Brien.

LAST WEEK: Two of the seven WSU competitors at the Modesto Relays recorded NCAA automatic qualifying and lifetime best marks May 8. In addition to Demetrius Murray's triple jump, sophomore Arend Watkins finished fourth in the 110m high hurdles invitational race with a wind-aided time of 13.63, at the meet that featured elite Olympic and club competitors as well as collegians. Watkins' time is third-fastest nationally and sixth-best in school history. Both Murray and Watkins currently lead the Pac-10 in their events. Bernard Lagat won the mile in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:02.04. Friday night Lagat won the men's 5000m race at the Cardinal Invitational in a time of 13:36.12 - the top collegiate time this year and ninth-best in WSU's all-time marks. Cicely Clinkenbeard leaped 41-11 1/2 for fifth-place at Modesto and improved her school-record distance. Other Cougar finishes at Modesto were: Francesca Sewell - second in the long jump at 20-2 1/4 (6.15m) and eighth in the 100m at 11.82; Randi Smith - third in the invitational 400m hurdles in 60.86 and fifth in the open 100m high hurdles in 14.41; Andrea Thornton - sixth in the hammer throw at 162-3 (49.46m); and Colan Sewell ran a 11.06 in the 100m and 22.64 in the 200m (no places available). Other Cougar athletes at the Cardinal Invitational May 7 were: Megan Maynard finished 13th in the 5000m race but clocked an NCAA PQ time of 16:36.33; Alishia Booterbaugh finished fifth in the 800m with a lifetime-best time of 2:07.61 - just 11/100s of a second away from a PQ; Vinnie Pecht placed third in the discus with a personal-best 181-0 (55.16m); and Chris Charles was 32nd out of 45 competitors in the 5000m in a time of 14:36.88. Saturday at the blustery and cold WSU Invitational, freshmen Ellannee Richardson and Eric Dudley, and redshirt sophomore Becky Potter each won two events. Richardson ran 14.00w in the 100m hurdles and 24.61 in the 200m dash plus placed third in the javelin and eighth in the shot put. Dudley won both hurdles races - the 110m in 15.04 and the 400m in 54.45. Potter claimed the shot put at 45-6 1/2, the hammer with a toss of 159-10, and finished second in the discus at 155-10. Other Cougar winners in Pullman Saturday included Attrina Higgins in the 100m dash (11.99), Lisa Schaures in the 800m (2:14.68), Molly Monroe in the javelin (141-6), Jeannette Martus in the pole vault (11-3 3/4), Itoro Elijah in the triple jump (38-9 1/2), Mandy Borschowa in the discus (180-10), Tony Boitano in the pole vault (16-6 3/4), and BJ Schade in the hammer (201-4).


150m A. Higgins
100m HH A. Higgins, Smith, Zapata
400m IH Smith
Pole Vault Martus
Long Jump Sewell
Triple Jump Clinkenbeard
Shot Put Potter
Discus Borschowa, Potter, Thornton
Hammer Moore, Potter, Thornton

150m Henry
400m IH Dudley
Long Jump Laville
Discus Pecht
Hammer Schade

COUGAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Bernard Lagat, the 1999 NCAA Div. I Indoor Male Athlete of the Year is the Track & Field News May 1999 cover boy...Ellannee Richardson, freshman from Gladstone, Ore., ran a school record 13.69 seconds in her second-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the Hayward Relays April 10 in Eugene, Ore...her time eclipsed the previous WSU best time of 13.75 run by Chris Gesch in Eugene in 1992...Richardson's hurdles time is only .04 seconds away from being an NCAA provisional qualifying mark...she's also in the Cougar all-time list with the second-best heptathlon total of 5,369 points...Mandy Borschowa (Snoqualmie, Wash.) improved her WSU freshman discus record with a heave of 188-8 to win that event May 1...Borschowa's toss was the second-farthest in school history with only Laura Lavine (189-10, 1988) ahead of her in the all-time best standings...Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton, Wash.) won the hammer throw May 1 with a school record toss of 174-1...she replaced senior Molly Moore (Kalispell, Mont.) as the season leader as well but this race is not over...Becky Potter (RS-sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash.) had a career-best toss of 171-6 and Moore currently stands at 171-3 this season but has a career high of 172-3...each of these three have held the school record at one time in their careers at WSU...they are coached by WSU's first woman hammer thrower, Debra Lombardi...the Cougar women's sprint corps hesitated to run the short relay at the Cougar Open Meet, April 24, but in the end were rewarded for their efforts with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark...WSU's Attrina Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Ellannee Richardson and Francesca Sewell executed flawless handoffs and used effortless speed to clock in at 44.64 seconds...not only a school record - surpassing the 1998 time of 44.78 set by Sharika Higgins, Mucker, Tamika Brown and Sewell - but establishing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark that ranks third in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally this year...three Cougars have been selected Pac-10 Athletes of the Week this season - Bernard Lagat for his triple wins in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m April 3, Arend Watkins for his 110m hurdles win April 24, and Demetrius Murray for his top collegiate finish in the triple jump at the Modesto Relays May 8.

Pac-10 Multi-Events call Cougar Track & Field to Tempe

WSU Track & Field Outdoor Schedule

Mar. 17-18 Arizona Multi Invitational, Tucson

Mar. 20 Big Foot Open, Spokane

Mar. 27 Jim Click Shootout, Tucson (Nebraska, UA)

Apr. 3 Oregon/Idaho, Pullman

Apr. 10 Hayward Relays, Eugene

Apr. 17 Washington, Seattle

Apr. 24 Cougar Open, Pullman

May 1 Palouse Team Invite, Pullman (Purdue, Wyoming)

May 7 Cardinal Invite, Stanford

May 8 WSU Invite, Pullman Modesto Relays, Calif.

May 14-15 Pac-10 Multis, Tempe

May 16 Pre Pac-10 Invite, Tucson

May 21-21 Pac-10 Champs., Tempe

June 2-5 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Champs., Boise, Idaho

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