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Six Cougars Headed To NCAA Indoor Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/06/2000
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March 6, 2000

Mar. 10-11 - NCAA Div. I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.

March 17-18 - Willie Williams Classic, Tucson, Arizona
March 18 - Big Foot Open, Spokane

NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH A SOUTHERN FLAVOR: Six track and field athletes from Washington State University will compete in the 36th annual men's and 18th annual women's NCAA Div. I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, on the University of Arkansas campus at Fayetteville, Arkansas, Friday and Saturday, March 10-11...this is the first time the championships will be held someplace other the RCA Dome in Indianapolis since 1989.

THE SIX COUGS FLYING TO FAYETTEVILLE: From WSU, three men and three women will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend: for the WSU women, senior Alishia Booterbaugh was an automatic qualifier in the 800m while sophomore Whitney Evans returns in the high jump and junior Becky Potter will compete in the 20# weight throw for the WSU men, senior Ian Waltz had an AQ in the shot put as did junior Arend Watkins in the 60m hurdles, and senior Demetrius Murray's triple jump PQ was accepted in the field.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS: The NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships are set for March 10-11, at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

# = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark, (National Standings), + = Converted marks from 55m or for flat track adjustments, $ = Selected for national meet

WSU Women:

800m$ Alishia Booterbaugh* 2:07.44+(11th)
60m HurdlesAgneta Rosenblad# 8.42+(37th)
High Jump$ Whitney Evans# 1.82m / 5-11 1/2(T11th)
Pole VaultJeannette Martus# 3.85m / 12-7 1/2(T19th)
Triple JumpCicely Clinkenbeard# 12.80m / 42-0(25th)
Weight Throw$ Becky Potter# 18.75m / 61-6 1/4(16th)
Andrea Thornton# 18.70m / 61-4 1/4(17th)

WSU Men:

60m DashAnson Henry# 6.68+(T22nd)
60m Hurdles$ Arend Watkins* 7.72+(T4th)
Triple Jump$ Demetrius Murray# 16.04m / 52-7 1/2(T14th)
Shot put$ Ian Waltz* 19.28m / 63-3 1/4(8th)

(Listed as Pacific Standard Times)

Friday, March 10

10:00 a.m.Women's 20# Weight Throw - Becky PotterFinal
12:30 p.m.Men's Shot Put - Ian WaltzFinal
2:00 p.m.Women's 800m - Alishia BooterbaughPreliminaries
2:45 p.m.Men's 60m Hurdles - Arend WatkinsPreliminaries
5:25 p.m.Men's 60m HurdlesFinal

Saturday, March 11

2:15 p.m.Women's high jump - Whitney EvansFinal
3:45 p.m.Men's Triple Jump - Demetrius MurrayFinal
4:25 p.m.Women's 800mFinal

POWER RANKINGS: The United States Track Coaches Association Div. I indoor team power rankings as of 3/6/00, find the WSU men 16th and the Cougar women's team 9th...the March 1, Trackwire Top 25 Indoor rankings find the both WSU men and women unranked.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 27th season with the Cougar track program (sixth year as a head coach, fifth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...WSU's volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.


EventAthleteNew Mark
Pole VaultFreshmen MenRick Collins5.11m / 16-9 1/2
60m HurdlesWomenAgneta Rosenblad8.50
Pole VaultWomenJeannette Martus3.85m / 12-7 1/2
Freshmen WomenStephanie Robinett3.40m / 11-1 3/4
Triple JumpWomenCicely Clinkenbeard12.80m / 42-0
20# WeightWomenBecky Potter18.75m / 61-6 1/4


Demetrius Murray: Senior triple jumper from Tacoma, Wash...All-American after second place finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships with leap of 54-0...knee injury kept Murray idle all of indoor season...2000 MPSF was sole triple jump competition of the season and Murray won with NCAA AQ of 16.04m/52-7 1/2i...finished second in both the long, triple jumps at 1999 MPSF Indoor Championships...participated in World University Games (Spain 1999).

Ian Waltz (pronounced EYE-an): Senior thrower from Post Falls, Idaho...Five-time All-American in the shot put and discus...threw shot put NCAA provisional qualifying 19.25m/63-2i at Husker Invitational...improved that mark to 19.28m/63-3 1/4i at Idaho Last Chance Meet...coming off 1999 medical redshirt season because of a torn tendon in a finger on throwing hand...set WSU discus record of 211-5...shot put mark of 63-9 3/4 is third on WSU all-time list.

Arend Watkins: Junior hurdler from San Jose, Calif...Three-time All-American...finished 8th in the 60m hurdles at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships...two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 55m hurdles champion...ran 60m hurdles in 7.75i seconds and 55m hurdles in 7.21i at a Moscow this season...finished second at the USA Track & Field Golden Spike Invitational at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, in time of 7.78...won the Pac-10 high hurdles last spring.

Alishia Booterbaugh: Senior middle distance runner from LaCenter, Washington...1999 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 800m champion, second in 2000...ran an NCAA automatic qualifying time for the 800m of 2:07.04i at Vandal Indoor...time is currently fifth-fastest in all-time WSU listing...competed in 1999 NCAA Indoor 800m but did not advance after 2:09.04i time in prelims.

Whitney Evans: Sophomore high jumper and heptathlete from Calgary, Alberta, Canada...Three-time All-American as a freshman in 1999...last year finished tied for sixth in high jump at NCAA Indoor Championships with personal-best mark of 6-0...two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation high jump champion...finished fourth in high jump and seventh in heptathlon at 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships...her heptathlon total of 5,579 points was third-best in school history and the Canadian Junior record...reached NCAA PQ in high jump of 1.82m/5-11 1/2i at MPSFs.

Becky Potter: Redshirt junior thrower from Gig Harbor, Wash...set school record in weight throw with NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 18.75m/61-6 1/4i for title at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships...finished fourth in shot put at MPSF...third in WSU's hammer records with a toss of 171-6...fierce rivalry with teammate Andrea Thornton came to a halt as Thornton's 18.70m/61-4 1/4i mark did not make NCAA cut.

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