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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
First Annual Cougar Invitational Set For Friday, Saturday
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/25/2000
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April 25, 2000

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    PULLMAN, Wash. - The First Annual Cougar Invitational Meet takes place this weekend, April 28-29, at Mooberry Track on the WSU campus ... Friday, April 28, is the collegiate portion of the meet with teams from WSU, Idaho State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Washington, Community Colleges of Spokane, Mt. Hood CC, and several unattached athletes competing ... Saturday, April 29, is the high school competition ... over 350 prep entries promise a strong field representing schools from all levels - B through 4A, statewide ... the complete field for both events can be found on the web at

    Fri., April 28 - Collegiate Invite - Field Events 10 a.m., Steeplechase 1:30 p.m.

    Sat., April 29 - Prep Invite - Field Events 10 a.m., Girls 400m relay 12:30 p.m.

    All event winners receive commemorative watches and the next five place winners receive commemorative medals.

    Tickets - General Admission, purchased at the gate: Single Day Prices - Family $10 (1 adult, three kids or 2 adults, two kids), Adult $5, Youth/Student $2, Two Day Prices - Family $15, Adult $8, Youth/Student $3.

    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 selected the USTCA West Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year for 2000 ... he also three-peated as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Coach of the Year as the Cougar women won the team title for the second year ... Sloan is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.

    COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships are set for May 31- June 3, at Durham, North Carolina. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

    NCAANameEventMark/TimeNational Standing (as of 4/25)
    *Ian WaltzM Shot Put19.13m / 62-9 1/4(5th)
    *Ian WaltzM Discus60.10m / 197-2(8th)
    *Arend WatkinsM 110m Hurdles13.51(2nd)
    #Alishia BooterbaughW 800m2:05.66(8th)
    #Eric DudleyM 400m Hurdles50.90(15th)
    #Randi SmithW 400m Hurdles57.61 SR(7th)
    #Jeannette MartusW Pole Vault3.85m / 12-7 1/2(T16th)
    #Agneta RosenbladW Long Jump3.32m / 20-9(T12th)
    #Mandy BorschowaW Discus51.90m / 170-3(14th)
    #Bryan JonesM Javelin68.58m / 225-0(15th)
    #Andrea ThorntonW Hammer58.76m / 192-9(16th)
    #Molly MonroeW Javelin49.18m / 161-4(15th)
    #Casey LektorichW Javelin47.36m / 155-4(24th)

    Host Texas won both the men's and women's team titles as the Longhorn women scored 109.5 points to WSU's 59, in the 14-team field. The Texas men tallied 103 points while the Cougar men had 35 points for 10th out of 14 teams. Bryan Jones started the two-day meet with a big win in the men's javelin with an NCAA PQ mark of 223-feet, 10 inches B.J Schade finished fifth in the men's hammer with a season-best toss of 195-feet, 8 inches. Oscar Franco-Parra clocked a 14:53.59 for eighth in the men's 5000m final while WSU's Jon Welsh was 11th (15:05.87). Ryan Gilmore had a huge race in the women's 5000m final, finishing third in a personal-best time of 17:02.78. Molly Monroe's 149-0 good for sixth and Casey Lektorich tossing 144-10 for eighth in the javelin.

    Sharika Higgins ran to personal-best times in the women's 100m and 200m dash races and ran the first leg of the 4x100m relay. Higgins finished fifth in the 200m dash in 23.43 seconds, and eighth in the 100m dash in 11.50 seconds but both races were aided by 4.7mps wind so they do not qualify for NCAA consideration. The women's 400m relay team finished fourth in 45.85. Agneta Rosenblad leaped a career-best of 20-feet, 9 inches, for fifth place and an NCAA PQ mark in the women's long jump. Francesca Sewell was 11th at 20-0 1/4w. Mandy Borschowa threw a season-best and NCAA PQ of 170-3 for second in the women's discus. Teammate Andrea Thornton was sixth in the discus (153-4) and seventh in the hammer with an NCAA PQ of 192-5, just four inches less than her school-record throw of last week. Randi Smith placed second in the women's 400m hurdles in 57.84, an NCAA PQ but not better than her school record 57.61 run March 26. Alishia Booterbaugh was just off her NCAA PQ as she clocked a 2:06.72 for second in the 800m race, and roommate Lisa Schaures was eighth at 2:13.48. Jeannette Martus cleared 12-3 1/2 for fifth place, also an NCAA PQ but below her previous mark of 12-7 1/2. In the women's triple jump, Cicely Clinkenbeard finished eighth at 40-6 3/4w and Alison Eldridge was 18th at 37-8 1/2w. Ryan Gilmore was 12th (10:19.40) and Greta Johnson 16th (10:39.36) in the women's 3000m.

    Other than Waltz and Pecht, the Cougar men struggled in Saturday's competition on the track and in the field. All-American hurdler Arend Watkins was at home nursing an injured leg, and Eric Dudley scratched from the weekend's racing because of an IT band problem in his knee, so WSU had no entries in the men's high or intermediate hurdles, and had to scratch out of both relay races. All-American Demetrius Murray had a "lost weekend" as he fouled out of the triple jump and finished 11th in the long jump (23-2w). No other Cougar men scored points Saturday.



    100mS. Higgins
    200mS. Higgins
    800mBooterbaugh, Neel, H. Smith
    1500mBooterbaugh, Gilmore, G. Johnson, Miller, Schaures
    3000mFilipy, Gilmore
    5000mNo entries
    100m HHA. Higgins, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Odonkor, Zapata
    400m IHR. Smith, Wood
    400m RelayS. Higgins, R. Smith, A. Higgins, Sewell
    1600m RelayA - S. Higgins, A. Higgins, Booterbaugh, R. Smith
    B - Schaures, Wood, Neel, H. Smith
    High JumpMcNeely, Sewell, Willis
    Pole VaultHeggie, Martus, Robinett
    Long JumpClinkenbeard, Rosenblad, Sewell
    Triple JumpClinkenbeard, Eldridge, McNeely
    Shot PutPotter, Thornton
    DiscusBorschowa, Potter, Thornton
    JavelinChurch, Lektorich, Monroe
    HammerPotter, Thornton


    100mHenry, Williams
    200mFitzhugh, Henry, Sommer
    400mFitzhugh, Kamau, Macias, Randall
    800mChilders, Hazelquist
    1500mS. Johnson
    SteeplechaseBarker, Boniface, S. Johnson, Welsh
    110m HHWatkins
    400m IHNo entries
    400m RelayNo entry
    1600m RelayTBA
    High JumpAllen, Alverson, Gordon, Rushing
    Pole VaultBoitano, Collins, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss
    Long JumpSchwendiman, Murray
    Triple JumpMorris, Murray, Nikbakhsh-Tali
    Shot PutWaltz
    DiscusGraves, Pecht, Waltz
    JavelinJones, Milam, Nichols
    HammerMolfino, Schade

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