April 29, 2003
COUGARS READY TO DUEL HUSKIES IN DUAL: The 89th meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington men's track and field teams will take place Saturday, May 3, at Husky Stadium...it will also be the 28th meeting between the women's teams...the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 58-29-1 record...the UW women have an 18-9 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won the past six meetings with the Huskies going back to the 1997 season for a win...last year in Pullman, the Cougar men narrowly defeated UW 103-99, while the WSU women were 105-98 winners over the Husky women...the field events begin Saturday at 9 a.m. and the running events commence at 1:15 p.m...international dual meet scoring format of 5-3-2-1 for individual events with only two scoring per team per event, and 5-3 for relays will be used...complete results will also be posted at the WSU Athletic homepage, www.wsucougars.com site.
NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...WSU is 18th in the latest women's rankings but the Cougar men are not ranked...neither University of Washington team is ranked...in the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings (dual meet predictors and demonstrate team depth), the Cougar women are fourth and WSU men are 15th.
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.
ANNA BLUE RED-LINES COUGAR DISTANCE RECORDS: Senior Anna Blue (Olympia, Wash.) broke the school's 10,000m record April 17, at the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif...her seventh-place finish in the women's invitational race was a school record time of 34 minutes, 25.63 seconds...it was the first time Blue had run this distance...the previous school record was 35:21.2, run by Lisa Braun in 1988...this year, Blue has raced to school indoor records in the 3000m (9:42.22i) and 5000m (16:35.18i), and the school's outdoor 5000m record (16:14.55)...her time in the 10k is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark: the men's and women's 10k, the heptathlon and decathlon are the only events the NCAA still has automatic and provisional rather than regional qualifying standards.
NO DUD HERE: Eric Dudley, a redshirt senior All-American (Bellingham, Wash.), won the men's 400m hurdles race at the Texas Relays 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.
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.
COUGARS WITH NCAA OUTDOOR REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE:
Event - Women (mark) National Standing/West Regional Standing 200m - Ellannee Richardson (23.91) T59th/8th 5000m - Anna Blue (16:14.55 SR) 14th/6th 10,000m - Anna Blue (34:25.63 SR) 19th/5th 100m Hurdles - Ellannee Richardson (13.52) 19th/4th Tamara Gulley (13.85) 49th/9th Diana Pickler (14.06) T76th/T15th 400m Hurdles - Monique Jessie (1:00.92) 67th/18th 400m Relay - Gulley, Giles, Skinner, Richardson (45.35) 27th/6th 1600m Relay - Giles, Jessie, Gulley, Richardson (3:36.73 SR) 11th/3rd High Jump - Whitney Evans (1.85m/6-0 3/4) T3rd/1st Briana Willis (1.70m/5-7), Robin Mikesh (1.70m/5-7) T66th/T13th Pole Vault - Tamara Diles (3.85m/12-7 1/2) T39th/17th Karla McGee (3.66m/12-0) T84th/T31st Triple Jump - Blessing Ufodiama (12.33m/40-5 1/2) 57th/7th Shot Put - Shannon Rance (14.14m/46-4 3/4) T90th/22nd Discus - Marie Muai (45.94m/150-9) T88th/29th Brittany Hinchcliffe (45.74m/150-1) 96th/31st Hammer - Brittany Hinchcliffe (56.97m/186-11) 28th/12th Sammy Jo Missel (52.58m/172-6) 73rd/27th Javelin - Jenna Dean (45.14m/148-1) 44th/10th Rachel Bertholf (44.95m/147-4) 46th/11th Heptathlon - Ellannee Richardson (5,701 Auto. Qualifier) 1st/1st Diana Pickler (5,120 Prov. Qual.) 15th/17th Julie Pickler (5,024 PQ) 22nd/21st
Event - Men (mark) National Standing/West Regional Standing 100m - Bennie Chatman (10.19w) T3rd/1st Anthony Buchanan (10.46) T36th/T5th 400m Hurdles - Eric Dudley (49.70) 3rd/2nd 400m Relay - Kirk, Chatman, Brink, Buchanan (40.14) 15th/2nd High Jump - Kurtiss Dilley (2.12m/6-11 1/2) T29th/5th Pole Vault - Tyson Byers (5.00m/16-4 3/4) T31st/T13th Rick Collins (5.10m/16-8 3/4) T36th/T15th Shot Put - Tim Gehring (17.98m/59-0) 21st/9th Discus - Sam Lightbody (53.07m/174-1) 47th/11th Hammer - Tim Gehring (59.99m/196-10) 32nd/12th Javelin - Matt McGee (62.82m/206-1) 63rd/11th Nate Cummings (62.28m/204-4) T71st/13th Decathlon - Darion Powell (7,243 Prov. Qualifier) 16th/4th
LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED IN HUSKY DUAL MEET, IN SEATTLE, MAY 3:
WSU Men 100m - Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman, James McSwain 200m - Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman, James McSwain 400m - Dan Brink, Eric Dudley, Qieed Ishmael, Lamarr Kirk 800m - Justin Ireland, Jon Manthey 1500m - Tyler Davis, Ryan Freimuth, Justin Ireland 3000m - Mike Barbero, Reid Carrell, Tyler Davis, Ryan Freimuth, Mike Heidt, Ian Johnson, Mark Wicklander 3000m Steeplechase - Mike Barbero, Reid Carrell, Ian Johnson 110m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Eric Dudley, Darion Powell 400m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Eric Dudley, Eric Nygard, Darion Powell 4x100m Relay - Buchanan, Chatman, Kirk, McSwain 4x400m Relay - Brink, Dudley, Ishmael, Kirk High Jump - Matt Alverson, Kurtiss Dilley Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Rick Collins, Paul Nicoletti Long Jump - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Peter Rizzardi, Jamil Smith Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Ben Hampton, Peter Rizzardi, Jamil Smith Shot Put - Thad Cullinan, Tim Gehring, Sam Lightbody Discus - Tim Gehring, Sam Lightbody, Darion Powell Javelin - Curt Borland, Nate Cummings, Matt McGee, Kyle Mitchell Hammer Throw - Thad Cullinan, Tim Gehring
WSU Women 100m - Tamara Gulley, Nicole Hatcher, Bree Skiner 200m - Tiffany Gile, Nicole Hatcher, Ellannee Richardson, Bree Skinner 400m - Tiffany Giles, Ellannee Richardson 800m - Molly Bull, Angelita Green, Hillary Smith, Hailey Young 1500m - Anna Blue, Molly Bull 3000m - Anna Blue, Julia Corbett, Megan Walker-Richards 3000m Steeplechase- Hillary Smith, Hailey Young 100m Hurdles - Louise Akesson, Tamara Gulley, Diana Pickler, Ellannee Richardson 400m Hurdles - Louise Akesson, Monique Jessie 4x100m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Richardson, Skinner 4x400m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Jessie, tba High Jump - Whitney Evans, Robin Mikesh, Briana Willis Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Karla McGee, Stephanie Robinett Long Jump - Diana Pickler, Ellannee Richardson, Blessing Ufodiama Triple Jump - Bree Skinner, Blessing Ufodiama Shot Put - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Marie Muai, Shannon Rance Discus - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Marie Muai, Shannon Rance Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean, Katie Syring Hammer - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Sammy Jo Missel, Marie Muai