DIVIDE AND CONQUER: The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be competing in two locations this weekend...the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational takes place Friday and Saturday, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Track at Lincoln, Nebraska...the premier indoor competition features athletes from 54 schools throughout the country...WSU and Arizona are the only Pac-10 schools...considered to be a preview of the NCAA Indoor Championships, last year four Husker Invite champions went on to win those events at the NCAA Championships...field and running events begin Friday at 4 p.m. CST...Saturday's field events begin at 11:15 a.m., with running events set to begin at 2 p.m. CST...for more information go to 2000 Sevigne Husker web site...another group will travel to the Bill Cosby Invitational Meet at the Reno Livestock Events Center Saturday...field events begin at 8:30 a.m. while the running events will start at noon.
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.
NOTABLE: The Cougar track DL this week includes: sophomore All-American heptathlete, Ellannee Richardson, rehabilitating a sore back, senior All-American triple jumper Demetrius Murray, out with a knee strain, decathlete Steve Dwyer, recovering from mononucleosis, Brian Laville, senior sprinter and long jumper, still listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury...for a complete roster and outdoor schedule, go to www.wsucougars.com on the internet.
WALTZ, SMITH DOUBLE WINNERS AT MOSCOW MCDONALD'S I: Ian Waltz and Randi Smith were double winners for the Cougars while Agneta Rosenblad equaled her school-record time in the 55m hurdles and Jeannette Martus bettered her WSU record in the pole vault Feb. 5 at the Moscow McDonald's I meet at the Kibbie Dome on the Idaho campus. Waltz, a senior All-American, won the men's discus with a personal-best indoor mark of 194-feet and took the shot put title with a season-best distance of 62-0 1/4. Smith, a sophomore, won the women's 200m and 400m races in career-best times of 24.71 seconds and 55.50 seconds, respectively. Rosenblad, a junior, won the women's 55m hurdles in a time of 7.89 seconds which equaled her 1998 school-record clocking, and was good for an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Martus, a junior, won the women's pole vault and bettered her 1999 school record when she cleared 12-1 1/2. The Cougar women dominated the meet, winning 11 of 15 events. The WSU women winners included: Mandy Borschowa (discus, 165-2), Cicely Clinkenbeard (triple jump, 40-11 1/2), Andrea Thornton (58-8 3/4), Whitney Evans (long jump, 17-11 3/4), Briana Willis (high jump, 5-7), Sharika Higgins (60m dash, 7.67), and Alishia Booterbaugh (800m, 2:11.66). Janet Collar, an assistant coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, won both the women's mile and 3000m races with Cougars Megan Maynard the top collegian in the mile (5:06.21) and Greta Johnson the top collegian in the 3000m (10:06.98). Anson Henry, a sophomore from Pickering, Ont., Canada, just missed an NCAA PQ with his lifetime-best time of 6.73 seconds to win the men's 60m dash. All-American hurdler, junior Arend Watkins from San Jose, Calif., bettered his NCAA PQ time with his 7.30 seconds time to win the men's 55m hurdles. Other Cougar men winners were: B.J. Schade (weight throw, 59-4 3/4), Craig Allen (high jump, 6-10 3/4), and Bryan Preuss (pole vault, 16-0 3/4).
TEAM HISTORY: The Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, so WSU competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, joining teams from the Pac-10, West Coast and Big West Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the 1999 MPSF Indoor Championships while the WSU men's team was MPSF runner-up...Cougar coach Rick Sloan was named 1999 MPSF Coach of the Year for both men and women...the WSU men went on to place 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with former Cougar Bernard Lagat earning NCAA Indoor Male Athlete of the Year honors.
WSU ENTRANTS FOR HUSKER INVITATIONAL AT LINCOLN, NEBRASKA:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 60m A. Higgins 400m Smith 800m Booterbaugh 5000m Gilmore, Maynard 60m HH A. Higgins, Rosenblad, Smith Pole Vault Martus Long Jump Rosenblad Triple Jump Clinkenbeard Shot Put Potter, Thornton 20# Weight Potter, Thornton
WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 60m Henry 400m Macias Mile S. Johnson 5000m Franco-Parra, Welsh, Wicklander 60m HH Watkins Shot Put Waltz 35# Weight Schade
WSU ENTRANTS FOR BILL COSBY INVITATIONAL AT RENO, NEVADA:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 55m Mucker, Zapata 200m Abersfeller, Mucker, Odonkor 400m Abersfeller, Mucker 800m Neel, Schaures Mile Miller 55m HH Odonkor, Zapata High Jump Willis Shot Put Borschowa
WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 200m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Randall, Sommer 400m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Macias, Randall, Sommer 800m Kamau 55m HH Dudley High Jump Allen, Gordon, Rushing Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Katich, Preuss Long Jump Schwendiman
COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships are set for March 10-11, at Fayetteville, Arkansas. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark, (National Standing), + = Converted marks from 55m
WSU Women: 60m Hurdles Agneta Rosenblad # 8.42+ (26th) High Jump Whitney Evans # 1.80m / 5-10 3/4 (11th) Pole Vault Jeannette Martus # 3.70m / 12-1 1/2 (T17th) Weight Throw Andrea Thornton # 18.70m / 61-4 1/4 (14th) Becky Potter # 18.29m / 60-0 1/4 (18th) WSU Men: 60m Dash Anson Henry # 6.68+ (14th) 60m Hurdles Arend Watkins # 7.81+ (5th) Shot put Ian Waltz # 18.90m / 62-0 1/4 (6th)