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Track & Field In Practice Mode For McDonald's Last Chance Meet
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Release: 03/02/2004
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March 2, 2004

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COUGARS NEXT DOOR:
Selected members of the Washington State University track and field teams will compete this weekend at the McDonald's Last Chance Indoor Meet at the Kibbie Dome, eight miles east on the University of Idaho campus...Friday, March 5, the competition includes the men's heptathlon and men's and women's discus events...Saturday, March 6, the field events begin at 9:30 a.m. while the running events begin at 10:30 a.m...the WSU coaching staff will use this meet to wrap up the indoor season, prepare for the NCAA Championships, and evaluate the team prior to beginning the outdoor season...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available Saturday, March 6.

MASON MAKES MARK(S):
Matt Mason, a junior semester transfer, broke his own school record indoor long jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships (2/28, Seattle) with a winning leap of 8.08m/26-6 1/4, the second-best leap nationally this year...he previously leaped 25-10 (2/14, Seattle), eclipsing a 16-year old school record...won the MPSF 60m hurdles and equaled his time of 7.80 seconds, eighth-best nationally...capped the MPSF weekend running the anchor leg on the school indoor 4x400m relay of 3:11.24 for third place.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES:
Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 31st season with the Cougar track program; tenth year as a head coach, ninth 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, Jason Drake and Ellannee Richardson, former All-American heptathlete and sprinter...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.

NATIONAL POLLS:
For the first time this season, the Washington State men's team is ranked in the Trackwire 25 for Men...the Cougars are tied for 22nd with Georgia with 11 points...Arkansas' men are number one (67 points) while Stanford is the top Pac-10 team at No. 7 (24 points)...available online since the 1997 season, 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...this projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...in the Men's Dandy Dozen for March 3, Danny Wolf is seventh in the 3000m and Matt Mason is third in the long jump and sixth in the 60m hurdles...in the current Women's Dandy Dozen, Diana Pickler is eighth in the pentathlon.

RICHARDSON M.I.A. FROM COUGAR COACHING DUTIES:
Ellannee Richardson has joined the USA National Indoor Track and Field team and will compete at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships this weekend at Budapest, Hungary, as a member of the women's 4x400m relay team...Richardson, who ran the fastest time in the women's 400m dash prelims (PR 52.93) last Saturday at the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boston, finished fifth (53.66) in the Sunday final at the Reggie Lewis Center...she was invited to join the US National Indoor team as a member of the relay team...the relay semi-finals and final are set for Sunday, March 7.

MORE FORMER COUGS AT USA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS:
In the men's 60m hurdles, Arend Watkins (four-time All-American 1998, 99, 2001) finished seventh with a time of 7.67 in the final while Dominique Arnold (NCAA 1996 high hurdles champ), running for Nike, was ninth in the semifinal at 7.68 and did not run in the final...former assistant coach Francesca Green, running for the Indiana Invaders TC, finished eighth in the women's long jump with a leap of 6.15m/20-feet, 2 1/4 inches.

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAPUP:
The WSU women scored 73 points for fourth place in the final team standings...Stanford's women won with 148 points followed by UCLA (109) and host Washington (83)...there were twelve women's teams competed in the three-day meet...the Cougar men's team placed seventh with 50 points...UCLA won the team title with 127 points, followed by California in second place (108), and Stanford third (82.5) out of the eleven men's teams.

WSU'S MPSF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SCORERS:
Women

Tamara Diles - T4th, pole vault, 3.88m/12-8 3/4
Angelita Green - 4th, 800m, PR 2:10.31
Nicole Hatcher - Winner, 200m dash, PR 24.66
Robin Mikesh - T6th, high jump, 1.67m/5-5 3/4
Nicole McClendon - 6th, 200m dash, 25.66
Marie Muai - 3rd, weight throw, PR/SR 19.37m/63-6 3/4
Diana Pickler - 2nd, Pentathlon, PR/SR 3,913 points; 5th, 60m hurdles, PR 8.44
Brandi Probasco-Canda - 4th, 400m dash, 55.60
Blessing Ufodiama - Winner, triple jump, 12.74m/41-9 3/4; 7th, long jump 5.73m/18-9 3/4
Kameko Wilson - 7th, 400m dash, PR 57.63
4x400m Relay - 2nd, PR 3:42.00 (Probasco-Canda, Green, Pickler, Jessie)
Distance Medley Relay - 6th, 12:03.30 (Troy, Wilson, Bull, Peterson)

Men

Steve Barrus - 8th, mile, PR 4:07.90
Martin Boston - 6th, long jump, 7.10m/23-3 1/2
Tim Gehring - 5th, shot put, 18.05m/59-2 3/4
Pat Harrigan - 8th, high jump, 2.03m/6-8
Matt Mason - Winner, 60m hurdles, 7.80; Winner, long jump, SR/PR 8.08m/26-6 1/4
Paul Nicoletti - 6th, pole vault, 5.03m/16-6
Jamil Smith - 7th, triple jump, PR 15.02m/49-3 1/2
Danny Wolf - 3rd, 3000m, PR 7:58.78
4x400m Relay - 3rd, SR/PR 3:11.24 (Kirk, Ishmael, Nygard, Mason)
Distance Medley Relay - 5th, 9:56.75 (Concha, Leavitt, Manthey, Wolf)

COUGAR WOMEN'S LEADERS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Molly Bull (junior, Oak Harbor, Wash.) ran a 5:00.06 PR time in the mile prelims at the MPSF Championships...also ran third leg of DMR.

Tamara Diles (redshirt sophomore, Bellevue, Wash.) cleared an NCAA PQ of 4.00m/13-1 1/2 at WSU Open...no heights at both Nebraska and Pac-10 Invite...tied for fourth at MPSF with 3.88m/12-8 3/4 bar clearance. Tamara Gulley (senior, San Jose, Calif.) ran a 60m PR of 7.60 at the Cougar Indoor...strained hip flexor at the Pac-10 Invite...did not run at MPSF Championships.

Angelita Green (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) ran an 800m PR of 2:10.31 for fourth place at MPSF...also ran second leg of 4x400m relay - second place at MPSF with time of 3:42.00. Nicole Hatcher (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) clocked 60m dash PR of 7.61 at Vandal Indoor...won the 200m at MPSF with PR of 24.66, in spite of running in consolation final section (slower prelims for four-lane track).

Monique Jessie (Compton, Calif.) finished sixth in the 400m dash at the Pac-10 Invite with a season-best time of 57.05...DQ'd in 400m final at MPSF for lane violation...anchored 4x400m relay to second place with PR time of 3:42.00.

Robin Mikesh (sophomore, Sumner, Wash.) won WSU Open and at Vandal Indoor with high jump PR of 1.70m/5-7...tied for sixth at MPSF at same PR height.

Marie Muai (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) bettered weight throw school record for third time this season with toss of 19.37m/63-6 3/4 at MPSF...record distance came on last attempt in competition.

Diana Pickler (sophomore, Sachse, Texas) bettered her NCAA PQ in the pentathlon from the 3,734 points at the Cougar Indoor to 3,913 points and second place at MPSF pentathlon...finished fifth in 60m hurdles with PR time of 8.44...also ran third leg of 4x400m relay - second place at MPSF with time of 3:42.00...tied for fifth in the high jump with a lifetime-best of 1.67m/5-5 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invite.

Brandi Probasco-Canda (freshman, Portland, Ore.) ran top 400m time of 55.49 at Vandal Indoor...fourth at MPSF in time of 55.60...also ran lead leg of 4x400m relay - second place at MPSF with time of 3:42.00...at Pac-10 invite, finished seventh in the 200m with PR time of 25.26 and ran the third leg of the 1600m relay.

Shannon Rance (senior, Renton, Wash.) top shot put mark this season is 14.17m/46-6 at McDonald's Open. Blessing Ufodiama (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) competed in both the long and triple jumps at the Pac-10 Invite...first time this year...finished seventh in the long jump (18-9 3/4) and second in the triple jump (40-9 3/4)...the previous week at Nebraska, Ufodiama set the school indoor triple jump record with an NCAA PQ mark of 12.89m/42-3 1/2...won MPSF triple jump with leap of 12.74m/41-9 3/4 and finished seventh in long jump at 5.73m/18-9 3/4

COUGAR MEN'S LEADERS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Martin Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.) ran PRs in both sprints at the Pac-10 Invite...ran 60m dash PR 6.88 in the prelims, eighth-place 200m PR time of 22.01...bettered 60m time to 6.83 at Vandal Indoor...finished sixth in the MPSF long jump with season-best leap of 7.10m/23-3 1/2. Brandon Brownell (freshman, Olympia, Wash.) in first pentathlon on career, reached NCAA PQ mark with 5,154 points for 9th place at 5,154 points at the MPSF.

Dione Cason (redshirt sophomore, Long Beach, Calif.) ran a 400m PR time of 48.03 for fourth at the Pac-10 Invite and runs lead leg of 1600m relay...at MPSF prelims, bettered PR time to 47.59 but cramped up in finals and DNF...also had to withdraw from 4x400m relay.

John Cassleman (freshman, Pullman, Wash.) improved 400m PR time to 48.13 at with eighth-place at Pac-10 Invite...ran third leg of 1600m relay...pulled quad muscle in practice third week in February and missed MPSF.

Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) opened season with NCAA PQ and PR shot put throw of 18.74m/61-5 3/4 at WSU Open...also leads WSU in weight throw at 17.40m/57-1...fifth in shot at MPSF (18.05m/59-2 3/4). Pat Harrigan (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) cleared indoor PR in high jump of 2.09m/6-10 1/4 at the Husker Invite...still struggling with ankle after surgery last year...8th at MPSF at 2.03/6-8.

Matt Mason (junior, Marietta, Ga.) transferred to WSU at the start of spring semester...won Pac-10 Invite long jump with a Dempsey Indoor Facility record, school record and an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 7.87m/25-10...eclipsed 16-year old WSU indoor school long jump record of 25-9 1/4 set by Bill Ayears in 1988...ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 7.80 in the 60m hurdles at Husker Invite...improved long jump with winning MPSF leap of 8.08m/26-6 1/4 and won 60m hurdles in 7.80...also anchored 4x400m relay to third place with SR 3:11.24.

Paul Nicoletti (redshirt junior, Snohomish, Wash.) cleared PR height of 5.15m/16-10 3/4 in the pole vault at the Husker Invite...at MPSF finished sixth with clearance at 5.03m/16-6. Jamil Smith (sophomore, Palmdale, Calif.) leaped PR triple jump of 15.02/49-3 1/2 for seventh at MPSF.

David Turpin (senior, Oakhurst, Calif.) top heptathlon score of 4,997 points for 10th at MPSF. Danny Wolf (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) ran a lifetime-best and NCAA PQ 3000m time of 7:58.78 for third at MPSF...ran PR mile of 4:06.00 at the Husker Invite...ran on DMR that placed fifth at MPSF in time of 9:56.75.

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