March 9, 1998
THIS WEEK: NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Indianapolis, Ind., March 13-14
NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK: The 1998 men's and women's NCAA Div. I Indoor Track and Field Championships are Mar. 13-14, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IndianaThe following Cougars have reached NCAA Qualifying Marks (NCAA ranking as of 3/9/98): # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark
1998 PARTICIPANTS ARE LISTED IN BOLD MEN: * Shot Put - 19.28m/63-3 1/4 Ian Waltz, junior, Post Falls, Idaho (3rd) * 55m Hurdles - 7.23 Arend Watkins, freshman, San Jose, Calif. (8th) # 800m - 1:50.25 Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (31st) # 800m - 1:49.87 Rasto Kiplangat, senior, Kenya (34th) # Mile - 4:06.46 Eric Kamau, senior, Kenya (12th) # Mile - 4:08.10 Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (26th) # 3,000m - 8:07.75 Bernard Lagat, junior, Kenya (6th) # Distance Medley Relay - 9:45.23 Kamau, Macias, Kiplangat, Lagat (6th) # Triple Jump - 15.79m/51-9 3/4 Hilary Mawindi, senior, Zimbabwe (14th)LAST YEAR: The WSU men's distance medley relay team of Eric Kamau, Guillermo Macias, Rasto Kiplangat and Bernard Lagat ran a school-record time of 9:34.03i and finished second at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships...two hours before the DMR race, Lagat placed fourth in the men's mile in a time of 4:02.21, just off his lifetime-best 4:02.18i...Kiplangat ran a 1:51.68i for sixth in the third heat of the men's 800m preliminaries and did not advance to the finals...Francesca Green, the lone Cougar woman at the indoor championships, placed ninth in the women's long jump...her leap of 19-8 1/4 was one-half inch away from eighth place...all five Cougars earned All-America honors at the meet.
WOMEN: # Long Jump - 6.23m/20-5 1/4 Francesca Green, sophomore, Kennewick, Wash. (14th) # 55m - 6.91 Francesca Green, sophomore, Kennewick, Wash. (46th) # 200m - 23.98 Tamika Brown, senior, Fort Bragg, Calif. (31st) # 800m - 2:10.38 Alishia Booterbaugh, sophomore, LaCenter, Wash. (42nd) # 20# Weight - 17.54m/57-6 1/2 Becky Potter, sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash. (37th)
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 25th season with the Cougar track program (fourth year as a head coach, third year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...he is joined by associate coach Lissa Olson, assistant coaches Dr. Li Li, Debra Lombardi, Mark Macdonald, and Rohan Walker...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Robyn Bryson and Dan O'Brien.
NCAA EVENT TIME SCHEDULE (all times EST): Friday, March 13 3:45 p.m. Men's 55m Hurdles preliminaries 5:30 p.m. Women's Long Jump preliminary and final 6:00 p.m. Men's Shot Put preliminary and final 7:50 p.m. Men's 55m Hurdles final 8:35 p.m. Men's Distance Medley Relay final Saturday, March 14 5:15 p.m. Men's Triple Jump preliminary and final 7:45 p.m. Men's 3,000m Run finalNATIONAL RANKINGS: The Mar. 4 Trackwire Top 25, a weekly predictor of national championship placement, finds the WSU men tied for 8th with Texas A&M, Clemson, and Texasthe USTCA Division I team Power Rankings show the WSU men ranked third and the women are 10th in the March 3 rankings.
WSU SCHOOL RECORDS: Several Cougar records have been rewritten this indoor season:
Women's indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.89i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998 Previous time - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad 1998 Women's freshman indoor 55m Hurdles - 7.89i Agneta Rosenblad (Lidingo, Sweden) 1998 Previous time - 7.98i Agneta Rosenblad 1998 Women's indoor Distance Medley Relay - 12:10.69i (Booterbaugh, Brown, Neel, Hunsinger) 1998 Previous time - 12:11.74i (Pevovar, Frary, Schaures, Hobbs) 1997 Women's freshman indoor Pole Vault - 2.90m/9-6 1/4i Jessica Goodall (Portland, Ore.) 1998 Previous mark: First year of competition Women's indoor Pole Vault - 3.02m/9-10 3/4i Tauni Bainbridge (Onalaska, Wash.) 1998 Previous mark: First year of competition Women's freshman indoor Triple Jump - 12.03m/39-5 3/4i Cicely Clinkenbeard (Okanogan) 1998 Previous mark: 11.43m/37-6, Kolleen Faires, 1993 Women's indoor 20-pound Weight: 17.54m/57-6 1/2i, Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) 1998 Previous mark: 16.67m/54-8 1/4i, Becky Potter, 1997OUTDOOR COMPETITION ON THE HORIZON: The WSU men's and women's track teams will move to outdoor competition on Saturday, Mar. 21, at the Tri-City Sports Festival at RichlandWSU's home meets will be April 11 (Washington, Idaho), May 2 (Kansas, Boise State), and May 9 (Idaho, Eastern Washington).