April 10, 2001
COUGAR TRACK & FIELD
DATES AND PLACES:
APRIL 14, WSU VERSUS IDAHO, EASTERN WASHINGTON AT PULLMAN
April 20-21, WSU at USTCA Invitational Team Championship, Austin, Texas
THE NEIGHBORS COME CALLING SATURDAY: The Washington State track and field teams host Idaho and Eastern Washington for double dual meet action Saturday at Mooberry Track...scoring for the duals will be 5-3-1 for individual events, 5-0 for relays...field events begin at 11 a.m. with the first running event, the women's 3000m steeplechase, set for 1:15 p.m.
APRIL 14 MATCH-UPS TO WATCH: In the women's 100m hurdles, Idaho's Angela Whyte ran an NCAA PQ of 13.17 last weekend at the Texas Relays to move to third on the national list...WSU's Agneta Rosenblad is 11th nationally with her time of 13.41...Whyte will also run the sprints against Cougar freshmen Erin Reed, Tamara Gulley and Bree Skinner...the women's steeplechase has two NCAA qualifiers in WSU's Megan Maynard (21st) and Idaho's Jaime Stone (26th)...in the women's throws, look for WSU's Andrea Thornton and Becky Potter to tangle with Idaho's Katja Schreiber and Aloha Santiago and Eastern Washington's Katie Jacobson and Julie Nielson...in the men's sprints, Idaho's Nikela Ndebele and Sherwin James should provide good competition for Cougars Anson Henry, J.K. Haines and Dan Brink...All-America jumpers Kurt Kraemer from Eastern Washington and WSU's Benson Jones should provide excitement in the triple and long jumps...Kraemer earned ninth place in the triple jump and 13th in the long jump at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships...Kraemer owns the EWU school triple jump record of 53-5 1/2 and has a best of 25-3 1/4 in the long jump...Jones placed 13th in the triple and 10th in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor meet...his top triple jump is 52-10 3/4 and his best long jump is 25-4...in the throws, Idaho's Simon Stewart is 18th in the national shot put standings with a toss of 59-0 1/4 and no one will overlook All-American Joachim Olsen or T.J. Crater...WSU's Sam Lightbody has come on strong, playing on the offensive line in the morning football scrimmages and coming to track for afternoon shot and discus throws...EWU's Ryan Cole will provide solid competition in the javelin for WSU's Ryan Nichols and Curt Borland.
WASHINGTON DUAL HIGHLIGHTS: The Cougar men blasted the Huskies 111 - 52 while the WSU women took the commanding 114.5 - 43.5 win over UW. A day of 36-degrees with snowy, windy conditions was not the best for track but the WSU prevailed with the men winning 16 of 19 events and the women taking 14 of 18 events. The most exciting match-up of the day came in the women's 400m intermediate hurdles race as Washington's Kelsey Sheppard and WSU's Randi Smith crossed the finish line together. The computer photos from the line showed Sheppard finished ahead of Smith by 7/1000 of a second. The final time for both women was 59.17 seconds, good enough for NCAA Provisional Qualifying but not close to their best times this season, both already NCAA PQs. WSU's All-American, Whitney Evans, reached NCAA PQ standards with her winning high jump of 1.80m/5-10 3/4, a full inch above her season-best clearance. Cougar Andrea Thornton won the hammer and discus. Several prominent names on both teams were missing from the action Saturday. Washington's Ja'Warren Hooker did not compete after being bothered by a recurring abdominal muscle problem last week and WSU's Anson Henry claimed both the 100m and 200m races. WSU freshmen sprinters Anthony Buchanan and J.K. Haines also sat out the meet because of minor injuries. Cougar Blessing Ufodiama stepped up to win the women's triple jump and was second to Agneta Rosenblad in the long jump as WSU senior All-American, Cicely Clinkenbeard, will red shirt the outdoor season. Rosenblad also won the 100m hurdles. Erin Reed was a double winner with victories in the 200m dash and the 400m while Benson Jones captured both the long jump and triple jump for the Cougar men. Washington out-scored the Cougars in only two women's events, the javelin and the 1500m. Megan Spriesterbach and Heather Reichman went one-two in the javelin while Anna Aoki and Gillian Palmer took first and second in the 1500m. WSU's Ryan Nichols won the javelin and finished second to Tim Gehring in the hammer. Team captain and javelin thrower Bryan Jones has a shoulder injury that may cause him to miss the rest of his senior year. Sam Lightbody led the Cougar sweep of the shot put and Cameron Graves led the sweep in the discus. Mark Wicklander led the WSU sweep of the 5000m race with Oscar Franco-Parra and Ian Johnson next in order. Washington's men took the point advantage in only two events. Dave Bazzi and Jason Fayant took the top two places in the men's 1500m while Sean Steele and Joel Perry garnered first and second in the high jump.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 28th season with the Cougar track program (seventh year as a head coach, sixth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named USTCA 2001 Men's West Region Coach of the Year and grabbed the MPSF 2001 Men's Coach of the Year...he has also earned the District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Francesca Sewell...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Dan O'Brien and Bernard Lagat.
CLINKENBEARD TO REDSHIRT: WSU senior All-American in the triple jump, Cicely Clinkenbeard, will red shirt the 2001 outdoor season...Clinkenbeard, a highly-decorated scholar in addition to her prowess in track and field, injured her ankle near the end of the indoor season and has not fully yet recovered...in addition to the triple and long jumps, Coach Sloan had planned to have Clinkenbeard compete in the heptathlon...the Okanogan, Wash., native finished third in her first heptathlon, the 2000 Pac-10 Championships and her 5,044 points is 7th best in WSU history.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is second and the Coguar men's team is fifth (dated 4/6)...the Team Power Rankings are configured with a point system based on the quality of athletic performance, the team depth, and the dual meet scoring potential...to see the rankings, visit www.team-power.org...in the Trackwire Top 25 rankings as of April 2 (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships), WSU's team were not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.
COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships are set for May 30- June 2, at Eugene, Oregon. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.
NCAA Name Event Mark/Time National Standing (as of 4/9) * Arend Watkins M 110m Hurdles 13.47 (1st) # Megan Maynard W Steeplechase 11:02.39 (21st) # Agneta Rosenblad W 100m Hurdles 13.41w (11th) # Randi Smith W 400m Hurdles 59.02 (11th) # Whitney Evans W High Jump 1.80m/5-10 3/4 (T7th) # Jeannette Martus W Pole Vault 3.80m/12-5 1/2 (T30th) # Andrea Thornton W Hammer 58.64m / 192-5 (9th) # Whitney Evans Heptathlon 5,468 points (5th) # Ellannee Richardson Heptathlon 5,377 points (8th)SCHEDULED WSU ENTRANTS FOR WSU - EWU, IDAHO DUALS APRIL 14:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: WASHINGTON STATE MEN:Gulley, Reed, Skinner 100m Brink, Haines, Henry Giles, Reed, Skinner 200m Brink, Haines, Henry Giles 400m Ishmael, Kamau, Winslow Green, Sodorff 800m Hazelquist, Wieseler, Welsh Gagner, Gilmore, Maynard, Matthews 1500m Barker, Neeway, S.Johnson, Hicks, Childers Cabrera, Welander Steeplechase Welsh, I. Johnson Blue, Filipy, Gilmore, Cabrera 5000m Barker, Franco-Parra, Thrift, Wicklander Gulley, Odonkor, Rosenblad 100/110m Hurdles Dudley, Dwyer, Watkins, Randolph Abersfeller, Odonkor, R. Smith 400m Hurdles Dudley, Dwyer, Fitzhugh Rosenblad, Gulley, Reed, Skinner 400m Relay Watkins, Henry, Haines, Brink Reed, Gulley, Giles, R. Smith 1600m Relay Brink, Dudley, Kamau, Ishmael Evans, Jaross, Willis High Jump Alverson, Dwyer, Gordon Doepker, Martus, McGee, Robinett Pole Vault Collins, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss, Turner Rosenblad, Ufodiama Long Jump Graham, Jones, Rizzardi Eldridge, Ufodiama Triple Jump Graham, Jones, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Rizzardi Potter, Rance, Thornton Shot Put Gehring, Lightbody, Straka Potter, Rance, Thornton Discus Graves, Lightbody, Pecht Lektorich, Richardson Javelin Borland, Nichols Potter, Rance, Thornton Hammer Gehring, Thomas