March 20, 2001
ARIZONA DESERT AWAITS COUGAR TRACK & FIELD: Coming off the highly successful California Quadrangular Meet, the Washington State track and field teams travel to Tempe, Arizona, for the Fifth Annual Baldy Castillo Invitational Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, at Sun Angel Stadium on the Arizona State campus...participating schools in addition to the Sun Devils and Cougars include Arkansas, BYU, Central Arizona College, Dartmouth, Indiana, Kansas State, Manhattan College, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, and UC Santa Barbara...there will be no team scoring...Thursday will feature the first day of the heptathlon and decathlon competition only...Friday's schedule of events finds the men's hammer competition at 8 a.m. PT, the completion of the hept/dec beginning a 11 a.m., and other field events starting at 3 p.m...the Distance Carnival starts at 6 p.m. with the 10,000m races set for 8:45 p.m...Saturday's field events competition begins at 9 a.m. with running events set for 1 p.m.
MULTI-EVENTS SEE DEBUT: The Cougar heptathlon and decathlon corps will see action this weekend with Cougar All-Americans Ellannee Richardson and Whitney Evans competing for the first time since the 1999 NCAA Championships...both red-shirted their sophomore seasons due to medical reasons...listed as probable is senior triple jumper and third-place finisher in last year's Pac-10 Championships, Cicely Clinkenbeard...coming off an ankle injury from the indoor season, Clinkenbeard may only compete in the triple jump Saturday...Steve Dwyer is the sole Cougar decathlete...Dwyer had limited single event competition last year and will compete in his first multi-event meet since his fourth place finish at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships.
MISSING FROM ACTION THIS WEEK: WSU will not have competitors in many of the middle and longer distance races at the Baldy Castillo Invite...Head Coach Rick Sloan and distance coach Dr. James Li have decided to hold out these runners until the Stanford Invitational Meet next week.
CAL QUAD HIGHLIGHTS: The WSU women won the quad meet (WSU 202, UCLA 200, Cal 149, UW 119) and all three duals (WSU 104 Cal 58, WSU 85 UCLA 78, WSU 122 UW 40)...Cougar winners were: Erin Reed (200m), Megan Maynard (steeplechase), Randi Smith (400m hurdles), Whitney Evans (high jump), and Agneta Rosenblad (long jump)...NCAA Provisional Qualifiers were: Maynard, R. Smith, Rosenblad (100m hurdles), and Andrea Thornton (hammer)...school records were recorded by Rosenblad in the 100m hurdles (13.51 seconds), and Karla McGee (freshman SR) in the pole vault (11-5 3/4)...the WSU tallied 12 of their 22 Pac-10 qualifying marks...the WSU men finished second in the quad meet scoring (UCLA 213.5, WSU 181, Cal 154.5, UW 123) and won two of the three duals (WSU 101 Cal 62, WSU 116 UW 47, UCLA 101 WSU 62)...Cougar winners on the men's side were: Arend Watkins (110m hurdles), Matt Alverson (high jump), Benson Jones (triple jump) and Ryan Nichols (javelin)...Watkins high hurdles time of 13.47 was an NCAA Automatic qualifier...the WSU men gathered 12 of their 22 Pac-10
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.
RETURNING NCAA OUTDOOR PARTICIPANTS: The Cougars' rosters show six women and one man competing this year with NCAA Outdoor Championship experience...the lone male is All-American hurdler Arend Watkins...on the women's side, All-Americans Cicely Clinkenbeard (triple jump), Whitney Evans (high jump and heptathlon), and Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon) lead the way...Agneta Rosenblad (long jump). Randi Smith (intermediate hurdles), and Andrea Thornton (hammer) also have NCAA competitive experience.
SCHEDULED WSU ENTRANTS FOR BALDY CASTILLO MEET, TEMPE, ARIZ.:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 100m Reed 200m Giles, Gulley, Odonkor, Reed, Rosenblad, Skinner, R. Smith 400m Giles, Skinner, R. Smith 800m Green, H. Smith 1500m No entry Steeplechase No entry 3000m No entry 5000m No entry 10,000m No entry 100m HH Gulley, Odonkor, Rosenblad 400m H Odonkor, R. Smith 400m Relay TBA 1600m Relay TBA High Jump Willis Pole Vault Martus, McGee, Robinett Long Jump Rosenblad, Ufodiama Triple Jump Eldridge, Ufodiama (Clinkenbeard possible) Shot Put Potter, Rance, Thornton Discus Potter, Rance, Thornton Javelin Lektorich Hammer Potter, Rance, Thornton Heptathlon Evans, Richardson
WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 100m Buchanan, Haines, Henry 200m Brink, Buchanan, Dudley, Haines, Henry 400m Brink, Fitzhugh, Ishmael, Kamau 800m No entry 1500m No entry Steeplechase Welsh 5000m No entry 10,000m No entry 110m HH Dudley, Watkins 400m IH Dudley, Fitzhugh 400m Relay Buchanan, Haines, Henry, Watkins 1600m Relay Haines, Henry, Ishmael, Kamau High Jump Alverson Pole Vault Collins, Preuss, Turner Long Jump Benson Jones Triple Jump Benson Jones Shot Put Gehring, Lightbody, Straka, Thomas Discus Lightbody, Pecht Javelin Borland, Bryan Jones, Nichols Hammer Gehring, Nichols, Thomas Decathlon Dwyer
NEXT WEEK: The Cougar men's and women's track and field teams return to the Bay Area for the Stanford Invitational Meet, at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus, Friday and Saturday, March 31 - April 1...WSU will host the Washington Huskies at Mooberry Track, Saturday, April 7.