Dec. 13, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- For the second time in three years, the Washington State women's track and field recruiting class is ranked in the top ten nationally by Track & Field News.
Pacific-10 Conference members dominated both the men's and women's top ten lists with UCLA ranked first among women while Stanford was third and USC fourth. Texas was second and North Carolina fifth among the women's rankings. Washington State, Arkansas, Louisiana State, Nebraska, and Princeton were the five women's teams named to the honorable mention list which was written alphabetically.
The men's recruits for Oregon were ranked first followed by Arkansas, Stanford, UCLA and Princeton. Honorable mention schools for men were Clemson, Nebraska, Texas Christian, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.
The Cougar recruiting class from the spring of 2000, as noted in the January 2001 issue of Track & Field News, includes: Tamara Gulley, a sprinter and hurdler from San Jose, Calif., (100m dash 11.88, 100m hurdles 13.73), Angelita "Chrissy" Green, an middle distance runner from Long Beach, Calif. (800m 2:09.58), Karla McGee, a pole vaulter from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (12-3 1/2), Shannon Rance, a thrower from Renton, Wash. (shot put 45-6 3/4, discus 145-10), Erin Reed, a sprinter from Woodland Hills, Calif. (200m 23.98), Bree Skinner, a sprinter from Pasco, Wash. (200m 24.58), and Blessing Ufodiama, a triple jumper from Long Beach, Calif. (41-1 3/4). Also noted was the return from redshirt seasons in 2000 of All-Americans Whitney Evans (high jump, heptathlon), Megan Maynard (distance), and Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon).
"I'm very pleased with the people we were able to bring in this year," Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. "Mark Macdonald, our recruiting coordinator, was very instrumental in identifying a lot of this talent and all of our coaches did a great job in recruiting these women to Washington State University. I think they all will have an immediate impact on our program. Being honorable mention, with the teams that were listed ahead of us in the top five, I can see that our recruiting class is very comparable with that of North Carolina's which was fifth in that ranking. We're right on the edge of doing some very good things. Our job now is to develop these people to their maximum potential and give them great competition to develop."
Washington State track and field's indoor season begins January 13, at the Early Bird Open hosted by Eastern Washington University at Cheney.