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Track & Field Hosts Cougar Indoor Team Meet
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/23/2007
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Jan. 23, 2007

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COUGARS WELCOME FIVE TEAMS TO INDOOR TRACK MEET: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams will meet teams from Utah State, University of Idaho, University of Montana, and women's teams from the University of Southern California and UC Irvine this Friday and Saturday at the Cougar Indoor Meet...competition starts Friday, Jan. 26 with the women's pentathlon (2:30 p.m.) and men's heptathlon (3:30 p.m.)...the men's long jump, men's and women's weight throws also take place Friday...combined events continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the rest of the meet commencing at 10 a.m...the final event of the day, the 1600m relays, begin at 3:10 p.m...the meet program listing competitors for each event will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, by noon Thurs., Jan. 25...complete results will be posted on the following the meet's completion on the same site.

TEAM SCORING FORMAT: The Cougar Indoor Meet will be a team scoring meet with dual meet scoring of 5-3-1 points for first through third place and 5-0 points for first place in the relays...each team will compete against all others in the meet but will choose to count only three of the dual meet scores for NCAA competition requirements.

ABOUT THE IPF: The WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane 60m straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside the six-lane 200m oval.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team moved up to a tie at 16th in the Trackwire Women's Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) this week...the WSU men are not ranked...a pair of Cougars have been included in Trackwire Online's Women's Dandy Dozen first list of the 2007 indoor season...the Dandy Dozen is, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...All-American multi-events specialists Julie Picker (2nd) and Diana Pickler (3rd)...Pac-10 teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 Men's Teams include: 6. Oregon, 12. Washington, 17. UCLA, T18. Arizona State, and T18. Stanford...Pac-10 teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 Women's Teams include: 1. Stanford, 2. Arizona State, T16. Washington State, T16. Oregon, 18. Washington, and 19. USC.

PICKLERS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Multi-events specialists Diana and Julie Pickler are ranked fifth and ninth, respectively, in the Track & Field News Magazine rankings for United State heptathletes...Diana set the school record last June with her 5,855 points for fifth place at the USA Outdoor Championships...Julie has a PR of 5,734 points...both are fifth-year seniors and All-Americans from Sachse, Texas.

BYERS BREAKS FACILITY RECORD: Fifth-year senior All-American Tyson Byers (Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the WSU Open men's pole vault with a WSU indoor facility record, meet record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying height of 17-0 3/4 (5.20m)...Byers became the first man to clear 17-feet in the Indoor Practice Facility where the Cougars host indoor track and field meets..he broke a WSU indoor facility record that was set 29 years ago, in 1978, by Brian Worden with his pole vault of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m) in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coach is former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles.

COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK: At the Fifth Annual WSU Open meet, Tyson Byers cleared 17-0 3/4 (5.20m) to win the pole vault to break meet and facility records and reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying...Andrew Jones won the mile in a meet record time of 4:18.72...on the women's side, senior All-American Diana Pickler leaped to a meet record winning the long jump with a distance of 19-1 1/4 (5.82m)...she also reached an NCAA PQ time of 8.39 seconds winning the 60m hurdles...sophomore Sara Trané led a trio of Cougs to women's mile meet records...Trané's winning time was 5:04.02, with Collier Lawrence (5:06.01) and Meghan Leonard (5:12.27) finishing second and third in meet record times...junior thrower McKenzie Garberg won the women's shot put with a meet record toss of 47-9 (14.55m)....other WSU women winner included freshman Princess Joy Griffey (60m dash), La Shawnda Porter-Red (200m), Brandi Probasco-Canda (400m), Marisa Sandoval (800m), Julie Pickler (high jump), and Kaylee Gardner (triple jump)...former Cougar All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Tamara Diles won the pole vault with a clearance of 13-1 1/2 (4.00m)...Cougar men with winning performances included Jaycee Robertson (60m dash), Chris Concha (800m), Robert Williams (60m hurdles), freshman Trent Arrivey (high jump), freshman Kyle Schauble (long jump), and Moreno Zapata (triple jump).

COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished eighth while the men were ninth.

WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT COUGAR INDOOR SCORING MEET, JAN 26-27:

WSU Women
60m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red, Catie Schuetzle
200m - La Shawnda Porter-Red, Brandi Probasco-Canda
400m - Selena Galaviz, Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Karen DeMartini, Anna Layman, Piper Marshall, Sara Trané
Mile - Lisa Egami, Isley Gonzalez, Haley Paul, Marisa Sandoval
3000m - Collier Lawrence, Kelly Ramirez, Chelsea VanDeBrake
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn
4x400m Relay - TBA
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Natasha Montgomery
Pole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Kendall Mays, Chelsea Nicholas
Long Jump - Catie Schuetzle
Triple Jump - Kaylee Gardner, Amy Quinones
Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita
Weight Throw - Jessica Zita
Pentathlon - Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler

WSU Men
60m - Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods
200m - Brian Woods
400m - Reny Follett, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager, Jaycee Robertson, Devin Timpson
800m - John Cassleman, Chris Concha, Jimmy Schofield, Sam Stone
Mile - Derry Betts, Andrew Jones, Dominic Smargiassi
3000m - Woody Favinger, Dan Geib, Chris Williams
60m Hurdles - Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams
4x400m Relay - TBA
High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Kyle Eaton
Pole Vault - DJ Brown, Tyson Byers
Long Jump - Moreno Zapata
Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata
Shot Put - Vic Asher, Matt Lamb, Drew Ulrick
Weight Throw - Vic Asher, Chase Mancuso
Heptathlon - Justin Chambers, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble

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