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Cougar Track & Field Ready For MPSF Indoor Championships
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/22/2000
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Feb. 22, 2000

Washington State Indoor Track & Field Remaining Schedule: Feb. 25-26 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Reno Livestock Center, Reno, Nevada Mar. 3-4 McDonald's Last Chance, Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho Mar. 10-11 NCAA Div. I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.

COUGS TAKE ON MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be competing at the MPSF Championships this weekend at Reno...preliminary running events and finals for some field events begin at 4 p.m. Friday...the Saturday schedule finds field events starting at 10 a.m. with running finals commencing at 11 a.m.

TEAM HISTORY: The Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, so WSU competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, joining teams from the Pac-10, West Coast and Big West Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the 1999 MPSF Indoor Championships while the WSU men's team was MPSF runner-up...Cougar coach Rick Sloan was named 1999 MPSF Coach of the Year for both men and women...the WSU men went on to place 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with former Cougar Bernard Lagat earning NCAA Indoor Male Athlete of the Year honors...WSU men champions in 1999 were: Lagat (800m, mile and 3000m), and Arend Watkins (55m hurdles)...Cougar women winners in 1999 were: Cicely Clinkenbeard (triple jump), Alishia Booterbaugh (800m), Ellannee Richardson (55m hurdles), Whitney Evans (high jump), and Francesca Sewell (long jump)...Watkins, Clinkenbeard, Booterbaugh and Evans return to defend their titles in 2000.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 27th season with the Cougar track program (sixth year as a head coach, fifth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...WSU's volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.

NOTABLE: The Cougar track injury list this week includes: sophomore All-American heptathlete, Ellannee Richardson, diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by generalized aching and specific points that "trigger" pain, decathlete www.wsucougars.com on the internet.

BOOTERBAUGH, CLINKENBEARD THRIVE AT VANDAL INVITE: Taking more than one second off her lifetime best, Alishia Booterbaugh ran an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:07.04 to win the women's 800m race at the Vandal Invitational at Moscow, Idaho, Friday night...Booterbaugh's previous best this season had been 2:10.18 and lifetime best was 2:08.18...the next day, Booterbaugh won the women's mile in a lifetime best time of 5:02.02 at the McDonald's II Open Indoor at the same location...Cicely Clinkenbeard won the triple jump easily with a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying effort of 41-11 1/2, and finished second in the long jump with a best of 18-1...in the 55m hurdles, Randi Smith and Attrina Higgins dropped below the eight-second barrier for the first time in their careers to finish first and second in 7.95 and 7.96, respectively...Sharika Higgins posted a lifetime best 7.59 in a second-place finish in the 60m dash...Whitney Evans (5-10) and Jeannette Martus (11-11 3/4) captured wins in their respective events, the high jump and pole vault...Simon Kamau ran a lifetime best 1:54.17 in the 800m, but placed second...Ezra Gordon emerged victorious in the high jump, clearing 6-10 3/4, and three Cougars followed...Ian Waltz, who took second in the Vandal Invitational's shot put with a best mark of 61-4 3/4, took second in the McDonald's discus with an effort of 187-9 1/2...Andrea Thornton and Becky Potter finished first and second, respectively, in the 20-pound weight throw with throws of 60-2 and 56-10 3/4...Sharika Higgins established a new indoor best by winning the 400m in 56.28...Eric Dudley smashed 10 seconds off his personal best 800m, winning in 1:54.44...Chad Schwediman turn in his best performance of the season winning the long jump at 22-3 1/2.

WSU ENTRANTS FOR MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RENO:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:
	55m	A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker
	200m	A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, Odonkor
	400m	R. Smith
	800m	Booterbaugh, Neel, Schaures
	3000m	Johnson
	5000m	Maynard, Gilmore
	55m H	A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, Smith, Zapata
	1600m Relay	TBA
	DMR	TBA
	High Jump	Evans, Willis
	Pole Vault	Martus, Robinett
	Long Jump	Clinkenbeard, Rosenblad
	Triple Jump	Clinkenbeard
	Shot Put	Potter, Thornton
	20# Weight	Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 55m Henry, Laville 200m No WSU entries 400m Dudley, Macias 800m Kamau 3000m Barker, S. Johnson, Wicklander 5000m Franco-Parra, Welsh 55m HH Watkins, Dudley 1600m Relay Fitzhugh, Dudley, Randall, Macias DMR Wicklander, Kamau, Hazelquist, Johnson High Jump Allen, Alverson, Gordon Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Katich, Preuss Long Jump Laville, Schwendiman Triple Jump Morris, Murray Shot Put Pecht, Waltz 35# Weight Schade

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships are set for March 10-11, at Fayetteville, Arkansas. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark, (National Standing), + = Converted marks from 55m or for flat track adjustments
WSU Women:
800m	         Alishia Booterbaugh       * 2:07.04+	(4th)
60m Hurdles	Agneta Rosenblad	        # 8.42+	(T26th)
High Jump	         Whitney Evans	        # 1.80m / 5-10 3/4	(T15th)
Pole Vault	Jeannette Martus	        # 3.85m / 12-7 1/2	(T12th)
Triple Jump	Cicely Clinkenbeard       # 12.79m / 41-11 1/2	(18th)
Weight Throw	Andrea Thornton	        # 18.70m / 61-4 1/4	(15th)
	         Becky Potter	        # 18.29m / 60-0 1/4	(18th)
WSU Men:
60m Dash	         Anson Henry	        # 6.68+	(T19th)
60m Hurdles	Arend Watkins	        # 7.75	(T5th)
Shot put	         Ian Waltz	                 * 19.25m / 63-2	(6th)

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