April 30, 2002
COUGARS READY TO DUEL HUSKIES IN DUAL:
The 88th meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington men's track and field teams will take place Saturday, May 4, at the Cougars' home at the Mooberry Track Complex...it will also be the 27th meeting between the women's teams...the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 57-29-1 record...the UW women have an 18-8 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won the past five meetings with the Huskies going back to the 1997 season for a win...last year in Pullman, the Cougar men took UW 111-52 while the WSU women were 114.5 to 43.5 winners over the Husky women...this year's meet promises to be one of the closest in recent years on both the men's and women's side of the ledger...the field events begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and the running events commence at 1:15 p.m...complete results will also be posted at the WSU Athletic homepage, www.wsucougars.com site.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES:
Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 29th season with the Cougar track program (eighth year as a head coach, seventh year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan, was selected the United States Track Coaches Association West Region Men's Coach of the Year for the 2002 indoor season...this is the second consecutive year Sloan has been named the men's coach of the year...he was honored as the regional women's coach of the year for both 1999 and 2000...Sloan is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Francesca Green...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Bernard Lagat.
The April 30, Trackwire Top 25, the Washington State women's team is 19th while the men are not ranked...Trackwire, an online service, uses the weekly rankings to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships...in the USTCA Team Power Rankings as of Apr. 30, the Cougar women are sixth and the men are 14th...the Team Power Rankings are dual meet predictors and demonstrate team depth.
SLOAN ON TUESDAY CONFERENCE CALL:
Cougar coach Rick Sloan participates on the WSU Sports Information Weekly Teleconference every Tuesday, from 1:15 p.m. until 1:25 p.m...interested media members should call the WSU Sports Information Office at 509/335-COUG (2684) for the phone number and password.
COUGAR INVITE HIGHLIGHTS:
At the collegiate portion of the Third Annual Cougar Invitational, former Cougar Andrea Thornton shattered her own meet and Mooberry Track record in the hammer with a toss of 204-6 (62.33m) and also won the women's discus (166-0). Idaho's Sarah Fischer erased WSU's Molly Monroe's 2000 javelin mark with a throw of 149-7. Blessing Ufodiama surpassed Cicely Clinkenbeard's 2000 record in the triple jump (40-4 3/4 /12.31m). Six women bettered the 3000m steeplechase record with Letiwe Marakurwa winning (10:44.41). The Cougar men's 4x100m squad of Bennie Chatman, Anson Henry, Dione Cason, and Anthony Buchanan claimed the meet record with a time of 39.81. Nikela Ndebele of Idaho, broke his own meet record in the 100m dash (10.41). Others in the meet record book include Tyler Christopher, Athletics Alberta (Canada) in the 400m dash (47.47), Japheth Kimutai (Puma) in the 800m (1:49.28), Kip Kangogo (Athletics Alberta) in the 1500m (3:48.62), Hugo Munoz (unattached) tied Matt Alverson's high jump mark (6-10 3/4 /2.10m), Idaho's Simon Stewart eclipsed teammate Joachim Olsen's 2001 shot put record with a throw of 60-2 (18.34m). Kyle Daley, bettered his own hammer record with a toss of 198-1 (60.38m).