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Cougars Send Nine to NCAA Track Championships
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Release: 05/25/2000
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May 25, 2000

Three men and six women will represent Washington State men's and women's track and field teams in ten events at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 31 - June 3, at Duke University--for the Cougar men, Ian Waltz was an automatic qualifier for both the shot put and discus as was Arend Watkins in the 110m high hurdles--Demetrius Murray was a provisional qualifier in the triple jump--Cougar women who were PQs and will compete are Alishia Booterbaugh (800m), Cicely Clinkenbeard (triple jump), Molly Monroe (javelin), Agneta Rosenblad (long jump), Randi Smith (400m hurdles), and Andrea Thornton (hammer)--for a complete listing of the NCAA 2000 Qualifying list, Schedule of Events for the Championships, and results, go to more information about Cougar Track & Field, go to

NCAA Track & Field Championships May 31-June 3
Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University, Durham, NC

In 1999, the Cougar women scored 21 points, finishing tied for 20th--Ellannee Richardson and Whitney Evans earned All-American honors in the heptathlon, Evans repeated in the high jump, and Mandy Borschowa in the discus--last year the WSU men were led by Bernard Lagat's performances in the 5k and 1500m, and Demetrius Murray was triple jump runner-up--Arend Watkins could not overcome a case of food poisoning and did not advance to the finals of the high hurdles--Cougar men tallied 23 points for 11th place.

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 selected the USTCA West Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year for 2000--he also three-peated as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Coach of the Year as the Cougar women won the team title for the second year--Sloan is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Nancy Wenzel...volunteer assistant coach is Dan O'Brien.

# = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

NCAANameEventMark/TimeNational Standing (as of 5/25)
$$ *Ian WaltzM Shot Put19.13m / 62-9 1/4(11th) $$
$$ *Ian WaltzM Discus60.10m / 197-2(9th) $$
$$ *Arend WatkinsM 110m Hurdles13.51(4th) $$
$$ #Demetrius MurrayM Triple Jump16.24m / 53-3 1/2(T13th) $$
#Eric DudleyM 400m Hurdles50.90(27th)
#B.J. SchadeM Hammer61.18m / 200-9(34th)
#Bryan JonesM Javelin68.58m / 225-0(25th)

$$ #Alishia BooterbaughW 800m2:05.66(14th) $$
$$ #Randi SmithW 400m Hurdles57.61 SR(10th) $$
$$ #Agneta RosenbladW Long Jump6.36m / 20-10 1/2(18th) $$
$$ #Cicely ClinkenbeardW Triple Jump13.06m / 42-10 1/4 SR(T17th) $$
$$ #Andrea ThorntonW Hammer58.76m / 192-9(19th) $$
$$ #Molly MonroeW Javelin49.18m / 161-4(20th) $$
#Agneta RosenbladW 100m Hurdles13.59w(39th)
#Jeannette MartusW Pole Vault3.85m / 12-7 1/2(T26th)
#Mandy BorschowaW Discus51.90m / 170-3(25th)
#Casey LektorichW Javelin47.36m / 155-4(32nd)

"All six women are performing very well right now. Agneta and Cicely are jumping their best, Thor is throwing her best in the hammer and Molly is down a little bit but had a great practice today so she is capable of getting back into the 60's (160+ feet) and doing well there, and Alishia ran a very fast time at the Pac-10. Randi had a bad race at the Pac-10 and didn't run real well but she's working hard now. We're taking a good squad back there and I think they're going to compete real well. Hopefully we can bring home a number of All-Americans. I'm happy with the people we got in there, we had a few more qualify who didn't make it but the ones who were right on the edge all made it. It will be exciting for us to go back and see what we can do. "Even though we only have three men going, the potential is good. Arend's ranked fourth in the high hurdles, Ian's ranked ninth in the discus and 11th in the shot, and Demetrius is down a little bit lower, around 14th, but he wasn't ranked that high last year and he got second place. Even though we only have three people going, we have four events to score in and I think the potential is there to score some points and hopefully make a little impact back there. "I'm excited to see us compete and see what we can do."


All Times listed are Eastern Standard Times

11:00 a.m. Women's Hammer Throw (Thornton) Trials & Final
2:30 p.m. Men's Discus Throw (Waltz) Final

6:35 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles (Smith) SemifinalS
7:50 p.m. Women's 800m Run (Booterbaugh) Semifinals

7:00 p.m. Women's Long Jump (Rosenblad) Trials & Final
7:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put (Waltz) Trials & Final

6:00 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles (Watkins) Preliminary

5:00 p.m. Men's Triple Jump (Murray) Trials & Final

6:30 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles (Smith) Final
7:15 p.m. Women's 800m Run (Booterbaugh) Final
7:30 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles (Watkins) Semifinals

11:00a.m. Women's Javelin Throw (Monroe) Trials & Final
7:15 p.m. Women's Triple Jump (Clinkenbeard) Trials & Final

6:15 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles (Watkins) Final


  • Demetrius Murray, Triple Jump. Senior from Tacoma, Washington--Won 2000 Pac-10 triple jump with 16.10m / 52-10w--Soared to NCAA PQ of 16.24m / 53-3 1/2 at Modesto Relays 5/13--Outdoor season hampered by heel bruise--All-American after second place finish at 1999 NCAAs (PR of 16.46m / 54-0w)--Participated in World University Games in Spain during summer 1999--Knee injury sidelined Murray for indoor season until 2000 MPSF Championships (Feb. 25-26) where sole triple jump competition of the season found Murray champion with NCAA AQ of 16.04m/52-7 1/2i--Murray leaped 52-4 3/4i inches for ninth place at 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships.

  • Ian Waltz, Shot Put, Discus. First name pronounced EYE-an--Senior from Post Falls, Idaho--Won discus at 2000 Pac-10 Championships (60.52m / 198-7) and finished third in shot ( 18.10m / 59-4 3/4)--Six-time All-American in the shot put and discus--Coming off a 1999 redshirt season because of a torn tendon in a finger on his throwing hand--Holds school record in discus at 211-5 (Salinas Thrower Invite, 1998)--Shot put NCAA AQ of 19.13m / 62-9 1/4 came at Willie Williams Classic, Tucson, Arizona, 3/18--Best shot mark of 19.28m/63-9 3/4i is third on WSU all-time list--Placed fifth in shot put at 2000 NCAA Indoor Champs with mark of 62-5 3/4i--Aiming for spot at 2000 Olympic Trials.

  • Arend Watkins, 110m High Hurdles. First name pronounced ERR-end--Junior from San Jose, California--Did not compete at 2000 Pac-10 Championships due to hamstring problems--Clocked 13.51 PR at Mt. SAC Relays (4/16) where he finished second to former Cougar great and NCAA Champion (1996) Dominique Arnold--Time of 13.51 is third fastest in WSU all-time records--1999 Indoor All-American and 1998 Outdoor All-American (T-11th)--Ran an AQ mark in 1999 but was afflicted with food poisoning and did not advance to finals in Boise--Aiming for at 2000 Olympic Trials.


  • Alishia Booterbaugh, 800m. Senior from LaCenter, Washington--Clocked lifetime best and NCAA PQ of 2:05.66 at Stanford Invitational (4/26)--Time is fourth best on WSU all-time marks--Runner-up at 2000 Pac-10 Championships (2:08.49)--Ran at 1999 and 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships but did not advance to finals.

  • Cicely Clinkenbeard, Triple Jump. Junior from Okanogan, Washington--Placed third at 2000 Pac-10 Heptathlon - her first heptathlon--Finished second in triple jump at 2000 Pac-10s with school record leap (42-10 1/4)--Won Pac-10 triple jump in 1999--Previous NCAA appearances - 14th in 1999, 16th in 1998--CoSIDA/GTE District VIII Academic All-American.

  • Molly Monroe, Javelin. Senior from Ellensburg, Washington--Won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship with last throw (152-7)--.Threw NCAA PQ and school record 49.18m / 161-4 at Williams Classic, Tucson, Arizona (3/18)--Previous NCAA appearance: 21st, 1998.

  • Agneta Rosenblad, Long Jump, 100m High Hurdles. Junior from Lidingo, Sweden--Placed sixth at the 2000 Pac-10 Heptathlon last weekend - her first heptathlon--Leaped to NCAA PQ long jump of 3.32m / 20-9 at Austin, Texas 4/22--Improved with 6.36m / 20-10 1/2 for second place at 2000 Pac-10 Championships--Also NCAA PQ with PR of 13.59w in high hurdles, 37th nationally--Holds school record of 13.61 in 100m hurdles--Finished 2000 fifth at Pac-10s with 13.69w time.

  • Randi Smith, 400m Intermediate Hurdles. Sophomore from Beverly Hills, California--Ran school record and NCAA PQ time of 57.61 seconds (Stanford Invitational, 3/26)--Finished sixth at Pac-10s (59.83)--Clocked NCAA PQ time in 1999 of 59.11 but did not make it to Boise--Placed fourth at 1999 Pan American Junior Championships with 400m hurdles time of 59.79 (Tampa).

  • Andrea Thornton, Throws. Junior from Shelton, Washington--Holds school record in hammer throw of 58.76m / 192-9 (Mt. SAC Relays, 4/15)--At 2000 Pac-10 Championships, placed fifth in hammer (190-0), eighth in shot put (46-2 3/4)--Missed 2000 NCAA Indoor participation in weight throw by three inches (18.70m/61-4 1/4).


  • Molly Monroe, Ian Waltz and Demetrius Murray won individual titles at the Pac-10 Championships, May 20-21, at Hayward Field on the Oregon campus.

    The WSU women finished fourth while the men were a disappointing ninth in the team competition. The UCLA women won with 167.5 points, followed by USC 161, Stanford 114, WSU 86, Arizona State 75, Arizona 65, Washington 58, California 54.5, and Oregon 37. USC claimed the men's team title with 154 points followed by Stanford 122.5, Arizona State 101, with Washington and UCLA tied for fourth with 83 points. Arizona was sixth at 75, Oregon 71, California 68, and Washington State 59.5.

    Monroe, a senior from Ellensburg, Wash., won the women's javelin with a toss of 152-feet, 7 inches. Cougar teammate Casey Lektorich (freshman, University High, Spokane) placed fifth in the javelin at 142-0. Both women threw their best distances of the day in their final throws.

  • Waltz, a senior from Post Falls, Idaho, won the men's discus with a season-best toss of 198-feet, 7 inches. Waltz, who won the Pac-10 discus title in 1998, placed third in the shot put (59-4 3/4).

    Murray, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., won the men's triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 52-10, after placing seventh in the long jump (23-11).

    Cicely Clinkenbeard, a junior from Okanogan, Wash., broke her own WSU triple jump record set in Boise last year with her second-place leap of 42-10 1/4.

  • Agneta Rosenblad, a junior from Lidingo, Sweden who placed sixth in the Pac-10 heptathlon, finished second in the women's long jump. Rosenblad improved her NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark with a lifetime-best leap of 20-10 1/2. WSU's Francesca Sewell (Kennewick, Wash.) finished sixth with a distance of 19-10 3/4w. Rosenblad also ran a school record in the 100m hurdles, clocking a 13.61 in the prelims, and finished fourth with a time of 13.69. Randi Smith was fifth (13.86) and Attrina Higgins eighth (15.93).

    Alishia Booterbaugh, a senior from LaCenter, Wash., finished second in the women's 800m with a time of 2:06.17.

  • Andrea Thornton (junior, Shelton, Wash.) placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 190-0. Becky Potter (junior, Gig Harbor, Wash.) was 12th after a toss of 162-4. Thornton also scored a point for the Cougar women in the shot put, finishing eighth at 46-2 3/4.

    Other Cougar women scoring points with their performances were: Mandy Borschowa, sixth in the discus (160-11), Randi Smith, sixth in the 400m hurdles (59.83), Sharika Higgins, seventh in the 100m dash (11.70), Greta Johnson, seventh in the 5000m (17:03.64), 4x100m relay - Rosenblad, Smith, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, fourth (45.64), 4x400m relay - Schaures, A. Higgins, Smith, Booterbaugh, fifth (3:44.85).

    Anson Henry, a sophomore from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, ran a lifetime best time of 10.36 for fourth in the men's 100m dash.

    Eric Dudley, a sophomore from Bellingham, Wash., took third place in the 400m hurdles (51.68).

    Three of four Cougar men scored points in the high jump: freshman Ezra Gordon (Colville, Wash.) was fifth with a height of 6-9 while Chris Rushing (senior, Redmond, Wash.) and Matt Alverson (freshman, Everett, Wash.) tied for eighth at 6-7.

    In the men's javelin, WSU's Bryan Jones (junior, Nooksack, Wash.) placed fourth at 210-4, followed by Russ Milam's (Bozeman, Mont.) 209-4 for fifth. Ryan Nichols (junior, Selah, Wash.) finished eighth at 206-2. Esko Mikkola, Arizona, won at 236-6.

    Other WSU men to score points were: B.J. Schade (senior, Sequim, Wash.), sixth in the hammer at 200-9, Brian Preuss (junior, Mead High, Spokane CC) who tied for eighth in the pole vault at 16-3 3/4.

The Pac-10 Championship Meet, May 20-21, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus, can be seen on a taped-delayed basis on FOX Sports Northwest May 26 at 1 p.m., May 27 at 2 p.m., and May 28 at 3 p.m.

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