LAST CHANCE FOR COUGS (TO QUALIFY FOR NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS): The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be competing at the Moscow McDonald's Last Chance Meet this weekend at the Kibbie Dome on the Idaho campus...the discus and triple jump events will be Friday afternoon...Saturday events begin at 8 a.m.
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.
COUGAR WOMEN REPEAT AS MPSF CHAMPIONS: The WSU women's track and field team successfully defended its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championship while the Cougar men finished fourth, Feb. 26, at the Reno Livestock Event Center. The Cougar women, behind the first place points of Cicely Clinkenbeard, Becky Potter, Sharika Higgins, Agneta Rosenblad, Whitney Evans, and the 4x400m relay team, tallied 136.50 points for the repeat championship. Stanford was second with 116 points. The Cardinal men won the MPSF title with 142 points, followed by Arizona (94), Utah State (83), and WSU (82). Arend Watkins, Ian Waltz and the 4x400m relay team claimed titles for the Cougar men. Cougar highlights from the two-day championships featuring schools from the Pac-10 and Big West Conferences: Clinkenbeard and Demetrius Murray each won their triple jump competitions. It was Murray's only competition of the 2000 indoor season and he leaped a career-best and NCAA PQ mark of 52-7 1/2. Potter surpassed her lifetime-best by nearly a foot and a half with a school record and NCAA PQ weight throw of 61-6 1/4. Teammate Andrea Thornton placed third. Potter finished fourth and Thornton sixth in the shot put. Sharika Higgins, leading a bevy of Cougar senior women sprinters, won the 200m with a career-best time of 24.13 seconds. LaTroya Mucker was third and Attrina Higgins fourth. The same trio finished in the same order for third, sixth and ninth in the 55m dash. Arend Watkins broke his own meet record in the men's 55m hurdles with a winning time of 7.23 seconds. He clocked a prelim time of 7.25 to surpass former Coug Dominique Arnold's 1996 meet record time of 7.28. Eric Dudley finished seventh in both the 55m hurdles and the 400m race. Agneta Rosenblad won the 55m hurdles with Randi Smith third, Attrina Higgins sixth and Sarah Odonkor seventh. Rosenblad also placed fourth in the long jump. Whitney Evans defended her high jump title with the winning leap Saturday of 5-11 1/2. Alishia Booterbaugh finished second in the 800m run (2:09.46) to Stanford's Lindsay Hyatt, who ran a stadium record time of 2:07.23. Lisa Schaures placed fourth. Randi Smith finished third in the women's 400m with a time of 55.58. Jeannette Martus equaled her school-record of 12-7 1/2 in the pole vault and tied for fourth, with WSU freshman Stephanie Robinett placing 21st with an improved freshman school record of 11-1 3/4. Waltz won the shot put with a toss of 61-9 3/4, outdistancing the field by four feet. Other Cougar men adding points included Brian Laville's second place finish and Chad Schwendiman's seventh place in the men's long jump. All four WSU pole vaulters cleared the same height of 16-2 3/4 with Tony Boitano (T4th), Lex Katich (T6th) adding points. Mark Wicklander was fifth and Kyle Barker eighth in the men's 3,000m run. Craig Allen was fifth and Ezra Gordon eighth in the high jump. B.J. Schade finished fourth in the men's weight throw with a season-best toss of 59-6 3/4.
POWER RANKINGS: The United States Track Coaches Association Div. I indoor team power rankings as of 2/29/99, find the WSU men 16th and the Cougar women's team 8th...the Feb. 22 Trackwire Top 25 Indoor rankings find the WSU men tied at 23rd and the women unranked.
WSU ENTRANTS FOR McDONALD'S LAST CHANCE MEET AT MOSCOW:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN: 60m A. Higgins, Rosenblad, Zapata 200m Abersfeller, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, Odonkor, Rosenblad, Zapata 400m Abersfeller, S. Higgins, Mucker 800m Neel, Schaures, H. Smith Mile Miller, Neel, Schaures 3000m Filipy, Gilmore, G. Johnson, Maynard, Miller 55m H A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, Zapata High Jump Evans, Willis Pole Vault Heggie, Martus, Robinett Triple Jump Clinkenbeard 20# Weight Potter, ThorntonCOUGARS 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
WASHINGTON STATE MEN: 60m Williams 200m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Macias, Randall, Sommer, Williams 400m Dudley, Fitzhugh, Macias, Randall, Sommer 800m Childers, Hazelquist, Kamau Mile Barker, Boniface, Childers, Franco-Parra, Welsh, Wicklander 3000m Barker, Boniface, Franco-Parra, S. Johnson, Welsh, Wicklander 55m HH Miller, Watkins High Jump Allen, Alverson, Gordon, Rushing Pole Vault Boitano, Collins, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss Long Jump Schwendiman Shot Put Pecht, Waltz Discus Graves, Pecht, Waltz
WSU Women: 800m Alishia Booterbaugh * 2:07.04+ (6th) 60m Hurdles Agneta Rosenblad # 8.42+ (T31st) High Jump Whitney Evans # 1.82m / 5-11 1/2 (T11th) Pole Vault Jeannette Martus # 3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (T14th) Triple Jump Cicely Clinkenbeard # 12.79m / 41-11 1/2 (23rd) Weight Throw Becky Potter # 18.75m / 61-6 1/4 (15th) Andrea Thornton # 18.70m / 61-4 1/4 (17th) WSU Men: 60m Dash Anson Henry # 6.68+ (T23rd) 60m Hurdles Arend Watkins # 7.75 (T5th) Triple Jump Demetrius Murray # 16.04m / 52-7 1/2 (T12th) Shot put Ian Waltz * 19.25m / 63-2 (7th)
2000 SEASON SEES WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS REWRITTEN: Event Athlete New Mark 60m Hurdles Men Arend Watkins 7.73 60m Hurdles Women Agneta Rosenblad 8.50 Pole Vault Women Jeannette Martus 3.85m / 12-7 1/2 Freshmen Women Stephanie Robinett 3.40m / 11-1 3/4 Triple Jump Women Cicely Clinkenbeard 12.79m / 41-11 1/2 20# Weight Women Becky Potter 18.75m / 61-6 1/4