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Track & Field Opens Season with WSU Open Indoor Meet
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 01/12/2010
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Jan. 12, 2010

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COUGARS READY TO RUN, JUMP AND THROW AT OPENER: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams open the 2010 indoor season with the Eighth Annual WSU Indoor Open...WSU Indoor Facility's Mondo track features racing at 60m, 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m with 60m hurdles as well as a co-ed 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events will be contested on the turf inside the oval...men's 35-pound and women's 20-pound weight throws take place Friday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m...remaining field events will begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 10 a.m...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, following the meet's completion.

WANT TO COMPETE? OR JUST WATCH: All competitors are to register online no later than noon, Jan. 13 at www.DirectAthletics.com for a $10 entry fee...late entries will be charged an additional $10 for signing up the day of the meet...spectators are admitted free of charge for all WSU Track & Field competition in 2010...parking will be limited close to the IPF due to the WSU men's basketball game Jan. 16.

COUGAR INDOOR INVITATIONAL ON TAP: The Cougar Indoor Invitational meet will take place Jan. 22-23 in the IPF...teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington, Utah State, Montana, Whitman and Community Colleges of Spokane will join Washington State in the two-day meet that includes a men's heptathlon and women' pentathlon.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).

NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).

COUGAR WSU OPEN INDOOR 2009 CHAMPIONS: Three WSU women and five Cougar men who won events at the 2009 WSU Open are members of the Cougar 2010 team...women's winners include: Brianne Brown (400m), Anna Layman (800m), Amanda Stewart (high jump)...men's winners were: Marlon Murray (60m dash), Joe Abbott (400m), David Hickerson (800m), Justin England (mile), and Trent Arrivey (high 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, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2009 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Stanford (115), 2. Oregon (91.5), 3. Arizona State (78), 4. UCLA (75.5), 5. Washington (72.5), 6. California (68.5), 7. Arizona (62), 8. Washington State (51.5), 9. Cal State Northridge (32.5), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. UCLA (83.5), 2. Washington State (78.5) and California (78.5), 4. Oregon (78), 5. Arizona State (76.5), 6. Washington (75), 7. Stanford (68), 8. Cal St. Northridge (56), 9. Arizona (54), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...2010 MPSF Championships are slated for February 26-27, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.

2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).

ABOUT THE COUGAR WOMEN: Captain Kendall Mays, a redshirt junior pole vaulter from Spokane, Wash.
Returning NCAA Women Outdoor Participants:
Lisa Egami, 1500m:  2009 (21st)
Anna Layman, 800m:  2008 (8th)
Marissa Tschida, Javelin:  2008 (18th), 2009 (6th)

Returning Women Pac-10 Scorers: Lisa Egami, 1500m: 2009 (7th) Princess Joy Griffey, 100m: 2009 (4th) Jennifer Hamilton, Javelin: 2009 (6th) Kjirsten Jensen, Hammer: 2009 (7th) Ashley Kenney, Discus: 2009 (6th) Courtney Kirkwood, Javelin: 2009 (7th) Anna Layman, 800m: 2008 (3rd) Candace Missouri, Triple jump: 2009 (7th) Marissa Tschida, Javelin: 2008 (3rd), 2009 (4th)

COUGAR TOP WOMEN NEWCOMERS FOR 2009: Alyssa Andrews - freshman distance runner from Gig Harbor, Wash. Caroline Austin - freshman middle distance runner from Chehalis, Wash. Devin Brooks - junior hurdler from Seattle, transferred from New Mexico State Shawna Fermin - freshman 400m runner from Victorville, Calif. Jasmine Johnson-McKeown - freshman combined events from San Bernardino, Calif. Shaquana Logan - freshman hurdler from Tacoma, Wash. Holly Parent - freshman high jumper from Victoria, British Columbia Christine Rice - freshman high jumper from Ridgefield, Wash. Cindy Robinson - freshman sprinter from Norwalk, Calif. Courtney Zalud - freshman distance runner from Colbert, Wash.

ABOUT THE COUGAR MEN: Captain Reny Follett, senior 400m runner, Lewiston, Idaho Returning NCAA Men Outdoor Participants: Sam Ahlbeck, Steeplechase: 2009 (17th) Jeshua Anderson, 400m Hurdles: 2008 (1st); 2009 (1st) Trent Arrivey, High Jump: 2008 (9th); 2009 (9th) Matt Lamb, Discus: 2006 (3rd), 2007 (6th), 2009 (5th)

Returning Pac-10 Men Scorers: Sam Ahlbeck, Steeplechase: 2009 (5th) Jeshua Anderson, 400m Hurdles: 2008 (1st), 2009 (1st); 400m: 2009 (5th) Trent Arrivey, High Jump: 2007 (3rd), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (1st) Joe Bartlett, Shot Put: 2009 (8th) Ryan Deese, High Jump: 2009 (5th) Reny Follett, 400m: 2007 (7th), 2009 (7th) J Hopkins, 400mHurdles: 2009 (7th) Matt Lamb, Discus: 2006 (3rd), 2007 (4th), 2009 (4th) Luke Lemenager, 800m: 2009 (8th) Marlon Murray, 100m: 2009 (7th); 200m: 2009 (6th)

COUGAR TOP MEN NEWCOMERS FOR 2009: Ryan Barrett - junior sprinter from Graham, Wash. and Clark CC Ramsey Hopkins - freshman combined events from San Diego, Calif. Greg Hornsby - freshman sprinter from Moreno Valley, Calif. Stephan Scott-Ellis - freshman triple jumper from Tacoma, Wash. Kyle Stevens - freshman javelin thrower from Snoqualmie, Wash. Nate Washington - junior sprinter from Vancouver, Wash. and Clark CC Jacob Weintraub - junior thrower from Redondo Beach, Calif., and El Camino College

USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll for 2010 lists the Washington State men's team No. 18...Florida State is the top men's team and Texas A&M is the top women's team...WSU women are not ranked in the preseason top 25...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...individual events where WSU is nationally listed are: Jeshua Anderson 400m dash (9th), men's 4x400m relay with only Anderson and Reny Follett, returning (5th), Trent Arrivey high jump (2nd) and Ryan Deese high jump (22nd).

WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT WSU OPEN INDOOR MEET, JAN 15-16, PULLMAN:
WSU Women
60m - Princess Joy Griffey, Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Cindy Robinson, Devin Brooks (unattached), Morgan Clem (unattached)
200m - Cindy Robinson
400m - Brianne Brown, Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill
800m - Anna Layman
Mile - Amanda Andrews, Caroline Austin, Michelly Folley, Chelsea VanDeBrake, Ashlee Wall
3000m - Emily Farrar
60m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Shaquana Logan, Jalisa Williams, Devin Brooks (unat)
4x400m Relay - Caroline Austin, Brianne Brown, Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Shawna Fermin, Princess Joy Griffey, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill, Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson, Jalisa Williams, Courtney Zalud
High Jump - Maria Creech
Pole Vault - Mandi Dionne, Carly Fitzpatrick, Hilary Moore, Loreah Winlow, Kendall Mays (unattached)
Long Jump - Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown
Triple Jump - no entry
Shot Put - Jennifer Hamilton, Ashley Kenney
Weight Throw - Kjirsten Jensen, Cassie Whitfield

WSU Men 60m - Brett Blanshan, Ezra John Griffey, Greg Hornsby, André Jennings, Zach Meyers 200m - Brett Blanshan, Wesley McCann, Zach Meyers 400m - J Hopkins, Wesley McCann, Dana Wells 800m - Jeshua Anderson, Ian Smith (unattached) Mile - David Hickerson, Andrew Kimpel (unattached) 3000m - Justin Englund, Dan Geib, Andrew Gonzales (unattached) 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Sean Harris, J Hopkins, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Josiah Sims, Dana Wells 4x400m Relay - Brett Blanshan, Reny Follett, Devin Giles, Ezra John Griffey, Sean Harris, J. Hopkins, Ramsey Hopkins, Greg Hornsby, André Jennings, Luke Lemenager, Wesley McCann, Marlon Murray, Kyle Schauble, Jason Stoker, Dana Wells High Jump - no entry Pole Vault - Jake Baertlein, Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Trevor Sodorff, John Brenteson (unattached), Adam Neace (unattached) Long Jump - Trent Arrivey, Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Stephan Scott-Ellis Triple Jump - Sean Wilson Shot Put - Jacob Weintraub Weight Throw - no entry

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