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Reno's Silver State Invite Meet Next for Cougars Track & Field
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Release: 01/25/2000
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Jan. 25, 2000

Reno's Silver State Invite. Meet Next For Cougar Track & Field

WSU INDOOR TRACK & FIELD OFF TO RENO SILVER STATE MEET: The Washington State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams travel to Reno, Nevada, this weekend for the Silver State Invitational Meet...held at the Reno Livestock and Exhibition Center, the Cougars will have 27 women and 30 men competing Saturday afternoon...field events begin at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to begin around noon...team scoring will be tallied for the Division I schools in attendance, which will include: Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, UC Davis, Fresno State, Stanford, San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Oklahoma State.

NOTABLE: Sophomore All-American heptathlete, Ellannee Richardson, is nursing a sore back for the second week, and will not compete at the Silver State Invite...Brian Laville, senior sprinter and long jumper, will not compete this weekend after popping hamstring at the finish line of the 55m hurdles at the Martin Invite last Saturday...for a complete roster and outdoor schedule, go to www.wsucougars.com on the internet.

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.

COUGARS PERFORM WELL AT EWU JERRY MARTIN INVITE: WSU's Andrea Thornton and Ian Waltz threw NCAA provisional qualifying marks at the Martin Invite at Cheney...Thornton tossed the #20 weight a school and Thorpe Fieldhouse record 59 feet, 1 1/2 inches to win the day's event with her NCAA PQ...Cougar teammate Becky Potter was second at 57-2 3/4...Waltz threw the shot 61-0 3/4 and finished second behind Idaho's Joachim Olsen who heaved an NCAA automatic qualifying distance of 64-2 1/2...this was Waltz' his first competitive throw after spending the 1999 season as a medical redshirt...Vinnie Pecht placed seventh with a lifetime-best 49-8 3/4...B.J. Schade won the 35# weight throw at 58-4 3/4.
Anson Henry won the men's 55m dash and bettered his a personal-best and NCAA PQ time to 6.22 seconds...Brian Laville was second in the short dash with a time of 6.31 after running a 6.30 in the prelims...Arend Watkins won the 55m hurdles in 7.34 seconds, just off his NCAA PQ time of 7.33 last week. In the men's pole vault, freshman Rick Collins led five Cougars in clearing 16-0 3/4. Behind Collins was Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali, Tony Boitano, Lex Katich, and Bryan Preuss...Stephanie Robinett won the women's pole vault and for a second week cleared the freshman school record height of 10-11 3/4...Jeannette Martus placed third in the event, clearing 10-6.
WSU placed first through fifth in the women's 55m hurdles with Attrina Higgins (8.17) first followed by Agneta Rosenblad was second at 8.20, Randi Smith third at 8.22, Sarah Odonkor fourth at 8.44, and Whitney Evans fifth at 8.54...Evans also won the women's high jump with a 5-8 jump.
Alishia Booterbaugh won the mile (5:16.26) with junior Megan Maynard (Langley, Wash.) third at 5:19.03.

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.

TENTATIVE WSU ENTRANTS FOR SILVER STATE INVITATIONAL AT RENO:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:

          55m:         A. Higgins, Mucker, Zapata
	200m:  	     Abersfeller, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, Mucker, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith
	400m:  	     Wood
	800m:  	     Booterbaugh, Neel, Schaures
	Mile:  	     Johnson, Miller
	3000m:        Gilmore, Maynard
	55m HH:       Evans, A. Higgins, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith, Zapata
	1600m Relay:  TBA
	High Jump:    Evans, Willis
	Pole Vault:   Martus, Robinett
	Long Jump:    Rosenblad
         Triple Jump:  Clinkenbeard
	Shot Put:     Borschowa, Potter, Thornton
	20# Weight:   Potter, Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:

	55m:  	    Henry, Watkins, Williams
	200m:  	    Dudley, Fitzhugh, Henry, Macias, Sommer
	400m:  	    Randall
	800m:  	    Harris, Kamau
	Mile:  	    Franco-Parra, S. Johnson, Welsh
	3000m:       Barker, Franco-Parra, Welsh, Wicklander
	55m HH:      Dudley, Watkins
	1600m Relay: TBA
	High Jump:   Allen, Alverson, Gordon, Rushing
	Pole Vault:  Boitano, Collins, Katich, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Preuss
	Long Jump:   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

WSU Women:

Weight Throw - Andrea Thornton # 18.02m / 59-1 1/2 (11th)

WSU Men:

60m Dash - Anson Henry # 6.72+ (7th)

60m Hurdles - Arend Watkins # 7.84+ (3rd)

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