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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 28, 1999

WSU Track & Field NCAA Championship Schedule
At Boise, Idaho

 
Wednesday, June 2 
W-Long Jump Final           4:00 p.m. 
W-400m Relay Semifinals     4:00 p.m. 
 
Thursday, June 3 
M-110m Hurdles Prelims      4:20 p.m. 
M-1500m Semifinals          4:55 p.m. 
W-High Jump Final           5:15 p.m. 
 
Friday, June 4 
Heptathlon - Hurdles, HJ, SP, 200m 
W-400m Relay Final         5:10 p.m. 
W-Triple Jump Final        5:45 p.m. 
M-110m Hurdles Semis       7:05 p.m. 
M-5000m Final              8:05 p.m. 
 
Saturday, June 5 
Heptathlon - LJ, Javelin, 800m 
M-Triple Jump Final        5:00 p.m. 
W-Discus Final             5:15 p.m. 
M-110m Hurdles Final       5:40 p.m. 
M-1500m Final              6:45 p.m. 
 
Times listed are Pacific Daylight 
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1999 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women: UCLA 160.5, USC 140, WSU 123, Stanford 122.5, Oregon 64, Arizona 62, UW 56, ASU 45, Cal 41.

Men: USC 1614, UCLA 136, Stanford 105.5, Arizona 78, ASU 77.5, Oregon 76.5, WSU 69, Cal 59.5, UW 52.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON: Ten Cougars are set to compete in ten events at the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships, June 2-5, at Boise, Idaho...returning All-Americans include Bernard Lagat, Arend Watkins, and Francesca Green Sewell...Cicely Clinkenbeard is a returning competitor in the triple jump...newcomers include Demetrius Murray, Ellannee Richardson, Whitney Evans, Mandy Borschowa, Attrina Higgins and LaTroya Mucker.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS: # = Provisional mark * = Automatic mark (Current Standing) 1999
WSU Women:

5000m           Megan Maynard             # 16:36.33  (38th) 
400m Hurdles    Randi Smith               # 59.11 (39th) 
400m Relay      A. Higgins, Mucker,   
                Richardson, Sewell        # 44.50     (14th) 
1600m Relay     S. Higgins, Evans, Smith 
                Richardson                # 3:38.08   (24th) 
High Jump       Whitney Evans             # 5-11 1/2  (T-15th) 
Pole Vault      Jeannette Martus          # 12-3 1/2  (T-25th) 
Long Jump       Francesca  Sewell         # 20-8      (T-18th) 
Triple Jump     Cicely Clinkenbeard       # 42-5 1/2  (T-17th) 
                Francesca  Sewell         # 41-5 1/4  (35th) 
Discus          Mandy Borschowa           * 188-8 (4th) 
Heptathlon      Ellannee Richardson       * 5,660 points  (5th) 
                Whitney Evans             # 5,484 points  (11th) 
WSU Men:   
800m            Bernard Lagat             * 1:46.90   (5th) 
1500m           Bernard Lagat             * 3:39.79   (4th) 
5000m           Bernard Lagat             * 13:36.12  (1st) 
110m Hurdles    Arend Watkins             * 13.63w    (4th) 
Triple Jump     Demetrius Murray          * 53-5 3/4  (7th) 
Hammer          B.J. Schade               # 210-7     (22nd) 
Javelin         Ryan Nichols              # 223-7     (26th) 
 

SUMMER COMPETITION SCHEDULE FOR COUGS: Freshmen Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon), Mandy Borschowa (discus) and Randi Smith (hurdles) will vie for the top two spots at the U.S. Juniors Championships June 19-20 at Denton, Texas...the winners and runners-up will advance to the Junior Pan American Games July 9-11 at Miami where WSU throws coach Debra Lombardi will be on staff...Borschowa will also be competing June 24 at the US National Championships at Eugene.

NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 20 Poll for May 26, list the Cougar men at tied at 12th and the WSU women not listed...you can find this site at trackwire.com...the United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings for the outdoor season find the WSU men ranked ninth and the Cougar women fifth...the USCTA website is located at http://tower.isu.edu/power.

MOORE NAMED TO GTE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VIII WOMEN'S SPRING AT-LARGE TEAM: Molly Moore, a senior from Kalispell, Montana, was one of 12 female student-athletes selected to the GTE Academic All-District VIII Spring At-Large Team...Moore, a thrower on the WSU women's track and field team, has a 3.73 GPA in biology...Moore is also a team captain and has served as a representative to Team C.A.R.E...this year Moore has received: the Eagle Hardware and Garden Academic Salute , the Excellence in Academics Award, the President's Leadership Award, the Athletic Director's Award, the PROWL Leadership Award, and the SAAB Outstanding Senior Award...Moore is one of four Cougar seniors nominated for the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan (26th season overall - fifth year as a head coach, fourth year as director of combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named 1999 Region VIII Women's Coach of the Year in addition to repeating as the MPSF Men's and Women's Coach of the Year...Sloan recently revealed his successful bout with prostate cancer...Sloan had surgery Oct. 1, 1998, and endured seven weeks of radiation treatment starting in January but has tested disease-free this spring...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Rohan Walker, and Kris Grimes...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Nancy Wenzel, and Dan O'Brien.

1999 COUGAR OUTDOOR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

The Cougar women's sprint corps set the WSU school record twice this season...the second time was the winning time at the Pac-10 Championships - a 44.50...the first was on April 24 with a time of 44.64 (an NCAA provisional qualifying mark)...WSU's Attrina Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Ellannee Richardson and Francesca Sewell executed flawless handoffs and used effortless speed to clock in at 44.64 seconds...not only a school record - surpassing the 1998 time of 44.78 set by Sharika Higgins, Mucker, Tamika Brown and Sewell - but establishing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Mandy Borschowa (Snoqualmie, Wash.) improved her WSU freshman discus record with a heave of 188-8 to win that event May 1...Borschowa's toss was the second-farthest in school history with only Laura Lavine (189-10, 1988) ahead of her in the all-time best standings...she placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships at 172-8.

Cicely Clinkenbeard (sophomore, Okanogan, Wash.) holds school triple jump record with a 42-5 1/2 (12.94m) mark leaped at the Pre-Pac-10 Qualifier at Tucson May 16...Clinkenbeard surpassed Sharon Li's 1993 record mark of 41-11 1/4w...Clinkenbeard also leaped a 42-8 1/4w mark to win the Pac-10 championship but this mark will not be considered a record since the wind reading was above 4.0 mps.

Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) set the school freshman record with a vault of 10-6 (3.20m)...her 5,484 points for third place at the Pac-10 Heptathlon Championship, is also a Canadian Junior World record and third-best on WSU's all-time list...Evans was second in the high jump at the Pac-10 Meet at 5-10 3/4.

Bernard Lagat, won the 1500m but finished second in the 800m at the Pac-10 Championships...the 1999 NCAA Div. I Indoor Male Athlete of the Year was the Track & Field News May 1999 cover boy...Lagat leads the nation with his 5000m time of 13:36.12 run Cardinal Invitational May 7...he also ran his best 1500m time on American soil May 15 at the Cardinal Qualifier - 3:39.79...his lifetime best and school record time of 3:34.48 was run last summer at Stuttgard, Germany.

Jeannette Martus (sophomore, Livonia, Mich.) holds the school pole vault record with a height of 12-3 1/2 (3.75m) set May 1 at Pullman...Martus finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships at 11-11 3/4.

Demetrius Murray (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) placed second at the Modesto Relays invitational men's triple jump but leaped 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches (16.29m) and was the top collegiate finisher...his mark is an NCAA automatic qualifier, fifth-best in WSU all-time standings and seventh-best nationally...at the Pac-10 Championships, he placed second in the long jump (25-3 1/2w) and third in the triple jump (51-7).

Ryan Nichols (sophomore, Selah, Wash.) tossed an NCAA PQ for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships...his throw of 223-7 was also a lifetime best.

Ellannee Richardson, freshman from Gladstone, Ore., competed in 13 events at the Pac-10 Championships - heptathlon (2nd), 200m (2nd), 100m hurdles (5th), 4x100m relay (1st),4x400m relay (4th), javelin (DNP), and long jump (DNP)...both the short and long relays were school records...Richardson contributed 23.75 points of WSU's third-place total of 123...she ran a school record 13.69 seconds in her second-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the Hayward Relays April 10 in Eugene, Ore...her time eclipsed the previous WSU best time of 13.75 run by Chris Gesch in Eugene in 1992...she's also in the Cougar all-time list with the second-best heptathlon total of 5,660 points from her second place performance at the Pac-10 Combined Events Championships...her 5,660 points broke the American Junior Heptathlon record and surpassed the old record of 5,591 points set by Marlene Harmon in 1981...Richardson's record is even more impressive because she had a headwind in both the 100m hurdles and 200m dash races, and she is throwing the new fly-shorter javelin (NCAA rules beginning 1999 season)...Richardson tallied four personal-best marks of the seven contested events...she set the freshman school record in the new short-fly javelin with a toss of 141-9 (43.22m).

B.J. Schade (RS-junior, Sequim, Wash.) popped a lifetime-best hammer throw of 210-7 (64.20m) at the Pre-Pac-10 Qualifier at Tucson May 16...this mark bettered his NCAA PQ...he placed sixth at the Pac-10 Championships with a throw of 190-11.

Francesca Green Sewell (RS-junior, Kennewick, Wash.) added the triple to her list of jumps this year and has a career-best of (12.63m) 41-5 1/4 - third on the all-time list...Sewell was a big scorer at the Pac-10s - 100m (4th), 400m relay (1st), high jump (5th), long jump (2nd), and triple jump (7th) which added up to 21.5 points of WSU's 123 total.

Randi Smith (freshman, Beverly Hills, Calif.) finished fifth in the 400m hurdles (60.12) and eighth in the 100m hurdles (14.07) at the Pac-10 Championships...her intermediate hurdles NCAA PQ time of 59.11 came at the Pre-Pac-10 Qualifier at Tucson.

Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton, Wash.) placed sixth in the hammer throw at the Pac-10 Championships with a school record toss of 176-11...she replaced senior Molly Moore's (Kalispell, Mont.) 1998 WSU record throw of 172-3...Becky Potter (RS-sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash.) had a career-best toss of 171-6 and Moore currently stands at 171-3 this season but each of these three have held the school record at one time in their careers at WSU...they are coached by WSU's first woman hammer thrower, Debra Lombardi.

Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) lowered his lifetime-best mark in the 110m high hurdles with a 13.63 wind-aided clocking at the Modesto Relays May 8...Watkins' top legal time is 13.77, run at the Jim Click Shootout at Tucson Mar. 27...Watkins nosed out USC's William Erese to claim the Pac-10 high hurdles title in a time of 13.84.

The women's 4x400m relay team of Sharika Higgins, Whitney Evans, Randi Smith and Ellannee Richardson set a school record with their time of 3:38.08 for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships...the previous record of 3:40.23 was set in 1986.

Pac-10 ConferenceAthletes of the Week this season: Bernard Lagat for his triple wins in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m April 3; Arend Watkins for his 110m hurdles win April 24; Demetrius Murray for his top collegiate finish in the triple jump and NCAA QA at the Modesto Relays May 8; and Ellannee Richardson for her American Junior Heptathlon Record with her 5,660 points second-place finish at the Pac-10 Combined Events Championships May 14-15.

Other Cougars Scorers at the Pac-10 Championships: Men - Chris Charles, 3000m Steeplechase (6th), Chris Rushing, High Jump (7th), Kyllan Tower, Pole Vault (8th), Brian Laville, Long Jump (6th), Vinnie Pecht, Discus (8th), Bryan Jones, Javelin (7th)...Women - LaTroya Mucker, 200m (5th), Sharika Higgins, 400m (6th), Megan Maynard, 5000m (5th), Becky Potter, Shot Put (4th), Andrea Thornton, Hammer (6th), and Molly Monroe, Javelin (5th).

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