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Cougs Open Outdoor Track at Big Foot Open in Spokane

Track squads participate at two locations.

March 16, 1999

OUTDOOR SEASON BEGINS AT ARIZONA MUTLI INVITATIONAL / BIG FOOT OPEN: Washington State University's outdoor track and field teams open their 1999 outdoor season at two locations this week...four athletes will be competing at the Arizona Multi Invitational Meet Wednesday and Thursday in Tucson...the majority of the Cougar men's and women's teams will compete Saturday at the Big Foot Open, hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane.

ARIZONA MULTIS: WSU junior LaTroya Mucker (Los Angeles) will be the only Cougar with collegiate experience in the Heptathlon competition...Mucker finished fourth last May at the Pac-10 Multi Championships, her first complete heptathlon with 5,015 points...freshmen Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) and Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) will also compete...Evans is coming off an All-American performance with a sixth-place tie in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships...Evans is ranked 10th in the Canadian Juniors heptathlon in addition to a 10th ranking in the World Juniors high jump...last summer Evans was second in the heptathlon at the Canadian Combined Events Jamboree with 4,911 points and went on to place fourth at the Netherlands Dual Heptathlon...Richardson's credentials are equally impressive...Richardson set a national record of 5,104 points when she won the heptathlon competition at the 1998 Junior Olympics...her mark was fourth-best for prep heptathletes in 1998.

BIG FOOT OPEN: With the demise of the Cougars usual outdoor opening meet, the Tri-City Festival Meet in Richland, Wash., WSU and several other Div. I, II and III as well as NAIA and junior college teams will compete at the Big Foot Open Meet in Spokane...after a wet and cold early spring, WSU is looking for a solid tune-up meet prior to competing against Arizona and Nebraska at the Jim Click Shootout Meet, Mar. 27, in Tucson.

WALTZ TO REDSHIRT OUTDOOR SEASON: WSU's All-American discus and shot put thrower, senior Ian Waltz, will redshirt the 1999 outdoor season...Waltz, from Post Falls, Idaho, suffered a torn tendon (between finger and palm) on his throwing hand and after consulting a medical specialist, Coach Sloan and Waltz agreed the best course of action is to wait and see if rest will lead to complete healing...Waltz will apply for a medical redshirt for the 1999 indoor season since he only participated in the shot put at one meet...Waltz third in the discus and fifth in the shot at last year's NCAA outdoor championships...he holds the WSU record in the discus at 211-5 and is third all-time in the shot at 63-9 3/4.

USTCA POWER RANKINGS: The United States Track Coaches Association Div. I indoor team power rankings as of 3/1/99, find the WSU men fifth and the Cougar women's team ninth.

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...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.

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