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Track & Field sends Four to NCAA Indoor Championships

Last year men's squad placed third.

March 1, 1999

WSU Indoor Track & Field
Jan. 16 EWU Early Bird Open, Cheney
Men: WSU 53, EWU 46; WSU 53, Idaho 21
Women: WSU 59, EWU 35; WSU 58, Idaho 9
Jan. 23 Silver State Invitational, Reno
Jerry Martin Invite, EWU, Cheney
Jan. 30 Wolf Pack Invite, Reno
McDonald's I, Moscow
Men: WSU 100, Portland 10; UW 79, WSU 46; Sac St. 63, WSU 61; Idaho 69, WSU 57
Women: WSU 61, Portland 33; UW 82, WSU 31; Sac St. 60, WSU 56; Idaho 81, WSU 37
Feb. 12 Vandal Invite, Moscow
US West Collegiate Invite, Colorado Springs
Feb. 13 McDonald's II, Moscow
Los Angeles Invitational
Feb. 19-20 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Reno
Men: Stanford 128, WSU 124, ASU 86, Utah St. 66.5, Washington 61, Arizona 55, Long Beach St. 44, UCLA 40, Oregon 10, California 3.5
Women: WSU 117, Arizona 99, ASU 67, Stanford 62.5, Washington 59, Utah St. 48, Oregon 36, Cal Poly SLO 34, UCLA 34, Nevada 29.5, Long Beach St. 21, California 6, Fullerton 4, New Mexico St. 3
Mar. 5-6 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, Indianapolis

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP FOR COUGARS: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams will send two men and two women to compete at the NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday nights at the RCA Center in Indianapolis, Ind...junior Bernard Lagat (Kenya) will compete in the men's mile and 3000m race and sophomore Arend Watkins (San Jose, Calif.) is set for the men's 60m high hurdles...both are indoor All-Americans with Lagat finishing second in the 3k race last year and Watkins sixth in the 55m hurdles...Lagat was also a member of the world record distance medley relay team that won at the 1998 NCAA title and finished second in 1997...Lagat will have only 85 minutes between the final for the mile and the 3000m final on Saturday night...on the women's side, sophomore Alishia Booterbaugh (LaCenter, Wash.) will compete in the women's 800m race while freshman Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) is a competitor in the high jump...last year, the WSU men's team placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

NCAA COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE: (Eastern Standard Times)
Friday, March 5
3:30 p.m. Women's 800m - Alishia Booterbaugh Preliminaries
4:15 p.m. Men's 60m hurdles - Arend Watkins Preliminaries
5:45 p.m. Men's mile - Bernard Lagat Preliminaries
7:00 p.m. Men's 60m hurdles Final
Saturday, March 6
5:55 p.m. Women's high jump - Whitney Evans Final
6:15 p.m. Men's mile Final
6:25 p.m. Women's 800m Final
7:40 p.m. Men's 3000m - Bernard Lagat Final

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE:

# = Provisional mark * = Automatic mark (National Standing before declarations)
WSU Women:
800m - Alishia Booterbaugh # 2:08.18 (14th)
High Jump - Whitney Evans # 5-10 3/4 (T-10th)
Pole Vault - Jeannette Martus # 11-9 3/4 (T-28th)
Long Jump - Francesca Green Sewell # 20-3 (T-26th)
Weight throw - Becky Potter # 58-1 3/4 (T-28th)
WSU Men:
800m - Bernard Lagat * 1:47.07 (3rd)
Mile - Bernard Lagat * 4:01.03 (9th)
3000m - Bernard Lagat # 8:02.55 (5th)
60m Hurdles - Arend Watkins # 7.80 (T-8th)

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 1998 District VIII 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.

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

MPSF HONORS: Cougar coach Rick Sloan repeated as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year for directing both the first-place women's and the second-place men's teams...Sloan also won the dual honor in 1998...WSU's Bernard Lagat won the Male Athlete of the Year award after winning the 800meter (1:47.07) and 3,000 meter (8:03.57) runs by breaking his own meet records and earning NCAA automatic qualifying times...he also won the mile (4.:08.57) with an NCAA provisional mark...Arizona distance runner, Tara Chaplin, got the Female Athlete of the Year nod.

ABOUT THE MPSF: Washington State University's Bernard Lagat captured three wins in three races at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Reno, Feb. 19-20...the Cougar women's team won the 14-team competition and the WSU men finished second by a mere four points among the ten schools...Lagat, a junior from Kenya, won the men's 800m in an NCAA automatic qualifying and meet record time of 1:47.07, and took the mile race in 4:08.57...Friday night, Lagat claimed the 3000m race in a meet record time of 8:03.57...WSU's women soundly defeated the mixed field of Pac-10 and Big West schools with 117 points...Arizona was second with 99 followed by Arizona State's 67 and Stanford's 62.50...the Cougar men were not able to defend their 1998 title without the services of All-American thrower Ian Waltz who is applying for a medical redshirt for the 1999 indoor season because of a torn tendon in his throwing hand...Stanford won the two-day meet with 128 points while WSU tallied 124...Arizona State took third at 86 with Utah State fourth with 66.50 points...winners for the Cougar women included Alishia Booterbaugh in the 800m (2:12.24), Ellannee Richardson in the 55m hurdles (8.04), Whitney Evans in the high jump (1.82m/5-11 1/2), Francesca Sewell in the long jump (6.08m/19-11 1/2), and Cicely Clinkenbeard in the women's triple jump (12.32m/40-5)...it was the WSU women's supporting cast that provided the points for the win: 55m dash - LaTroya Mucker 6th, Richardson 7th; 200m - Mucker 2nd, Richardson 3rd, Sharika Higgins 5th; 3000m - Megan Maynard 6th; 55m hurdles - Attrina Higgins 8th; High Jump - Sewell 4th; Long Jump - Agneta Rosenblad 3rd; Shot Put - Becky Potter 6th, Molly Moore 8th; Weight Throw - Potter 3rd, Andrea Thornton 6th. WSU's women's 4x400m relay team finished second while their distance medley relay team placed 7th...Arend Watkins, an All-American hurdler from San Jose, Calif., won the men's 55m hurdles in a time of 7.36 after clocking a personal-best time of 7.29 in the prelims...Cougar men who placed at the MPSF were: 55m - Anson Henry 2nd, Brian Laville 6th; 200m - Henry 5th, Guillermo Macias 8th; 400m - Macias 4th, Eric Dudley 7th; 3000m - Oscar Franco-Parra 8th; 5000m - Jon Murray 6th, Franco-Parra 7th; High Jump - Craig Allen 5th, Chris Rushing 7th; Pole Vault - Lex Katich tied at 7th; Long Jump - Demetrius Murray 2nd, Laville 3rd, Chad Schwendiman 8th; Triple Jump - Dem. Murray 2nd, Kyllan Tower 5th, Damien Johnson 6th; Weight Throw - Kevin Moore 4th, BJ Schade 5th...WSU's men's 4x400m relay squad was 5th while the distance medley relay was 4th.

OUTDOOR SCHEDULE UP NEXT: WSU's men's and women's track and field teams begin outdoor competition Saturday, March 20, at the Big Foot Open hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane...first home meet for the Cougars is April 3, when Oregon and Idaho come to Mooberry Track for dual meets.

MEDIA NOTE: COUGAR COACH RICK SLOAN WILL BE ON THE WSU CONFERENCE CALL, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, FROM 2 P.M. UNTIL 2:15 P.M. Please call the SID office for information on participating on the conference call.

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