WSU Track & Field to Compete at MPSF Indoor Championships

Feb. 20, 2001

FLAGSTAFF NEXT STOP FOR THE COUGARS: The Washington State University indoor track and field teams compete this weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet...originally scheduled for Long Beach, Calif. (moved when the Southern California meet promoters failed to secure funding) this year's championships will be staged at the Walkup Skydome on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Cougars will not only be competing against athletes from 10-11 other schools, but with the altitude factor as Flagstaff sits at 6,905 feet above sea level...the WSU women are the two-time defending champions...Friday night's events begin at 5:30 p.m. (MST) with the 3,000m races and end with the 200m dash prelims at 9 p.m...Saturday's events start at 10:15 a.m. with the 5,000m races and the final event, the distance medley relay races, are set to begin at 2:05 p.m...the University of Arizona will act as the host school for the MPSF Championships...to see the qualifying standards, the MPSF best marks, and the complete meet schedule, go to www.mpsports.org.

INDOOR TEAM 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 indoor track season joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the MPSF Indoor Championships in 1999 and 2000 while the WSU men's team finished fourth in 2000...Cougar Coach Rick Sloan was named West Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year by the US Track Coaches Association.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE:.* = Automatic mark, # = Provisional mark, + = Converted marks from 55m, (National Standing)Women:	400m	        Ellannee Richardson	# 54.14	(8th)	60m Hurdles	Agneta Rosenblad	# 8.21+	(6th)		        Tamara Gulley	# 8.35+	(18th)	High Jump	Briana Willis	# 1.77m/5-9 3/4	(T23rd)	Long Jump	Agneta Rosenblad	# 6.14m/20-1 3/4	(23rd)	Weight Throw	Andrea Thornton	# 18.34m / 60-2	(19th)Men:	60m Dash	Anson Henry	# 6.71+	(13th)	60m Hurdles	Arend Watkins	* 7.65+	(2nd)	Long Jump	Benson Jones	# 7.62m/25-0	(20th)	Triple Jump	Benson Jones	# 16.12m/52-10 3/4	(7th)	Shot Put	Sam Lightbody	# 17.78m/53-4	(28th)

NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is ranked 9th while the men's team is 10th...the Team Power Rankings are configured with a point system based on the quality of athletic performance, the team depth, and the dual meet scoring potential...to see the rankings, visit www.team-power.org...in the Feb. 20 Trackwire Top 25 rankings (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Indoor Championships), the WSU men are tied for 24th while the women's team is not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 28th season with the Cougar track program (seventh year as a head coach, sixth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Francesca Sewell...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Dan O'Brien and Bernard Lagat.

NOTEABLE: Freshman speedster Tamara Gulley (San Jose, Calif.) will not be competing at this weekend's MPSF...Gulley is not able to put full pressure on her heel when in running shoes and is working on rehabilitation.

MARKS ARE FLYING IN THE WSU RECORD BOOKS:Erin Reed	                W 200m Dash	24.33	        Freshman record	                        W 400m Dash	55.13	        Freshman recordEllannee Richardson	        W 400m Dash	54.37	        School recordTamara Gulley	                W 55m Hurdles	7.82	        Freshman recordAgneta Rosenblad	        W 55m Hurdles	7.68	        School recordBree Skinner, Blessing Ufodiama,   Angelita Green, Erin Reed	W 1600m Relay	3:52.86	        Freshman recordHillary Smith, Randi Smith,   Angelita Green, Ryan Gilmore	W Dist. Med. Relay 12:09.73	School recordKarla McGee	                W Pole Vault	3.65m/11-11 3/4	Freshman recordBlessing Ufodiama	        W Triple Jump	12.40m/40-8 1/4	Freshman recordShannon Rance	                W Shot Put	14.25m/46-9	Freshman recordAnthony Buchanan	        M 55m Dash	6.30	        Freshman record	                        M 60m Dash	6.76	        Freshman recordAnson Henry	                M 60m Dash	6.69	        School recordDan Brink, Brian Graham,J.K. Haines, Qieed Ishmael	M 1600m Relay	3:19.27	        Freshman record

TENTATIVE WSU ENTRANTS FOR MPSF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, FLAGSTAFF, AZ:WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:

60m	        Reed, Skinner200m	        Reed, Richardson, Skinner, R. Smith400m	        Reed, Richardson, R. Smith800m	        Green, H. SmithMile	        Blue3000m	        Cabrera, Gilmore5000m	        Cabrera, Filipy60m HH	        Odonker, Richardson, Rosenblad, R. Smith4x400m Rel.	TBADist. Med. Rel.	TBAHigh Jump	WillisPole Vault	Martus, McGeeLong Jump	RosenbladTriple Jump	Clinkenbeard, Eldridge, UfodiamaShot Put	Rance, Thornton20# Weight	Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:

60m	        Brink, Buchanan, Haines, Henry200m	        Brink, Buchanan, Haines, Henry400m	        Dudley, Ishmael, Kamau800m	        Wieseler, HazelquistMile	        I. Johnson3000m	        Barker, Thrift, Welsh5000m	        Barker, Franco-Parra60m HH	        Dudley, Dwyer, Watkins4x400m Relay	TBADis. Med. Rel.	TBAHigh Jump	Alverson, Dwyer, GordonPole Vault	Collins, PreussLong Jump	Graham, JonesTriple Jump	Graham, Jones, RizzardiShot Put	Gehring, Lightbody, Straka35# Weight	Gehring

WSU Indoor Track & Field Remaining Schedule:Saturday, March 2-, McDonald's Last Chance, MoscowFriday-Saturday, March 9-10, NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.

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