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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