WSU Track & Field Sends Limited Squad to Stanford Invitational

March 27, 2001

COUGAR TRACK & FIELD DATES AND PLACES:
March 31 - April 1 at Stanford Invitational
APRIL 7, WSU VERSUS WASHINGTON DUAL MEET AT PULLMAN

DISTANCE SPECIALISTS, SELECTED OTHERS OFF TO STANFORD: While many members of the Cougar track and field teams will take the weekend off, the distance runners and selected participants in other areas will compete at the two-day Stanford Invitational...over 1,000 athletes from area high schools as well as collegiate, open, and elite track club teams will compete at Cobb Track and Angell Field...the collegiate/invitational events start Saturday at noon for field and 2:05 p.m. for running events...Sunday's competition is slated for a 9 a.m. start.

ASU BALDY CASTILLO INVITE HIGHLIGHTS: WSU's Benson Jones won both the long jump and triple jump at the Baldy Castillo Invitational Track Meet at Sun Devil Stadium. Other Cougars joining Jones in the winner's circle were Andrea Thornton with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the hammer, Jon Welsh in the steeplechase, and Arend Watkins with another NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark. Agneta Rosenblad broke her own school record in the 100m high hurdles, running a wind-aided 13.41 after clocking in at 13.51 last week. Jones leaped 7.40m/24-3 1/2 in the long jump and 15.26m/50-0 3/4 in the triple jump. Thornton heaved the hammer 58.64m/192-5, just off her school record of 192-9. Watkins clocked in at 13.67 seconds for the 100m high hurdles win, after running a 13.47 last week. In the multi events competition, Whitney Evans finished second with a total of 5,468 points and Ellannee Richardson was third in the nine-competitor field with 5,377 points. Both were NCAA PQ marks. Kansas State's Skujyte Austra won the heptathlon with an NCAA AQ total of 5,596 points in the seven events. Steve Dwyer scored a lifetime-best first day total of 3,500 points but did not clear a height in the pole vault and finished fifth out of the eight competitors with 6,186 points. Oregon's Jason Slye won the decathlon with 6,677 points.

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 USTCA 2001 Men's West Region Coach of the Year and grabbed the MPSF 2001 Men's Coach of the Year...he has also earned the 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.

RETURNING NCAA OUTDOOR PARTICIPANTS: The Cougars' rosters show six women and one man competing this year with NCAA Outdoor Championship experience...the lone male is All-American hurdler Arend Watkins...on the women's side, All-Americans Cicely Clinkenbeard (triple jump), Whitney Evans (high jump and heptathlon), and Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon) lead the way...Agneta Rosenblad (long jump). Randi Smith (intermediate hurdles), and Andrea Thornton (hammer) also have NCAA competitive experience.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships are set for May 30- June 2, at Eugene, Oregon. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

NCAA	Name	                Event	        Mark/Time        National Standing(as of 3/27)*	Arend Watkins	        M 110m Hurdles	13.47	        (1st)#	Megan Maynard	        W Steeplechase	11:02.39	(8th)#	Agneta Rosenblad	W 100m Hurdles	13.41w	        (3rd)#	Randi Smith	        W 400m Hurdles	59.02	        (2nd)#	Andrea Thornton	        W Hammer	58.64m / 192-5	(5th)#	Whitney Evans	        Heptathlon	5,468 points	(2nd)#	Ellannee Richardson	Heptathlon	5,377 points	(4th)

SCHEDULED WSU ENTRANTS FOR STANFORD INVITATIONAL MEET:
WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:

100m	        No entry200m	        Gulley, R. Smith400m	        No entry800m	        Green1500m	        Blue, G. Johnson, H. SmithSteeplechase	Maynard5000m	        Blue, G. Johnson10,000m	        Cabrera, Filipy, Gilmore100m HH	        Gulley, R. Smith400m H	        R. Smith400m Relay	No entry1600m Relay	No entryHigh Jump	No entryPole Vault	MartusLong Jump	No entryTriple Jump	ClinkenbeardShot Put	ThorntonDiscus	        No entryJavelin	        No entryHammer	        Thornton

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:100m No entry200m No entry400m No entry800m Hazelquist1500m I. Johnson, Thrift, WieselerSteeplechase Barker, I. Johnson, S. Johnson5000m Thrift10,000m Franco-Parra110m HH Watkins400m IH No entry400m Relay No entry1600m Relay No entryHigh Jump No entryPole Vault No entryLong Jump No entryTriple Jump No entryShot Put No entryDiscus No entryJavelin No entryHammer No entry

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