Cougar Track Hosts Palouse Team Invitational Meet

May 1, 2001

COUGAR TRACK & FIELD DATES AND PLACES:
MAY 5 - PALOUSE TEAM INVITATIONAL (Long Beach State, Boise State), PULLMAN
May 6 - Vandal Jamboree, Moscow, Idaho
May 12 - Modesto Relays, Modesto, Calif.
May 12-13 - Pacific 10 Conference Heptathlon/Decathlon Championships, Berkeley, Calif.

COUGAR TRACK WRAPS UP MOOBERRY MEETS WITH DOUBLE DUAL: The Palouse Team Invitational Meet features Long Beach State and Boise State in double-dual competition with host Washington State...Long Beach State and Boise State are both members of the Big West Conference...this will be the final dual competition for the Cougars in the 2001 season, and the final track meet at home...team scoring will be 5-3-1 for individual events, and 5-0 for relays...field events begin at 10 a.m. with the men's pole vault, long jump and javelin...running events are set to begin at 1:15 p.m...a limited number of Cougars will also compete Sunday at the Vandal Jamboree at Moscow, Idaho.

COUGAR INVITATIONAL COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: Seventeen meet records were rewritten at the collegiate portion of the Second Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet, and the WSU women were responsible for eight while the Cougar men accounted for four more. Leading the way was thrower Andrea Thornton, winning both the hammer (57.72m/189-4) and the discus (52.12m/171-0). Becky Potter, won the shot put with a bettered meet mark of 14.61m/47-11 1/4, but did not compete in the discus after feeling a pop in her calf muscle and ended the meet on crutches. The women's pole vault produced a meet and school record for WSU senior Jeannette Martus with her winning clearance at 3.97m/13-0 1/4. Karla McGee finished second with a freshman school and Canadian Junior record of 3.85m/12-7 1/2. Also surpassing the previous meet record by Martus of 11-3 3/4, were Stephanie Robinett at 3.70m/12-1 1/2, and Seattle Pacific's Ally Studer at 3.55m/11-7 3/4. Other meet record and winning times included Erin Reed in the 200m dash (23.91), Anna Blue in the 1500m (4:36.93), Randi Smith in the 400m hurdles (59.96), and the 4x100m relay team of Agneta Rosenblad, Reed, Bree Skinner, and Ellannee Richardson (45.38). Idaho's Angela Whyte won the 100m dash with a meet record time of 11.66 seconds. Rosenblad started her day with a rain-splattered long jump win and then went on to lead a WSU one-through-four finish in the 100m hurdles under the blazing sun. WSU's other women with winning efforts included Hilary Smith and Angelita Green going one-two in the 800m, Ryan Gilmore in the 5,000m, Briana Willis in the high jump, and Blessing Ufodiama in the triple jump. The Cougars also won the 4x400m relay. Breaking meet records on the men's side were WSU's Anthony Buchanan with a 21.45 in the 200m dash, Arend Watkin's 13.80 in the 110m hurdles, and Eric Dudley's 51.79 time in the 400m hurdles. Matt Alverson won the high jump with a leap of 2.10m/6-10 3/4, also a meet best mark. Idaho's Joachim Olsen won the shot put with an NCAA AQ and meet record mark of 19.50m/63-11 3/4, just below his best of 20.20m/66-3 1/4, which is second nationally. Fellow Vandal Simon Stewart improved his NCAA PQ with his second-place throw of 18.18m/59-7 3/4. Olsen also won the discus with an NCAA PQ of 56.28m/184-8. Ryan Jensen, Idaho, won the 1500m in a meet record time of 3:57.93 as did the Vandals' 4x100m relay team (40.75). Cougar Ryan Wieseler won the 800m run (1:53.76), and Oscar Franco-Parra won the 5000m, taking 21 seconds off his season best and five seconds off his lifetime best showing the benefit of having former Cougar and 2000 Olympian, Bernard Lagat, be your rabbit. Rick Collins won the pole vault with a height of 4.94m/16-2 1/2, having to come back to the field after a 20-minute rain and lightning delay.

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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is third and the Cougar men's team is seventh (dated 5/1)...UCLA and North Carolina are the only teams ahead of the Cougar women...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 Trackwire Top 25 rankings as of April 24 (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships), WSU's women's team was tied at 25th while the men were not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.

SCHOOL RECORDS REWRITTEN DURING 2001 OUTDOOR SEASON:

Event	        Record	        Athlete	                New Mark100m Hurdles	Women	        Agneta Rosenblad	13.48Steeplechase	Women	        Megan Maynard	        10:51.23	        Freshman Women	Beth Welander	        11:46.75Pole Vault	Women	        Jeannette Martus	3.97m / 13-0 1/4	        Freshmen Women	Karla McGee	        3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (also Canadian Junior Record)Shot Put	Freshman Women	Shannon Rance	        15.01m / 49-3

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 5/1)*	Arend Watkins	        M 110m Hurdles	13.47	        (2nd)#	Megan Maynard	        W Steeplechase	10:51.23	(49th)#	Agneta Rosenblad	W 100m Hurdles	13.35w	        (18th)#	Randi Smith	        W 400m Hurdles	59.02	        (28th)#	Whitney Evans	        W High Jump	1.84m/6-0 1/2	(3rd)#	Jeannette Martus	W Pole Vault	3.97m/13-0 1/4	(17th)#	Karla McGee	        W Pole Vault	3.85m/12-7 1/2	(T31st)#	Stephanie Robinett	W Pole Vault	3.81m/12-6	(T37th)#	Shannon Rance	        Shot Put	15.01m/49-3	(21st)#	Andrea Thornton	        Discus	        52.12m/171-0	(10th)#	Andrea Thornton	        W Hammer	58.64m / 192-5	(13th)#	Whitney Evans	        Heptathlon	5,468 points	(7th)#	Ellannee Richardson	Heptathlon	5,377 points	(13th)

SCHEDULED WSU ENTRANTS FOR PALOUSE TEAM INVITATIONAL, MAY 1:

WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:	                        WASHINGTON STATE MEN:Gulley, Skinner	                        100m	        Brink, Buchanan, Haines, HenryReed, Skinner	                        200m	        Brink, Buchanan, Haines, HenryGiles, Reed	                        400m	        Ishmael, Kamau, WinslowGreen, H. Smith, Sodorff, Welander	800m	        Barker, Hazelquist, Welsh, WieselerBlue, Gagner, Gilmore, H. Smith	        1500m	        Childers, Franco-Parra, I. Johnson, S. Johnson,		                                        Neeway, ThriftMaynard, Welander	            Steeplechase	Barker, S. Johnson, WelshCabrera, Filipy, Gilmore		5000m	        Franco-Parra, Thrift, WicklanderEvans, Gulley, Odonkor, RichardsonRosenblad, R. Smith	            100/110m Hurdles	Dudley, Dwyer, Randolph, WatkinsAbersfeller, Odonkor, R. Smith	        400m Hurdles	Dudley, DwyerRosenblad, Reed, Skinner, Richardson	400m Relay	Watkins, Henry, Brink, BuchananReed, Skinner, Giles, R. Smith	        1600m Relay	TBA (2 teams)Evans, Willis	                        High Jump	Alverson, GordonMartus, McGee, Robinett	                Pole Vault	Collins, Preuss, TurnerRosenblad, Ufodiama	                Long Jump	Graham, RizzardiEldridge, Ufodiama	                Triple Jump	Graham, Nikbakhsh-Tali, RizzardiPotter, Rance, Thornton	                Shot Put	Gehring, Lightbody, StrakaPotter, Rance, Thornton	                Discus	        Dwyer, Graves, Lightbody, PechtLektorich	                        Javelin	        Borland, Dwyer, JonesPotter, Thornton	                Hammer	        Gehring
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