Cougars Send Ten to NCAA Track & Field Championships

May 24, 2001

COUGAR TRACK & FIELD DATES AND PLACES:
May 30-June 2 - NCAA Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Oregon

COUGARS SET FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Four men and six women from the Washington State University track and field team will compete in 12 different events at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships Wednesday through Saturday, May 30 - June 2, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus at Eugene...scoring for all events is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...Washington State and Texas are the only schools with an athlete in all hurdles races at the NCAA - men and women, highs and intermediates.

COUGARS COMPETING AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
# = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

NCAA	Name	                Event	        Mark/Time	National Standing (as of 5/23)#	Anthony Buchanan	M 100m	        10.25w	        (T18th)*	Arend Watkins	        M 110m Hurdles	13.47	        (2nd)#	Eric Dudley	        M 400m Hurdles	50.53	        (18th)#	Bryan Jones	        M Javelin	68.80m/225-9	(19th)*	Randi Smith	        W 400m Hurdles	57.50	        (15th)#	Agneta Rosenblad	W 100m Hurdles	13.35w	        (T18th)#	Whitney Evans	        W High Jump	1.84m/6-0 1/2	(T4th)#	Jeannette Martus	W Pole Vault	4.04m/13-3	(T15th)*	Agneta Rosenblad	W Long Jump	6.52m/21-4 3/4	(5th)#	Andrea Thornton	        W Discus	        52.46m/172-1	(12th)#	Andrea Thornton	        W Hammer	59.44m/195-0	(12th)#	Ellannee Richardson	Heptathlon	5,578 points	(9th)

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS WHO WILL NOT COMPETE AT EUGENE:

#	Anson Henry	        M 100m	        10.27w	        (T25th)#	Steve Dwyer	        Decathlon	7,169 points	(27th)#	Tamara Gulley	        W 100m Hurdles	13.55	        (45th)#	Megan Maynard	        W Steeplechase	10:25.97	(30th)#	Karla McGee	        W Pole Vault	3.85m/12-7 1/2	(T38th)#	Stephanie Robinett	W Pole Vault	3.81m/12-6	(T49th)#	Shannon Rance	        W Shot Put	15.01m/49-3	(T33rd)

Men's & Women's Schedule of Events 2001 Outdoor Track & Field Championships - Revised

Wednesday, May 30Field Events3:00	Discus (Women)	        Final	        Andrea Thornton5:30	Long Jump (Women)	Final	        Agneta Rosenblad6:00	Javelin (Men)	        Final	        Bryan JonesRunning Events5:25	400 Hurdles (Women)	Semifinals	Randi Smith5:40	400 Hurdles (Men)	Semifinals	Eric Dudley

Thursday, May 31Running Events4:30 100 Hurdles (Women) Trials Agneta Rosenbald4:50 110 Hurdles (Men) Trials Arend Watkins5:45 100 Meters (Men) Trials Anthony Buchanan

Friday, June 1Heptathlon Events Ellannee Richardson2:00 100 Hurdles3:00 High Jump6:15 Shot Put7:40 200 MetersField Events5:00 Pole Vault (Women) Final Jeannette MartusRunning Events5:20 400 Hurdles (Women) Final Randi Smith5:30 400 Hurdles (Men) Final Eric Dudley5:55 100 Meters (Men) Semifinals Anthony Buchanan6:25 100 Hurdles (Women) Semifinals Agneta Rosenblad6:40 110 Hurdles (Men) Semifinals Arend Watkins

Saturday, June 2Heptathlon Events Ellannee Richardson2:00 Long Jump3:15 Javelin5:00 800 MetersField Events3:00 Hammer (Women) Final Andrea Thornton4:30 High Jump (Women) Final Whitney EvansRunning Events5:10 100 Hurdles (Women) Final Agenta Rosenblad5:20 110 Hurdles (Men) Final Arend Watkins5:50 100 Meters (Men) Final Anthony Buchanan

ABOUT THE NCAA COUGARS:

Whitney Evans - RS Sophomore, High Jump/Heptathlon, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaChampion, 2001 PAC-10 High Jump (1.80m/5-10 3/4)Second place, 2001 PAC-10 Heptathlon (5,546 points)All-America High Jump, 4th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)All-America Heptathlon, 7th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)Held Canadian Junior Heptathlon Record at 5,579 points (3rd best in WSU history)All-America High Jump, 6th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Fayetteville)Sophomore, 1999 NCAA Indoors, finished 15thRedshirt seasons - outdoor 2000, indoor 2001 - patella tendonitisCollegiate best High Jump of 1.84m/6-0 1/2 is second on WSU all-time standingsLifetime best leap of 1.85m/6-0 3/4Comes into NCAA competition ranked tied for 4th in high jump list (did not declare for heptathlon)Because of the conflicting schedule this year, chose to only compete in high jumpVerizon/CoSIDA Dist. VIII Academic All-American for 2001

Jeannette Martus - Senior, Pole Vault, Livonia, MichiganThird, 2001 PAC-10 Pole Vault (4.04m/13-3)Holds school record in Pole Vault at 4.04m/13-3Transferred to WSU from Michigan State after her freshman yearWears a helmet in practice and competitonComes into NCAA competition ranked tied for 14th in pole vault

Ellannee Richardson - RS Sophomore, Heptathlon/Hurdles, Gladstone, OregonChampion, 2001 PAC-10 Heptathlon (5,578 points)Placed sixth in the 100m Hurdles, ran on both relays (both 3rd) at PAC-10sAll-America Heptathlon, 4th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)American Junior Record in Heptathlon with 5,678 points (2nd best in WSU history)Redshirt season - 2000 indoor and outdoor - recurring hip and back painHolds school indoor 400m record of 54.14i (2001)100m time of 11.72w is fifth in school standings (1999)200m time of 23.75w is fourth in school standings (1999)100m Hurdles time of 13.69 is second in school standings (1999)Long Jump of 5.95m/19-6 1/4w is eighth in school standings (1999)Javelin throw of 43.22m/141-9 is fourth in school standings (1999)Comes into NCAA competition ranked 9th on Heptathlon list

Agneta Rosenblad - Senior, Hurdles/Long Jump, Lidingo, SwedenChampion, 2001 PAC-10 Long Jump (6.52m/21-4 3/4 - school record)Second, 2001 PAC-10 100m Hurdles (13.71)Holds WSU record in 100m Hurdles at 13.48 legal (2001)Has clocked High Hurdles at 13.28w this yearFinished 12th at NCAA Indoor Long Jump (2001)Holds school records in 55m Hurdles (7.68i) and 60m Hurdles (8.26i) (both 2001)Accorded the WSU Athletics Senior Excellence in Academics Award (2001)Comes into NCAA competition ranked tied at 15th on 100m Hurdles list, and tied at 4th on Long Jump list

Randi Smith - Junior, Hurdles, Beverly Hills, CaliforniaFourth, 2001 PAC-10 400m Hurdles (57.77)Ran on both relays (both 3rd) at PAC-10sHolds school record in intermediate hurdles of 57.07 (Denton, 2000)Placed second at 2000 US Junior Nationals, advanced to World Juniors, ChileNCAA AQ time of 57.50 was at PAC-10 Meet prelimsComes into NCAA competition ranked 14th in 400m Hurdles

Andrea Thornton - Senior, Throws, Shelton, WashingtonThird, 2001 PAC-10 Discus (52.46m/172-1)Fourth, 2001 PAC-10 Hammer (59.20m/194-3)Holds school record in Hammer at 59.44m/195-0 (2001 - Stanford Qualifier 5/13)Discus mark of 52.46m/172-1 is fourth in school standingsShot Put mark of 14.98m/49-1 3/4i is second in school standings (2001)Finished 19th at 2000 NCAAs in hammerSelected the WSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council Female Athlete of the Year (2001)Comes into NCAA competition ranked 12th in both discus and hammer

Anthony Buchanan - Freshman, Sprints, Spokane, WashingtonSixth, 2001 PAC-10 100m dash (10.56)100m time of 10.25w is school freshman record, fourth-best in school records (2001)Holds school freshman record in 55m (6.30i) and 60m (6.76i) (2001)Comes into NCAA competition ranked tied at 18th in 100m dash list

Eric Dudley - Junior, Hurdles, Bellingham, WashingtonChampion, 2001 PAC-10 400m Intermediate Hurdles (50.53)Eighth, 2001 PAC-10 110m High Hurdles (14.54)400m Intermediate Hurdles time of 50.53 is fourth in school all-time records (2001)Member of WSU's 1600m relay teamTwo-time Verizon/CoSIDA Dist. VIII Academic All-AmericanComes into NCAA competition ranked 17th in 400m hurdles

Bryan Jones - Senior, Javelin, Nooksack, WashingtonThird, 2001 PAC-10 Javelin (68.80m/225-9)2001 Team captainTop Javelin throw of 68.80m/225-9 is seventh in school standingsComing off shoulder injury, did not compete all of April, threw 64.78m/212-6 May 5Comes into NCAA competition ranked 19th in Javelin

Arend Watkins - Senior, Hurdles, San Jose, CaliforniaChampion, 2001 PAC-10 110m High Hurdles (13.62)Champion, 1999 PAC-10 110m High HurdlesTop 2001 time of 13.47 at Cal Quad Meet (3/17/01, Berkeley)His 13.47 is third-best in school all-time standingsHas qualified to compete at every NCAA Championship1998 - Freshman, All-America High Hurdles, sixth at NCAA Indoors (Indianapolis)1998 - NCAA Outdoors, did not advance from semifinals1999 - Sophomore, All-America High Hurdles, eighth at NCAA Indoors (Indianapolis)1999 - NCAA Outdoors, contracted food poisoning and did not advance from semifinals2000 - Junior, NCAA Indoors, did not finish prelim heat2000 - NCAA Outdoors, pulled a hamstring and did not compete at PAC-10s or NCAA2001 - Senior, NCAA Indoors, eve of prelims in emergency room with sore throat, did not advance to finalComes into NCAA competition ranked 2nd in 110m hurdles list

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 final USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is fifth and the Cougar men's team is 11th (dated 5/23)...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 May 15 (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships), WSU's women's team is tied at 19th with Stanford while the men were not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.

COUGARS AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The WSU women finished fourth while the men were seventh in the team standings...Cougs grabbing championships were Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon), Agneta Rosenblad (long jump), Whitney Evans (high Jump), Arend Watkins (110m high hurdles) and Eric Dudley (400m intermediate hurdles)...Rosenblad set a school record in the long jump at 21-4 3/4 as did Jeannette Martus in the pole vault at 13-3.

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)Long Jump	Women	        Agneta Rosenblad	6.52m / 21-4 3/4Shot Put	Freshman Women	Shannon Rance	        15.01m / 49-3Hammer	        Women	        Andrea Thornton	        59.44m / 195-01600m Relay	Women	Reed, Reed, Smith, Richardson	3:37.42
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