Cougars Send Ten to NCAA Track & Field Championships
May 24, 2001
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
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