NCAA Outdoor Championships Next For Cougars
June 6, 2003
TWELVE COUGARS TO COMPETE IN TEN EVENTS AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Washington State University will send eight women and three men to the Men's 82nd and Women's 22nd Annual NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 11-14, at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus...the four days of competition will showcase action from mid-morning until past 9 p.m. each night...team scoring for all events is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...results can be obtained at the Sac State NCAA Track website, www.hornetsports.com/ncaa/results.asp.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 30th season with the Cougar track program; ninth year as a head coach, eighth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Francesca Green and Jason Drake...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Michael Friedberg.
ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGARS:
Anna Blue - Senior, Distance, Olympia, Washington
Bennie Chatman - Senior, Sprints, Houston, Texas
Eric Dudley - RS Senior, Intermediate Hurdles, Bellingham, Washington
Monique Jessie - Junior, Intermediate Hurdles/Relay, Compton, California
Whitney Evans - RS Junior, High Jump/Heptathlon, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Tiffany Giles - RS Senior, 400m Dash/Relay, Seattle, Washington
Angelita Green - Junior, Relay, Long Beach, California
Tamara Gulley - Junior, Relay, San Jose, California
Diana Pickler - Freshman, Heptathlon, Sasche, Texas
Darion Powell - RS Freshman, Decathlon, Kirkland, Washington
Ellannee Richardson - RS Junior, Heptathlon/Hurdles, Gladstone, Oregon
Bree Skinner - Junior, Triple Jump, Pasco, Washington
DILLEY DISMISSED: Kurtiss Dilley (junior, Elverta, Calif.) was dismissed from the Washington State Track and Field team this week for violating team policies and will not be competing at the NCAA meet next week...Dilley was an indoor All-American after finishing fifth in the high jump at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships...he had qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a fifth-place finish in the high jump (2.13m/6-11 3/4) at the West Regional May 30 at Stanford...he finished fourth at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships by clearing the bar at 2.14m/7-0 1/4.
BUCHANAN'S INJURY PRECLUDES 100M DASH COMPETITION: Junior sprinter Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.), one of the pre-meet title contenders, will not be competing at the NCAA Championships next week due to recurring hamstring injury...Buchanan ran a lifetime-best 100m time of 10.10w to win the Pac-10 title and the explosive sprinter also anchored the winning 4x100m relay to a season-best time of 39.68, the fourth-fastest time run in school history...he pulled up in the 100m dash prelims at the West Regional Meet but his 10.10w time was second-fastest nationally and he would have been invited to the NCAAs if not for the injury.
NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...WSU is 15th in the latest women's rankings but the Cougar men are not ranked...in the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings (dual meet predictors and demonstrate team depth), the Cougar women are 10th and WSU men are 15th.