Cougar Track & Field Hosts Cougar Indoor Meet

Jan. 25, 2005

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COUGAR INDOOR MEET THIS WEEKEND: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams will meet competitors from the University of California, Berkeley, Utah State and University of Idaho this Friday and Saturday at the Cougar Indoor Meet...the WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside the six-lane 200m oval...the weekend starts Friday, Jan. 28 with the women's pentathlon (2:30 p.m.) and men's heptathlon (3:30 p.m.)...Friday night at 7 p.m. the men's long jump, men's and women's weight throw and distance medley relay races get underway...the combined events continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the rest of the meet commencing at 10 a.m...the final event of the day, the 1600m relays begin at 3:30 p.m...the meet program listing competitors for each event will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, by noon Thurs., Jan. 27...complete results will be posted on the following the meet's completion on the same site.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Two Cougars have been included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...2004 All-American Danny Wolf is ranked 11th in the 3000m and Diana Pickler is ranked 10th in the pentathlon.

LAST WEEK: Six meet records were broken at the Third Annual WSU Open Indoor meet and Cougars had a hand in all but two...Cougars setting meet records included Haley Paul (800m, 2:14.40), Collier Lawrence (mile, 5:12.48), Justin Ireland (800m, 1:53.21), and Andrew Jones (3000m, 8:32.04) the women's high jump, Idaho's Tassie Souhrada won but was joined by WSU's Diana Pickler at 1.73m/5-8...Elizabeth Metzinger (unatt) won the pole vault at a record 4.15m/13-7 1/4.

COUG VAULTERS SOAR AT RENO: Tamara Diles cleared the second-best women's collegiate height during the National Pole Vault Summit with her 4.15m/13-7 1/4 vault...only Arizona's Connie Jerez vaulted higher (height not available)...Paul Nicoletti cleared 5.05m/16-6 3/4 to finish among the middle of the collegiate men competitors.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 32nd season with the Cougar track program; 11th year as a head coach, 10th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Kris Grimes, Mark Macdonald, and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Michael Friedberg, Matt McGee and Andrea Thornton.

NEWCOMERS GET NOTICED: Clark Community College transfers Katie Miller and Ryan Thomas had attention-getting performances at the WSU Open...Miller, a combined events competitor, won the long jump with a PR of 5.48m/17-11 3/4 and finished second in the 60m hurdles (8.95 final, 8.79 prelim) and tied for third in the high jump at 1.65m/5-5...Thomas, a jumper moving to combined events this season, won the pole vault in his first attempt at that event with a height of 4.25m/13-11 1/4...freshmen winning in collegiate debuts included Kyle Eaton in the high jump (2.05m/6-8 3/4) and La Shawnda Porter in the 200m (25.56)...redshirt freshman thrower, formerly on the Cougar volleyball team, McKenzie Burgess won the shot put with a toss of 13.58m/44-6 3/4.

WHO YOU WON'T SEE THIS WEEKEND: Brandon Brownell, combined events specialist, is redshirting the 2005 indoor season due not being able to train in the fall because of a stress fracture in his shin...another multi athlete, Julie Pickler, will be skipping this meet because of her late training start due to a stress fracture in her foot...she is planning to compete in a pentathlon at the Husker Invite next weekend.

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