MPSF Championships Next For Cougar Track & Field

Feb. 22, 2005

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COUGARS TRAVEL TO MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University track and field teams travel to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus...a complete MPSF Championship Meet schedule can be found at the University of Washington ( web site,...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available each day.

MPSF INDOOR TEAM HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for indoor track season joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West the 2004 MPSF Indoor Championships, the Cougar women finished fourth while the WSU men were seventh...Stanford's women and UCLA men won the 2004 team titles.

TEAMS COMPETING AT 2005 MPSF: Men's and women's teams joining WSU's 27 men and 24 women are: Arizona, California, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, and host Washington...women's teams only are Cal Poly and UC Irvine.

WSU'S RETURNING MPSF SCORERS: Cougars who produced points at the 2004 MPSF Championships and are returning this year include: Nicole Hatcher (1st, 200m), Nicole McClendon (6th, 200m), Brandi Probasco-Canda (4th, 400m), Kameko Wilson (7th, 400m), Diana Pickler (5th, 60m Hurdles and 2nd, Pentathlon) Robin Mikesh (6th, High Jump), Tamara Diles (4th. Pole Vault), Paul Nicoletti (6th, Pole Vault), Martin Boston (6th, Long Jump), and Jamil Smith (7th, Triple Jump).

MPSF BEST MARKS: Going into the championships, James McSwain is the 60m dash leader with a time of 6.72 seconds and Darion Powell is the heptathlon leader (5,631 points)...Jamil Smith's 15.65m/51-4 1/4 triple jump is second by only 3 1/2 inches...Tyson Byers' 5.31m/17-5 pole vault is ranked third...Diana Pickler leads the pentathlon (3,928 points) and is second in the high jump (1.73m/5-8) to Robin Mikesh (1.78m/5-10)...Tamara Diles' pole vault mark of 4.10m/13-5 1/4 is ranked fourth.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Four 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...Darion Powell is ranked fourth in the heptathlon, Jamil Smith is 10th in the triple jump, Diana Pickler is ranked seventh in the pentathlon, and Tamara Diles is 10th in the pole vault.

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.

TALKING TYSON: WSU redshirt sophomore Tyson Byers (Spokane Valley) vaulted right into Cougar history Feb. 12 when cleared 17-5 (5.31m) in the pole vault...this mark is third-best in WSU history and the best vault by a Washington native at WSU since 1976 - 29 years...Byers cleared 17-1 while at University High in Spokane Valley, second-best prep mark nationally in 2002.

WSU HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEKEND'S COMPETITION: McKenzie Burgess, redshirt freshman from Benton City, Wash., won the shot put titles at both the Vandal Indoor and the McDonald's Open meets...Burgess, formerly on the Cougar volleyball team, threw a shot PR Friday of 13.62m/44-8 1/4 and a discus PR the same night of 44.13m/144-9...John Cassleman won the Vandal Invite 400m dash while Brandi Probasco-Canda improved her season-best time with second place in the women's 400m (56.74) the McDonald's Open, Cougar winners included Kameko Wilson (400m), Jaycee Robertson (60m), and Jared Bjerkestrand (60m hurdles).


WSU Women
60m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter
200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - no entry
Mile - Haley Paul
3000m - Karen DeMartini, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Kayle Peterson, Kelly Ramirez
5000m - Julia Corbett, Kayle Peterson, Kelly Ramirez
60m Hurdles - no entry
4x400m Relay - Galaviz, D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Probasco-Canda
Distance Medley Relay - Molly Bull (1200m), Selena Galaviz (400m), Anna Friedges (800m), Karen DeMartini (1600m)
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles
Long Jump - no entry
Triple Jump - Kaylee Gardner
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Weight Throw - Jessica Zita
Pentathlon - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler

60m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson, Jaycee Robertson
200m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson, Jaycee Robertson
400m - John Cassleman, Eric Nygard
800m - Jon Manthey
Mile - Justin Ireland
3000m - Chris Concha, Ryan Freimuth, Alex Grant, Andrew Jones, Chris Williams
5000m - Woody Favinger, Ryan Freimuth, Alex Grant, Andrew Jones
60m Hurdles - Jared Bjerkestrand, Bob Frey
4x400m Relay - TBA
Distance Medley Relay - Phil Hinrichs (1200m), Robert Lee (400m), Justin Chambers (800m), Chris Concha (1600m)
High Jump - Kyle Eaton
Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Mason Kien, Jamil Smith
Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Ben Hampton, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - no entry
Weight Throw - no entry
Heptathlon - Darion Powell, Ryan Thomas

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