Last Chance Meet Up Next For Cougar Track & Field

March 1, 2005

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LAST CHANCE MEET THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State University track and field teams will have a limited number of participants at the Idaho Last Chance Meet this weekend at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow...Cougars specifically striving to better their marks for NCAA Indoor Championships consideration include Robin Mikesh (women's high jump), James McSwain (men's 60m dash), Paul Nicoletti (pole vault) and Jamil Smith (men's triple jump)...other Cougars will be competing as part of their training for the outdoor season which begins March 18-19 at Tucson (Willie Williams Invites)...Idaho Last Chance results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available each day.

MPSF WOMEN'S WRAP-UP: WSU's Diana Pickler won both the pentathlon (improved NCAA PQ) and high jump at the 2005 MPSF Championships...she joined two Stanford women...Pickler scored 20 of WSU women's 58.5 points (6th place)...Stanford's women repeated as MPSF champions (180.5)...others scoring points for the Cougar women were: La Shawnda Porter (7th 200m), Brandi Probasco-Canda (6th 400m), Haley Paul (8th mile), 1600m relay (7th), DMR (6th), Julie Pickler (2nd pentathlon - improved NCAA PQ, T3rd high jump), Katie Miller (5th pentathlon, 7th high jump), Tamara Diles (2nd pole vault).

MPSF MEN'S WRAP-UP: WSU men's team placed seventh (49) while the UCLA men repeated as MPSF champs (117.5)...scoring for WSU men were: James McSwain (2nd 60m, 3rd 200m), 1600m relay (7th), DMR (5th), Tyson Byers (2nd pole vault, improved NCAA PQ), Paul Nicoletti (3rd pole vault, NCAA PQ), Jamil Smith (6th triple jump), Darion Powell (2nd heptathlon), Ryan Thomas (5th heptathlon).

COUGS VAULTING HIGH AT MPSF: WSU redshirt sophomore Tyson Byers (Spokane Valley) bettered his PR with his second-place clearance at 17-7 1/4 (5.37m)...skying nearly seven inches above his PR was Paul Nicoletti (senior, Snohomish) with a third-place leap at 17-5 1/2 (5.32m)...Byers' mark is third in Cougar all-time history while Nicoletti moves into the fourth spot on the WSU best list...not to be out-shown by the guys, Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue) bettered her season-best clearance to 13-8 1/4 (4.17m) for second place at the conference indoor meet.

PLETHORA OF BEST MARKS: At the MPSF Championships last weekend, the WSU women improved 19 lifetime best marks and eight season-best marks...Cougar men bettered 14 lifetime PRs and eight season-best marks.

* = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)

Women: High Jump Robin Mikesh # 1.78m / 5-10 (T22nd)
Pole Vault Tamara Diles # 4.17m / 13-8 1/4 (T8th)
Pentathlon Diana Pickler # 4086 points (4th)
Julie Pickler # 3999 points (10th)
Katie Miller # 3804 points (25th)
Men: 60m Dash James McSwain # 6.72 (T21st)
Pole Vault Tyson Byers # 5.37m / 17-7 1/4 (T7th)
Paul Nicoletti # 5.32m/ 17-5 1/2 (T13th)
Triple Jump Jamil Smith # 15.65m / 51-4 1/4 (T22nd)
Heptathlon Darion Powell # 5631 points (5th)

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Cougars included in this week's 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 eighth in the heptathlon, Tyson Byers is eighth in the pole vault, Diana Pickler is ranked third and Julie Pickler is 12th in the pentathlon, and Tamara Diles is fifth in the pole vault.

Haley Paul SETS FRESHMAN SCHOOL RECORD: Freshman Haley Paul (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished eighth in the women's mile at the MPSF Championships with a PR and WSU indoor freshman school record time of 4:52.95...she broke Jennifer Robertson's 1989 time of 4:56.6...Paul's time is also the fourth-best all-time for Cougar women behind Kari Jonassen (4:50.70i, 1985), Jennifer Robertson Bravard (4:51.10, 1993), and Luiza DoNascimento (4:52.93, 1991)...she is the eighth women in WSU history to run the mile under 5-minutes.

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.

WSU Women
60m - Brandi Probasco-Canda
200m - Teresa Brooks, Brandi Probasco-Canda
400m - Anna Friedges, Nicole McClendon, Kameko Wilson
800m - Selena Galaviz, Hailey Young
Mile - Kelly Ramirez, Molly Carmody (unattached)
3000m - Grace Coulter, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Kayle Peterson, Natalie Smith (unat)
4x400m Relay - Wilson, Brooks, Friedges, McClendon
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh
Pole Vault - Shelley Bunday
Long Jump - Kaylee Gardner
Triple Jump - Teresa Brooks, Kaylee Gardner, Sarah Burns (unat)
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess, Nicole Hatcher, Jessica Zita

60m - James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson, Eric Nygard
200m - Jon Manthey, Jarrell Nelson, Eric Nygard
400m - Tyler Fischback
800m - Justin Chambers, Phil Hinrichs, Justin Ireland
Mile - Jon Manthey
3000m - Woody Favinger, Ryan Freimuth, Alex Grant, Mike Heidt, Andrew Jones, Leif Kohler
60m Hurdles - Jared Bjerkestrand, Tyler Fischback, Bob Frey
4x400m Relay - Chambers, Hinrichs, Ireland, Manthey
High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Mason Kien
Triple Jump - Ben Hampton, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - Mike Schramm, Drew Ulrick

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