Cougar Track & Field Sends Five To NCAA Championships
March 8, 2005
NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Five members of the Washington State University track and field teams will be competing at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville...WSU's men competing are Tyson Byers in the pole vault, and Darion Powell in the heptathlon...three women will represent the Cougars as Tamara Diles will pole vault, and Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler will compete in the pentathlon...results will be posted at, www.flashresults.com.
MISSED BY AN INCH: Senior pole vaulter Paul Nicoletti (Snohomish) was one of two men at 5.32m/17-5 1/2, 18th best on the national list...the NCAA invited 17 men's pole vaulters to compete with the cutoff at 5.35m/17-6 1/2.
LAST YEAR AT NCAA MEET: Three Cougar men earned All-American status - Matt Mason, sixth in the long jump, Danny Wolf, 10th in the 3000m and Tim Gehring finished 13th in the shot put...Diana Pickler finished 12th in the pentathlon with 3,786 points...WSU's men scored three points (T50th).
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.
2005 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE FOR COUGARS:
(Converted to Pacific Standard Times)
Friday, March 11
7:00 a.m. Men's Heptathlon (60m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump) - Darion Powell
3:35 p.m. Men's Pole Vault - Tyson Byers
Saturday, March 12
9:00 a.m. Men's Heptathlon (60m hurdles, pole vault, 1000m run) - Darion Powell
9:30 a.m. Women's Pentathlon - Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
3:30 p.m. Women's Pole Vault - Tamara Diles
NATIONAL POLLS: The Washington State women's team is ranked 23rd (10 points) in the Trackwire 25 for Women (3/8/05)...Tennessee and Stanford are first and second with 45 and 44 points respectively...WSU's men are not ranked...Arkansas' men is first with 55 points...available online since the 1997 season, 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...this projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...in the Men's Dandy Dozen for March 8, Tyson Byers is ranked seventh in the pole vault and Darion Powell is eighth in the heptathlon...in the current Women's Dandy Dozen, Tamara Diles is ranked fifth in the pole vault while in the pentathlon, Diana Pickler is third and Julie Pickler is not ranked...in the Team Power Rankings (3/8/04), a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential, the WSU men are 21st and the Cougar women are 21st.
COUGARS WITH NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS:
* = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: High Jump Robin Mikesh # 1.78m / 5-10 (T26th)
Pole Vault Tamara Diles # 4.17m / 13-8 1/4 (T8th)
Pentathlon Diana Pickler * 4086 points (4th)
Julie Pickler # 3999 points (13th)
Katie Miller # 3804 points (31st)
Men: 60m Dash James McSwain # 6.72 (T23rd)
Pole Vault Tyson Byers # 5.37m / 17-7 1/4 (T10th)
Paul Nicoletti # 5.32m/ 17-5 1/2 (T18th)
Triple Jump Jamil Smith # 15.65m / 51-4 1/4 (T24th)
Heptathlon Darion Powell # 5631 points (5th)
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Tyson Byers, RS-Sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash. (T10th out of 17 pole vault competitors)
Tamara Diles - All-American - RS-Junior, Bellevue, Wash. (T8th out of 17 pole vault competitors)
Diana Pickler, RS-Sophomore, Sachse, Texas (4th out of 17 pentathlon competitors)
Julie Pickler, RS-Sophomore, Sachse, Texas (13th out of 17 pentathlon competitors)
Darion Powell - All-American - Junior, Kirkland, Wash. (5th out of 15 heptathlon competitors)