Track & Field Travels to Meets at Austin and Cheney

April 4, 2006

COUGAR TRACK & FIELD ON THE ROAD NEAR AND FAR: Track & Field student-athletes from Washington State University will compete this week at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, April 5-8, and at the 35th Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, April 6-7...Texas Relays combined events competition are the first two days of a very large four-day meet featuring teams from around the country...for a complete meet schedule, go to www.texassports.com ...Pelluer Invite schedule for Cougar athletes begins Friday, April 7, with men's hammer at noon and running events set to begin at 4 p.m. at Woodward Stadium...for a complete schedule go to www.ewu.edu/x37910.xml ...results from both meets will be posted at the WSU website, www.wsucougars.com at the conclusion of each day's events.

TEXAS RELAYS COMBINED EVENTS: The 18-women heptathlon field includes WSU's Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler, and Katie Miller...Picklers are Texas natives and finished first (Diana - 5492 pts.) and second (Julie - 5414 pts.) with Miller 11th (4894 pts.) in the heptathlon at the 2005 Texas Relays.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 33rd season with the Cougar track program; 12th year as a head coach, 11th 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), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coach Andrea Thornton returns for her third year with the program...coaches Farwell, Macdonald, Richardson, McGee and Thornton all competed for WSU.

COUGAR INVITE ON THE HORIZON: The Seventh Annual Cougar Invitational Track Meet is April 22, with online entries being accepted now on www.DirectAthletics.com ...for more info go to www.wsucougars.com.

WSU'S NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE (Regional/National Standings):

WSU Women:1500m - Haley Paul	4:26.07 (9th / 15th)5000m - Haley Paul	16:20.86 (4th / 10th)100m Hurdles - Diana Pickler	13.86 (6th / t34th)3000m Steeplechase - Meghan Leonard	10:41.04 (6th / 20th)Pole Vault - Tamara Diles	4.01m / 13-1 3/4 (t3rd / t5th)Pole Vault - Tiffany Maskulinski	4.01m / 13-1 3/4 (t 3rd / t5th)Hammer - McKenzie Garberg	54.48m / 178-9 (13th / 40th)Javelin - Jenna Dean	48.98m/ 160-8 (5th / 18th)

WSU Men:200m Dash - James McSwain 21.19 (3rd / t23rd)400m Hurdles - John Cassleman 51.83 (2nd / 13th)4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, J. Woods, Robertson 39.67 (1st / 3rd)Discus - Matt Lamb 55.52m/ 182-2 (9th / 18th)Discus - Drew Ulrick 54.93m/ 180-4 (11th / 25th)Hammer - Phil MacArthur 56.78m / 186-3 (12th / 45th)Javelin - Jon Jeffreys 68.95m/ 226-2 (4th / 6th)

COUGS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: The WSU women ranked tied for 22nd in the first outdoor Trackwire Top 25 Women's Team rankings...the Cougar men are unranked...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Florida State men...USC (t2nd) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Arizona's men (5th)...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...four Cougs are included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event: Julie Pickler (4th heptathlon), Diana Pickler (6th heptathlon), and Tamara Diles (7th pole vault).

LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR TEXAS RELAYS, APRIL 5-8:

WSU WomenPole Vault - Tamara Diles, Tiffany MaskulinskiDiscus - McKenzie GarbergJavelin - Jenna DeanHammer - McKenzie Garberg

WSU Men100m - James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods110m Hurdles - Robert Williams400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Robert Williams4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, J. Woods, RobertsonTriple Jump - Martin BostonShot Put - Matt LambDiscus - Matt Lamb, Drew UlrickJavelin - Jon JeffreysHammer - Phil MacArthur

LIST OF WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR PELLUER INVITE, APRIL 7:

WSU Women100m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter, Brandi Probasco-Canda200m - Nicole Hatcher, Jeanne Newman, La Shawnda Porter, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Kameko Wilson400m - Selena Galaviz, Kameko Wilson800m - Kelly Dahlquist, Marisa Sandoval1500m - Karen DeMartini, Katy Troy5000m - Alyssa Modrell (unat)100m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn400m Hurdles - Lorraine King, Sara Trané4x100m Rleay - Hatcher, Newman, Porter, Probasco-CandaHigh Jump - McKinnon HansonPole Vault - no entryLong Jump - Catie SchuetzleTriple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie SchuetzleShot Put - Jessica ZitaDiscus - Jessica ZitaJavelin - Jasmine McCormackHammer - Katie Corder (unat)

WSU Men100m - Brian Woods200m - Brian Woods400m - Reny Follett800m - Jimmy Schofield, Matt Miller (unat), Sam Stone (unat)1500m - Evan Blanshan, Justin Chambers5000m - ALL Unat.- Derry Betts, Chris Concha, Alex Grant,Dan Lucero, Dominic Smargiassi110m Hurdles - Bob Frey, Josh Leyk400m Hurdles - Josh LeykHigh Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan ThomasPole Vault - D.J. BrownLong Jump - Nick IsaacTriple Jump - Moreno ZapataShot Put - Vic Asher (unat), Clint Osborn (unat)Discus - Chase MancusoJavelin - Ryan Scott, Cameron Schwisow (unat)Hammer - Chase Mancuso

RICHARDSON TO RACE: Former Cougar All-American and current assistant coach Ellannee Richardson will race at Texas Relays in the women's invitational 400m intermediate hurdles.

COUGAR OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS: The following student-athletes will redshirt during the outdoor season: distance runners Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Clay Hemlock and Chris Williams, throwers Vic Asher and Cameron Schwisow, and decathlete Brandon Brownell.

INJURY UPDATE: All-American pole vaulter Tyson Byers is practicing again and aiming toward the Mt. SAC Relays April 14-16, for his return to competition after missing all of the indoor season with a strained hamstring.

NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the second year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.

THROWERS CAR WASH: The Cougar throwers will conduct their fourth annual car wash April 23, 2006, with this year's proceeds going to Eric Nygard, a WSU track and field athlete, to assist with medical expenses related to his cancer treatment...the car wash will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and take place at the Bank of America, 425 E. Main St., in downtown Pullman, with the Chevron Gas Station donating the water used for the car wash...those unable to stop by the car wash can donate by contacting Debra Farwell at 509-335-0260...the Cougar throwers have conducted very successful car washes the past three years with donations totaling $3,100 going to a local community member.

WRISTBANDS FOR NYGARD: The WSU Track & Field teams are selling wristbands for senior hurdler Eric Nygard (Wenatchee, Wash.)...Nygard, a scorer in the 400m hurdles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2005...after an initial treatment, he was thought to be in remission...in January 2006, he was informed the cancer had returned and began treatment that prevents him from competing with the WSU Track & Field team...still attending classes at WSU with goal to graduate in August and apply to dental schools...Eric is married and has an infant daughter...wristbands are black with a quote from Charles Beard, selected by Nygard, in yellow lettering, 'When it's dark enough, you can see the stars' and his initials, E.N...cost is $5 (medium and large)...to purchase a wristband, contact Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson at 509-335-4730...additionally, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is conducting a penny drive through donation containers in each WSU team's locker room with the proceeds going to Nygard...a benevolent account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank under his name for donations to assist with medical expenses and can be made at any WaMu branch.

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