WSU Track & Field Hosts Washington in Dual Meet This Saturday

April 25, 2006

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CATS VERSUS DAWGS THIS SATURDAY AT MOOBERRY TRACK: The 95th meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington men's track and field teams and 31st meeting between women's teams will take place Saturday, April 29, at Mooberry Track...according to WSU records, the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 60-33-1 record...UW women have an 19-11 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won eight of the past nine meetings with the Huskies winning in 2004...last year in Seattle, the Cougar women defeated UW 111-92, while the Husky men were 110.5-92.5 winners over Cougars...using season-best lists and past performances, the 2006 meet is predicted to finish with a 113-90 WSU win on the women's side and a 106-97 UW win on the men's side...field events begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and the running events commence at 1:15 p.m...ADMISSION IS FREE...heat sheets will be posted at www.wsucougars.com Thursday, April 27 by noon...complete results will be posted upon meet completion at the same site.

DUAL MEET SCORING: Individual scoring for the WSU-UW dual meet will be 5-3-2-1 for individual events and 5-3 for relays...for a complete meet event schedule, go to www.wsucougars.com.

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.

EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.

NATIONAL POLLS: The WSU women's team is ranked 21st in the April 24 Trackwire Top 25 Team rankings... Cougar men's team is unranked...Washington men are ranked 19th and women are unranked...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Florida State men...USC (t4th) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Arizona's men (6th)...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...three 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...WSU women ranked include Julie Pickler (4th heptathlon), Diana Pickler (6th heptathlon), and Tamara Diles (6th pole vault)...neither WSU team nor Washington's teams are ranked in the April 18, 1006 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 20 polls.

THEY'RE BACK...As of Tuesday, April 25, WSU All-American pole vaulter Tyson Byers and triple jumpers Kaylee Gardner and Martin Boston are expected to compete this weekend.

INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Three Cougars climbed into the WSU all-time record books last weekend at the Cougar Invitational...Tamara Diles (senior, Bellevue, Wash.) broke her own pole vault record with a clearance at 13-11 1/4 (4.25m)...in the men's discus freshman Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) threw 187-7 (59.17m) which is seventh-best and Drew Ulrick (junior, Spokane) threw 185-8 (56.59m) which is ninth-farthest in WSU history.

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

1500m Haley Paul 4:26.07 (19th / 51st)
5000m Haley Paul 16:20.86 (4th / 22nd)
100m Hurdles Diana Pickler 13.86 (8th / t65th)
  Julie Pickler 13.92w (9th / 78th)
3000m Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:41.04 (14th / 51st)
Pole Vault Tamara Diles 4.25m / 13-11 1/4 (2nd / 4th) SR
  Tiffany Maskulinski 4.01m / 13-1 3/4 (8th / 17th)
Long Jump Julie Pickler 6.06m /19-10 3/4w (9th / t51st)
Discus McKenzie Garberg 50.17m / 164-7 (9th / 46th)
Hammer McKenzie Garberg 54.48m / 178-9 (19th / 71st)
Javelin Jenna Dean 48.98m/ 160-8 (6th / 19th)
Heptathlon* Julie Pickler 5,734 points (2nd / 3rd) *Automatic Qualifying
  Diana Pickler 5,579 points (3rd / 5th) *Automatic Qualifying

WSU Men:

100m Dash James McSwain 10.31 (1st / t14th)
200m Dash James McSwain 21.19 (4th / t57th)
400m Hurdles John Cassleman 51.41 (5th / t17th)
4x100m Relay Boston, McSwain,
J. Woods, Robertson 39.67 (1st / 7th)
Discus Matt Lamb 57.19m/ 187-7 (6th / 17th)
Drew Ulrick 56.59m/ 185-8 (8th / 22nd)
Hammer Phil MacArthur 56.78m / 186-3 (18th / 70th)
Javelin Jon Jeffreys 68.95m/ 226-2 (5th / 13th)

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.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL COUGAR THROWERS CAR WASH: Throwers from the Washington State University track and field team raised over $2000 at their fourth annual car wash Sunday, April 23...money raised will assist with the costs of Cougar teammate Eric Nygard's medical expenses. 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...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...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.

WICCCA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Cougar sophomore All-American Haley Paul (Phoenix) had the 10th-best grade point average (3.930) among cross country Div. I women and was honored by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association as an Academic All-American...the WSU women's cross country team had a GPA of 3.399 and were among the top 60 women's teams in the nation.

WSU VS. WASHINGTON MEN'S MEET RECORDS (Through 2005 Outdoor season)
Meets: 94 Won by WSU: 60 Won by Washington: 33 Ties: 1

TRACK EVENTS

EVENT TIME RECORD HOLDER(S) TEAM YEAR
100m 10.26 Anthony Buchanan WSU 2003
200m 20.57 Ja'Warren Hooker UW 2001
400m 45.74 Gabriel Tiacoh WSU 1984
800m 1:47.96 Rob Webster UW 1982
1500m 3:42.6 Richard Tuwei WSU 1985
5000m 13:46.52 Josephat Kapkory WSU 1994
110m Hurdles 13.47 Arend Watkins WSU 2001
400m Hurdles 50.76 Shane Charles UW 2005
3000m Steeplechase 8:24.4 Henry Rono WSU 1978
400m Relay 39.55 Martin Boston, Matt Mason, James McSwain, Anthony Buchanan WSU 2004
1600m Relay 3:08.2 Ray Williams, John Avognan, Jeff Ramsey, Chris Whitlock WSU 1981

FIELD EVENTS

EVENT MARK RECORD HOLDER(S) TEAM YEAR
High Jump 2.26m/7-5 Brent Harken WSU 1982
Pole Vault 5.51m/18-1 Brad Walker UW 2002
Long Jump 7.84m/25-8 1/2 Demetrios Araouzos WSU 1986
Triple Jump 16.54m/54-3 1/2 Ian Campbell WSU 1981
Shot Put 19.62m/64-4 1/2 Dimitrios Koutsoukis WSU 1985
Discus Throw 60.68m/199-1 John van Reenen WSU 1970
Hammer Throw 77.76m/255-1 Tore Gustaffson WSU 1986
Javelin Throw 76.88m/252-3 Stephan Wikstrom WSU 1990

Note: Henry Rono of WSU set the world record for the 3000m Steeplechase at Seattle in 1978.
Note: John van Reneen of WSU set world record for the discus throw after college.

WSU VS. WASHINGTON WOMEN'S MEET RECORDS (Through 2005 Outdoor season)
Meets: 30 Won by WSU: 11 Won by Washington: 19


TRACK EVENTS
EVENT TIME RECORD HOLDER(S) TEAM YEAR
100m 11.67 Pam Qualls-Reynolds WSU 1986
200m 23.81 Pam Qualls-Reynolds WSU 1986
400m 53.44 Celestine N'Drin WSU 1990
800m 2:04.61 Celestine N'Drin WSU 1987
1500m 4:22.76 Susan Gregg UW 1983
5000m 16.21.17 Sabrina Monro UW 2003
100m Hurdles 13.51 Agneta Rosenblad WSU 2001
400m Hurdles 57.88 Terra Barter UW 1995
3000m Steeplechase 10:41.67 Laura Halverson UW 2005
400m Relay 44.78 Attrina Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Tamika Brown, Francesca Green WSU 1998
1600m Relay 3:41.13 Sharika Higgins, Whitney Evans, Randi Smith, Ellannee Richardson WSU 1999


FIELD EVENTS
EVENT MARK RECORD HOLDER(S) TEAM YEAR
High Jump 1.90m/6-2 3/4 Vicki Borsheim UW 1986
Pole Vault 4.15m/13-7 1/4 Tamara Diles WSU 2005
Long Jump 6.37m/20-10 3/4 Chantal Brunner WSU 1993
Triple Jump 12.56m/41-2 1/2 Blessing Ufodiama WSU 1994
Shot Put 16.94m/55-7 Jennifer Ponath UW 1988
Discus Throw 60.54m/198-7 Aretha Hill UW 1998
Hammer Throw 57.10m/187-4 Andrea Thornton WSU 2001
Javelin Throw 49.60m/163-11 Rachel Bertholf WSU 2005
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