Track Teams At Jerry Martin Invitational

Jan. 17, 2001

COUGARS COMPETE AT CHENEY: For the second consecutive week, the Washington State University indoor track and field teams compete at Eastern Washington University...this week it's the Jerry Martin Invitational Saturday, Jan. 20...field events begin at Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse at 9 a.m. with running events at 11:30 a.m...teams from WSU, Washington, Whitworth and Community Colleges of Spokane will compete...there will be team scoring for NCAA Division I schools.

POLE VAULT SUMMIT: A handful of Cougars will be among the 600 men and women of high school, college and Olympic levels to compete at the 2001 Pole Vault Summit at Reno, Nevada, Saturday...USA Olympians Nick Hysong (gold), Lawrence Johnson (silver) and Stacy Dragila (gold) lead the elite competition...six runways will be used in the Reno Hilton Showroom...WSU jumps coach Kris Grimes is taking Jeannette Martus, Karla McGee and Stephanie Robinett from the women's team and Bryan Preuss from the men's squad...Rick Collins may compete if a pulled hamstring heals in time.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 28th season with the Cougar track program (seventh year as a head coach, sixth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi Farwell, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Francesca Sewell...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Dan O'Brien and Bernard Lagat.

FAST START FOR WATKINS, STRONG START FOR THORNTON: WSU's senior All-American hurdler, Arend Watkins, clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.20 seconds to win the men 's 55m hurdles, breaking the Thorpe Fieldhouse record of 7.22 set by WSU's Tony Li in 1990. Watkins tied the record when he ran a 7.22 in the preliminary heats. WSU's Steve Dwyer was third in a time of 7.81. Watkins also finished second in the 55m dash with a time of 6.48. Senior Andrea Thornton won the 20# weight throw, achieved an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and surpassed her Thorpe Fieldhouse record set last year. Thornton's throw of 18.34m/60-feet, 2 inches was bettered her mark of 18.02m/59-1 1/2. Thornton also won the shot put with a heave of 14.15m/46-5 1/4. Matt Alverson won the men's high jump with his indoor PR of 2.05m/6-8 3/4. Teammate Ezra Gordon was fourth at 1.95m/6-4 3/4. In the men's pole vault, Rick Collins was first and Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali was second with identical clearance heights of 4.72m/15-5 3/4. Erin Reed opened her collegiate career by winning the women's 55m dash in a time of 7.18 and went on to finish second in the rare 500m run with a time of 1:21.13. Cougar transfer Tiffany Giles won the 500m race in a time of 1:20.04 while freshman Bree Skinner was sixth in the race at 1:22.84. Jeannette Martus led a one-two-three Cougar barrage in the women's pole vault with a winning clearance of 3.65m/11-11 3/4, breaking her Thorpe Fieldhouse record set last year of 11-5 3/4. WSU freshman Karla McGee was second and sophomore Stephanie Robinett was third at identical heights of 3.55m/11-7 3/4. McGee's mark was a Cougar freshman school record. Briana Willis won the women's high jump (1.70m/5-7). Ellannee Richardson was competing after sitting out last year with a medical redshirt. Richardson finished second in the 55m hurdles (8.19), and fifth in the 55m dash (7.28). Agneta Rosenblad, competing unattached at this meet, won the short hurdles in 7.99 and was fourth in the dash at 7.27. Transfer Benson Jones was second in the men's long jump with a leap of 7.13m/23-4 3/4. Freshman Brian Graham placed sixth at 6.63m/21-9.

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 Conferences...the Cougar women's team won the MPSF Indoor Championships in 1999 and 2000 while the WSU men's team finished fourth in 2000...Cougar coach Rick Sloan was named West Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year by the US Track Coaches Association.


WASHINGTON STATE WOMEN:55m	        Abersfeller, Gulley, Odonkor, Reed, Rosenblad, Skinner, Ufodiama400m	        Abersfeller, Giles, Reed, SkinnerMile	        Blue, Cabrera, Gilmore, H. Smith, Welander55m HH	        Abersfeller, Gulley, Odonkor, Rosenblad, R. Smith4x800m Rel.	Blue, Cabrera, Giles, Gilmore, Green, H. Smith, R. Smith, Sodorff, WelanderHigh Jump	Jaross, WillisPole Vault	DoepkerLong Jump	Rosenblad, UfodiamaShot Put	Rance, Thornton20# Weight	Rance, Thornton(Clinkenbeard and Richardson are scheduled to compete but their events were not set by Wed.)

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:55m Brink, Buchanan, Graham, Haines, Henry, Jones, Nikbakhsh-Tali, Randolph, Rizzardi, Watkins400m Ishmael, Kamau, Wieseler, WinslowMile Barker, Childers, Franco-Parra, Hicks, I. Johnson, S. Johnson, Neeway, Welsh55m HH Dudley, Randolph, Watkins4x400m Rel. Brink, Haines, Hazelquist, Ishmael,Winslow4x800m Rel. Barker, Childers, Dudley, Franco-Parra, Hazelquist, Hicks, I. Johnson, S. Johnson, Kamau, Neeway, Welsh, WieselerHigh Jump Alverson, GordonPole Vault Nikbakhsh-TaliLong Jump Graham, Jones, RizzardiShot Put Gehring, Lightbody, Straka, Thomas35# Weight Gehring, Thomas(Dwyer is scheduled to compete but his events were not set as of Wed.)

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