Three Cougars To Compete In Five Events At NCAA Indoor Track Champs

March 6, 2001

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WASHINGTON STATE NUMBERS FEW BUT PERFORMANCES STRONG: Three Cougars will represent WSU at the NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Agneta Rosenblad, a senior from Sweden, will be the sole Cougar woman at the national meet, but entered in both the 60m hurdles and the long jump...Benson Jones, a redshirt sophomore from Concord, Calif., also has double duty with competition in both the long jump and triple jump...Arend Watkins, a senior All-American hurdler from San Jose, Calif., looks to return to the medal stand in the 60m hurdles after placing sixth as a freshman and eighth as a sophomore.

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS: The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, will be held Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, at the Randall Tyson Center, Fayetteville, Ark.*= Automatic, # = Provisional, + = Converted marks from 55m, (National Standing - minimum field is 14)

MEET WSU'S NCAA COMPETITORS:Benson Jones - Redshirt sophomore from Concord, California...won the triple jump and long jump events at the MPSF Championships...transferred to WSU last fall after a year of competing at Diablo Valley CC...NJCC All-American in triple and long jumps.

Agneta Rosenblad - Senior from Lidingo, Sweden...previous NCAA competition was 2000 outdoor championships where she finished 21st in the long jump...leaped to personal-best and school record long jump of 21-feet, 1/2 inch to win the event at the MPSF Championships last month...also owns school records in 60m hurdles (7.68 seconds) and 55m hurdles (7.67).

Arend Watkins - Senior from San Jose, a freshman placed sixth in the 60m hurdles at the 1998 NCAA indoor championships...All-American...same year went to outdoor meet and did not advance from semifinals...sophomore season placed eighth in the high hurdles at the 1999 NCAA indoor meet...contracted food poisoning at the outdoor meet and did not advance from NCAA Indoor Championships last year, did not advance from semifinals...prior to Pac-10s and NCAA outdoor championships, pulled a hamstring and did not compete.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the Feb. 27 USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is ranked 9th while the men's team is 10th...the Team Power Rankings are configured with a point system based on the quality of athletic performance, the team depth, and the dual meet scoring see the rankings, visit the Feb. 27 Trackwire Top 25 rankings (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Indoor Championships), find the WSU men's and women's team not see these weekly rankings, go to

SLOAN NAMED MPSF MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR: WSU head coach Rick Sloan was named the 2001 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Coach of the Year and the United States Track Coaches AssociationMen's West Region Coach of the Year...for the past three years, Sloan has won the MPSF Coach of the Year honors for the women's program...he last won the MPSF men's award in 1999.

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.

BRING ON THE SUN, IT'S TIME FOR THE OUTDOOR SEASON: While the WSU coaches and participants are off to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the weekend, the rest of the Cougar track and field teams are idle...the first competition of the outdoor season will be Saturday, March 17, at Berkeley, Calif., where California, UCLA, Washington and WSU will compete.

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