Texas National Invitational Next For Cougar Track & Field
April 17, 2001
COUGAR TRACK & FIELD DATES AND PLACES:
April 20-21, WSU at National Invitational Team Championship, Austin, Texas
APRIL 27, SECOND ANNUAL COUGAR INVITATIONAL - COLLEGE MEET, PULLMAN
APRIL 28 - SECOND ANNUAL COUGAR INVITATIONAL - PREP MEET, PULLMAN
COUGARS TAKE BREAK FROM HOME MEETS FOR TRIP TO TEXAS:
After competing at home the past two weekends and with another Mooberry Track meet set for the end of the month, the Washington State track and field teams travel to Austin, Texas, for the prestigious National Invitational Team Championships, Friday and Saturday, at Mike A. Myers Stadium...other teams invited include Houston, Louisiana State, Minnesota, Rice, Texas A&M, and host Texas...Friday's field events begin at 2 p.m. (PST) with running events set for a 4 p.m. start...Saturday's action begins in the field at 10 a.m. with running events scheduled to start at noon...each school may enter a maximum of three athletes per event...the meet will be scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...final results will be posted on the www.TexasSports.com website.
COUGAR MEN AND WOMEN DEFEAT IDAHO, EASTERN WASHINGTON:
The Cougar men defeated Idaho 82-78, and Eastern Washington 117-38. Idaho's men defeated EWU 127-33. On the women's side, WSU dominated with a 146-11 win over EWU and a 108-55 victory over Idaho. Idaho's women defeated EWU 116-37. Sophomore pole vaulter Stephanie Robinett won her event with an NCAA provisional mark and lifetime best of 3.81m/12-6, and Whitney Evans improved her NCAA PQ in the high jump with a winning mark of 1.84m/6-0 1/2. Agneta Rosenblad won both the long jump (6.00m/19-8 1/4) with Idaho's Angela Whyte second at 5.75m/18-10 1/2. But their battle in the 100m hurdles did not materialize as Whyte pulled out of competition after running the women's 4x100m relay. Rosenblad won the high hurdles race in 13.48, just off her wind-aided NCAA PQ mark of 13.41. Andrea Thornton won the shot put (14.88m/48-10) and the hammer (55.86m/183-3) but finished second in the discus with a lifetime-best throw of 49.90m/163-8. Idaho's Katja Schreiber won the discus with an NCAA PQ of 52.90m/173-7. WSU senior, Becky Potter, finished third in the shot put but had to pull out of the meet when she injured a calf muscle warming up for the discus. WSU freshman Erin Reed won both the short sprints leading a sweep by Cougars in both races. Bree Skinner was second in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Also winning for the Cougar women were Tiffany Giles in the 400m, Angelita Green in the 800m, Anna Blue in the 5000m, the 4x400m relay, Blessing Ufodiama in the triple jump, and Casey Lektorich in the javelin. The Cougar-Vandal men's team battle was closely contested after WSU pulled all its competitors - Dwyer, Dudley and Randolph - from the 400m intermediate hurdles. Dudley injured his knee warming up for the hurdles and Dwyer was ill. WSU's Oscar Franco-Para won the pivotal men's 5,000m (14:58.47) with Ian Johnson second and Mark Wicklander third. Sam Lightbody, too physically drained from the morning's football scrimmage, passed on the shot put but his second-place finish in the discus sealed the Cougar win over Idaho. The expected excitement in the long and triple jumps did not happen Saturday either as EWU's Kurt Kraemer did not compete, leaving WSU's Benson Jones to win both events but not improve on his best marks. Other winners for the WSU men were Simon Kamau in the 400m, Scott Johnson in the 1500m, Arend Watkins in the 110m high hurdles, Matt Alverson in the high jump, and Rick Collins in the pole vault.
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 USTCA 2001 Men's West Region Coach of the Year and grabbed the MPSF 2001 Men's Coach of the Year...he has also earned the 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.
In the USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is second and the Cougar men's team is sixth (dated 4/16)...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 potential...to see the rankings, visit www.team-power.org...in the Trackwire Top 25 rankings as of April 10 (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships), WSU's teams were not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.