Dwyer, Evans, Richardson Set for Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships

May 8, 2001

May 12 - Modesto Relays, Modesto, Calif.
May 12-13 - Pacific-10 Conference Heptathlon/Decathlon
Championships, Berkeley, Calif.
May 13 - Cardinal Qualifier, Stanford, Calif.

COUGAR TRACK HERE, THERE, AND MORE: The Washington State University track teams have several competitive locations this weekend...three Cougars will compete at the Pacific-10 Conference Heptathlon/Decathlon Championships Saturday and Sunday at Berkeley...Steve Dwyer will be WSU's representative in the decathlon and All-Americans Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson will be competing in the heptathlon...a small band of Cougar sprinters, hurdlers and vaulters and jumpers will compete at the Modesto Relays Saturday...an even smaller group from WSU, three steeeplchasers and a high jumper, will be at the Cardinal Qualifier Sunday at Stanford.

PAC-10 MULTI-EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: This year's Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships is the men's 71st annual and the women's 15th annual...the meet is staged during two-weekends, beginning with the Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships...this year's site rotates to Edwards Stadium on the University of California's Berkeley campus.

PAC-10 HEPTATHLON FIELD: Defending champion Missy Vanek, a senior from Cal, is red-shirting this season...WSU's Cicely Clinkenbeard placed third in her first heptathlon in 2000, but is also red-shirting this season...another Cougar who placed last year, Agneta Rosenblad took sixth in her first and last heptathlon, is concentrating on the high hurdles and long jump events and will not be back in the multis...this year's WSU's entries are Heptathlon All-Americans Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson...both are red-shirt sophomores...Richardson, from Gladstone, Ore., finished second at the 1999 Pac-10s and set the American Junior Record with her 5,678 points and fourth place at the NCAA Championships...Evans, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, placed third at the 1999 Pac-10s and seventh at the NCAAs with a Canadian Junior Record total of 5,579 points...that same year, Evans also finished second in the Pac-10 high jump and fourth at the NCAA Championships...UCLA's All-America 400m hurdler, senior Michelle Perry, has the top point total (5,657) coming into the Pac-10 Championships...Evans scored 5,468 points for second place at the Baldy Castillo Meet (Tempe), March 22-23...Richardson tallied 5,377 points for third at the same meet.

Whitney Evans's lifetime best heptathlon marks: 100m Hurdles - 14.51, High Jump - 1.81m / 5-11 1/4, Shot Put - 10.48m / 34-4 3/4, 200m - 25.04, Long Jump - 5.77m / 18-11 1/4, Javelin- 37.22m / 122-1, 800m - 2:18.56. Total - 5,579 points, 1999 Boise

Ellannee Richardson's lifetime best heptathlon marks: 100m Hurdles - 13.93, High Jump - 1.66m / 5-5 1/4, Shot Put - 10.28m / 33-8 3/4, 200m - 24.04, Long Jump - 5.95m / 19-6 1/4, Javelin - 38.18m / 125-3, 800m - 2:14.95. Total - 5,678 points, 1999 Boise

PAC-10 DECATHLON FIELD: The 2000 Pac-10 Champion was Cal senior Bevan Hart, so the heir apparent is Lorenzo Santiago, from Oregon...Santiago tallied 7,649 points for second last year and comes into the conference championship with a leading 7,726 points...Hart and Santiago were also one-two in the 1999 Pac-10 multis...WSU's Steve Dwyer, a junior from Redmond, Wash., did not compete last season after placing fourth in the 1999 Pac-10s with 6,734 points...Dwyer finished fifth at the Baldy Castillo Meet (Tempe), March 22-23, with 6,186 points after having a lifetime best first day total of 3,500 points...on the second day of competition, Dwyer did not clear a height in the pole vault.

Steve Dwyer's lifetime best decathlon marks: 100m- 11.69, Long Jump - 6.64m / 21-9 1/4, Shot Put - 10.94m / 35-10 3/4, High Jump - 1.84m / 6-0 1/2, 400m - 50.18, 110m High Hurdles - 15.47, Discus - 31.40m / 103-0, Pole Vault - 4.50m / 14-9, Javelin - 46.80m / 153-6, 1500m - 4:37.49. Total - 6,734 points, 1999 Tempe

Pac-10 Track and Field Championship, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley,
Schedule of Events:Saturday, May 12 (Multi-Events)

Time	       M/W	Event	        Round11:00 a.m.	W	100mH	        Final11:30 a.m.	M	100m	        Final12:00 p.m.	W	High Jump	Final12:30 p.m.	M	Long Jump	Final2:00 p.m.	M	Shot Put	Final2:30 p.m.	W	Shot Put	Final3:15 p.m.	M	High Jump	Final3:45 p.m.	W	200m	        Final5:00 p.m.	M	400m	        Final

Sunday, May 13 (Multi-Events)Time M/W Event Round11:00 a.m. M 110mH Final11:30 a.m. W Long Jump Final12:30 p.m. M Discus Final1:15 p.m. W Javelin Final2:00 p.m. M Pole Vault Final2:30 p.m. W 800m Final4:00 p.m. M Javelin Final5:15 p.m. M 1500m Final

PALOUSE TEAM INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Blustery winds made for cold conditions but the WSU men's and women's track and field teams came out victorious at the Palouse Team Invitational, Saturday, at Mooberry Track on the WSU Pullman campus. The Cougar women defeated Boise State 133-20, and Long Beach State 127-34. Long Beach State got by Boise State 82-70. On the WSU men's side, the Cougs defeated Boise State 132-20, and Long Beach State 115-40. Long Beach State won it's dual with Boise State 95-41. Of the 19 women's events, WSU conceded first place only once when Long Beach State's Tayyiba Haneef won the high jump at 1.75m/5-feet, 8 3/4 inches. Cougar Briana Willis cleared the same height but Haneef's successful leap came on an earlier attempt and gave her first place. In the 19 men's events, WSU won all but the 400m, 800m, long and triple jumps. LBSU won all but the 800m, which BSU claimed. WSU's Andrea Thornton won her three throwing events - the shot put, discus and hammer. Sprinter Erin Reed grabbed three firsts with wins in the 200m and 400m dashes and on the second leg of the 4x100m relay. Agneta Rosenblad also tallied three wins with her long jump, 100m high hurdles and lead leg of the 400m relay. Anson Henry won both the 100m and 200m dashes for the Cougar men, and ran the second leg of the victorious 4x100m relay. Senior captain, Bryan Jones, threw the javelin for the first time since injuring his shoulder at the end of March, and won with a season-best toss of 64.78m/212-6.

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.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the latest USTCA Team Power Rankings, the WSU women's team is fifth and the Cougar men's team is eighth (dated 5/7)...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 May 1 (prediction of how a team will finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships), WSU's women's team was tied at 21st while the men were not ranked...to see these weekly rankings, go to www.trackwire.rivals.com.


Event	        Record	        Athlete	                New Mark100m Hurdles	Women	        Agneta Rosenblad	13.48Steeplechase	Women	        Megan Maynard	        10:51.23	        Freshman Women	Beth Welander	        11:46.75Pole Vault	Women	        Jeannette Martus	3.97m / 13-0 1/4	        Freshmen Women	Karla McGee	        3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (also Canadian Junior Record)Shot Put	Freshman Women	Shannon Rance	        15.01m / 49-3

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: The NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships are set for May 30- June 2, at Eugene, Oregon. # = Provisional mark, * = Automatic mark.

NCAA	Name	                Event	        Mark/Time	National Standing (as of 5/8)*	Arend Watkins	        M 110m Hurdles	13.47	        (2nd)#	Megan Maynard	        W Steeplechase	10:51.23	(50th)#	Agneta Rosenblad	W 100m Hurdles	13.35w	        (17th)#	Tamara Gulley	        W 100m Hurdles	13.55	        (36th)#	Randi Smith	        W 400m Hurdles	59.02	        (28th)#	Whitney Evans	        W High Jump	1.84m/6-0 1/2	(3rd)#	Jeannette Martus	W Pole Vault	3.97m/13-0 1/4	(18th)#	Karla McGee	        W Pole Vault	3.85m/12-7 1/2	(T33rd)#	Stephanie Robinett	W Pole Vault	3.81m/12-6	(T39th)#	Agneta Rosenblad	W Long Jump	6.22m/20-5w	(26th)#	Shannon Rance	        Shot Put	15.01m/49-3	(26th)#	Andrea Thornton	        Discus	        52.12m/171-0	(11th)#	Andrea Thornton	        W Hammer	58.64m / 192-5	(14th)#	Whitney Evans	        Heptathlon	5,468 points	(8th)#	Ellannee Richardson	Heptathlon	5,377 points	(16th)


100m Invite - Tamara Gulley100m H Open - Tamara Gulley, Agneta RosenbladHigh Jump - Briana WilliaPole Vault Invite - Jeannette Martus, Karla McGee, Stephanie RobinettLong Jump - Agneta RosenbladTriple Jump Open - Blessing Ufodiama

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:100m Open - Dan Brink100m Invite - Anthony Buchanan, Anson Henry200m Open - Dan Brink200m Invite - Anthony Buchanan, Anson Henry110m H Invite - Arend WatkinsPole Vault Open - Rick Collins, Bryan Preuss4x100m Relay Invite - Watkins, Henry, Brink, Buchanan

Steeplechase - Megan Maynard

WASHINGTON STATE MEN:Steeplechase - Kyle Barker, Jon WelshHigh Jump - Matt Alverson

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