WSU Indoor Track Headed To Vandal Indoor, McDonald's II

Feb. 12, 2002

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WSU Indoor Track & Field

The Washington State University's indoor track and field teams compete at the 27th Annual Vandal Indoor Invitational Meet Friday night, Feb. 15, and at the Moscow McDonald's II Open Meet Saturday, Feb. 16...both meets are contested at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome...this year's Vandal Indoor will showcase some of the best talent in years...Pac-10 teams from Stanford and Washington join WSU at the Invite...close to two dozen athletes with at least NCAA provisional qualifying marks will be competing...a pentathlon will start the events at 3 p.m. with the women's weight throw, men's pole vault and 60m dash trials set to begin at 6 p.m...the Vandal Indoor ends with the 4x400m relay races.

Junior Whitney Evans will high jump at the Spectator Games at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, this weekend...Evans, from Calgary, Canada, has cleared 5-11 /14 already this season.

Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 29th season with the Cougar track program (eighth year as a head coach, seventh year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program)...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, and Francesca Green...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Bernard Lagat.

In the Feb. 12 Trackwire Top 25, the Washington State women's team is listed tied for 18th with the University of Miami (Florida)...Trackwire, an online service, uses the weekly rankings to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships...the Cougar men are not ranked...WSU has yet to enter results in the USTCA Team Power Rankings.

Cougar coach Rick Sloan will be on the WSU Sports Information Weekly Teleconference Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 1:15 p.m. until 1:25 p.m....interested media members should call the WSU Sports Information Office at 509/335-COUG (2684) for the phone number and password.

The Washington State women's track and field team won the team title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Indoor Meet Friday night at the Bob Devaney Center on the University of Nebraska campus at Lincoln. The Cougar women finished first with 141.5 points, followed by Nebraska (135), Brigham Young (107.50), Arizona (89.50), Colorado (71) and UCLA (29.50). On the men's side, Nebraska won with 138.17 points, while Oregon (115), Brigham Young (105.50), Washington State (98.33), Arizona (78) and Colorado (47) followed.

WSU's women had event wins from Tiffany Giles (400m), Whitney Evans (high jump), and the 4x400m team of Giles, Tamara Gulley, Randi Smith and Ellannee Richardson. The WSU women finished second in five events and scored (top eight) in 13 of the 15 events contested. Ten Cougar women had lifetime-best performances and Brittany Hinchcliffe broke her own week-old freshman school record in the 20# weight throw with her second-place mark of 55-feet, 9 1/4 inches (17.00m). Arizona sophomore Amy Linnen broke the collegiate pole vault record with a mark of 14-10 (4.52m) and WSU freshman Tamara Diles, previously the national leader at 14-3 1/4 (4.35m), finished second at 13-2 1/4 after spending two weeks in a walking boot for a sore foot and only taking a couple of attempts Friday night. WSU's Anson Henry and Ian Johnson captured victories in the 60m dash and mile respectively. Henry led a one-two-four Cougar charge in the 60m dash with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.68 seconds. Anthony Buchanan finished second in 6.72 but ran an NCAA PQ and personal record time of 6.71 in the prelims. Newcomer Bennie Chatman was fourth with a PR time of 6.76. Johnson's winning mile time of 4:08.32 was a lifetime best as was Jon Welsh's third place finish in 4:08.91. Freshman Danny Wolf finished second in the 3000m run among very experienced competition in a time of 8:17.96. Freshman Darion Powell finished sixth in the 60m hurdles but improved his week-old freshman school record time to 8.30 seconds. The Cougar men improved 15 lifetime-bests at the Husker meet and scored in all 15 events.

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 men's team won the MPSF Indoor Championships last year while the women were team champs in 1999 and 2000...Cougar coach Rick Sloan was named West Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year by the US Track Coaches Association.


60m - Dan Brink, Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman, Anson Henry
400m - Dione Cason, Eric Dudley, Qieed Ishmael
800m - Justin Ireland, Jon Manthey
Mile - Ian Johnson, Danny Wolf
3000m - Jon Welsh
60m Hurdles - Eric Dudley, Steve Dwyer, Darion Powell
4x400m Relay - Cason, Dudley, Manthey, Ishmael
High Jump - Steve Dwyer, Joel Gordon, Pat Harrigan
Pole Vault - Rick Collins, Andy Kammenga, Paul Nicoletti, Ryan Turner
Shot Put - Tim Gehring, Shaun Straka
Weight Throw - Tim Gehring

WSU Women
60m - Bree Skinner
800m - Angelita Green
Mile - Anna Blue, Hillary Smith, Ryan Gilmore
3000m - Jenny Filipy
60m Hurdles - Tamara Gulley, Ellannee Richardson, Randi Smith
4x400m Relay - Giles, Gulley, R. Smith, Richardson
High Jump - Schquay Brignac, Briana Willis
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Karla McGee, Stephanie Robinett
Shot Put - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Marie Muai, Shannon Rance
Weight Throw - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Sammy Jo Missel, Marie Muai

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