Five Cougs Advance To NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

March 4, 2002

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FAYETTEVILLE DESTINATION FOR FIVE COUGARS: Five Cougars will represent WSU at the NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville...Schquay Brignac, Whitney Evans and Tamara Diles are all automatic qualifiers while Anson Henry and Anthony Buchanan are provisional qualifiers who made the cut...Evans, a redshirt junior, is making her third appearance at the indoor championships while Brignac and Diles go to the big show as freshmen...Henry competed last year at the indoor championships while Buchanan made it to the outdoor championships in 2001...the women's 4x400m relay team ran a school record time of 3:37.54 last Saturday in Seattle and missed the NCAA invite by three one-hundredths of a second.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: 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.

RANKINGS: In the Feb. 26 Trackwire Top 25, the Washington State women's team is 17th...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...rankings in the USTCA Team Power Rankings are sixth for women and 20th for men.

Friday, March 8
3:35 p.m. Women's Pole Vault Final - Tamara Diles
4:00 p.m. Men's 60m Dash Prelims - Anson Henry
5:05 p.m. Men's 200m Dash Prelims - Anthony Buchanan
6:30 p.m. Men's 200m Dash Final - Anthony Buchanan

Saturday, March 9
1:45 p.m. Women's High Jump Final - Whitney Evans, Schquay Brignac
5:15 p.m. Men's 60m Dash Final - Anson Henry

Schquay Brignac, Freshman, High Jump, North Hills, California
Won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships (Flagstaff, Ariz.) at 1.83m/6-0

Anthony Buchanan - Sophomore, Sprints, Spokane, Washington
Set school record indoor time in 200m dash (21.07) in 2002
Also ran NCAA PQ time in 60m dash (6.70)
Advanced to 100m dash semi-finals at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships (10.50/10.32 prelims)
Sixth, 2001 PAC-10 100m dash (10.56)
100m time of 10.25w is school freshman record, fourth-best in school records (2001)
Holds school freshman record in 55m (6.30i) and 60m (6.76i) (2001)

Tamara Diles - Freshman, Pole Vault, Redmond, Washington
Broke the school record winning the Pole Vault Summit (2002, Reno) at 4.35m/14-3 1/4
First collegiate competition leaped freshman school record of 4.02m/13-2 1/4 (Long Beach, Calif.)

Whitney Evans - RS Junior, High Jump/Heptathlon, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
All-America High Jump, 3rd at NCAA (RS-Sophomore, 2001, Eugene)
Champion, 2001 PAC-10 High Jump (1.80m/5-10 3/4)
Second place, 2001 PAC-10 Heptathlon (5,546 points)
All-America High Jump, 4th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)
All-America Heptathlon, 7th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Boise)
Held Canadian Junior Heptathlon Record at 5,579 points (3rd best in WSU history)
All-America High Jump, 6th at NCAA (freshman, 1999 - Fayetteville)
Sophomore, 1999 NCAA Indoors, finished 15th
Redshirt seasons - outdoor 2000, indoor 2001 - patella tendonitis
Collegiate best High Jump of 1.84m/6-0 1/2 is second on WSU all-time standings
Lifetime best leap of 1.85m/6-0 3/4
Verizon/CoSIDA Dist. VIII Academic All-American for 2001
Verizon/CoSIDA National Third Team All-American for 2001

Anson Henry - Senior, Sprints, Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Holds school record in 60m dash (6.67)
Also ran an NCAA PQ in 200m dash this year (21.18)
At the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 2002 Indoor Champs, won 60m and second in 200m
2001 NCAA Indoor Champs finished 12th in 60m dash (6.74)
Third in 100m dash at 2001 PAC-10 Championships (10.47/10.27 prelims)
Fourth in 100m dash at 2000 PAC-10 Championships (10.36w)

SLOAN ON TUESDAY CONFERENCE CALL: 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.

LAST WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: The Washington State women's 4x400m relay team ran a school record time of 3 minutes, 37.54 seconds at the Washington Qualifier Indoor Meet at the Dempsey Indoor Complex Saturday. The Cougar squad of Tiffany Giles, Tamara Gulley, Randi Smith and Ellannee Richardson finished second to the UCLA 1600m relay team who clocked in with a season-best time of 3:35.98. Shannon Rance, also competing in Seattle, finished a disappointing fifth in the women's shot put with a throw of 46-feet, 8 3/4 inches. At the McDonald's Last Chance Meet Friday and Saturday at the Idaho Kibbie Dome, the WSU track teams tallied 30 lifetime best marks and three school records. The women's distance medley relay team of Hillary Smith, Erin Reed, Angelita Green and Anna Blue clocked in with a school record time of 11:49.33. Five consecutive weeks equals five freshman indoor weight throw records for Brittany Hinchcliffe who threw 56-8 1/2 and surpassed her record throw last week by 3 3/4 inches. For the first time in school history, an all freshman team ran the men's distance medley relay: Justin Ireland, Dione Cason, Jon Manthey, and Dan Wolf ran the Friday DMR uncontested in a time of 10:05.44. Winning efforts for WSU men at the Last Chance meet included Anson Henry in the 60m dash, Manthey in the 800m, Ian Johnson and Jon Welsh going one-two in the mile, Oscar Franco-Parra leading four Cougs in the 3000m, Pat Harrigan in the high jump, Rick Collins and teammates finishing first through fourth in the pole vault, and Tim Gehring in the shot put. Cougar women in the winner's circle included Smith in the 800m, Blue in the 3000m, Whitney Evans leading a trio of Cougs in the high jump, Stephanie Robinett with a personal best in the pole vault, and Blessing Ufodiama finishing first in the triple jump and second in the long jump.

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 16, at Los Angeles, Calif., where WSU will compete with California and host school, UCLA.

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