Cougar Track & Field Travels To Texas Relays

April 2, 2002

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PRESTIGIOUS MEET NEXT FOR COUGARS: The 75th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are the next stop for a limited number of the Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams...the meet, which attracts 1000's of competitors from the prep through elite level athletes, is held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas, Austin...the meet included a multi-events competition Wednesday and Thursday but no Cougars will be competing there...Friday events begin at 9:30 a.m. CT and run through 10:30 p.m. CT...Saturday the action gets going at 9 a.m. CT and continues through 5:30 p.m. CT...Olympic champion Maurice Greene will join Olympic medallist Jon Drummond and two other sprinters representing USA Track and Field in a men's 4x100m invitational relay...former Cougar coach and USA men's track and field head coach for the 2000 Olympics, John Chaplin, will be the meet referee for the fifth time...results will be posted on the website.

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)...Sloan, was selected the United States Track Coaches Association West Region Men's Coach of the Year for the 2002 indoor season...this is the second consecutive year Sloan has been named the men's coach of the year...he was honored as the regional women's coach of the year for both 1999 and 2000...Sloan 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.

SLOAN ON TUESDAY CONFERENCE CALL: Cougar coach Rick Sloan will be on the WSU Sports Information Weekly Teleconference Tuesday, April 2, 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.

* = Automatic mark, # = Provisional mark (National Standing)


5000m Anna Blue # 16:27.76 (6th)
400m Hurdles Randi Smith # 58.09 (4th)
Heptathlon Ellannee Richardson * 5,820 points (1st)


100m Dash Anthony Buchanan # 10.24 (6th)
Anson Henry # 10.31 (T8th)
10,000m Oscar Franco-Parra # 29:27.09 (7th)
4x100m Relay (Chatman, Henry, Brink, Buchanan) # 39.79 (6th)
Decathlon Steve Dwyer # 7,229 points (9th)

COUGAR LAST WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: At the UC Multi Events meet at Berkeley Mar. 28-29, Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won the heptathlon with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 5,820 points and set a WSU school record. Teammate Cicely Clinkenbeard, in just her second heptathlon, finished third with a lifetime best total 5,124 points. Steve Dwyer finished third in the decathlon with an NCAA PQ of 7,229 points. At the Stanford Invitational, WSU sprinter Anson Henry clocked an NCAA PQ time of 10.31 en route to winning the 100m dash. WSU distance runners Anna Blue and Oscar Franco-Parra also marked NCAA PQ times at the meet. Franco-Parra ran the men's 10,000m in a lifetime best and NCAA PQ time of 29 minutes, 27.09 seconds. Franco-Parra finished fifth among the 45 runners in the second section of the 10k. Blue finished ninth in a field of 32 women in the first section of the 5000m race with an NCAA PQ and personal best time of 16:27.76. Cougar women establishing Pac-10 qualifying marks Saturday included: Randi Smith, 14.02 in 100m hurdles (8th), Tiffany Giles 54.63 in the 400m (3rd), and Brittany Hinchcliffe with a lifetime-best throw of 154-11 (47.21m) in the discus B section (4th). Other top performances for the WSU women's Saturday came from Blessing Ufodiama taking fourth-place in the triple jump at 40-8 3/4 (12.41m), and Sammy Jo Missel with a lifetime best 167-3 (50.98m) to grab sixth place in the hammer throw. The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Tiffany Giles, Angelita Green, Tamara Gulley and Randi Smith placed third in a 21-team field, clocking a time of 3:41.18. Men's Pac-10 qualifying marks included Jamil Smith 49-10 (14.88m) in triple jump (2nd), and Justin Nikbakhsh-Tali 46-9 1/2 (14.26m) in triple jump (8th). Other Cougar men with notable marks included: Tim Gehring won the B section of the hammer throw with a toss of 193-feet, 8 inches (59.02m), in the javelin, Matt McGee was third at 199-5 (60.79m) and Nate Cummings sixth at 193-6 (58.97m), Rick Collins cleared 16-2 3/4 (4.95m) for fourth in the pole vault while Ryan Turner reached 15-9 (4.80) for sixth, John Manthey placed sixth in the 800m B section running 1:53.25, Ian Johnson finished seventh in the B section of the 1500m with a Pac-10 qualifying time of 3:49.44, Dione Cason placed sixth with a time of 22.19 in the 200m B section. Friday highlights for the Cougar women included: Hillary Smith was seventh in the 800m B section with a time of 2:13.26, Randi Smith finished third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.36, and Stephanie Robinett cleared 11-11 3/4 (3.65m) for fifth in the pole vault B section.


100m - Dan Brink, Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman, Anson Henry
110m Hurdles - Steve Dwyer
400m Hurdles - Steve Dwyer
4x100m Relay -Chatman, Henry, Brink, Buchanan
Hammer Throw - Tim Gehring

WSU Women
100m - Bree Skinner
100m Hurdles - Tamara Gulley, Ellannee Richardson
400m Hurdles - Randi Smith
4x100m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Richardson, Skinner
4x400m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Richardson, R. Smith
High Jump - Whitney Evans
Triple Jump - Cicely Clinkenbeard, Blessing Ufodiama

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