WSU Hosts Pac-10 Combined Events: Most Cougars Travel

May 7, 2002

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Mooberry Track at Washington State university is the site for the first weekend of the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, May 11-12...the Heptathlon and Decathlon will bring approximately two dozen of the best multi-events athletes to Pullman...admission is free and Decathlon begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday while the Heptathlon gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday...Cougars on the go include distance runners Anna Blue and Jon Welsh competing at the Stanford Cardinal Invitational, sprinters Anson Henry, Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman and Tamara Gulley competing at the Modesto Relays, and the rest of the WSU squad not going through WSU graduation ceremonies, will be competing at the McDonald's Outdoor Meet hosted the University of Idaho at Moscow...Pac-10 Hept/Dec results will also be posted at the WSU Athletics homepage, Pac-10 Track & Field Championships resume May 18-19.

The April 30, Trackwire Top 25, the Washington State women's team is 15th while the men are not ranked...Trackwire, an online service, uses the weekly rankings to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field the USTCA Team Power Rankings as of May 7, the Cougar women are seventh and the men are 15th...the Team Power Rankings are dual meet predictors and demonstrate team depth.

Cougar coach Rick Sloan participates on the WSU Sports Information Weekly Teleconference every Tuesday, 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.

Washington State defeated Washington twice May 4...the men's score was WSU 103-UW 99, and the women won 106-98...the international scoring format kept the meet extremely close until the final events of the day...the day saw distance runners and javelin throwers in the hurdles, pole vaulters in the high jump and other odd entries as the Cougars fought for state bragging rights...Oscar Franco-Parra and Danny Wolf's one-two finish in the men's 5k and Anson Henry running the anchor leg of the winning 4x400m relay were the clinchers for the WSU men's win...double winners for the Cougs included Jamil Smith (long and triple jumps), Tim Gehring (hammer, shot put), Cicely Clinkenbeard (long and triple jumps) and Ellannee Richardson (100m hurdles, 200m dash)...Brittany Hinchcliffe shattered her own freshman hammer record with an NCAA PQ toss of 184-10 (56.33m)...Randi Smith reached NCAA PQ with a 400m hurdles time of 58.55...Washington's Brad Walker won the pole vault and bettered his NCAA PQ with a clearance of 18-1 (5.51m) and Husky Mat Schwinn tossed a lifetime best and NCAA PQ of 181-8 (55.38m) to win the records were broken by Kate Soma, UW, in the pole vault (12-5 1/2, 3.80m) and Clinkenbeard, in the triple jump (41-8 3/4w, 12.72m) all, the Cougar women won 13 events and the men nine...the second-line efforts were a major factor in the team victories.

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