Track & Field Opens Indoor Season, Indoor Facility

Jan. 21, 2003

YOUR MARKS, GET SET, LET THE SEASON BEGIN: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams opens the 2003 season with the christening of the WSU Indoor Practice Facility's Mondo track...the WSU Open will feature a variety of early season irregular intermediate distances in addition to the traditional 60m sprints and hurdles and 3000m races...a co-ed 4x400m relay will conclude the Open's debut...collegiate teams bringing competitors include Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana and Community Colleges of Spokane...both weight throws will take place Friday, Jan. 24...the remaining field events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25...all competitors will be charged a $5 entry fee at the WSU Open...spectators may watch Friday's events free of charge but a $5 per person admission fee will be charged Saturday...parking is available in the Yellow Lot between Beasley Coliseum and the WSU Tennis Courts.

WSU INDOOR TRACK HISTORY: The last time Washington State held an indoor track and field competition was March 18, 1978, in Hollingbery Fieldhouse...male competitors from Spokane Falls CC and Eastern Washington joined WSU in the seven running and seven field events...several Cougar greats were in action...Henry Rono won the two-mile run, Georges Kablan won the 60-yard dash, and Dwight Midles won the hammer throw.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 30th season with the Cougar track program; ninth year as a head coach, eighth year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Mark Macdonald, Kris Grimes, Francesca Green and Jason Drake...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien and Michael Friedberg.

TEAM HISTORY: 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 the 2002 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar men finished second while the women were third...WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan was named West Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year by the US Track Coaches Association for the past two years.

ABOUT THE COUGAR WOMEN: The Cougar women are anchored by outstanding returnees including redshirt senior All-Americans Whitney Evans and Ellannee Richardson and sophomore Tamara Diles...Evans is a six-time All-American with five certificates in the high jump...Richardson is a two-time All-American heptathlete who owns the school record in the 400m (54.14i) and will also compete in a wide variety of events...Tamara Diles is the school record holder in the pole vault and placed third at the national meet last year...sophomore throwers Brittany Hinchcliffe and Marie Muai set freshman school records last year in the weight throw and the discus, respectively...other WSU vets to watch during the indoor season include distance runner Anna Blue, sprinter Tiffany Giles, hurdler Tamara Gulley, thrower Shannon Rance, and triple jumper Blessing Ufodiama...JC All-American hurdler Monique Jessie leads a list of newcomers looking to have an immediate impact...freshmen include sprinter Nicole Hatcher, high jumper Robin Mikesh, and heptathletes Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler.

ABOUT THE COUGAR MEN: Redshirt senior All-American intermediate hurdler Eric Dudley will only compete in the outdoor season in 2003...sprinters Anthony Buchanan and Bennie Chatman will not be competing in the Jan. 25 meet but freshman James McSwain will join Dan Brink in the Cougar starting blocks...Jamil Smith, Pac-10 scorer in both the long jump and triple jump will lead a group of freshmen in those events...Martin Boston, Ben Hampton, and Kyle Kraemer bring impressive credentials to the long and triple jumps...transfer Kurtiss Dilley, California JC champion, and junior Matt Alverson, returning after not competing last year, will be the Cougars' one-two punch in the high jump since sophomore Patrick Harrigan is redshirting after December ankle surgery...pole vaulters Tyson Byers (freshman) and Rick Collins (senior) had solid performances to open their 2003 indoor season at the Pole Vault Summit last weekend in Reno...decathletes Darion Powell (sophomore indoor, redshirt freshman outdoor), David Turpin (JC transfer) and Matt McGee (senior) will compete in several events during the indoor season to prepare for outdoors...on the oval, distance runners Dan Wolf (sophomore) and Ian Johnson (redshirt junior) will lead the way as several freshmen, including Reid Carrell, adapt to the indoor the middle distance races will be sophomores Jon Manthey and Justin Ireland...redshirt junior Tim Gehring is the top returning indoor thrower with Sam Lightbody not competing this weekend and freshman Mark Matthey making his collegiate shot put debut.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24Throws (Trials / Finals)6 p.m. (M) 35# Weight Throw, (W) 20# Weight Throw (W) to follow Men's event

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25Horizontal Jumps (4 attempts only)8:30 a.m.(M) Long Jump(W) Long Jump to follow Men's Long Jump(M) Triple Jump - follows Women's Long Jump(W) Triple Jump to follow Men's Triple Jump10 a.m.(M) Pole Vault(W) Pole Vault to follow Men's Pole Vault(W) High Jump(M) High Jump to follow Women's High JumpThrows Trials/Finals10 a.m.(M) Shot Put(W) Shot Put to follow Men's Shot Put

Running Events - 10 a.m.Since the number of competitors/heats are unknown, we will follow this order of events and each event will begin at the conclusion of the preceding event.60m HH (39' HS Boys) Final60m HH (42' M) Prelims60m HH (W) Prelims60m HH (42' M) Final60m HH (W) Final60m (M) Prelims60m (W) Prelims60m (M) Final60m (W) Final1000m (M)1000m (W)300m (M)300m (W)600m (M)600m (W)3000m (M)3000m (W)Co-Ed 4x4 Relay (2 Men/2 Women)

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