Cougars Host Indoor Team Invitational Track & Field Meet

Jan. 28, 2003

ONE MORE TIME: After the very successful first track and field meet in the Washington State University Indoor Practice Facility, the Cougars will host the Cougar Team Indoor Invitational Meet this weekend...collegiate teams from Idaho, New Mexico, Central Washington, and Whitworth are set to compete...the club team from North Idaho College will also be on hand...both weight throw events will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31...Saturday, Feb. 1, the remaining field events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 10 a.m...spectators may watch Friday's events free of charge...Saturday admission is $5 per person or $10 per family (two adults, two children or one adult and three children...WSU students are admitted with a valid Sports Pass...parking is available in the Yellow Lot between Beasley Coliseum and the WSU Tennis Courts.

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.

LAST WEEK'S WSU INDOOR TRACK HIGHLIGHTS: The Cougar women won five of the six field events at the WSU Open Meet with Blessing Ufodiama winning both the long and triple jumps...Whitney Evans (high jump), Karla McGee (pole vault), and Shannon Rance (shot put) were other field winners....Tiffany Giles captured the only women's win on the track in the 300m race...Cougar alumni captured three events - Andrea Thornton (20# Weight), Anson Henry (60m) and Arend Watkins (60m Hurdles)...freshman Tyson Byers won the pole vault...Danny Wolf was the 1000m race winner.

WSU INDOOR 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.

TAKE A SEAT: Washington State University track and field student-athletes sitting out for the 2003 indoor season because of injuries: Kyle Barker (redshirt senior, distance runner, knee surgery), Patrick Harrigan (sophomore, high jumper, ankle surgery), and Mike Schramm (freshman, thrower, knee surgery)...All-American and 2001 Pac-10 Champion Eric Dudley (redshirt senior intermediate hurdler) only has outdoor season eligibility so will compete as an unattached athlete at area meets...also not competing in Cougar uniforms this winter are school-record holder and All-American (third place 2002 NCAA Indoor Champs) Tamara Diles (redshirt freshman pole vaulter) and Billy Reamer (redshirt freshman decathlete) who are not participating during the indoor season to bring their eligibility into line with their outdoor season - both competed indoors in 2002 but injury prevented outdoor competition last year...Dione Cason (sophomore sprinter) is redshirting both the indoor and outdoor season.

OUCH!: Cougar assistant coach Francesca Green was on the long jump runway, ready to take her first competitive leap of the day at the WSU Open last Sat., Jan. 25, when her Achilles tendon snapped...she had surgery Tues., Jan. 28, and will be in rehabilitation mode for the next four to six months.

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