Texas Relays Next Stop for Cougar Track & Field

March 31, 2003

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PRESTIGIOUS TEXAS RELAYS NEXT FOR COUGARS: Washington State University will send a small group to the 76th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays presented by Motorola this week...the meet, which attracts 1000s of competitors from the prep through elite level athletes, is held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas, Austin...multi-events (no Cougars) will take place Wed. - Thurs...400m hurdles, 5k race, hammer and men's pole vault are also Thursday...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...no team scoring...results to be posted at www.TexasSports.com website.

WSU OPEN MEET NEXT WEEK: The Cougars will host its first of two collegiate outdoor meets for 2003 next Saturday, April 12...field events will begin at 11 a.m. and the first running event, the women's steeplechase will being at 1:15 p.m.

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.

NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: This is the first year for NCAA Regional Meets...NCAA has divided the Division I schools into four vertically drawn regions: West, Midwest, Mideast, and East....there are 41 men's track and 42 women's track programs in the West Region...the meet will be at Stanford May 30-31...instead of national provisional and automatic qualifying standards (with exceptions for the 10k and heptathlon/decathlon events), the regional qualifying standards are based on the 100th best performance nationally from the previous year with all conference champions automatically invited to their respective regional...top-five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-14, at Sacramento...in addition to top five regional finishers, an additional six to eight athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list (in case of injury, illness, false-start/DQ, etc.) as long as that athlete competed in the regional...there will be an approximate 40 percent increase in competitor field sizes...individual events were 18-21 deep and relays 11-12, the 2003 fields will be 27-29 for individual events and 15-16 for relays with the total number of athletes expanded from 388 in 2002 to 544 in 2003.

COUGAR UC MULTI-EVENTS AND STANFORD INVITATIONAL MEET HIGHLIGHTS: Ellannee Richardson won the heptathlon at the UC Multi-Events Meet at Davis with an NCAA AQ of 5,701 points. WSU freshmen Diana Pickler finished third with 5,120 points, and her twin sister Julie Pickler was fourth with 5,024 points, both NCAA PQs. Darion Powell was runner up in the decathlon with an NCAA PQ total of 7,243 points. The Washington State track & field team produced 15 new or improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks at the two-day Stanford Invitational Track & Field Meet. Senior Anna Blue ran a school record time of 16:14.55 to finish fifth in the top section of the women's 5000m race Friday night. Blue clipped 21 seconds off her indoor school record time set last month, and 13 seconds off her personal record time in this event. Blue's time is an NCAA Regional Qualifying time for this event. Senior Bennie Chatman was third in the men's 100m dash final with a time of 10.42 seconds. Chatman had run a wind-aided 10.40 in the prelims and also ran the second leg of the winning men's 4x100m relay. Eric Dudley won the 400m hurdles in an improved NCAA RQ time of 51.19 and was ninth in the 400m dash top section in a PR time of 47.59.

100m - Dan Brink, Anthony Buchanan, Bennie Chatman, James McSwain
1500m - Justin Ireland
110m Hurdles - Darion Powell
400m Hurdles - Eric Dudley
4x100m Relay - Buchanan, Chatman, Kirk, McSwain
High Jump - Kurtiss Dilley
Pole Vault - Tyson Byers, Rick Collins
Shot Put - Tim Gehring
Discus - Sam Lightbody
Javelin - Nate Cummings, Matt McGee
Hammer Throw - Tim Gehring

WSU Women
100m Hurdles - Tamara Gulley, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler, Richardson
400m Hurdles - Monique Jessie
4x100m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Jessie, Richardson
4x400m Relay - Giles, Gulley, Jessie, Richardson
High Jump - Whitney Evans, Robin, Mikesh, Briana Willis
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles
Long Jump - Diana Pickler
Triple Jump - Blessing Ufodiama
Discus - Brittany Hinchcliffe
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
Hammer - Brittany Hinchcliffe, Sammy Jo Missel

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