Fourth Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meets

April 22, 2003

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HOME COOKIN' FOR COUGS: The Fourth Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meets are on the schedule for this weekend at the Mooberry Track Complex on the Washington State University campus...Friday, April 25, nearly 300 collegiate and elite athletes from throughout the Northwest and Canada will compete...field events begin at 10 a.m. with the first running event set for 1 p.m...the High School invitational takes place Saturday, April 26 with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events slated to start at 12:30 p.m...approximately 300 prep competitors from high schools representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Canada will participate...the Cougar Invite High School Meet provides the unique aspect of small school athletes competing in the same events as larger school athletes with a fully automated timing system and metric measures...declared list of athletes will be available on the Cougar Track home page at Tuesday afternoon...results will be posted at this site.

COUGAR OLYMPIAN RETURNS: Georgette Reed, 1992 Canadian Olympian thrower and holder of the WSU women's shot put record (54-6/16.61m - 1991) is scheduled to compete in the shot put at the Cougar Invite Friday...Reed is competing for the Alberta Athletics Track Club...her discus throw of 166-11/50.88m (1991) is ranked sixth on the WSU all-time list.

ANNA BLUE RED-LINES COUGAR DISTANCE RECORDS: Senior Anna Blue (Olympia, Wash.) broke the school's 10,000m record April 17, at the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif...her seventh-place finish in the women's invitational race was a school record time of 34 minutes, 25.63 was the first time Blue had run this distance...the previous school record was 35:21.2, run by Lisa Braun in 1988...this year, Blue has raced to school indoor records in the 3000m (9:42.22i) and 5000m (16:35.18i), and the school's outdoor 5000m record (16:14.55)...her time in the 10k is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark: the men's and women's 10k, the heptathlon and decathlon are the only events the NCAA still has automatic and provisional rather than regional qualifying standards.

NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...WSU are tied with Notre Dame at 18th in the latest women's rankings...the Cougar men are not ranked.

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 finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-14, at 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.

WSU MT. SAC HIGHLIGHTS: Tiffany Giles won the women's 400m dash with a season-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 54.07 seconds...Ellannee Richardson was third (13.73) and Tamara Gulley fifth (13.85 NCAA RQ) in the women's 100m hurdles University/Open race...both women improved their 100m dash marks with Richardson clocking in at 11.83 while Gulley ran a 11.84...they teamed up with Giles and Monique Jessie to place second in the women's 4x100m relay in a time of the men's sprints, Anthony Buchanan finished tied for fifth in the men's 100m dash Invitational race with a season-best time of 10.46 seconds...he was the sole collegiate competitor in the race...Buchanan ran a season-best 200m time of 21.26...Cougar men's 4x100m team did not finish their race when the lead leg dropped the the men's 100m dash Olympic Development race, senior Bennie Chatman finished second with a time of 10.40 while freshman James McSwain finished eighth in the 100m dash University/Open division race with a season-best time of 10.79...Eric Dudley finished fifth in the men's 400m hurdles University/Open division with a time of 50.95...Whitney Evans finished fourth in the women's Invitational high jump with a clearance of 5-feet, 10 3/4 inches (1.80m) while Kurtiss Dilley leaped 6-9 1/2 (2.07m) for fifth place in the men's University/Open high jump.

WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED FOR COUGAR INVITE: A list of competitors for both the collegiate and high school meets can be found on the WSU website,

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