Four Cougars Off To NCAA Track & Field Championships

March 9, 2004

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FOUR COUGARS COMPETE IN FIVE EVENTS AT NCAAS: Washington State University will have one woman and three men competing in five events at the NCAA Div. I Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville...the lone Cougar woman is sophomore Diana Pickler who will compete in the pentathlon...WSU's men competing are senior Tim Gehring in the shot put, redshirt sophomore Danny Wolf in the 3,000m, and redshirt junior Matt Mason in the 60m hurdles and the long jump...the competition schedules are listed below...results will be posted on the website,, when available Friday and Saturday.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 31st season with the Cougar track program; tenth year as a head coach, ninth 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, Jason Drake and Ellannee Richardson, former All-American heptathlete and sprinter...volunteer coaches are Dan O'Brien, Michael Friedberg, and Andrea Thornton.

(Listed as Pacific Standard Times)
Friday, March 12
12:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put Preliminary & Final - Tim Gehring
3:20 p.m. 60m Hurdles Preliminary - Matt Mason
4:00 p.m. Men's Long Jump Preliminary & Final - Matt Mason
6:20 p.m. 60m Hurdles Final - Matt Mason
Saturday, March 13
9:00 a.m. Women's Pentathlon - Diana Pickler
5:50 p.m. Men's 3000m Run - Danny Wolf

* = Automatic mark, # = Provisional mark (National Standing)
Women: Pole Vault Tamara Diles # 4.00m / 13-1 1/2 (T21st)
Triple Jump Blessing Ufodiama # 12.89m / 42-3 1/2 SR (26th)
Weight Throw Marie Muai # 19.37m / 63-6 3/4 SR (23rd)
Pentathlon Diana Pickler # 3,913 points SR (10th)
Men: 3000m Danny Wolf # 7:58.78 (13th)
60m Hurdles Matt Mason # 7.80 (T15th)
Long Jump Matt Mason * 8.08m / 26-6 1/4 SR (3rd)
Shot Put Tim Gehring # 18.74m / 61-5 3/4 (14th)
Heptathlon Brandon Brownell # 5,154 points SR (48th)

LAST YEAR: WSU was represented by six individuals at the 2003 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships and all six returned as All-Americans...Whitney Evans (4th, high jump), women's 4x400m Relay (7th, Tiffany Giles, Monique Jessie, Angelita Green and Ellannee Richardson), and Kurtiss Dilley (5th, men's high jump)...the WSU women had seven points, tied for 26th while the WSU men had four points, tied for 45th in the final team standings.

Diana Pickler (sophomore, Sachse, Texas) bettered her NCAA PQ in the pentathlon from the 3,734 points at the Cougar Indoor to 3,913 points and second place at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation pentathlon...finished fifth in 60m hurdles with PR time of 8.44...also ran third leg of 4x400m relay - second place at MPSF with time of 3:42.00...tied for fifth in the high jump with a lifetime-best of 1.67m/5-5 3/4 at the Pac-10 Invite...competed in heptathlon at NCAA Outdoor Championships last summer but did not finish 800m run.
Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) opened season with NCAA PQ and PR shot put throw of 18.74m/61-5 3/4 at WSU Open...also leads WSU in weight throw at 17.40m/57-1...fifth in shot at MPSF (18.05m/59-2 3/4)...first trip to any NCAA Championship.
Matt Mason (junior, Marietta, Ga.) transferred to WSU at the start of spring semester...won Pac-10 Invite long jump with a Dempsey Indoor Facility record, school record and an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 7.87m/25-10...eclipsed 16-year old WSU indoor school long jump record of 25-9 1/4 set by Bill Ayears in 1988...ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 7.80 in the 60m hurdles at Husker Invite...improved long jump with winning MPSF leap of 8.08m/26-6 1/4 and won 60m hurdles in 7.80...also anchored 4x400m relay to third place with SR 3:11.24...first NCAA Indoor a Florida State freshman, competed in intermediate hurdles prelims at 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Danny Wolf (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) ran a lifetime-best and NCAA PQ 3000m time of 7:58.78 for third at MPSF...ran PR mile of 4:06.00 at the Husker Invite...ran on DMR that placed fifth at MPSF in time of 9:56.75...first NCAA Championship competition.

NATIONAL POLLS: The Washington State men's team is ranked T24th in the Trackwire 25 for Men (3/9/04)...available online since the 1997 season, 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...this projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA the Men's Dandy Dozen for March 9, Danny Wolf is 10th in the 3000m and Matt Mason is third in the long jump and sixth in the 60m the current Women's Dandy Dozen, Diana Pickler is 10th in the the Team Power Rankings (3/8/04), a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential, the WSU men are 10th and the Cougar women are 23rd.

MASON MAKES MARK(S): Matt Mason, a junior semester transfer, broke his own school record indoor long jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships (2/28, Seattle) with a winning leap of 8.08m/26-6 1/4, the second-best leap nationally this year...he previously leaped 25-10 (2/14, Seattle), eclipsing a 16-year old school record...won the MPSF 60m hurdles and equaled his time of 7.80 seconds, eighth-best nationally...capped the MPSF weekend running the anchor leg on the school indoor 4x400m relay of 3:11.24 for third place.

RICHARDSON COMPETES AT IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ellannee Richardson joined the USA National Indoor Track and Field team and competed at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships March 5-7, at Budapest, Hungary, as a member of the women's 4x400m relay team...Richardson, who ran the fastest time in the women's 400m dash prelims (PR 52.93) Feb. 28, at the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boston, finished fifth (53.66) in the Feb. 29, final at the Reggie Lewis Center...she was invited to join the US National Indoor team as a member of the relay team...the Team USA women's 4x400m relay team of Ellannee Richardson, GiGi Miller, Natasha Hastings and Moushaumi Robinson was fourth in their preliminary heat in 3:33.38 and did not advance to the final March 7.

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAPUP: The WSU women scored 73 points for fourth place in the final team standings...Stanford's women won with 148 points followed by UCLA (109) and host Washington (83)...there were twelve women's teams competed in the three-day meet...the Cougar men's team placed seventh with 50 points...UCLA won the team title with 127 points, followed by California in second place (108), and Stanford third (82.5) out of the eleven men's teams...Nicole Hatcher won the women's 200m dash title and Blessing Ufodiama won the triple jump...Matt Mason was the only winner for the Cougar men, taking both the 60m hurdles and long jump titles.

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