WSU Track & Field Heads To 'Zona For First Outdoor Meet

March 15, 2005

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COUGARS OPEN OUTDOOR SEASON AT TUCSON: The Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the first outdoor meet of the season this weekend...the Cougars will travel 16 men and 16 women to the 21st Annual Willie Williams Classic at the Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona is a two-day, non-scoring meet...a large high school competition runs concurrently with the collegiate's javelin opens the Friday events at 4 p.m. with the concluding event, the men's 5000m slated to begin at 9 p.m...Saturday's events begin at 10 a.m. and finish with the men's 4x400m relay at 2:30 p.m. (all times Arizona Time)......results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available after competition concludes each evening...some Cougar competitors will also be participating in the Spokane Community College Dusty Lane Invite.

EMPHASIS ON OUTDOOR EVENTS: The Williams Classic Meet will find Cougars competing in events not contested during the indoor season...WSU will have both men and women entries in the 3000m steeplechase, 400m hurdles, discus, javelin, and hammer.

NO QUALIFYING MARKS FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the first year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for entrance into its championships meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered in the conference championships meet at each head coach's marks from the outdoor season will be used to construct descending order lists, and the Pac-10 will allow the use of indoor marks for seeding into the championship heats/flights.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 32nd season with the Cougar track program; 11th year as a head coach, 10th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Kris Grimes, Mark Macdonald, and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Michael Friedberg, Matt McGee and Andrea Thornton.

COUGARS AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Diana Pickler (redshirt sophomore, Sachse, Texas) came away with an All-America certificate after placing 10th in the pentathlon (4000 points)...Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue, Wash.) finished ninth in the women's pole vault (4.10m/13-5 1/4i)...Tyson Byers (redshirt sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) finished in 10th place in the men's pole vault (5.30m/17-4 1/2i)...Darion Powell (junior, Kirkland, Wash.) had a no height in the high jump and dropped out of the heptathlon after the first-day, while Julie Pickler (redshirt sophomore, Sachse, Texas) had three fouls in the long jump and dropped out of the pentathlon.

NATIONAL POLLS: The Team Power Rankings is 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 21st and the Cougar women are 21st (3/5/05).

100m - James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson
200m - James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson
400m - John Cassleman, Josh Leyk, Eric Nygard
800m - Justin Ireland
1500m - no entry
3000m Steeplechase - Chris Concha, Phil Hinrichs, Chris Williams
5000m - no entry
110m Hurdles - Brandon Brownell, Ryan Thomas
400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Josh Leyk, Eric Nygard
4x100m Relay - Cassleman, Leyk, McSwain, Nygard
4x400m Relay - no entry
High Jump - Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - no entry
Long Jump - no entry
Triple Jump - no entry
Shot Put - Mike Schramm, Drew Ulrick
Discus - Brandon Brownell, Darion Powell, Mike Schramm, Ryan Thomas, Drew Ulrick
Javelin - Brandon Brownell, Jon Jeffreys, Darion Powell, Billy Reamer, Ryan Thomas
Hammer Throw - no entry

WSU Women
100m - Nicole Hatcher
200m - Nicole Hatcher, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Kameko Wilson
400m - Selena Galaviz, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Kameko Wilson
800m - Molly Bull, Haley Paul
1500m - no entry
3000m Steeplechase - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard
5000m - no entry
100m Hurdles - Katie Miller
400m Hurdles - Selena Galaviz
4x100m Relay - no entry
4x400m Relay - Galaviz, Hatcher, Probasco-Canda, Wilson
High Jump - no entry
Pole Vault - no entry
Long Jump - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler
Triple Jump - no entry
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Discus - Mc Kenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Hammer - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita

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