WSU Track & Field Treks the Cascades for Husky Dual

April 26, 2005

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CATS VERSUS DAWGS THIS SATURDAY AT SEATTLE: The 94th meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington men's track and field teams will take place Saturday, April 30, at Husky Stadium...also 30th meeting between women's teams...the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 60-32-1 record...the UW women have an 18-11 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won the past seven meetings with the Huskies going back to the 1997 season for a win...last year in Pullman, the Cougar men defeated UW 112-90, while the Husky women were 108-95 winners over Cougars...when using USTCA rankings, the 2005 meet is predicted to finish with a 103-98 WSU win on the men's side and a 101-98 UW win on the women's side...field events begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and the running events commence at 1:15 p.m...complete results will also be posted at the WSU Athletic homepage, site.

WSU HEAD COACH Rick Sloan QUOTES: 'We just have to get two to three days of training in this week and get well-rested and go over and put our best out there against the Huskies. It is going to be a very difficult challenge. They are good on the men's side and they are good on the women's side. We have to be spot-on with our performances to have an opportunity to beat them but I think it can be done. We're going to have to be at our best. Some of the marks we got Saturday (at the Cougar Invite) are encouraging especially leading us into the conference championships. Championship season starts tomorrow for the Cougs and we're in that level of preparation.'

NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED 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 indoor and outdoor season will be used for seeding into the championship heats/flights...Pac-10 website will post a PDF version each Monday by 6 p.m.

COUGS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: The WSU women's team is ranked tied for 12th (with BYU) this week in the Trackwire Online Top 25...WSU women's team debuted two weeks ago tied at 17th, and moved to a tie for 13th last week...the Cougar men are unranked...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Arkansas men...UCLA (5th) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Arizona's men (3rd)...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 event...six Cougs are included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event: Diana Pickler (1st heptathlon), Julie Pickler (5th heptathlon), Tamara Diles (6th pole vault), James McSwain (6th 100m dash), Darion Powell (10th decathlon), and Tyson Byers (11th pole vault)...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...WSU men are 12th and the Cougar women are 16th.

EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: This year the Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at login or password is needed, just click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists...for a printable version, go to the Pac-10 website,, click on Track & Field page and the 2005 Performance lists are listed on the right side of the page in a printable version and as a PDF.

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.

D. PICKLER PAC-10 WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: WSU heptathlete Diana Pickler was honored as the Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 4-10) for the Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field...the redshirt sophomore from Sachse, Texas, won Texas Relays heptathlon with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and PR 5492 points...she leads the nation and is the second-best mark by an American woman this year...she had the top mark in four of the seven events.

James McSwain PAC-10 MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: WSU junior James McSwain was named the Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 11-17) for winning the Mt. SAC Relays men's University/Open 100m dash with the second-fastest time in the world this year, 10.19 is the top time in the US to date and behind only Australia's Joshua Ross' world-leading time of 10.12...also the second-fastest non-wind-aided time in Cougar men's history, behind Anson Henry's 2002 time of 10.17 (also run at the Mt. SAC Relays) and tied with Augustin Olobia's 1991 time of 10.19 (Eugene)...McSwain also ran a 200m NCAA RQ time of 20.85, and ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay season-best time of 40.24.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL COUGAR THROWERS BENEFIT CAR WASH: Throwers from the Washington State University track and field team held a benefit car wash Sunday, April 24, and raised $800 in donations to benefit the family of Pullman resident, Vicki Nasralla, a 39-year-old mother of two who lost her battle with lymphoma two weeks raised will help pay the costs of her medical expenses.

100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson, Jaycee Robertson
200m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jarrell Nelson, Jaycee Robertson
400m - Jared Bjerkestrand, Dione Cason, Bob Frey
800m - Justin Chambers, Chris Concha, Phil Hinrichs, Jon Manthey
1500m - Justin Ireland, Chris Williams, Danny Wolf
3000m Steeplechase - Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Phil Hinrichs
5000m - Ryan Freimuth, Mike Heidt, Andrew Jones, Chris Williams, Danny Wolf
110m Hurdles - Jared Bjerkestrand, Brandon Brownell, Bob Frey, Darion Powell
400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Tyler Fischback, Josh Leyk, Eric Nygard
4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, Nelson, Robertson
4x400m Relay - Boston, Cassleman, McSwain, Nygard
High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - D.J. Brown, Tyson Byers, Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Brandon Brownell, Mason Kien, Darion Powell, Ryan Thomas
Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Ben Hampton, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - Darion Powell, Drew Ulrick
Discus - Brandon Brownell, Darion Powell, Drew Ulrick
Javelin - Jon Jeffreys, Kyle Mitchell, Brett Ortgiesen, Billy Reamer, Ryan Scott
Hammer Throw - Keith Tyler

WSU Women
100m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter
200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Julie Pickler, Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Molly Bull, Meghan Leonard, Haley Paul
1500m - Molly Bull, Haley Paul
3000m Steeplechase - Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Kayle Peterson
5000m - Julia Corbett, Isley Gonzalez, Kelly Ramirez, Natalie Smith
100m Hurdles - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
400m Hurdles - Selena Galaviz, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler
4x100m Relay - Hatcher, D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Porter
4x400m Relay - D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Probasco-Canda, Selena Galaviz
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Shelley Bunday
Long Jump - Sarah Burns, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Discus - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
Hammer - McKenzie Burgess, Jessica Zita

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