Cougar Track & Field Full Steam Ahead To Pac-10 Championships

May 11, 2005

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PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SECOND WEEKEND: Washington State University will send 40 student-athletes to the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, May 14-15, at the UCLA's Drake Stadium....this is the 75th annual men's and 19th annual women's conference championship meets...ten conference schools (Oregon State have women only) will compete in the two-day meet with the team champions being crowned Saturday around 5:45 p.m...Saturday's events being at 10:30 a.m. with the men's hammer throw and end with the men's 10k, set for 6:10 p.m...Sunday's events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's hammer throw and conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 5:35 p.m...results can be found both evenings at and at

CONFERENCE FINISHES LAST YEAR/THIS YEAR: UCLA won both men's and women's titles in 2004...Cougar women placed eighth in 2004 (46.5 points) and WSU men were ninth (41 points)...after the first events of the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, WSU's women lead with a commanding 20 points while the Oregon men have 13 points and WSU is second with 10 team points.

PAC-10 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS TV NETWORK: The delayed highlight broadcast of the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates around the country between May 20-25...check cable listings for the exact date and time for your viewing the Northwest, FOX Sports Northwest will air the two-hour telecast Saturday, May 21 at Noon., and Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m.

EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pac-10 performance descending order lists can be viewed online at, click on Performance Lists and again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists...or go to the Pac-10 website,, click on Track & Field page and the lists are on the right side of the page in a printable version and as a PDF.

COUGS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: The WSU women moved up in the Trackwire 25 Women this week to 10th, tied with Texas Southern...the Cougar men are unranked nationally...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Arkansas men...UCLA (2nd) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Stanford's men (4th)...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...four 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 (3rd heptathlon), Julie Pickler (2nd heptathlon), Tamara Diles (3rd pole vault), and Darion Powell (6th decathlon)...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...Cougar women are 12th and the WSU men are 15th (as of 5/10/05).

J. PICKLER, POWELL NAMED PAC-10 ATHLETES OF WEEK: Julie Pickler and Darion Powell captured the Pac-10 multi-events Sunday, May 8...Powell, a junior from Kirkland, Wash., won the decathlon with a lifetime-best and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7531 points, out-distancing second-place Andy Young from Oregon by 366 points...Julie Pickler, a redshirt sophomore from Sachse, Texas, overtook her twin sister and first-day leader, Diana Pickler, to win the heptathlon with a lifetime-best and NCAA AQ total of 5569 points...Diana Pickler took second place with a PR and NCAA AQ of 5563 points and Katie Miller, a junior from Vancouver, Wash., finished in seventh place with a PR and NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 5000 points...Brandon Brownell, sophomore from Olympia, Wash., injured himself in the high jump Saturday and had to withdraw from the competition...this is only the second time in Pac-10 history that both the decathlon and heptathlon champions have come from the same school (Cal's Bevan Hall and Missy Vanek won the multi-events titles in 2000)...WSU has captured the conference heptathlon title four of the past five years with Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson winning the title in 2001, 2002 and 2003...this is the first Cougar decathlon title since Leo Slack won the event in 1996...Pickler's seven-event performance is fourth-best in school history while Powell's point total is fifth-best in WSU decathlon history...for their performances, both Pickler and Powell were named the Pac-10 Track & Field Athletes of the Week (May 2-8)...they are the third and fourth Cougars to earn the honor this year...Diana Pickler was named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 4-10) and James McSwain was named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 11-17).

1500m Haley Paul 4:26.00 (17th / 48th)
100m Hurdles Diana Pickler 13.74 (9th / T56th)
3k Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:44.91 Freshman School Record (15th /63rd)
High Jump Robin Mikesh 1.75m/ 5-8 3/4 (T10th / T40th)
Diana Pickler 1.75m/ 5-8 3/4 (T10th / T40th)
Pole Vault Tamara Diles 4.15m/ 13-7 1/4 School Outdoor Record (4th/ T6th)
Triple Jump Sarah Burns 12.38m/ 40-7 1/2 (T9th / T73rd)
Kaylee Gardner 12.28m/ 40-3 1/2 (T11th / T92nd)
Discus McKenzie Burgess 47.66m/ 156-4 (25th / T89th)
Javelin Jenna Dean 51.70m/ 169-7 School Record (3rd / 10th)
Rachel Bertholf 50.09m / 164-4 (4th / 14th)
Heptathlon Julie Pickler 5,569 points - (2nd, 2nd) - NCAA Auto. Qualifying mark
Diana Pickler 5,563 points (3rd, 3rd) - NCAA Auto. Qualifying mark
Katie Miller 5,000 points (11th / 41st) - NCAA Prov. Qualifying mark

100m James McSwain 10.19 (1st / T5th)
200m James McSwain 20.85 (7th / 27th)
Jaycee Robertson 21.10w (16th / T65th)
1500m Justin Ireland 3:48 09 (38th / 122nd)
400m Hurdles John Cassleman 51.16 (6th / T17th)
3k Steeplechase Alex Grant 9:04.36 (19th / 68th)
4x100m Relay Boston, McSwain,
Nygard, Robertson 40.22 (4th / 26th)
Pole Vault Tyson Byers 5.35m/ 17-6 1/2 (T3rd / T10th)
Paul Nicoletti 5.20m/ 17-06 3/4 (T10th / T29th)
Triple Jump Jamil Smith 15.25m/ 50-0 1/2 (9th, 45th)
Discus Drew Ulrick 54.07m/ 177-5 (14th / 42nd)
Javelin Jon Jeffreys 63.50m/ 208-4 (16th / 48th)
Ryan Scott 61.70m/ 202-5 (20th / 71st)
Decathlon Darion Powell 7531 points (1st / 7th) - NCAA Auto. Qualifying mark

*Coaches are not required to turn in Proof of Performance information to the NCAA until Wednesdays therefore some regional and national rankings printed here may change.

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.

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.

100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson
200m - James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson
400m - no entry
800m - Justin Chambers
1500m - Justin Ireland
5000m - no entry
10,000m - Andrew Jones
110m Hurdles - Darion Powell
400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Eric Nygard
3000m Steeplechase - Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Phil Hinrichs
4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, Nygard, Robertson
4x400m Relay - Boston, Cason, Cassleman, McSwain, Nygard
High Jump - Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - Paul Nicoletti
Long Jump - Darion Powell, Ryan Thomas
Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Jamil Smith
Shot Put - no entry
Discus - Drew Ulrick
Javelin - Jon Jeffreys, Ryan Scott
Hammer Throw - no entry

100m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
200m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - no entry
1500m - Molly Bull, Haley Paul
5000m - Collier Lawrence
10,000m - Kelly Ramirez
100m Hurdles - Diana Pickler
400m Hurdles - no entry
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles
Long Jump - no entry
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess
Discus - McKenzie Burgess
Javelin - Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
Hammer - McKenzie Burgess
3000m Steeplechase - Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Kayle Peterson
4x100m Relay - Hatcher, D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Porter
4x400m Relay - Hatcher, D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Porter, Probasco-Canda, Kameko Wilson

Tyson Byers OUT SITTING OUT PAC-10 MEET: Tyson Byers (redshirt sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) will not compete in the at the Pac-10 Championships...a NCAA Regional Qualifier whose 17-6 1/2 (5.35m) pole vault is ranked third in the West Region and 10th nationally...strained his left hamstring during the WSU-Washington Dual Meet April 30 in Seattle...expected to be fully recovered and compete at the West Regional.

Justin Ireland VERSUS BIKE = BAD FINISH: Justin Ireland (redshirt junior, Issaquah, Wash.) will compete in the men's 1500m at the Pac-10 Championships...struck by a bicyclist riding on a sidewalk parallel to Stadium Way at Flag Lane as he started his training run Wed., April 13...impact of the collision caused Ireland to receive serious facial injuries, including broken bones around his left eye which were surgically repaired Tues., April 19...ran a 1500m NCAA RQ time March 26...has been able to take training runs for the past two weeks.

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

James McSwain PAC-10 MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (April 11-17): James McSwain was named the Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week arfter winning the Mt. SAC Relays men's University/Open 100m dash with the second-fastest time in the world this year, 10.19 seconds...also second-fastest non-wind-aided time in WSU history, behind Anson Henry's 10.17 (2002) and tied with Augustin Olobia (1991).

COUGAR SIGNEES FOR 2005-06 YEAR: The Washington State coaching staff signed an impressive group of prep track and field/cross country athletes to compete for the Cougars next year: Sam Ahlbeck, distance, Renton, Wash.; Vic Asher, throws, Vancouver, Wash.; Reny Follett, middle distance, Lewiston, Idaho; Matt Lamb, throws, Emmett, Idaho; Chase Mancuso, throws, Mukilteo, Wash.; Tiffany Maskulinski, pole vault, Elma, NY; Jasmine McCormack, throws, Arlington, Wash.; Clint Osborn, thrower from Lake Stevens, Wash.; Marisa Sandoval, distance, Los Alamos, NM; Jimmy Schofield, middle distance, Spanaway, Wash.; Catie Schuetzle, long jump and triple jump, Spokane, Wash.; Dominic Smargiassi, distance, Auburn, Wash.; Devin Timpson, sprinter, Ocean Shores, Wash.; and Moreno Zapata, jumper, Lakewood, Wash.

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