Cougar Indoor Track Meet Friday & Saturday at IPF.

Jan. 24, 2006

COUGARS HOST SECOND HOME INDOOR TRACK MEET: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams will meet competitors from Utah State, University of Idaho and University of Southern California's women this Friday and Saturday at the Cougar Indoor Meet...the WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside the six-lane 200m oval...competition starts Friday, Jan. 27 with the women's pentathlon (2:30 p.m.) and men's heptathlon (3:30 p.m.)...Friday night at 7 p.m. the men's long jump, men's and women's weight throws take place...combined events continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the rest of the meet commencing at 10 a.m...the final event of the day, the 1600m relays begin at 3:30 p.m...the meet program listing competitors for each event will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, by noon Thurs., Jan. 26...complete results will be posted on the following the meet's completion on the same site.

TEAM SCORING FORMAT: The Cougar Indoor Meet will be a team scoring meet with dual meet scoring - 5-3-2-1 points for first through four place and 5-3 points for first and second place in the relays...each team will compete against all others in the meet, producing a pair of duals for each men's team and three dual results for each women's team.

NATIONAL POLE VAULT SUMMIT: Three Cougar pole vaulters will compete at the National Pole Vault Summit and Olympic Development Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Reno, Nevada, this weekend...All-Americans Tyson Byers and Tamara Diles along with freshman Tiffany Maskulinski will participate in the USATF competition...Diles cleared the best women's collegiate height during the 2005 Summit at 4.15m/13-7 1/4.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 33rd season with the Cougar track program; 12th year as a head coach, 11th 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), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coach Andrea Thornton returns for her third year with the program.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Four Cougars are included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen second list of the 2006 indoor season...the Dandy Dozen is, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...All-American pole vaulters Tyson Byers (6th) and Tamara Diles (6th) are listed as are All-American multi-events specialists Julie Picker (7th) and Diana Pickler (8th).

COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS:* = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)

Women:High Jump - Diana Pickler # 1.78m / 5-10 (not available)Pole Vault - Tamara Diles # 4.00m / 13-1 1/2 (not available)

SCHOOL RECORDS: Freshman Robert Williams tied the WSU men's indoor freshman mark for the 60m hurdles in the WSU Open Jan. 21...Williams won the race with a time of 8.23 seconds, equaling Darion Powell's 2002 mark.

M-I-A COUGAR: Brandon Brownell, combined events specialist, was in a truck versus bus accident last Friday morning in Pullman so will not be competing in the heptathlon this weekend recovering from sore knees and an airbag to the face.

COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...MPSF teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 Men's Teams include: t7. Arizona, 11. Oregon, t20. USC; MPSF teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 Women's Teams include: 5. Stanford, 6. Arizona State, t10. UCLA and California, t15. Oregon, t20. Northern Arizona and Cal the 2005 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished sixth while the men were seventh...Diana Pickler won the women's pentathlon and the high jump.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: WSU All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler reached an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and PR setting the WSU Open meet record with her winning high jump of 1.78m/5-10...All-American Tamara Diles won the pole vault with an NCAA PQ height of 4.00m/13-1 1/2...freshman Sara Trané (Sweden) won the 800m with a meet record time of 2:13.30...freshman Catie Schuetzle (Spokane) won the long jump with a meet record leap of 5.81m/19-0 3/4...sophomore La Shawnda Porter won both the 60m dash (7.73) and the 200m dash (25.72)...other Cougar winners included Brandi Probasco-Canda (400m), Collier Lawrence (mile), Sarah Burns (triple jump), Jessica Zita (unattached, shot put), James McSwain (60m), Jarrell Nelson (200m), Devin Timpson (400m), Clay Hemlock (800m), Evan Blanshan (unattached, mile), Robert Williams (60m hurdles), and Ryan Thomas (high jump).

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