WSU Track Travels Across Border To McDonald's Collegiate Meet

Jan. 31, 2006

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COUGARS HIT THE SHORT ROAD: Washington State University's indoor track and field teams travel eight miles across the border to the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, for the McDonald's Collegiate Meet, Feb. begin at 11 a.m. Friday with the throws, pole vault, triple jump, 60m dash and hurdles and DMR...the rest of the meet begins at noon Saturday...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available Saturday night.

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.

COUGAR INDOOR MEET: Fifteen meet records were rewritten last weekend at the Cougar Indoor Meet held at WSU's Indoor addition, two NCAA Automatic Qualifying marks and eight NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks were also earned during the two-day team scoring meet...WSU's James McSwain set the men's 60m dash record with a time of 6.69 seconds and Justin Ireland ran the mile in a time of 4:15.79...Cougars Julie Pickler won the pentathlon with 4,180 points and Robin Mikesh won the high jump equaling the meet record height of 5-8 (1.70m)...the USC women's team set seven meet team scoring, WSU's women defeated USC 68-61, Idaho 80-50, and Utah State 96-31...Cougar men defeated Idaho 86-52, and Utah State 84-57.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Five 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...sprinter James McSwain joined his teammates with a 10th place ranking in the 60m dash...All-American pole vaulters Tyson Byers (7th) and Tamara Diles (6th) are listed as are All-American multi-events specialists Julie Picker (8th) and Diana Pickler (9th)

SCHOOL RECORDS: Julie Pickler broke her sister Diana's 2005 school record in the pentathlon Jan. 27 at the Cougar Indoor Meet...Pickler scored an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 4,180 points to win the event and she is the current national leader for this event....freshman Robert Williams broke the WSU men's indoor freshman mark for the 60m hurdles with his 8.18 seconds in winning the event at the Cougar Indoor Jan. 28...Williams had tied the record the previous weekend at the WSU Open with his winning time of 8.23 seconds, equaling Darion Powell's 2002 mark.

NATIONAL POLE VAULT SUMMIT: Three Cougar pole vaulters competed at the National Pole Vault Summit and Olympic Development Clinic at the Hilton Hotel in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 28...All-American Tamara Diles cleared 13-3 1/2 (4.05m), a season-best height, and freshman Tiffany Maskulinski cleared 12-3 1/2 (3.75m)...All-American Tyson Byers started competing with the bar at 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) and changed to a heavier pole after missing on his first attempt but felt a twinge in his hamstring on the second attempt approach and withdrew from the competition.

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 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: Before dropping out of the Cougar Indoor pentathlon with an ankle injury, WSU All-American multi-events specialist Diana Pickler reached an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark in the 60m hurdles...freshman Sara Trané (Sweden) lowered her 800m time for the second week with a Cougar Indoor 2:12.56...Martin Boston triple jumped indoors for the first time collegiately and went 48-6 (14.78m)...Isley Gonzalez dropped her mile time below 5 minutes with her 4:58.23 time.

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