Vandal Indoor, McDonald's Open On Tap For WSU Track & Field

Feb. 14, 2006

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COUGARS SET TO COMPETE AT VANDAL INDOOR & U OF IDAHO OPEN MEETS: In the weekend of competition before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, selected members of the Washington State men's and women's indoor track and field teams travel only eight miles this weekend for a pair of meets at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome...Friday, Feb. 17, is the 31st Annual Vandal Indoor Meet which begins at 5 p.m. with the field events but racing begins at 6 p.m...Saturday, Feb. 18, is the McDonald's Open Meet with field events starting at 10:30 a.m. and track events set to start at 11 a.m...results from both meets will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available after competition concludes each evening.

WSU ALUMNI COMPETITNG: After running a 53.21 time in the 400m dash at the Holiday Inn Invite last weekend at Nampa, WSU All-American and assistant coach Ellannee Richardson will race in the Vandal Indoor Friday night...Richardson will race against Allison Beckford, a member of the 2004 Jamaican Olympic team, who won the Husky Classic 400m race last weekend in a time of 53.71...WSU All-American sprinter Anthony Buchanan is scheduled to race in the 60m dash at the Vandal Indoor...Buchanan, from Spokane Valley, currently lives and trains in Florida.

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: WSU's women's team is ranked T21st in the Trackwire Online Top 25 national poll...this is the second week WSU women have been ranked...Texas women are ranked first...Pac-10 schools ranked (women) this week (Feb. 13) include Stanford (2nd), Arizona State (t10th), USC (t10th), UCLA (13th), and Oregon (t21st)...two Cougars are included in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen 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-Americans multi-events specialist Julie Picker (1st) and Tamara Diles (pole vault, 12th).

M-I-A COUGARS: Junior Diana Pickler (Sachse, Texas) is out of competition indefinitely after injuring her foot during the pentathlon at the Cougar Indoor meet Jan. 27...Pickler, an All-American pentathlete and heptathlete during the 2005 seasons, will use the remaining indoor season to rehabilitate...she had reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks in the high jump and 60m hurdles already this season...another Cougar All-American, junior pole vaulter Tyson Byers, has a strained hamstring and will be evaluated weekly.

COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS:* = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: 60m Hurdles Diana Pickler # 8.41 (T37th)
High Jump Diana Pickler # 1.78m / 5-10 (T17th)
Pole Vault Tamara Diles # 4.00m / 13-1 1/2 (T15th))
Pentathlon Julie Pickler * 4180 points SR (1st)

Men: 60m Dash James McSwain # 6.69 (T13th)

SCHOOL RECORDS: New marks to add to the school records list are Haley Paul in the 3000m with her 9:40.40 time at the Husky Classic and Sara Trané with the freshman school record in the 800m with a time of 2:10.62 at the same Seattle meet Feb. 11...Julie Pickler broke her sister Diana's 2005 school record in the pentathlon Jan. 27...Pickler scored an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 4,180 points to win and is the current national leader....freshman Robert Williams ran the WSU men's indoor freshman 60m hurdles record with his time of 8.18 seconds Jan. 28...Williams had tied the record of 8.23 the previous weekend at the WSU Open.

WSU Women
60m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter, Catie Schuetzle
200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Kameko Wilson
Mile - Katie Troy
4x400m Relay - Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Sara Trané, Kameko Wilson
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn
High Jump - Robin Mikesh
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Tiffany Maskulinski
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess Garberg, Jessica Zita
Discus - McKenzie Burgess Garberg, Jessica Zita
60m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods
200m - Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods
400m - Josh Leyk
800m - John Cassleman, Matt Miller, Sam Stone
Mile - Alex Grant, Dominic Smargiassi
60m Hurdles - Bob Frey, Josh Leyk, Robert Williams
High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - DJ Brown, Brandon Brownell
Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Moreno Zapata
Shot Put - Drew Ulrick, Vic Asher (unat), Matt Lamb (unat)
Weight Throw - Philip MacArthur, Chase Mancuso
Discus - Chase Mancuso, Drew Ulrick, Matt Lamb (unat)

WSU Women
60m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter, Brandi Probasco-Canda
400m - Selena Galaviz, Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Kameko Wilson
3000m - Alyssa Modrell, Kayle Peterson, Natalie Smith
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn
Long Jump - Catie Schuetzle
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess Garberg, Jessica Zita
Weight Throw - Katie Corder, Jessica Zita
60m - Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
200m - Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
400m - Josh Leyk, Brian Woods
800m - Justin Chambers (unat)
3000m - Ryan Freimuth
60m Hurdles - Brandon Brownell, Bob Frey, Josh Leyk
Long Jump - Nick Isaac
Shot Put - Brandon Brownell, Clint Osborn, Drew Ulrick, Vic Asher (unat), Matt Lamb (unat)
Weight Throw - Philip MacArthur, Chase Mancuso

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