MPSF Championships Next for Cougar Track & Field

Feb. 21, 2006


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COUGARS TRAVEL TO MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University track and field teams travel to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus...a complete MPSF Championship Meet schedule can be found at the University of Washington ( web site...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available each day.

TEAMS COMPETING AT 2006 MPSF: Men's and women's teams joining WSU's 27 men and 24 women are: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Long Beach State and host Washington...UC Irvine and Cal Poly's women's teams compete.

COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State 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.

WSU'S RETURNING MPSF SCORERS: Cougars who produced points at the 2005 MPSF Championships and are returning this year include: La Shawnda Porter (7th-200m), Brandi Probasco-Canda (6th-400m), Haley Paul (8th-mile), Julie Pickler (t3rd-high jump, 2nd-pentathlon), Katie Miller (7th-high jump, 5th-pentathlon), Tamara Diles (2nd-pole vault), and James McSwain (2nd-60m, 3rd-200m).

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...coaches Farwell, Macdonald, Richardson, McGee and Thornton all competed for WSU.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU's women's team is ranked T22nd in the Trackwire Online Top 25 national poll...this is the third week WSU women have been ranked...Texas women are ranked first...Pac-10 schools ranked (women) this week (Feb. 21) include Stanford (2nd), Arizona State (t11th), USC (t11th), UCLA (t14th), and Oregon (t22nd)...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, 8th)...LSU is the top-ranked men's team.

SCHOOL RECORDS: New marks to add to the school records list are Haley Paul in the 3000m with her 9:40.30 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.

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 the 2005 MPSF Championships Pickler won the high jump and the pentathlon...another Cougar All-American, junior pole vaulter Tyson Byers, has a strained hamstring and is being evaluated weekly.

WSU Women

60m - Nicole Hatcher
200m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter
400m - Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Sara Trané
Mile - no entry
3000m - Karen DeMartini, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Haley Paul, Marisa Sandoval
5000m - Collier Lawrence, Kelly Ramirez
4x400m Relay - Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Sara Trané
Distance Medley Relay - Marisa Sandoval, Kameko Wilson, Karen DeMartini, Isley Gonzalez
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie Miller, Julie Pickler
Pole Vault - Tamara Diles, Tiffany Maskulinski
Long Jump - Catie Schuetzle
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner, Catie Schuetzle
Shot Put - McKenzie Burgess Garberg, Jessica Zita
Weight Throw - no entry
Pentathlon - Katie Miller, Julie Pickler

60m - James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
200m - James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
400m - John Cassleman
800m - Jimmy Schofield
Mile - Justin Ireland
3000m - Sam Ahlbeck, Evan Blanshan, Alex Grant, Mike Heidt, Andrew Jones
5000m - Alex Grant, Mike Heidt, Andrew Jones, Drew Polley
60m Hurdles - Robert Williams
4x400m Relay - John Cassleman, Jimmy Schofield, Brian Woods, Justin Woods
Distance Medley Relay - Clay Hemlock, Brian Woods, Matt Miller, Evan Blanshan
High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan Thomas
Pole Vault - D.J. Brown
Long Jump - no entry
Triple Jump - Martin Boston, Moreno Zapata
Shot Put - Drew Ulrick
Weight Throw - Philip MacArthur, Chase Mancuso
Heptathlon - Brandon Brownell

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