Trojan Invite Next for Track & Field Teams

March 21, 2006

COUGARS HEAD TO LOS ANGELES THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the Trojan Invitational, Saturday, March 25 at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the USC campus...several Southern California area schools will compete in addition to WSU, Oregon and USC...hammer competition actually takes place Friday, March 24, at a location to be determined...Saturday field events begin at 9 a.m. and running events commence at 10:30 a.m....results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available after competition concludes.

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.

NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the second year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.

COUGS REACH NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: Five individuals and a relay team reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks last weekend at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson...qualifiers on the women's side included freshman Catie Schuetzle (long jump 19-6) and senior Jenna Dean (javelin 160-8)...RQs from the men's team, junior John Cassleman (400m hurdles 51.83), 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, James McSwain, Justin Woods and Jaycee Robertson (39.67), discus throwers, junior Drew Ulrick (171-10) and freshman Matt Lamb (171-0), and junior Jon Jeffreys (javelin a PR of 213-4).

COUGARS WITH NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE (Regional/National Standings will be posted after April 1, 2006):

WSU Women:Long Jump	         Catie Schuetzle	5.94m/ 19-6Javelin	         Jenna Dean	48.98m/ 160-8

WSU Men:200m Dash James McSwain 21.19400m Hurdles John Cassleman 51.834x100m Relay Boston, McSwain, J. Woods, Robertson 39.67Discus Drew Ulrick 52.37m/ 171-10 Matt Lamb 52.12m/ 171-0Javelin Jon Jeffreys 65.03m/ 213-4


WSU Women100m - Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter200m - Nicole Hatcher, Nicole McClendon, La Shawnda Porter400m - Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda800m - Karen DeMartini, Marisa Sandoval1500m - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Kelly Ramirez,Haley Paul5000m - no entry100m Hurdles - Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler400m Hurdles - Lorraine King, Sara Trané3000m Steeplechase - no entry4x100m Relay - no entry4x400m Relay - King, Pickler, Pickler, Porter, Probasco-Canda,TranéHigh Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh, Katie MillerPole Vault - Tamara Diles, Tiffany MaskulinskiLong Jump - Katie Miller, Catie SchuetzleTriple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie SchuetzleShot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie PicklerDiscus - McKenzie GarbergJavelin - Jenna Dean, Jasmine McCormack, Katie Miller, Diana Pickler, Julie PicklerHammer - McKenzie Garberg

WSU Men100m - Martin Boston, James McSwain, Jaycee Robertson,Brian Woods, Justin Woods200m - Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, Justin Woods400m - no entry800m - Justin Chambers, Justin Ireland, Jimmy Schofield1500m - Danny Wolf5000m - no entry110m Hurdles - Josh Leyk, Robert Williams400m Hurdles - John Cassleman, Josh Leyk, Robert Williams3000m Steeplechase - no entry4x100m Relay - Boston, McSwain, Robertson, J. Woods4x400m Relay - Boston, Cassleman, Chambers, Ireland,McSwain, Schofield, R. Williams, B. WoodsHigh Jump - Kyle Eaton, Ryan ThomasPole Vault - D.J. BrownLong Jump - no entryTriple Jump - Moreno ZapataShot Put - Matt LambDiscus - Matt Lamb, Chase Mancuso, Drew UlrickJavelin - Jon Jeffreys, Ryan ScottHammer - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso

COUGAR OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS: The following student-athletes will redshirt during the outdoor season: distance runners Chris Concha, Alex Grant, Clay Hemlock and Chris Williams, throwers Vic Asher and Cameron Schwisow.

INJURY UPDATES: All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is back in action this weekend after injuring her ankle and missing nearly all the indoor season...pole vaulter Tyson Byers is not competing this weekend although he did participate in limited practice the last two weeks after missing all of the indoor season with a strained hamstring.

WRISTBANDS FOR NYGARD: The WSU Track & Field teams are selling wristbands for senior hurdler Eric Nygard (Wenatchee, Wash.)...Nygard, a scorer in the 400m hurdles at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2005...after an initial treatment, he was thought to be in January 2006, he was informed the cancer had returned and began treatment that prevents him from competing with the WSU Track & Field team...still attending classes at WSU with goal to graduate in August and apply to dental schools...Eric is married and has an infant daughter...wristbands are black with a quote from Charles Beard, selected by Nygard, in yellow lettering, 'When it's dark enough, you can see the stars' and his initials, E.N...cost is $5 (medium and large) purchase a wristband, contact Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson at 509-335-4730...additionally, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is conducting a penny drive through donation containers in each WSU team's locker room with the proceeds going to Nygard...a benevolent account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank under his name for donations to assist with medical expenses and can be made at any WaMu branch.

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