WSU Track & Field Competes in Moscow This Weekend

Feb. 13, 2007

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COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CLOSE TO HOME: 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 for a pair of meets at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome...Friday, Feb. 16, is the 32nd Annual Vandal Indoor Meet which begins at 11 a.m. with the discus competition but the remaining field events start at 5 p.m...racing begins at 6 p.m...Saturday, Feb. 17, is the McDonald's Open Meet with both track and field events starting at 9 a.m...results from both meets will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes each evening.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team moved up to 15th in the Trackwire Women's Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) this week...the WSU men are not ranked...in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...All-American multi-events specialists Diana Picker (2nd) and Julie Pickler (5th), are ranked this week as is Tyson Byers (11th) in the men's pole vault....women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. Arizona State, 3. Stanford, 15. Washington State, T21. USC...Pac-10 men's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 6. Washington, 8. Oregon, 10. Stanford...the Cougar women are also ranked in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th 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 coaches included former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles, Bob Frey and Luan Weeks.

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


WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2007:


Women: 60m Hurdles Diana Pickler # 8.26 (T44th)
  High Jump Diana Pickler # 1.79m / 5-10 1/2 ( )
  Shot Put McKenzie Garberg # 15.27m/ 50-1 1/24 ( )
  Pentathlon Diana Pickler * 4260 points (1st)
    Julie Pickler # 4003 points (5th)
Men: Pole Vault Tyson Byers # 5.31m/ 17-5 ( )
Women: 60m Dash Princess Joy Griffen 7.51 Freshman School Indoor Record
  60m Hurdles Diana Pickler 8.26 Ties School Record
  Dist. Med. Relay Egami, Galaviz, Trané, Paul 11:48.50  
Men: 1600m Relay Schauble, Follett, Hewitt-Gaffney, Lemenager 3:17.11 Freshman School Indoor Record

RELAY RECORDS: The WSU women's distance medley relay team of Lisa Egami, Selena Galaviz, Sara Trané and Haley Paul won the DMR at the Husker Invite (2/3/07, Lincoln) with the fastest indoor time in school history of 11:48.50i...it is the second-fastest time in overall records behind the 11:47.11 of Lisa Schaures, Sharika Higgins, Alishia Booterbaugh, and Megan Maynard in 1999...Cougar men's 1600m relay team of Kyle Schauble, Reny Follett, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, and Luke Lemenager ran a time of 3:17.11 Feb. 10, at the Husky Classic meet to set the WSU freshman school indoor record...the former school freshman indoor record time was 3:17.56, set in 2001 by Dan Brink, Ryan Wieseler, J.K. Haines and Qieed Ishmael.

NCAA PERFORMANCE LISTS: Diana Pickler's 4,260 points leads the national in the pentathlon while Julie Pickler's 4,003 pts is fifth-best...Tyson Byers' 17-2 3/4 pole vault is 12th-best nationally to date.

BYERS OWNS FACILITY RECORD: Fifth-year senior All-American Tyson Byers (Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the Cougar Indoor (1/27/07) pole vault with a clearance at 17-2 3/4 (5.25m)...this bettered his winning mark from the WSU Open meet the previous weekend where he soared 17-0 3/4 (5.20m) for the WSU indoor facility record, meet record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark...Byers became the first man to clear 17-feet in the Indoor Practice Facility where the Cougars host indoor track and field meets...he broke a WSU indoor facility record that was set 29 years ago, in 1978, by Brian Worden with his pole vault of 16-10 3/4 (5.15m) in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

GARBERG PUTS SHOT INTO COUGAR TOP THREE: Junior thrower McKenzie Garberg threw the shot put an NCAA PQ and PR distance of 50-feet, 1 1/4 inches (15.27m) for second place at the Husker Invite at Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 3...Garberg's best toss was her sixth and final throw of the day and is the third-best women's shot put mark in WSU women's history behind Georgette Reed (54-6 in 1991) and Shannon Rance (51-1i in 2002)...she is currently fourth in the MPSF rankings and 27th nationally.

DISCUS FLYING INDOORS: WSU's Matt Lamb and Drew Ulrick threw lifetime-bests in the discus at the McDonald's Collegiate Indoor Meet at the Idaho Kibbie Dome Feb. 2...Lamb, a sophomore from Emmett, Idaho, tossed the plastic disk 191-4 (58.31m)...Ulrick, a senior from Spokane, Wash., threw a distance of 183-6 (55.93m).

PICKLERS IN NATIONAL OUTDOOR RANKINGS: Multi-events specialists Diana and Julie Pickler are ranked fifth and ninth, respectively, in the Track & Field News Magazine rankings for United State heptathletes...Diana set the school record last June with her 5,855 points for fifth place at the USA Outdoor Championships...Julie has a PR of 5,734 points...both are fifth-year seniors and All-Americans from Sachse, Texas.

COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK: Tyson Byers and Diana Pickler bettered their NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks and other Cougars reached 16 PRs Feb. 10, at the Husky Classic Indoor Meet at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the University of Washington campus...Byers pole vaulted 17-5, an improvement of 2 1/4 inches...Pickler ran a 60m hurdles prelim time of 8.33 and then a final time of 8.26 to slice 9/100s of a second off her previous PR...she also cleared the high jump 1/2 inch higher than her previous height of 5-10...Princess Joy Griffey continues to knock time off her 60m dash freshman school record...Griffey took 5/100s of a second off Saturday, having improved on her PR the past three weekends.

ABOUT THE WSU HOME INDOOR FACILITY: The WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane 60m straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside the six-lane 200m oval.

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, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished eighth while the men were ninth.

WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT VANDAL INDOOR, FEB. 16 AT MOSCOW:

WSU Women
60m - Princess Joy Griffey
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
200m - Jeanne Newman
400m - Selena Galaviz, Lorraine King, Nicole McClendon, Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Lisa Egami, Sara Trané
Mile - Karen DiMartini, Meghan Leonard, Marisa Sandoval
3000m - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Haley Paul, Kelly Ramirez, Chelsea VanDeBrake
4x400m Relay - Galaviz, Probasco-Canda, Griffey, King (Alt - McClendon)
High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Julie Pickler
Pole Vault - Kendall Mays
Long Jump - Sarah Burns, Diana Pickler, Catie Schuetzle
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner, Amy Quinones, Catie Schuetzle
Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita
Weight Throw - Jessica Zita

WSU Men
60m - Sadiki James, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
60m Hurdles - Barry Leavitt, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble, Robert Williams
200m - Sadiki James, Jaycee Robertson, JustinWoods
400m - Reny Follett, Barry Leavitt, Devin Timpson
800m - John Cassleman, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager, Jimmy Schofield, Sam Stone
Mile - Evan Blanshan (unat)
3000m - Derry Betts, Chris Concha, Dan Geib, Andrew Jones, Dominic Smargiassi, Chris Williams
5000m - Woody Favinger
4x400m Relays - Freshman: Schauble, Follett, Hewitt-Gaffney, Lemenager / Leavitt, Timpson, B. Williams, James
High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Kyle Eaton, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble
Pole Vault - DJ Brown, Tyson Byers, Josh Winters (unat)
Long Jump - Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble
Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata
Weight Throw - Chase Mancuso

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