MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships Next For Cougars

Feb. 20, 2007

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COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD AT CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University track and field teams travel to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus...the women's pentathlon and women's weight throw begin Friday at noon with the final event the 4x400m relays set for Saturday at 2:45 p.m...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 2007 MPSF: WSU will send 22 men and 22 women to the MPSF Championships...there are eight men's team competing this year: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, and Washington...there are 10 women's teams slated to compete: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, and Washington.

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 the majority of teams from the Pac-10 Conference as well as Long Beach State and UC the 2006 MPSF Indoor Championships, Cougar women finished eighth while the men were ninth.

NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team remained ranked 15th in the Trackwire Women's Top 25 ( this week...WSU men's team is not ranked...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. Arizona State, 3. Stanford, 15. Washington State, 19. UCLA, 21. USC...Pac-10 men's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 5. Washington, T9. Oregon, T9. Stanford, 12. UCLA...the Cougar women are ranked 16th in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released Feb. 20, 2007...the WSU men are unranked in this poll.

DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS: A trio of Cougars are 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 (8th 60m hurdles, 2nd pentathlon) and Julie Pickler (5th pentathlon), are ranked this week as is Tyson Byers (10th) in the men's pole vault.

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.

WOODS JOINS COUGAR QUALIFIERS: Justin Woods, a sophomore from Buena Vista, Calif., won the men's 200m dash at the Vandal Indoor meet Feb. 16, with a personal record, NCAA Provisional Qualifying and meet record time of 21.23 seconds...Woods was also the first to break the tape in the 60m dash with a time of 6.79, although his best time is 6.76, run at the Husky Classic Feb. 10...Woods has the second-best MPSF time in both the 60m and 200m this season...he has also run the lead leg of the 4x400m relay with a season-best time of 3:16.74.

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 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.

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) the Vandal Indoor Feb. 16, she won the discus throw (PR 156-7) and the shot put (49-7 1/4(15.12m).

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.

ABOUT THE WSU HOME INDOOR FACILITY: The WSU Indoor Practice Facility is a multi-use facility located on the WSU campus...nearly seven-stories high at the center, the IPF features a full-sized football/soccer field with a Astro-Turf surface that rolls out over the track and field configuration...for track and field indoor competition, the IPF has a Mondo 14mm Super X track surface with an eight-lane 60m straightaway in addition to the wide-radius six-lane 200m oval...the throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump are located inside the oval.


WSU Women
60m - Princess Joy Griffey
60m Hurdles - Angelica Flynn, Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
200m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red
400m - Selena Galaviz, Lorraine King, Brandi Probasco-Canda
800m - Lisa Egami, Sara Trané
Mile - Karen DeMartini, Marisa Sandoval
3000m - Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Haley Paul
5000m - Kelly Ramirez, Chelsea VanDeBrake
4x400m Relay - Griffey, D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Probasco-Canda
Distance Medley Relay - Egami, Galaviz, Trané, Paul
High Jump - D. Pickler, J. Pickler
Pole Vault - no entry
Long Jump - D. Pickler, J. Pickler, Catie Schuetzle
Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner, Catie Schuetzle
Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg
Weight Throw - no entry
Pentathlon - no entry

60m - Sadiki James, Jaycee Robertson, Devin Timpson, Justin Woods
60m Hurdles - Robert Williams
200m - Sadiki James, Jaycee Robertson, Justin Woods
400m - Reny Follett
800m - Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager
Mile - Chris Concha
3000m - Andrew Jones, Dominic Smargiassi
5000m - Dan Geib, Chris Williams
4x400m Relay - Cassleman, Robertson, Williams, Woods
Distance Medley Relay - no entry
High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Kyle Eaton
Pole Vault - Tyson Byers
Long Jump - no entry
Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata
Shot Put - Vic Asher
Weight Throw - Chase Mancuso
Heptathlon - Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble

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