Track & Field Travels to Texas Relays, Spokane

March 30, 2010

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COUGARS DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS: Selected members of the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, March 31-April 3, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus...Cougar men scheduled to compete includes Joe Abbott (4x400m relay), Jeshua Anderson (400m hurdles, 4x400m relay), Trent Arrivey (high jump), Ryan Deese (high jump), Greg Hornsby (100m, 4x400m relay), Matt Lamb (discus), and Marlon Murray (100m)...WSU women making the trip includes Veronica Elseroad-Wall (400m hurdles), Princess Joy Griffey (100m), Courtney Kirkwood (javelin), Kendall Mays (pole vault), Holly Parent (high jump), and Marissa Tschida (javelin)...Live results will be available for the Texas Relays on the web at results from each day will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available after competition concludes.

WHITWORTH SAM ADAMS CLASSIC MEET IN SPOKANE: A large contingent from the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Sam Adams Classic, April 3, at Whitworth University in scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with the last event beginning just before 3 p.m...results will be posted at, when available at the conclusion of the meet.

KIMPEL 54th AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane) finished 54th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28, in Bydgoszcz, Poland...Kimpel was the fourth American to cross the finish line...his time 24:37 over the 8000m course.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).

NEW QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OUTDOOR PRELIMINARY ROUND: Qualification to the Preliminary Round competition of the Championship is based on the descending order list for the season, segregated by East and West sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Championship Handbook...for each individual event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition...for each relay event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition...stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties...Heptathlon and Decathlon events are not contested during the Preliminary Round of Championship competition at the Preliminary Round sites...qualification to the Championship in these two events is accomplished through a competitor's position on the national descending order 24 declared student-athletes in each of the hept and dec will be accepted into the competition...declaration for these two events is completed during the one and only declaration period, which is prior to the Preliminary Round of Championship competition.

NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (

TSCHIDA (pronounced cheetah) NATIONAL WOMEN'S JAVELIN LEADER: Marissa Tschida (junior, Missoula, Mont.) is the national women's javelin leader after opening her 2010 season with a throw of 172-8 (52.63m) at the USC Trojan Invite...USC's Kristine Busa is only one inch behind Tschida on the national list...Tschida, a 2009 All-American, holds the WSU school record of 181-8 (55.38), throw last season.

ANDERSON NATIONAL MEN'S INTERMEDIATE HURDLES LEADER: Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) leads the nation with a 400m hurdles time of 49.64 seconds, run at the Stanford Invitational Meet...Anderson, the two-time NCAA, Pac-10 and Texas Relays intermediate hurdles champion, is the WSU record-holder at 48.47.

ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at

ANDERSON IS HON. MEN. ON TRACK & FIELD NEWS TOP 10 COLLEGIATE MEN OF DECADE: Jeshua Anderson, junior intermediate hurdler and two-time NCAA Champion, was an honorable mention selection for the Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue)...six men were included on the honorable mention list...a total of four Pac-10 competitors were among the 16 men honored.


USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will publish the preseason outdoor rankings March 30 but were not available at this posting...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships, June 9-12, in Eugene.

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