Track & Field Sends Teams to Prestigious Mt. SAC Relays

April 13, 2010

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COUGAR TRACK & FIELD AT MT.SAC RELAYS: Washington State University track and field teams will be well-represented at the 52nd Annual Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Relays, at Walnut, Calif., April 15-17...Cougars are sending 20 men and 23 women to the Mt. SAC Relays...competitors include youth to elite world class athletes...billed as world's largest...13 World Records have been set at historic Hilmer Lodge Stadium... WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan is a member of the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame...for more information, go online to list of competitors is at the end of the release...for online Live Results each day, go to results from each day will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, when available after competition concludes.

BEACH TRACK & FIELD INVITE AT CERRITOS: Cougs will also be competing at the Beach Invite hosted by Long Beach State at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif...Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Shaquana Logan and Dan Wells will run the 400m hurdles...Logan will run the 100m hurdles...Reny Follett will run the 400m dash.

COUGAR INVITATIONAL MEET NEXT WEEK: The 10th Annual (except for the 2009 hiatus) Cougar Outdoor Invitational is set for April 24...teams and individuals from the Inland Northwest will compete at Mooberry Track with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 1:15 p.m....May 1 will be the Washington State vs. Washington Dual Meet: the 99th edition for the men's teams and the 35th meeting for the women's teams.

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).

USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) published the first outdoor rankings April 13 and the WSU men are ranked 26th and the WSU women are 39th...Florida has the No. 1 men's team and Texas A&M the No. 1 women's team...Pac-10 teams ranked in preseason top 25 include Oregon (men No. 3, women No. 2), Arizona State (men No. 6), USC (men No. 7, women No. 10), Washington (women No. 14), California (men No. 19), Stanford (women No. 18), and UCLA (women No. 24)...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.

REGIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: New this year, the USTFCCCA is 'scoring' nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around team strength, whereas the national-team rankings are taken in context with national championship where it takes a few very elite athletes to score the April 13 regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed seventh in the West Region (after Oregon, , Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Stanford, and California) and the WSU women are seventh (after Oregon, USC, Stanford, Arizona, California, and Arizona State)...these rankings can be found at

TSCHIDA (pronounced cheetah) NATIONAL WOMEN'S JAVELIN LEADER, BREAKS WSU RECORD: All-American Marissa Tschida (junior, Missoula, Mont.) improved her javelin mark as the national women's javelin leader by throwing a school record distance of 186-1 (56.71m) at the Texas Relays...Tschida's previous school record mark was 181-8 (55.38m)...Tschida open the 2010 season with a throw of 172-8 (52.63m) at the USC Trojan Invite.

AHLBECK'S PR STEEPLE No. 3 REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY: Sam Ahlbeck (senior, Renton) ran a lifetime-best time of 8:49.88 in the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is third-fastest to-date in the West Region and nationally.

ANDERSON STILL AMONG LEADERS ON MEN'S INTERMEDIATE HURDLES LIST: Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) led the nation with a 400m hurdles time of 49.64 seconds, run at the Stanford Invitational Meet until last weekend when his arch-rival, Johnny Dutch of South Carolina, ran a time of 49.52 at the Florida Relays to take the national lead in the intermediate hurdles...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.

LAYMAN BACK IN THE 800M LISTS: Anna Layman, redshirt junior from Spokane Valley, Wash., won the 800m invitational race at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet in a time of 2:05.70 which is second-best in the region and third-fastest nationally...Layman is an All-American in the 800m, finishing eighth in the 2008 NCAA meet.

EGAMI RUNS ONTO 1500M LISTS: Lisa Egami, a senior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, ran a 1500m PR time of 4:19.31 at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is sixth in the region and 10th nationally this week...she will run the 5000m at Mt. SAC.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.

Pete Julian IN RUNNING TIMES MAGAZINE: Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian is featured in the Coaches' Corner of the April 2010 edition of Running Times magazine (p. 37)...Julian talks about his decision to leave the Metro State program that he successfully rebuilt to coach in the Pacific-10 Conference.

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 (


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