Track and Field Head Coach Rick Sloan has coached at WSU for about 40 years and will get another opportunity to coach at the 37th Annual Vandal Indoor Meet this weekend.
“I’ve seen all 36 Vandal Indoor Meets,” Sloan said in a press conference. “This meet is special because before the Seattle meets, this was the only meet that was hosted in the Pacific Northwest.”
According to Sloan this meet will not be as competitive, but a good meet to work on technique and prepare for the upcoming meets that will feature tougher competition.
Sloan and his staff are focusing more of their attention on Seattle and New Mexico that follow the Vandal Indoor Meet.
“Those meets will bring us some tough competition and are higher up on our lists of important meets,” Sloan said. “However, anytime we get to put on the Cougar uniform to compete, it’s something to be excited about. I’m looking forward to it.”
WSU track and field enter this event with very high momentum after dominating last weekend in Pullman and looks to continue that in Moscow this weekend.
“I think the team is progressing nicely,” Sloan said. “This weekend, I think we need to keep moving forward.”
All-American long jumper Stephan Scott-Ellis will be looking to progress in the triple jump event after competing for the first time all season in the event at last weekend’s meet.
“We come to expect great things from him,” Sloan said. “He’s doing very well right now.”
Unlike last weekend’s meet in Pullman, the Vandal Indoor meet will not be a scoring meet. Instead of getting a certain amount of points for placing, time and distance will matter most. This means WSU will not compete as a team, but instead will focus more on an individual level.
The meet kicks off on Friday at the Kibbe Dome in Moscow and the indoor discus throw begins at 11 a.m., while the rest of the field events will begin at 5 p.m.
The running events will also begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and will continue on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.