WSU's Julie Pickler And Darion Powell Win Pac-10 Multi Titles
May 8, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - On the final day of the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships at Drake Stadium, Washington State sophomore Julie Pickler and junior Darion Powell captured individual titles, with Pickler winning the heptathlon (5,569) and Powell winning the decathlon (7,531). Both Pickler and Powell's scores were NCAA Automatic qualifying marks for the Outdoor Championships. In all, three NCAA automatic and seven NCAA provisional scores were achieved during the meet.
Pickler was third going into the final day of the heptathlon, trailing her sister Diana (1st, 3,393) and Oregon junior Lauryn Jordan (3,324), but a strong second day of competition in which she had two lifetime-bests (javelin, 129-0; 800m, 2:19.73) and a season-best performance in the long jump (19-3.25) saw Pickler move ahead of the group to capture the heptathlon title. Pickler beat out her sister, Diana, by just six points as both achieved NCAA automatic qualifying marks and lifetime-best point totals.
'I was hoping to score 5,600 today, but I'm still happy with my total,' said J. Pickler. 'I can always do better and I'm looking forward to the NCAA meet in four weeks.'
'I'm always happy when a Cougar gets first and even happier when we go 1-2,' said Head WSU Coach Rick Sloan. 'It's nice to see Julie win because she doesn't beat her sister too often. Her high jump yesterday really hurt her total and probably cost her 100-120 points, but she competed well and made up for it today.'
Cal senior Brooke Meredith finished third with 5,446 points, falling just 54 points shy of the NCAA automatic mark. Oregon's Jordan (5,299, lifetime-best), UCLA sophomore Nastassja Hall (5,224, lifetime-best), Washington senior Grace Vela (5,092) and WSU junior Katie Miller (5,000, lifetime-best) all achieved the NCAA provisional standard in the heptathlon.
WSU goes into next weekend's Pac-10 Championships already in first place after picking up 20 points in the heptathlon competition. California and Oregon are next with six points each, followed by UCLA with four points and Washington with three points.
WSU's Darion Powell led from start to finish in the decathlon competition, eventually winning with an NCAA automatic and lifetime-best score of 7,531 points. Powell, who was not too pleased with his performance, did just enough to win on Sunday.
'Overall, I was frustrated with my competition,' said Powell. 'I didn't PR in any event. I was just solid enough to get to 7,500 points. I tried to be safe in some of the events then go after it and that kind of drew back from my score. The goal this meet was to get the auto mark, win and get back to training and now I'll rest up and get ready for Nationals.'
'Darion wasn't on top of his game throughout the competition,' said WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan. 'He struggled all the way and nothing came easy, but he stayed in and battled to the end, coming away with the win.'
Arizona sophomore Robert Arnold, who had been in second after day one's competition, had a disastrous discus competition, sector fouling all three of his throws. He dropped from second to sixth, and although he would go on to jump a lifetime-best in the pole vault (16-2.75), would remain in sixth after the end of competition.
Oregon junior Andy Young finished second with an NCAA provisional mark of 7,165, followed by Cal junior Jonas Hallgrimsson, who also achieved the provisional standard with a lifetime-best total of 7,002 points.
The Oregon men go into next weekend's meet with 13 points, followed closely behind by the WSU Cougars with 10 points. Cal (6), Stanford (4), Arizona (3), UCLA (2), and ASU (1) round out the team point total after the decathlon competition.
1. Julie Pickler, WSU (5,569)
2. Diana Pickler, WSU (5,563)
3. Brooke Meredith, Cal (5,446)
4. Lauryn Jordan, Oregon (5,299)
5. Nastassja Hall, UCLA (5,224)
6. Grace Vela, Washington (5,092)
7. Katie Miller, WSU (5,000)
8. Roslyn Lundeen, Oregon (4,935)
9. Lindsay Oman, USC (4,693)
10. Ingrid Kantola, UCLA (4,324)
11. Alana Waterford, ASU (3,967)
1. Darion Powell, WSU (7,531)
2. Andy Young, Oregon (7,165)
3. Jonas Hallgrimsson, Cal (7,002)
4. Cody Fleming, Oregon (6,980)
5. Nick Taylor, Stanford (6,832)
6. Robert Arnold, Arizona (6,617)
7. David Murphy, UCLA (5,606)
8. Ryan Shler, ASU (5,211)