This Week In Pac-10 Outdoor Track And Field

May 10, 2005

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PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of May 2-8:

Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week: DARION POWELL, WASHINGTON STATE (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.). Powell captured the Pac-10 decathlon crown with a lifetime-best and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7531 points, outdistancing second-place Andy Young of Oregon by 366 points. It was the fifth-best decathlon point total in WSU history and the first Cougar to win the decathlon title since Leo Slack in 1996.

Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week: JULIE PICKLER, WASHINGTON STATE (RSo., Sachse, Texas). Pickler overtook her twin sister and first-day leader, Diana Pickler, to win the Pac-10 heptathlon title with a lifetime-best and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 5569 points. She posted personal-best scores in the 200m (24.38), 800m (2:1.73), and javelin throw (39.33m/129-0). The Cougars have won four of the last five heptathlon events at the Pac-10 Championships. The other three Cougar titles were won by current WSU assistant coach Ellannee Richardson in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

This is only the second time in Pac-10 history that both the decathlon and heptathlon champions have come from the same school. California's Bevan Hart and Missy Vanek won the multi-event titles in 2000.

2005 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN'S TRACK - April 11 - John Rankin, UCLA (Mile). April 18 - James McSwain, WSU (100m/200m/4x100m relay). April 25 - Aaron Aguayo, ASU (5,000m). May 2 - Ian Dobson, STAN (10,000m) and Steven Koehnemann, Domenik Peterson, Seth Amoo, Kelvin Love, ASU (4x100). May 9 - Darion Powell, WSU (decathlon).

MEN'S FIELD - April 11 - Trevell Quinley, ASU (LJ). April 18 - Michael Robertson, STAN (DT). April 25 - Andy Young, ORE (Decathlon). May 2 - Jesse Williams, USC (HJ).

WOMEN'S TRACK - April 11 - Virginia Powell, USC (100MH). April 18 - Sara Bei, STAN (5,000m). April 25 - Ashley Lodree, WASH (400MH/4x400m relay). May 2 - Monique Henderson, UCLA (200m/400m). May 9 - Julie Pickler, WSU (heptathlon).

WOMEN'S FIELD - April 11 - Diana Pickler, WSU (Heptathlon). April 18 - Ilona Rutjes, ARIZ (DT). April 25 - Jessica Cosby, UCLA (SP/HT). May 2 - Jessica Pressley, ASU (HT).

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