Eleven Cougars to Compete at NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

May 31, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University will send five women and six men to compete at the Men's 84th and Women's 24th Annual NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 8-11, at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus, the NCAA announced today.

The three WSU combined-events competitors - Julie Pickler, Diana Pickler and Darion Powell - advanced to the national meet by reaching automatic qualifying standards during the season. Another six Cougars - Rachel Bertholf, Tyson Byers, John Cassleman, Jenna Dean, James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson - placed in the top five in their events at the NCAA West Region Meet last weekend in Eugene. The final two entries, Tamara Diles and Drew Ulrick, advanced to the national meet by placing in the top eight at the regional meet and were selected from the national descending order list based on season-best marks.

The WSU team and coaching staff will leave Pullman Monday, June 6, for the national meet.

COUGARS COMPETING AT THE 2005 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS:NCAA Event	Name	        Mark/Time	        National StandingW Pole Vault	Tamara Diles	4.15m / 13-7 1/4	        T8thW Javelin	         Jenna Dean	51.70m / 169-7	         9th	         Rachel Bertholf	50.09m / 164-4	        15thW Heptathlon	Julie Pickler	5569 points	         5th	         Diana Pickler	5563 points	         6thM 100m Dash	James McSwain	10.19	                 T4thM 200m Dash	Jaycee Robertson  21.10w	                 28thM 400m Hurdles	John Cassleman	50.50	                 12thM Pole Vault	Tyson Byers	5.35m / 17-6 1/2	        T8thM Discus	         Drew Ulrick	55/59m / 182-4	        23rdM Decathlon	Darion Powell	7531 points	        10th
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