Cougars Travel to NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

June 6, 2005

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Washington State University will be represented by five women and six men competing 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...four days of competition will showcase action from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. PT each scoring for all events is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...results can be obtained at the NCAA website,


NCAA Event Name Mark/Time National Standing
W Pole Vault Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue) 4.15m / 13-7 1/4 T8th
W Javelin Jenna Dean (junior, Glenwood) 51.70m / 169-7 9th
Rachel Bertholf (senior, Colbert) 50.09m / 164-4 15th
W Heptathlon Julie Pickler (soph., Sachse, Texas) 5569 points 5th
Diana Pickler (RS-soph., Sachse, Texas) 5563 points 6th
M 100m Dash James McSwain (junior, Las Vegas) 10.19 T4th
M 200m Dash Jaycee Robertson (soph., Spanaway) 21.10w 28th
M 400m Hurdles John Cassleman (soph., Pullman) 50.50 12th
M Pole Vault Tyson Byers (RS-soph., Spokane Valley) 5.35m / 17-6 1/2 T8th
M Discus Drew Ulrick (soph., Spokane) 55/59m / 182-4 23rd
M Decathlon Darion Powell (junior, Kirkland) 7531 points 10th

Men's & Women's Schedule of Events 2005 Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Wednesday, June 8
1:30 p.m. Men's Decathlon 100m Dash* Darion Powell
5:40 p.m. Men's 100m Dash Round 1 James McSwain
6:00 p.m. Men's Pole Vault Qualifying Tyson Byers
7:15 p.m. Men's 100m Dash Semifinals James McSwain
8:30 p.m. Women's Javelin Qualifying Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
Thursday, June 9
11:15 a.m. Men's Decathlon Discus* Darion Powell
3:15 p.m. Men's Discus Qualifying Drew Ulrick
5:10 p.m. Men's 200m Dash Round 1 Jaycee Robertson
5:50 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles Round 1 John Cassleman
7:00 p.m. Women's Pole Vault Qualifying Tamara Diles
7:05 p.m. Men's 200m Dash Semifinals Jaycee Robertson
Friday, June 10
12:15 p.m. Women's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles* Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
6:30 p.m. Men's Pole Vault Final Tyson Byers
8:00 p.m. Women's Javelin Final Rachel Bertholf, Jenna Dean
8:20 p.m. Men's 100m Dash Final James McSwain
8:45 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinals John Cassleman
Saturday, June 11
11:00 a.m. Women's Heptathlon Long Jump* Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
3:30 p.m. Men's Discus Final Drew Ulrick
6:00 p.m. Women's Pole Vault Final Tamara Diles
6:45 p.m. Men's Hurdles Final John Cassleman
7:10 p.m. Men's 200m Dash Final Jaycee Robertson

* Start time of only first event of the Combined Events (decathlon/heptathlon) is listed each day.

LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State men's team scored five points and finished tied for 44th while the lone Cougar woman did not finish in scoring position...James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson ran on the men's 4x100m relay squad which finished 12th in the prelims and did not advance.

COUGS RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: In the final Trackwire 25 Women's poll, Washington State is tied for 23rd with Kansas State, Arkansas, and Arizona...the Cougar men are unranked nationally...teams holding top rankings this week are Texas women and Arkansas men...UCLA (2nd) is the top Pac-10 women's team ranked as are Arizona's men (8th)...Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country...this projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...five Cougs are included in final 2005 Dandy Dozen lists: Julie Pickler (4th heptathlon), Diana Pickler (5th heptathlon), Tamara Diles (9th pole vault), Jenna Dean (7th javelin), and Darion Powell (7th decathlon)...Team Power Rankings is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring the final team standings, the WSU men are 16th and the Cougar women are 17th.

NATIONAL MEET EXPERIENCE NEW FOR THESE COUGARS: Only four of this year's Washington State NCAA contingent have competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson have the most recent experience as members of the 4x100m relay squad in 2004...Diana Pickler finished 27th in the heptathlon in 2003 and Darion Powell earned All-America honors with his fourth place finish in the decathlon in 2003...Byers, Diles, Powell and both Picklers competed at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships while Diana Pickler competed indoors at 2004 and Diles competed at the 2002 national indoor senior, four juniors and six sophomores make up the Cougar squad at the 2005 national outdoor meet.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan...32nd season with Cougar track program; 11th year as a head coach, 10th year with combined men's and women's program...joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Kris Grimes, Mark Macdonald, and Ellannee Richardson...volunteer coaches are Michael Friedberg, Matt McGee and Andrea Thornton.

ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGARS (listed alphabetically):

W Javelin - Rachel Bertholf (senior, Colbert, Wash.) - 2005 women's team captain...javelin throw of 164-4 (50.90m) is second-best in WSU history and 10th-best in Pac-10 history...placed fifth at the NCAA West Regional meet, although struggling with a sore hip, with a toss of 158-1 (48.18m)...finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships (154-10 /47.19m)...named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America first team for District VIII as selected by CoSIDA...graduated in May 2005 with a 3.74 GPA, majoring in marketing...Cougar Pride Salute 2003-04 and 2004-05 honoree (top 12 student-athletes at WSU), won 2005 Senior Excellence in Academics as presented by Avista, won 2005 PROWL Team CARE Award for community service and support of WSU Lifeskills program.

M Pole Vault - Tyson Byers (RS-sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) - Tied for third at NCAA West Regional, vaulting over the bar at 16-7 1/4 (5.06m)...did not compete at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships after pulling his left hamstring during warm-ups for the April 30 WSU-Washington dual meet...cleared 17-6 1/2 (5.35m) at the Brutus Hamilton (4/9, Berkeley) and again at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17, Walnut)...tied for 8th at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Champs with a vault of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m).

M 400m Hurdles - John Cassleman (sophomore, Pullman, Wash.) - Finished second at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 50.93...PR time of 50.50 came at in fourth place finish at Pac-10 Championships...time is fifth-fastest in school history...both parents are former WSU women's team head coaches...Jessica Cassleman (1983-84) and Rob Cassleman (1985-95).

W Javelin - Jenna Dean (junior, Glenwood, Wash.) - Took second place at NCAA West Regional with toss of 164-2 (50.04m)...Pac-10 runner-up with throw of 168-11 (51.49m)...set school record with javelin throw of 169-7 (51.70m) at Willie Williams (3/19, Tucson)...that mark is fourth-farthest in Pac-10 all-time records.

W Pole Vault - Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue, Wash.) - School outdoor record and season-best clearance of 13-7 1/4 (41.5m) came at WSU-Washington dual meet...took second place at Pac-10 Championships with height of 13-3 1/2 (4.05m)...tied for eighth at NCAA West Regional with last clearance at 12-11 3/4 (3.96m)...placed ninth at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Champs (13-5 1/4 /4.10m...indoor All-America in 2002 with third place finish (13-11 1/4i / 4.25m)...set school indoor record of 14-3 1/4i (4.35m) at 2002 Pole Vault Summit.

M 100m Dash - James McSwain (junior, Las Vegas) - Took second place in the 100m dash at both the Pac-10 Champs (10.42) and NCAA West Regional (10.48)...named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week (April 11-17) after winning the Mt. SAC Relays University/Open 100m dash with second-fastest non-wind-aided time in the world this year, 10.19 seconds...also second-fastest non-wind-aided time in WSU history, behind Anson Henry's 10.17 (2002) and tied with Augustin Olobia (1991)...ran leg of the men's 4x100m relay prelims at 2004 NCAA Outdoor Champs.

Heptathlon - Diana Pickler (RS-sophomore, Sachse, Texas) - Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 4-10) after winning the Texas Relays heptathlon with an NCAA Prov. Qualifying mark and PR 5492 points which was national leader and second-best mark by an American woman at the mark in four of seven events...finished second to her sister Julie at the Pac-10 heptathlon with PR of 5563 points...took 10th place and earned All-America at 2005 NCAA Indoor pentathlon after finishing 12th in 2004...NCAA 2003 Outdoor Champs finished 27th in heptathlon after being in sixth place after six events but falling down during 800m run...also qualified but did not compete in high jump (5-8 34 / 1.75m) and the 100m hurdles (13.74) at NCAA Regional...hold school pentathlon record (4086 pts).

Heptathlon - Julie Pickler (RS-sophomore, Sachse, Texas) - Won the 2005 Pac-10 heptathlon title...overtook twin sister and first-day leader Diana Pickler to win with PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying 5569 points...only second time in Pac-10 history that both the decathlon and heptathlon champions have come from the same school (Cal's Bevan Hall and Missy Vanek, 2000)...named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week (May 2-8)...Pickler's seven-event performance is fourth-best in school history...named Pac-10 Female Track & Field Athlete of Week (May 2-8)...also qualified but did not compete in high jump at NCAA Regional (5-8 34 / 1.75m) 2005 NCAA Indoor Champs pentathlon, no mark in long jump.

Decathlon - Darion Powell (junior, Kirkland, Wash.) - Won 2005 Pac-10 decathlon title with PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7531 points...only the second time in Pac-10 history that both the decathlon and heptathlon champions have come from the same school (2000, Cal's Bevan Hall and Missy Vanek)...named Pac-10 Male Track & Field Athlete of Week (May 2-8)...point total is fifth-best in WSU decathlon history...holds school heptathlon record (5631 pts)...2005 NCAA Indoor Champs no height in high jump after limited training because of flu...2003 NCAA Outdoor fourth in decathlon (7511 pts).

M 200m dash - Jaycee Robertson (sophomore, Spanaway, Wash.) - Finished fourth in the 200m dash at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 21.15...season-best time is 21.10w at Moscow, Idaho (5/7/05)...ran PR of 21.00w last year at Moscow...finished 12th in 200m at 2005 Pac-10 Champs...ran a leg of 4x100m relay prelims at 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

M Discus - Drew Ulrick (sophomore, Spokane, Wash.) - Threw a PR of 182-4 (55.59m) for sixth place in the discus at the NCAA West Regional...11th in discus at Pac-10 Champs...regional qualifying mark was PR of 177-5 (54.07m) thrown at Mt. SAC Relays.

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