Julie Pickler Wins Heptathlon at Texas Relays

April 6, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State junior Julie Pickler kept the title in the family for another year as she won the women's heptathlon Friday at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays being held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

Julie Pickler, a junior from Sachse, Texas, reached a personal-best and NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 5,734 points for the win while her twin sister, Diana, came in third with an NCAA AQ total of 5,579 points. Cougar Katie Miller, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., finished 14th with 4,940 points. First day leader Ryanne Dupree, a UT-San Antonio senior who is redshirting the outdoor season, finished second with 5,606 points.

Last year at the Texas Relays Diana Pickler won the heptathlon with Julie the runner-up. Julie Pickler's 5,734 points moves her into second on WSU's all-time women's heptathlon, behind current assistant coach Ellannee Richardson's school record of 5,839 points.

Julie Pickler leaped an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark and personal-best in the long jump of 19-feet, 10 3/4 inches, wind-aided. Julie's mark was second only to Dupree's 20- 1/4w (6.10m) mark. Diana Pickler leaped 19-0 3/4w (5.81m), which was third-farthest. Miller reached 17-0 3/4w (5.20m).

In the javelin section of the heptathlon, Diana Pickler threw a season-best 128-2 (39.08m) and Julie Pickler tossed the spear 126-2 (38.45m). The Pickler throws were second and third-best overall while Miller's toss of 117-10 (35.93m) was seventh. Dupree, the leader through the first five events, threw the javelin99-1 (30.20m), which allowed Julie Pickler to take the lead going into the final event with 4,914 points to Dupree's 4,786 points.

Julie Pickler ran the 800m in a time of 2-minutes, 20.28 seconds, eighth-best on the day, to hold for the win. Diana Pickler ran a PR time of 2:19.42 in the 800m, sixth-fastest overall. Miller's time of 2:27.95 boosted her one spot higher in the final standings. Twenty-two women started the heptathlon and 21 completed the event.

In other Thursday events at the Relays, McKenzie Garberg threw the women's hammer 174-8 (53.23m) for 17th place.

The results of the rest of today's events for WSU will be posted when available.

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