Picklers Reach Heptathlon First Day PRs at NCAA Track & Field Championships

June 9, 2006


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Washington State University heptathletes Julie Pickler and Diana Pickler are tied for third after the first four events of the women's heptathlon at the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships Thursday at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.

The Pickler twins, juniors from Sachse, Texas, both scored lifetime-bests of 3,451 points for the first day of the women's heptathlon. For Diana Pickler it was a first-day PR of 58 points while Julie scored 33 points higher than her previous PR. Arizona sophomore Jacquelyn Johnson, the 2006 Pac-10 heptathlon champion, leads the field of the 28 competitors with a first-day total of 3,526 points. Missouri senior Tracy Partain is in second place with 3,516 points.

Julie Pickler started the day with the fifth-fastest time of the four sections of the 100m hurdles, 14.20 seconds. Diana Pickler, running in the same section as her sister, clocked in with the 10th-fastest time of 14.46 seconds.

In the high jump, Diana Pickler cleared the best height of the competition, a personal-best of 5-feet, 10 inches (1.78m), as did two other competitors. Diana Pickler passed on the first opening two heights and cleared 5-3 (1.60m) on her first attempt. She then passed on 5-4 1/4 (1.63m) before clearing the next five heights on her first attempt. She missed all three attempts at 5-11 1/4 (1.80m).

Like her sister, Julie Pickler passed on the first two heights but then cleared the next four bars on her first try. She needed all three attempts before clearing 5-7 3/4 (1.72m), a season-best, but then missed all three attempts at her PR height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m). Julie Pickler's high jump was tied for eighth overall.

Moving to the shot put, Julie Pickler threw a lifetime-best 41-7 1/4 (12.68m) which was fifth-farthest in the event on her third and final throw. Diana Pickler tossed the shot 38-0 (11.58m) on her opening toss, 15th-farthest on the day.

The 200m dash, the final event of the first day, Diana Pickler ran the fastest time with her lifetime-best 24.31 seconds. Julie Pickler's time of 24.68 seconds was fifth-fastest and her best non-wind-aided time of the season.

The heptathlon concludes Saturday with the long jump, javelin and 800m run.

This story will be updated as other events take place during the early evening of Friday, June 9.

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