Pickler Fifth after Heptathlon First Day at USA Track & Field Championships

June 23, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Diana Pickler, a junior at Washington State, is in fifth place after the first day of the women's heptathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis.

Pickler, an All-American heptathlete from Sachse, Texas, had a first-day total of 3,484 points, just one point below her lifetime first-day total of 3,485 points scored at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Pickler started the competition with a PR time in the 100m hurdles of 13.64 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in school history. She went on to high jump 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches (1.75m), threw the shot put 36-10 1/2 (11.24m) and ran the 200m dash in a time of 24.57. GiGi Johnson leads the heptathlon with 3,765 points.

Former Cougar All-American Bernard Lagat ran a third-place 1500m qualifying time of 3 minutes, 44.46 seconds at 5:30 p.m. Friday and then went out and won the final of the men's 5000m race at 8:45 p.m. ET in a time of 13:14.32.

Cougar assistant coach and former WSU All-American heptathlete Ellannee Richardson advanced to the women's 400m hurdles semifinal after running a time of 56.78 seconds for eighth in the first round. Former WSU All-American Eric Dudley did not qualify for the men's intermediate hurdles final after running a time of 50.20 in the semifinal which was 14th overall as the top eight advanced to the final.

The heptathlon competition concludes Saturday while WSU's Tamara Diles competes in the pole vault Sunday afternoon.

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