Pickler Breaks WSU Heptathlon Record at USA Track & Field Championships

June 24, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Diana Pickler, a junior at Washington State, finished fifth in the women's heptathlon with a school record 5,855 points Saturday at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the 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, broke Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson's 2003 heptathlon mark of 5,839 points, set at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. Pickler leaped to a lifetime-best long jump of 19-feet, 11 1/2 inches (6.08m) and went on to throw the javelin a PR distance of 135-4 (41.25m). In the final event the seven-event, two-day heptathlon, Pickler ran the 800m race in a time of 2-minutes, 21.28 seconds. Pickler bettered her heptathlon total by 98 points; she scored 5,757 points in her third-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships earlier this month. GiGi Johnson won the heptathlon with 6,183 points.

Richardson, a former WSU All-American heptathlete, advanced to the women's 400m hurdles final after running a semifinal time of 56.57 seconds for eighth and final spot in the Sunday race. Dominique Arnold, another former Cougar All-American, ran the top time in the men's 110m hurdles first round of 13.35 seconds.

Sunday's schedule will see WSU's Tamara Diles compete in the pole vault, Ian Waltz in the men's discus, Bernard Lagat in the men's 1500m final, Arnold in the men's high hurdles semifinal, and Richardson in the women's intermediate hurdles final.

Sunday's USATF Championships will be televised on ESPN2 from 2 - 4 p.m. PT.

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