Cougars Send Three to NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 6, 2007
NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Three members of the Washington State University track and field team will be competing at the 43rd Annual Men's NCAA Indoor Championship and the 25th Annual Women's Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville...all three Cougars have competed before: Tyson Byers (2005, tied 10th pole vault), Diana Pickler (2004, 12th pentathlon and 2005, 10th pentathlon), and Julie Pickler (2006, 2nd pentathlon and 2005, DNF pentathlon)...results will be posted at www.flashresults.com.
NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked tied for 21st in the Trackwire Women's Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) this week...WSU men are not ranked...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 1. Arizona State, 7. Stanford, 16. UCLA, 21. Washington State, 21. Oregon, 21. USC...Pac-10 men's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 6. Stanford, T12. Washington, T12. Oregon, T12. Arizona, 20. UCLA...the Cougar women are ranked 20th in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released March 6, 2007.
DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS: A trio of Cougars are ranked in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...All-American multi-events specialists Diana Picker (2nd pentathlon) and Julie Pickler (7th pentathlon), are ranked this week as is Tyson Byers is not ranked in the men's pole vault.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coaches included former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles, Bob Frey and Luan Weeks.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: 60m Hurdles Diana Pickler # 8.26 (18th)
High Jump Diana Pickler # 1.82m / 5-11 1/2 (t19th)
Shot Put McKenzie Garberg # 15.27m/ 50-1 1/24 (43rd)
Pentathlon Diana Pickler * 4260 points (1st)
Julie Pickler # 4003 points (15th)
2007 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE FOR COUGARS:
(Converted to Pacific Standard Times)Friday, March 9
3:35 p.m. Men's Pole Vault - Tyson Byers
Saturday, March 10
9:30 a.m. Women's Pentathlon (60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, 800m) - Diana Pickler, Julie Pickler
WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2007:Women: 60m Dash Princess Joy Griffey 7.47 Freshman School Indoor Record 60m Hurdles Diana Pickler 8.26 Ties School Record 5000m Chelsea VanDeBrake 10:14.27 Freshman School Indoor Record Dist. Med. Relay Egami, Galaviz, Trané, Paul 11:48.50Men: 800m Bob Hewitt-Gaffney 1:51.79 Freshman School Indoor Record 1600m Relay Schauble, Follett, Hewitt-Gaffney, Lemenager 3:17.11 Freshman School Indoor Record
ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGARS:
Pole Vault - All-American Tyson Byers (senior, Spokane, Washington)
Pentathlon - All-American Diana Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas)
Pentathlon - All-American Julie Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas)