Los Angeles Next Stop for Cougar Track & Field

April 10, 2007

COUGAR TRACK & FIELD AT TWO LA MEETS: Cougars track and field will participate in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus...several other Cougars will be headed to the Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. San Antonio College in nearby Walnut...results for WSU student-athletes will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, http://wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.

PICKLER NAMED PAC-10 WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF WEEK: WSU's Diana Pickler was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week for April 2-8...Pickler won the Texas Relays heptathlon with school and Pac-10 records of 6,205 points...Pickler also broke the WSU school record in 100m hurdles with a time of 13.28 seconds and set PRs in two running events: 200m (NCAA RQ 23.69w, 6th in WSU all-time records) and 800m (2:19.08)...also set PRs in high jump (NCAA RQ 1.84m/6-0 1/2 - 3rd in WSU all-time) and long jump (NCAA RQ 6.15m/20-2 1/4 - 4th in WSU all-time)...6,205 points was the fourth-best heptathlon by a collegian in-season, and an 'A' Qualifier for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing...will have the chance to make the Olympic team at the Olympic Trials, June 2008 in Eugene, Ore.

PICKLER PICKS UP USA TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF WEEK: USA Track & Field named Diana Pickler its Track & Field Athlete of the Week April 10, for her world-leading 6,205 points in winning the heptathlon at the Texas Relays April 5...Pickler, also the Texas Relays winner in 2005, is the second Cougar to be named USATF Athlete of the Week in 2007 - former Cougar distance great Bernard Lagat was tabbed February 20.

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.

Diana Pickler BREAKS SCHOOL HURDLES RECORD THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK: Senior heptathlete, four-time All-American and co-captain Diana Pickler broke her own 100m hurdles school record for the third consecutive week April 4, at the Texas Relays...Pickler ran a time of 13.42 at the Trojan Invite March 24, then clocked in a time of 13.31 at the Stanford Invite March 31...in the opening event of the heptathlon at the Texas Relays, Pickler ran a time of 13.28...she has reached NCAA Regional Qualifying in five events and leads the nation with her NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark in the heptathlon.

WSU IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked 21st in Trackwire Online Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) April 9...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 1. Arizona State, 3. USC, 101. Oregon, 11. UCLA, 12. Stanford, 14. California...Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 3. USC, 4. Arizona, 7. Arizona State, 8. Oregon, t11. Washington, and 17. UCLA...WSU women are ranked 18th in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) first outdoor poll.

DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS: Five Cougars are ranked in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists for April 9...the Dandy Dozen lists are a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...Cougars ranked this week include: Diana Pickler (2nd heptathlon), Julie Pickler (4th heptathlon), John Cassleman (11th 400m hurdles), Tyson Byers (4th pole vault), and Matt Lamb (7th discus).

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