Diana Pickler Leads Pac-10 Heptathlon, More Cougars Reach NCAA RQs

May 5, 2007


STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State University's Diana and Julie Pickler are in first and third places, respectively, in the heptathlon while Cougar Rickey Moody is in fourth place in the decathlon after the first day's events of the Pac-10 Combined Events being contested at a sunny but windy Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus.

After the first four events in the heptathlon WSU senior Diana Pickler reached 3,586 points for a 63-point lead over Arizona State junior, defending Pac-10 heptathlon champion as well as the 2004 winner, Jackie Johnson (3,523 points). Julie Pickler reached a first-day lifetime-best total of 3,473 points for third place among the field of 15 women.

In the decathlon, WSU junior Rickey Moody is in fourth place with 3,829 points, freshman Kyle Schauble is in ninth with 3,332 points, and junior Justin Chambers is in 11th with 3,249 points. Defending Pac-10 champion, Arizona's Jake Arnold, leads the 12-man field with 4,935 points.

Diana Pickler (Sachse, Texas) opened the heptathlon with the top time in the 100m hurdles of 13.45 seconds and followed that by clearing the top height in the high jump of 5-feet, 10 inches (1.78m). She then threw the shot put 38-0 (11.58m), and finished the day with the second-fastest 200m time of 24.41 seconds.

Julie Pickler ran a time of 14.17 seconds in the 100m hurdles, the fourth-fastest on the day. Her high jump of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) equaled her lifetime-best and was second only to her sister Saturday. Julie Pickler then had the second-farthest shot put, a season-best distance of 40-7 1/2 (12.38m) and ran the 200m dash in a time of 24.67 seconds, fourth-best of the field.

'Diana was not really great at any one event today but really solid all the way through,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Julie had a good hurdles race and did a good job in both the high jump and the long jump. The wind really played havoc with nearly all the events.'

In the decathlon's first event, the 100m dash, Moody (Puyallup, Wash.) ran a time of 11.11 seconds while Schauble (Kennewick, Wash). ran a time of 11.34 and Chambers (Albany, Ore.) had a PR time of 11.84. In the long jump, Moody leaped 23-4 3/4 (7.13m), Schauble reached 21-6 (6.55m) in spite of a strong head wind, and Chambers had a wind-aided mark of 20-1 1/2w (6.13m). Moody had a season-best shot put throw of 45-2 1/4 (13.77m) and the other Cougs reached PRs with Chambers' throw at 35-11 1/4 (10.95m) and Schauble putting the shot 31-6 3/4 (9.62m).

Moody and Chambers both high jumped 6-2 1/4 (1.89m), a PR height for Chambers, and Schauble cleared 5-9 3/4 (1.77m). The Cougar trio's times in the 400m dash were Schauble finishing in 50.93 seconds, Moody in a time of 51.90, and Chambers in a time of 52.50.

Closer to home, three Cougars reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Saturday at the Vandal Jamboree Track & Field Meet at Dan O'Brien Track Complex in Moscow.

La Shawnda Porter-Red (junior, Renton, Wash.) won both the women's 100m and 200m dashes, lowering her season-best 100m time to 11.95 seconds, and reached NCAA RQ with her PR in the 200m of 23.92w. Jaycee Robertson (senior, Spanaway, Wash.) won the men's 100m dash with a season-best and NCAA RQ time of 10.50w seconds. Sophomore Moreno Zapata (Lakewood, Wash.) won the men's triple jump with an improved NCAA RQ distance of 50-8 3/4w (15.46m).

The Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships continue Sunday at Stanford and the team competition will take place next weekend at Stanford.