Diana Pickler Wins Pac-10 Heptathlon, Julie Pickler Second with PR

May 6, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State University's Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler finished one-two in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships being contested at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus.

The Picklers, Cougar seniors and co-captains from Sachse, Texas, had strong performances in the three events of the second day with Diana Pickler scoring 6,018 points for the title and Julie Pickler scoring a lifetime-best total of 5,790 points for second place. Jackie Johnson, the defending Pac-10 heptathlon champion as well as the 2004 winner, finished third with 5,706 points.

This was the second-time this spring Diana Pickler scored over 6,000 points in the heptathlon. She won the Texas Relays heptathlon with WSU and Pac-10 records of 6,205 points. This point total is the fourth-best heptathlon by

Diana Pickler long jumped a lifetime-best distance of 20-feet, 4 1/4 inches (6.20m), which was second-best in the hept, fourth-best in school history, and an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. She had the top javelin throw of the day, another PR with a toss of 144-5 (44.03m) which is seventh-best in school history and an improved NCAA RQ. Diana Pickler had a comfortable lead before running the 800m and she clocked in a time of 2 minutes, 23.62 minutes which was the fifth-fastest time of the day.

Julie Pickler leaped a season-best long jump of 19-4 1/4w (5.90m) and threw the javelin a PR distance of 130-8 (39.82m). Going into the final heptathlon event, the 800m, Johnson had an eight-point lead over Julie Pickler for second place. Julie Pickler ran a time of 2:19.24, second-fastest of the day and ensured her a second-place finish while Johnson ran a time of 2:26.18.

The Pac-10 men's decathlon is still underway and will be reported here as soon as all events are completed.

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