Cougars Attack Pac-10 Track Championships at Stanford

May 8, 2007

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PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS SECOND WEEKEND: Washington State University will send 50 student-athletes to the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, Presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline, May 12-13, at the Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field....this is the 77th annual men's and 21st annual women's conference championship meets...ten conference schools (Oregon State have women only) will compete in the two-day meet with the team champions being crowned Sunday around 4 p.m...Saturday's events being at Noon with the men's discus and end with the men's 10k, set for 6:55 p.m...Sunday's events begin at 10 a.m. with the men's discus throw and conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 3:35 on for results during the meet, and at for results at the end of each day.

CONFERENCE SCORING LAST YEAR/THIS YEAR: USC won men's 2006 team title while Arizona State claimed the women's title...Cougar women placed eighth in 2006 (40 points) and WSU men were ninth (37 points)...after the first events of the 2007 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, Washington State leads the women's standings with 18 points while the Arizona men have 10 points and Washington men have six points.

PAC-10 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS TV NETWORK: The delayed highlight broadcast of the 2007 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates between May 17-28...check TV listings for the exact date and time for your viewing the Washington, FOX Sports Northwest will air the two-hour condensed telecast Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m...announcers will be Dwight Stones, Tom Feuer and Lindsay Soto.

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 WINS PAC-10 HEPTATHLON, Julie Pickler SECOND WITH PR: Diana and Julie Pickler, Cougar seniors and co-captains from Sachse, Texas, finished one-two in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Championships...Diana Pickler scored 6,018 points for the title and a Pac-10 meet record...Julie Pickler, the 2005 conference heptathlon winner, scored a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 5,790 points for second place (third-best heptathlon score in Cougar women's history)...Jackie Johnson, the 2006 and 2004 Pac-10 heptathlon champion, finished third with 5,706 points.

MOODY TAKES THIRD IN PAC-10 DECATHLON: Junior Rickey Moody (Puyallup, Wash.) took third place in the Pac-10 decathlon with an improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying total of 7,109 points, just 14 points behind second-place finisher Ashton Eaton, a freshman from Oregon...WSU junior Justin Chambers (Albany, Ore.) finished ninth with 6,390 points, and Cougar freshman Kyle Schauble (Kennewick, Wash.) was 10th with 6,385 points...Arizona's Jake Arnold, successfully defended his 2006 Pac-10 decathlon title with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying 7,755 points to lead the field of 12 men.

WSU IN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked tied at 14th in Trackwire Online Top 25 ( May 8...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. Arizona State, 6. USC, 9. Oregon, 10. UCLA, 11. Stanford, and t18. California...Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. USC, 6. Arizona State, 8. Arizona, t11. Oregon, and 15. UCLA...WSU women were ranked tied at 20th (WSU men are unranked) in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) May 1 poll but there is no poll for May 8.

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