Cougar Track & Field Travels to NCAA West Regional Meet

May 22, 2007

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NCAA WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT FOR COUGS: Washington State University will send 14 women and 16 men to the NCAA West Regional Track & Field Championships this weekend at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus...Cougars will compete in the May 25-26 meet against student-athletes representing 40 men's and 42 women's teams...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 6-9, at three finishers in each event in each region will be placed in a descending order list using season-best marks and will be selected for participation in the national meet until all spots are filled...Friday's West Regional action starts at 1 p.m. PT and concludes 8 p.m...Saturday's events being at 11 a.m. and wrap up at 5 p.m....there is team scoring using the format 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for eight places in each of the 19 men's and 19 women's events (no multi-events and no 10,000m races at Regionals)...NCAA West Regional meet schedule and results can be located at ...go to the track and field page, schedule and results and click on NCAA West Regional Meet Information.

WSU IN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked 17th in Trackwire Online Top 25 ( May 15...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. Arizona State, 8. Stanford, 9. UCLA, and 12. Oregon...Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 4. USC, 5. Oregon, 8. UCLA, 10. Arizona State, t16. Arizona, and t20. Washington...WSU women were ranked 17th (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 15.

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.

TRANÉ WINS PAC-10 STEEPLECHASE: Sophomore Sara Trané won the 2007 Pac-10 women's 3000m steeplechase race with a school record time of 10 minutes, 19.89 seconds...Trané placed fourth in the women's 400m hurdles at the 2006 Pac-10 meet...other Cougar women's steeplechasers have been dropping their times and placing themselves in the WSU records this season...junior Meghan Leonard finished fourth at the conference meet with a PR time of 10:26.78, which moved her to third place in school records...junior Collier Lawrence dropped her PR time to 10:40.15 (WSU-UW Dual) for fourth on the WSU all-time steeple list, and senior Kayle Peterson reached a PR at Stanford, a time of 10:43.83 which is fifth-best all-time...all four times are NCAA Regional Qualifiers.

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.

PICKLERS AT WEST REGIONAL MEET: Diana Pickler is schedule to compete in the 100m hurdles, long jump and javelin...Julie Pickler will high jump...both have automatic qualifying marks for the NCAA heptathlon.

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