Diana Pickler Leads Heptathlon at USA Championships

June 22, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Washington State University's Diana Pickler has taken the lead and her sister Julie is in eighth place after the first four events of the women's heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Championships at Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

Diana Pickler leads with 3,636 points, an 18-advantage over second-place Hyleas Fountain. Julie Pickler accumulated 3,372 points and is in eighth. Twenty women began the two-day competition and 18 remained after the first day.

Diana Pickler ran a 100m hurdles time of 13.46 seconds, second-fastest, while Julie Pickler ran a time of 14.06 seconds, eighth-best of the day. In the high jump, Julie Pickler equaled her lifetime-best by clearing 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches (1.75m), and Diana Pickler cleared the same height. Moving to the shot put, Diana Pickler heaved a two-foot PR distance of 40-feet, 9 3/4 inches (12.44m) while Julie Pickler threw a distance of 36-10 1/4 (11.23m).

In the final event of the first day, Diana Pickler ran a 200m time of 24.07 seconds, second-fastest of the day, avenging her lane violation at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month. Julie Pickler ran a time of 25.12 seconds, 12th-fastest on the day.

The Picklers are 2007 graduates of Washington State from Sachse, Texas. Diana Pickler, a four-time All-American, was the 2007 Pac-10 heptathlon champion and was in the lead at the NCAA Championships until being disqualified in the 200m. Diana Pickler finished fifth in the heptathlon at the 2006 USA Track & Field Championships. Julie Pickler, a five-time All-American, was the runner-up in the heptathlon at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

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