Julie Pickler Second in Heptathlon at Bernhausen, Germany

Aug. 20, 2007

PULLMAN, Calif. -- Washington State graduate Julie Pickler was the runner-up in the heptathlon in Bernhausen, Germany, over the weekend, as the United States took on Germany in the combined events.

Julie Pickler, a five-time All-American from Sachse, Texas, scored 5,718 points for second place. American Lela Nelson won the heptathlon with 6,022 points. In team scoring, four athletes were pre-determined to be team scorers, Germany overcame the United States by 13 points, taking the team title 16,946 points to 16,933 points.

Team USA's men's squad won the 2007 Thorpe Cup with 38,084 points to the host team's 36,976 points. Americans swept the top three spots with Mustafa Abdur-Rahim winning the decathlon title with 7,760 points, followed by Ryan Harlan (7,736 points) and Joe Detmer (7,616 points).

Pickler ran the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.93 seconds, high jumped 5-feet, 8 inches (1.73m), threw the shot put 36-11 (11.25m), ran the 200m 24.80 seconds, long jumped 18-11 1/4 (5.77m), threw the javelin a personal-best distance of 134-1 (40.86m), and ran the 800m in a time of 2:17.49.

This was Pickler's first post-WSU international competition.

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