Pickler Takes Eighth at Mt. SAC Heptathlon

April 15, 2004

AZUSA, Calif. -- Washington State's Julie Pickler finished eighth in the heptathlon at the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Multi-Events being held at Azusa Pacific University Thursday.

Pickler scored 5,135 points, an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark, in her first heptathlon since March of 2003 and with limited training due to a plantar fascia problem in her foot. Kim Vanderhoek, from the Calgary Spartans, won the heptathlon.

'It felt good to get through it and be healthy when I'm done,' Pickler said.

After scoring 3,053 points in the first four events Wednesday, the Cougar redshirt freshman from Sasche, Texas, long jump a wind-aided 18-feet, 6 inches (5.64m), threw the javelin 124-4 (37.90m), and ran the 800m in a time of 2 minutes, 28.30 seconds.

'Julie competed very well,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'We know where we need to put a little extra time in to get ready to compete at a high level, an NCAA level, in short order. She's capable of much more. She did a good job of making adjustments in the long jump and javelin today. Her best marks were her last attempts. I'm anxious to get back to work and see what she can get her point total up to by the time we get to the conference meet.'

The Washington State track and field team hosts the State Challenge Cup this Saturday at Mooberry Track.

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