WSU's Julie Pickler Wins Pentathlon at Cougar Indoor Track

Jan. 27, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Julie Pickler won the women's pentathlon Friday night at the Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet, held at the WSU Indoor Track Facility.

Pickler, a junior from Sachse, Texas, broke her sister Diana's school record in the pentathlon with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 4,180 points. Lacey Schroeder from Utah State University was second with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 3,828 points.

Pickler ran the 60m hurdles in 8.69 seconds, had the best high jump at 5-feet, 8 1/2 inches (1.74m), threw the shot put a personal record distance of 37-10 (11.53m), had the top long jump at 19-6 3/4 (5.96m), which was a PR and the eighth best long jump in school history, and won the 800m in 2 minutes, 19.22 seconds.

WSU's Katie Miller, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., finished third in the pentathlon with 3,664 points. Miller ran the 60m hurdles in 8.72, cleared 5-5 (1.65m) in the high jump, threw the shot 32-11 3/4 (10.05m), long jumped 17-0 3/4 (5.20m), and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2:25.29.

Diana Pickler started the day winning the 60m hurdles with a meet record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 8.43 seconds. After clearing 5-6 (1.68m) in the high jump, Pickler hurt her ankle on her first miss at 1.71m/5-7 1/4 and withdrew from the competition.

Matt Wauters, Idaho, won the men's weight throw with an NCAA PQ and meet record toss of 65-0 3/4 (19.83m). WSU throwers Philip MacArthur placed sixth (53-11 1/4) and Chase Mancuso finished ninth (50-9 1/2).

Idaho's Kevin Pabst won the men's long jump with a leap of 22-10 (6.96m). WSU's Nick Isaac took second place with a distance of 20-10 3/4 (6.37m) while Ryan Thomas was fourth with a best jump of 20-7 3/4 (6.29m).

Jen Broncheau, competing unattached, won the women's 20-pound event with her toss of 57-0 1/4 (17.38m). WSU's Jessica Zita was second with a PR toss of 49-4 3/4 (15.18m) and teammate Katie Corder threw 39-11 1/2 (12.18m).

After the first four events in the men's heptathlon, Utah State assistant coach Joel Johnson, competing unattached, leads with 2,847 points. Utah State's Logan Moore is second with 2,799 points and Ryan Lange from Idaho is third with 2,613 points. The final three events - the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run, will be contested Saturday morning.

Competition between athletes from Southern California, Utah State, Idaho and WSU continues Saturday with the remaining field and all the running events. Admission is free of charge.

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