Diana Pickler Wins Pentathlon at Cougar Indoor First Day

Jan. 26, 2007


PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Diana Pickler won the women's pentathlon Friday night with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 4,260 points at the Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet, held at the WSU Indoor Track Facility.

Julie Pickler, Diana's twin sister, finished second in the pentathlon, with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 4,003 points. The Picklers are seniors from Sachse, Texas, and Julie set the school pentathlon record of 4,267 last year.

Diana Pickler ran the 60m hurdles in personal record time of 8.35 seconds, equaled her PR in the high jump at 5-feet, 10 inches (1.78m), threw the shot put 37-11 1/2 (11.57m), PR'd in the long jump with a distance of 19-4 3/4 (5.91m), and finished with a PR time in the 800m run of 2 minutes, 21.56 seconds.

Julie Pickler had a time of 8.76 seconds in the 60m hurdles, high jumped 5-7 3/4 (1.72m), threw the shot put 37-0 1/4 (11.28m), long jumped 18-7 (5.66m), and ran an 800m time of 2:21.62. Julie is the school pentathlon record holder with 4,267 points.

After the first four events in the men's heptathlon, Utah State volunteer assistant coach Joel Johnson, competing for the Aggie Track Club, leads with 2,707 points. WSU freshman Kyle Schauble, competing in his first multi-events meet, is in second place with 2,704 points.

Schauble ran a PR time of 7.12 seconds in the 60m dash, long jumped 22-5 3/4 (6.85m), threw the shot put 31-9 1/2 (9.69m), and high jumped 5-10 1/2 (1.79m). The final three events - the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run, will be contested Saturday morning.

Matthew Wauters, Idaho, won the men's weight throw with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying and meet record toss of 69-feet, 9 inches (21.26m). Utah State's Kevin Liu (62-6/19.05m) finished second with an NCAA PQ of 62-6 (19.05m). WSU's Chase Mancuso threw 51-11 1/4 (15.83m) for eighth while Vic Asher tossed 48-0 (14.63m) for 12th.

Montana's Brittany Williams won the women's 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m). WSU's Jessica Zita finished second with a throw of 49-4 1/2 (15.05m).

Utah State's Blake Hadfield won the men's long jump with a leap of 22-8 (6.91m). WSU's Moreno Zapata was runner-up with a distance of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m).

Competition between athletes from the University of Southern California, Utah State, Idaho, Montana and WSU continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with the remaining field and all the running events. Admission is free of charge.

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