Diana Pickler and Justin Woods Claim Titles at MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 24, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington State's Diana Pickler and Justin Woods each won an event Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Washington's Dempsey Facility.
Diana Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas) won the high jump with a PR and improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying height of 5-feet, 11 1/2 inches (1.82m). Pickler also finished second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.31 seconds, and ran the lead leg of the fourth-place Cougar women's 4x400m relay.
Justin Woods (sophomore, Buena Vista, Calif.) won the men's 60m dash in a time of 6.78 seconds after placing second in the 200m dash Friday. Jaycee Robertson finished third in the 60m dash final with a time of 6.82.
Tyson Byers was one of three men to clear 17-feet, 5 1/2 inches (5.32m) in the pole vault. Byers placed third based on missed attempts, but the height was a season-best and improved NCAA PQ for the senior from Spokane Valley, Wash.
Julie Pickler finished third in the high jump with a clearance at 5-7 3/4 (1.72m), placed fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.77) and ran the third leg of the 1600m relay.
Eight other Cougar women scored points Saturday. Freshman Princess Joy Griffey took fifth place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.51. Brandi Probasco-Canda placed fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 55.67 while Lorraine King finished ninth in 56.69. Freshman Lisa Egami finished seventh in the 800m with a PR time of 2:11.55. Angelica Flynn ran a PR time of 8.98 for sixth place in the 60m hurdles. The 4x400m relay team took fourth place with a time of 3:40.81 with Diana Pickler running a split time of 55.1, Probasco-Canda was second in a time of 55.3, Julie Pickler ran the third leg in 54.2, and Lorraine King anchored in a time of 55.9.
In the triple jump, Sarah Burns, Kaylee Gardner and Catie Schuetzle finished third, fourth and 11th, respectively. Burns leaped a PR 41-5 (12.62m) and Gardner also soared to a PR of 40-4 (12.29m), while Schuetzle jumped 38-6 1/4 (11.74m). McKenzie Garberg threw the shot put 47-9 (14.55m) for eighth place.
Isley Gonzalez ran a 3000m PR time of 9:49.94 for 10th and Meghan Leonard also ran a PR time of 9:53.61 for 11th. In the same race, Haley Paul ran a time of 10:05.21 for 15th and Collier Lawrence finished 16th in a time of 10:07.79. Karen DeMartini's mile time of 4:59.72 was 12th and Marisa Sandoval ran a time of 5:12.75 for 16th.
WSU men with scoring performances included redshirt freshman Reny Follett who placed sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 48.58. Freshman Bob Hewitt-Gaffney took eighth in the 800m but in a WSU freshman school record time of 1:51.79, surpassing David Francis' 1971 time of 1:52.4. Luke Lemenager ran a time of 1:56.01 in the 800m for 15th. Robert Williams' time of 8.12 in the 60m hurdles was sixth. The Cougar 4x400m relay team of Devin Timpson, Follett, Robertson and Williams ran a season-best time of 3:15.16 for fifth place.
Cougar junior Rickey Moody placed fifth in the men's heptathlon with a total of 5,003 points while freshman Kyle Schauble took eighth place with 4,790 points. In the final three events of the heptathlon Saturday, Moody ran 8.61 in the 60m hurdles, pole vaulted 11-4 1/4 (3.46m), and ran a time of 3:07.51 in the 1000m run. Schauble ran a 60m hurdles time of 8.48, vaulted 11-8 (3.56m), and ran a time of 2:46.01 in the 1000m.
Washington won the men's team title with 109 points and Arizona State won the women's team title with 135 points. WSU's women were sixth with 72 points just 1 1/2 points away from fifth place Arizona, and the Cougar men finished seventh with 63.5 points, just 1/2 point away from the sixth-place Cal Bears.
'The Cougars had a good track meet,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Our objective was not to be concerned about the points but to have each person concentrate on their performance and to improve on their performance. We had two days with some pretty positive things. We didn't try to beat the kids up and score as many points as we could. In fact, we missed a couple of points by not running in some relays but elected not to do that and kept with quality performances. We are ready to get to the outdoor season and do some good things.'
The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 9-10, at Fayetteville, Ark., and the outdoor season begins March 16-17, at Tempe, Ariz.