USC Meet Provides Wins, NCAA Marks and School Record for Cougar Track & Field

March 24, 2007


LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Five Washington State University track and field competitors reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks and six more improved their NCAA RQ marks Saturday at the USC Trojan Invitational Meet held at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field in Los Angeles.

Diana Pickler, coming off her second-place finish in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships, won the high jump with a personal-best and NCAA RQ height of 5-feet, 10 3/4 inches (1.80m), finished second in the 100m hurdles with a school record and NCAA RQ time of 13.42 seconds, ran a PR time in the 200m of 24.16 (5th), and anchored the 4x100m relay squad to a fourth-place time of 45.88. Pickler's hurdles time surpassed former Cougar All-American and current assistant coach Ellannee Richardson's 2003 time of 13.52 to claim the WSU record.

McKenzie Garberg won the discus with an NCAA RQ mark of 163-1 (49.71m), finished second in the shot put with an NCAA RQ and PR of 47-8 (14.53m), and took third place in the hammer with an improved NCAA RQ mark of 184-8 (56.29m).

Sara Trané and Lisa Egami finished one-two in the women's 800m race. Trané, a sophomore from Sweden, ran a time of 2-minutes, 11.20 seconds while the Canadian freshman, Egami, ran a time of 2:11.33.

Matt Lamb won the men's discus with a PR and an improved NCAA RQ mark of 195-1 (59.47m), which is the fourth-best distance in WSU history. The sophomore All-American discus thrower also reached a PR and improved his NCAA RQ in the shot put with his second place toss of 57-9 3/4 (17.62m). Senior Drew Ulrick also improved his discus NCAA RQ with his throw of 179-9 (54.80m) for third place and was called for a mystery foot-foul on a toss of 185-feet.

Jon Jeffreys threw the javelin an improved NCAA RQ distance of 213-1 (64.95m) for second place. Phil MacArthur reached an NCAA RQ in the hammer with his fifth-place toss of 185-5 (56.52m).

Robert Williams finished fourth in the men's 110m hurdles with an NCAA RQ time of 14.25 seconds.

Other Cougars reaching PRs at the Trojan Invite included Lorraine King in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 61.81, Reny Follett in the men's 400m dash with a time of 48.44, Vic Asher in the shot put with a toss of 49-11 3/4 (15.23m), and Kyle Eaton equaled his PR in the high jump by clearing the bar at 6-8 3/4 (2.05m).

Tyson Byers was scheduled to compete in the pole vault but felt a twinge in his lower hamstring during warm-ups and decided to withdraw from the competition.

'Diana Pickler had a good, all-around meet and looked very strong all day,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'She came very close to clearing 6-feet in the high jump. McKenzie Garberg had a good, solid meet and I believe she is on the verge of making big improvements with some breakthrough marks. We had people moving in the right direction at this meet and we need to have them continue to show improvement in the weeks to come.'

The WSU decathletes, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble and Justin Chambers, will compete March 28 and 29 at the California Multi Meet at Berkeley while selected members of the Cougar teams will go to the Stanford Invitational March 30-31.

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