Diana Pickler Breaks Own WSU Hurdles Record at Stanford Invite

March 31, 2007


STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State University's All-American heptathlete, Diana Pickler, broke her own school record in the women's 100m hurdles with her time of 13.31 seconds Saturday at the Stanford Invitational Track & Field Meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Pickler, a senior co-captain and four-time All-American for the Cougars from Sachse, Texas, bettered her school record time of 13.42 run last weekend at the Trojan Invite by 11/100s of a second when she finished fifth in the final at the Stanford Invite. USC's Candice Davis won the race with a time of 12.91 and former Idaho stand-out and Canadian Olympian Angela Whyte was second with a time of 12.99.

'She ran into a negative wind and ran a 13.31 and that is a heck of a job,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.

Freshman Princess Joy Griffey ran a wind-aided 100m dash time of 11.85 to finish seventh in the women's final.

Brandi Probasco-Canda ran a season-best 400m time of 54.95 for fifth, with Lorraine King's 56.44 14th and Selena Galaviz with a time of 57.94 for 21st. The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Probasco-Canda, Galaviz, King and La Shawnda Porter-Red ran a season-best time of 3:46.26 for seventh.

In the men's 400m dash, Reny Follett ran a time of 48.57 for 11th followed by Bob Hewitt-Gaffney's 49.47 for 22nd and Brian Woods time of 49.59 for 26th.

Marisa Sandoval ran a 1500m PR time of 4:34.20 for 25th while Lisa Egami was 27th with a time of 4:35.12 and Karen DeMartini finished 60th in a time of 4:40.72, all in the section B races. In the men's 1500m section B races, Luke Lemenager ran a time of 3:53.70 for 37th and Chris Concha ran a PR time of 3:54.18 for 41st.

Moreno Zapata triple jumped a wind-aided distance of 48-8 (14.83m) for ninth place in the men's top section. In the women's top section, Kaylee Gardner finished seventh with her triple jump of 39-1 1/4 (11.92m). In the B section triple jump, Catie Schuetzle took ninth with her leap of 36-10 1/2 (11.24m).

In the men's high jump, Kyle Eaton cleared 6-7 (2.01m) for a tie at 9th and Trent Arrivey cleared 6-5 (1.96m) for 15th.

Sloan commented on some Cougar performances at the Stanford Invite:'A nice run by all three women steeplechasers Friday. Sara Trané looked really good. She got out kind of fast and then died off a little bit but that only lasted a lap and then it seemed like she got a second wind and started running aggressively. Brandi Probasco-Canda did a nice job today with a 54.95 and she's moving in the right direction now. Nice run by Princess Joy Griffey in the 100m today at 11.85 even though it was wind-aided. She and La Shawnda Porter-Red both did a nice job in the 200m yesterday.

'Marisa Sandoval in the 1500m, it looked like she was hanging back and then with 300 meters to go she started charging to the front, building a head of steam and ran like crazy to the finish and it was good work. And a good time for Lisa Egami, within a second of her all-time best. Meghan Leonard did a good job in the 5000m, was very competitive, ran a good, smart race. Both Picklers looked good in the long jump and Diana had two jumps over six meters, both legal.

'Luke Lemenager in his first real 1500m race did a real nice job and Chris Concha also with a PR. Sam Ahlbeck with a big PR in the steeplechase and Alex Grant just missed the NCAA Regional mark by 35/100s second but he led the whole thing until the very end so I think the next time he races he'll drop under nine minutes. He looks like he's really ready to go good.'

Next week, Diana and Julie Pickler will compete in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays Wednesday and Thursday, while selected other Cougar competitors will participate in the Friday and Saturday events at Austin.

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