Diana Pickler on Record Pace in Texas Relays Heptathlon
April 4, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State's Diana Pickler leads the women's heptathlon and is on a record-pace with a school record and three lifetime-best marks after the first day of the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays heptathlon, Wednesday, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.
Diana Pickler, a four-time All-American from Sachse, Texas, scored a PR total of 3,767 points to lead the 19-competitor field. Diana's twin sister, Julie Pickler, also a WSU senior co-captain and four-time All-American, is in third place after the first day's four events, with 3,425 points. Julie Pickler is just 36 points behind second place, Ryanne Dupree of Texas-San Antonio, who has 3,461 points. Julie Pickler is the defending Texas Relays heptathlon champion while Diana won in 2005 and Dupree was the 2004 victor.
Diana Pickler opened the heptathlon by breaking her own school record in the 100m hurdles with the top time of the day, 13.28 seconds. This is the third consecutive week Diana Pickler has broken the school hurdles record. Julie Pickler ran in another heat and ran a wind-aided time of 14.01, which was eighth fastest on the day.
In the high jump, Diana Pickler cleared a lifetime-best height of 6-feet, 1/2 inch (1.84m), which was the top mark of the competition and the third-best height in WSU women's history. Julie cleared a season-best 5-7 3/4 (1.72m) in the high jump, which was third-best in the competition.
In the shot put, Diana Pickler tossed a distance of 38-6 3/4 (11.75m) and Julie put the shot 38-2 (11.63m), which were the fourth and fifth-best throws on the day.
The final event of the first day, the 200m dash, Diana Pickler ran a PR and the fastest time of the day, a time of 23.70w while Julie clicked in with a season-best time of 24.51W which was third-fastest of the competition. Diana Pickler's Wednesday time is sixth-best in WSU all-time women's 200m records, and is the fifth individual event that she has reached NCAA Regional Qualifying for the 2007 season.
The Texas Relays heptathlon competition continues Thursday, April 5, at Austin.