Feb. 25, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State University's Diana Pickler won the women's pentathlon and her twin sister Julie finished second in the same event during the first day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships at UW Dempsey Indoor Facility at Seattle.
Diana Pickler, a redshirt sophomore from Sachse, Texas, reached a school record and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 4.086 points in the five-event, one-day pentathlon. Julie Pickler, also a redshirt sophomore, finished second among the 14-women with a PR of 3,999 points, an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. Katie Miller, a junior transfer from Vancouver, Wash., finished fifth with a PR and NCAA PQ of 3,804 points.
"Out of the six possible PRs for each woman, including the final score and the five events, Diana had four, and Julie and Katie each had five," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "All three did an outstanding job of competing."
WSU's Darion Powell and Ryan Thomas are in first and second place after the first day of the men's heptathlon. Powell, a redshirt junior from Kirkland, Wash., has 3,196 points while Thomas, a junior transfer from Olympia, Wash., has 3,064 points among the 11 men competitors. The final three events will be contested Saturday.
In other Friday finals, Cougar junior Tamara Diles (Bellevue, Wash.) finished second in the women's pole vault to Washington's Kate Soma, after both cleared 13-feet, 8 1/45 inches (4.17m), just one inch below the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard. Both cleared the height easily on their first attempts and Soma passed on the next height, 13-10 (4.22m). Diles missed on all three attempts at 13-10 and Soma went on to miss on all attempts at 14-0 (4.27m). Soma won the competition on fewer misses.
In other scoring events for the Cougars, the men's distance medley relay team of Phil Hinrichs, John Cassleman, Justin Chambers, and Chris Concha, finished fifth in a time of 10-minutes, 1.03 seconds. The women's DMR team of Molly Bull, Selena Galaviz, Anna Friedges, and Karen DeMartini, finished sixth in a time of 11:56.32.
In qualifying events, James McSwain (junior, Las Vegas) will run in both the men's 60m and 200m dash finals. McSwain's 60m dash prelim time of 6.77 seconds was second-best on the day while his 200m prelim time of 21.68 was fifth fastest. Martin Boston had a hamstring cramp during the Thursday practice session and was unable to compete in the dash prelims. Cassleman just missed qualifying for the 400m final with the ninth-best time of the night, a PR of 48.06. Jon Manthey (senior, Federal Way, Wash.) also ran a PR with an 800m time of 1:53.02, but finished 10th with only eight advancing to the final.
WSU's Brandi Probasco-Canda (sophomore, Portland, Ore.) had the final qualifying time for the women's 400m dash finals at 57.07. Unfortunately, Nicole Hatcher did not fare as well and will not be defending her 200m title after running 25.20, 12th in the prelims. La Shawnda Porter (freshman, Renton) did not qualify for the sprints finals but ran PRs in both the 60m prelims (7.70) and the 200m prelims (24.90).
After the first day's competition, WSU's women's team is third with 33 points behind Stanford (37.5 points) and Washington (34). California leads the men's teams with 39 points with WSU 10th with four points.
The MPSF Championship competition concludes Saturday.