June 1, 2007
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COUGS TO COMPETE AT NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Washington State University will be represented by three women and nine men competing at the Men's 86th and Women's 26th Annual NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 6-9, at the A. G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus...four days of competition will showcase action from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. PT each night except Saturday when events end at noon...team scoring for all events is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...results can be obtained at the NCAA website, www.ncaasports.com.
TV COVERAGE OF 2007 NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2007 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships will feature 5 hours of live television coverage...CSTV will broadcast three hours of competition (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time) Friday, June 8 (and will be broadcast again June 9 at 11 p.m. and June 10 at 3 a.m. PT)...CBS will air 2 hours of live coverage (10 a.m. to noon Pacific Time) Saturday, June 9, the final day of the four-day collegiate championships...this is the most live coverage in the 87-year history of the NCAA Division I Track and Field...this is only the third time the women's portion of the meet will be televised live in its 25-year history.
WSU IN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked 17th in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) May 30 poll...WSU's women are also ranked 17th in the Trackwire.com Top 25 as of May 15...the Cougar men are unranked in both polls.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 34th season with the Cougar track program; 13th year as a head coach, 12th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...volunteer coaches included former WSU All-American pole vaulter Tamara Diles, Bob Frey and Luan Weeks.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS SPLASHES COUGARS: The May 2007 issue of Track & Field News has an article (pages 16-17) about Diana Pickler's great score in winning the heptathlon at the Texas Relays with two photos of Diana Pickler and one with Julie Pickler, the third-place finisher...there is also a removable poster of former Cougar middle-distance great Bernard Lagat...flip to page 28 in the same issue and go even further back in Cougar history with a current photo of Joshua Kimeto, a seven-time All-American, and the 1976 and 1977 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m champion.
COUGAR MEN SIXTH AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL MEET: The Washington State men's team took sixth place at the NCAA West Regional meet with 46 points...Cougar women tied for 22nd with 6 points...in addition to the events and finishes listed above, WSU men competing included: Jaycee Robertson, 100m (6th 10.55); Alex Grant, steeplechase (15th 9:08.90); Sam Ahlbeck, steeplechase (16th 9:09.45); Chris Concha, steeplechase (31st 9:54.12); Trent Arrivey, high jump (no height); Tyson Byers, pole vault (no height); Philip MacArthur, hammer (13th 58.60m/192-3)...WSU women competing included: Princess Joy Griffey, 100m (8th prelims 11.73, 8th final 11.86w); La Shawnda Porter-Red, 200m (9th prelim 24.13); Diana Pickler, 100m hurdles (3rd prelims 13.31, DNC final), long jump (8th 6.09m/19-11 3/4), javelin (13th 43.59m/143-0); Lorraine King, 400m hurdles (20th prelims 1:02.82); Meghan Leonard, steeplechase (12th 10:34.37); Collier Lawrence, steeplechase (24th 10:55.67); Sara Trané, steeplechase (25th 10:59.62); Kayle Peterson, steeplechase (27th 11:29.99); Julie Pickler, high jump (12th 1.71m/5-7 1/4); Sarah Burns, triple jump (10th 12.48m/40-11 1/2w); Kaylee Gardner, triple jump (11th 12.47m/40-11); Catie Schuetzle, triple jump (18th 12.03m/39-5 3/4); McKenzie Garberg, hammer (9th 58.73m/192-8).
COUGS AT THE CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS MEET: WSU finished fifth in the women's team standings (67.83 points) and seventh in the men's team standings (84 points) at the 2007 Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships...winners were Diana Pickler (heptathlon) and Sara Trané (steeplechase)...the Pickler twins also competed in individual events and contributed nearly 40 points to the Cougar women's team total.
ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGAR WOMEN:
W Discus - McKenzie Garberg (junior, Benton City, Wash.)
2007 - 5th at NCAA West Regional (PR 52.89m/173-6)...mark is fourth-best in school history...Pac-10 Championships - 7th in discus (50.99m/167-3), 6th in shot put (PR 14.97m/49-1 1/2), and 11th in hammer (53.16m/174-5)...named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for April 23-29, after winning all three throws events she competed in at the WSU-UW Dual...won hammer with meet record and NCAA RQ of 193-6 (58.99m)...season-best hammer 59.37m/194-9, 2nd-best in WSU women's history
2006 - 6th at NCAA West Regional (66.16m/217-1); 5th at Pac-10 Championships (65.39m214-6); threw PR of 68.95m/226-2 (3/25/06, Los Angeles)
2005 - First season of track after two seasons on WSU volleyball team
Heptathlon - Diana Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas)
2007 - Women's team co-captain...indoor All-American (2nd pentathlon - school record 4,339 points)...Pac-10 heptathlon champion (6,018 points)...qualified for five NCAA Regional events...at West Regional, 3rd in 100m hurdles prelim (13.31w - did not run final), 8th in long jump (6.09m/19-11 3/4), and 13th in javelin (43.59m/143-0) and ran on both relays...won Texas Relays heptathlon with school and Pac-10 records and national-leading 6,205 points...score is fourth-best heptathlon by a collegian in season...also "A" Qualifier for 2008 Olympics in Beijing...named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week...two-time Pac-10 Track Athlete of Week...at Texas Relays ran school record 100m hurdles time of 13.28...other events and school records standings: long jump PR is 4th (6.20m/20-4 1/4), 200m dash is 6th (23.69w), high jump is 3rd (1.84m/6-0 1/2), and javelin PR is 7th (44.03m/144-5)....WSU's 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winner
2006 - All-American...3rd in heptathlon at NCAA Championships (5,757 points)...did not compete at Pac-10 Championships due to ankle injury...missed NCAA Indoor Champs pentathlon with same injury...scored 5,579 points in heptathlon at Texas Relays...5th in heptathlon at USA Outdoor Championships with school record 5,855 points
2005 - All-American...6th in heptathlon at NCAA Outdoor Championships...2nd at Pac-10 Championships (5,563 points)...won Texas Relay heptathlon (PR 5,492 points which was national leader and second-best mark by an American woman at the time)...10th at NCAA Indoor pentathlon...All-American
2004 - 12th in pentathlon at NCAA Indoor Championships...redshirt outdoor season with foot injury
2003 - 27th in heptathlon at NCAA Outdoor Champs (was 6th after six events but fell during 800m)...4th in heptathlon at Pac-10 Championships (5,254 points)
Heptathlon - Julie Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas)
2007 - Women's team co-captain...suffered with plantar fasciitis for several years, had surgery in November 2006 and did not train for six weeks...Indoor All-American (9th pentathlon)...2nd in heptathlon at Pac-10 Championships (5,790 points)...total is third-best in school history...also 5th in high jump at conference meet (1.75m/5-8 3/4) and ran on both relays...competed in high jump at NCAA West Regional (12th 1.71m/5-7 1/4)...3rd at Texas Relays heptathlon and equaled PR of 5,734 points...standings in school records include 3rd in heptathlon (5,790 points), 7th in 100m hurdles (13.78), 9th in long jump (6.06m/19-10 3/4w), and 10th in high jump (1.76m/5-9 1/4i)
2006 - Indoor All-American (2nd pentathlon)...outdoor All-American...5th in heptathlon at NCAA Championships (5,604 points)...did not compete at NCAA West Regional due to plantar fasciitis...2nd at Pac-10 Championships (5,560 points)...reached PR of 5,734 points at Texas Relays
2005 - All-American...5th in heptathlon at NCAA Outdoor Championships...won Pac-10 heptathlon title (overtook twin sister and first-day leader Diana Pickler to win with PR and NCAA AQ 5,569 points)...NCAA Indoor Championships pentathlon, no mark in long jump
2004 - 6th in the heptathlon at Pac-10 Championships (4,938 points)...reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 5,135 points at Mt. SAC heptathlon...missed qualifying for national meet by one point
2003 - Qualified for Pac-10 heptathlon with 5,024 points at UC Multi-Events meet (Berkeley)...plantar fasciitis in right foot forced her to redshirt the season
MEDIA NOTE: If they are not wearing bib numbers, the best way to determine which Pickler is Diana and which is Julie, currently Diana has the longer pony tail...or find Washington State Head Coach Rick Sloan who has more than five years experience in deciphering the ever-so-slight differences in appearance of the Pickler twins.
ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGAR MEN:
M 400m Hurdles - John Cassleman (senior, Pullman, Wash.)
2007 - Men's team captain...lost indoor season to Achilles tendonitis...struggled early in outdoor season with hamstring injury...4th at Pac-10 Championships (50.82 final, 51.53 prelim)...2nd at NCAA West Regionals in time of 51.10 (51.82 prelim)
2006 - All-American...5th place at NCAA Championships...4th at NCAA West Regional (51.26 final, 51.06 prelim); 2nd at Pac-10 Championships (PR 49.53)...PR time is second-best in school history
2005 - 17th at NCAA Champ (51.32) - missed advancing to semifinal by five one-thousandths of a second; 2nd at NCAA West Regional (50.93); 4th at Pac-10 Championships (PR 50.50)
Both parents are former WSU women's team head coaches...Jessica Cassleman (1983-84) and Rob Cassleman (1985-95)
M Javelin - Jon Jeffreys (junior, Spokane Valley, Wash.)
2007 - 11th at NCAA West Regional (67.62m/193-5)...4th at Pac-10 Championships (65.70m/215-7)...season-best toss came at WSU-UW Dual (67.62m/221-10)
2006 - 24th at NCAA Championships (50.25m/197-8)...6th at NCAA West Regional (66.16m/217-1)...5th at Pac-10 Championships (65.39m214-6)...threw PR of 68.95m/226-2 (3/25/06, Los Angeles)
2005 - 20th at NCAA West Regional (55.48m/182-0); 12th at Pac-10 Championships (58.36m/191-6); PR of 63.50m/208-4 (4/30/05, Seattle)
M Discus - Matt Lamb (sophomore, Emmett, Idaho)
2007 - 4th at NCAA West Regional (PR 60.47m/198-5)...mark is 3rd-best in school history...4th in discus at Pac-10 Championships (58.68m/192-6)...12th in shot put at conference meet (16.52m/54-2 1/2)...top shot put mark is 17.62m/57-9 3/4
2006 - All-American...3rd at NCAA Championships (57.74m/189-5)...first WSU freshman to reach All-America status since 1984...7th at NCAA West Regional (52.21m/187-8)...3rd at Pac-10 Championships (PR and WSU freshman record 57.84m/189-9)
M Long Jump - Rickey Moody (junior, Puyallup, Wash.)
2007 - 4th at NCAA West Regional (PR 7.52m/24-8 1/4)...at Pac-10 Championships - 3rd in decathlon (7109 points), 15th in 110m hurdles (14.48), 4th in long jump (7.31m/23-11 3/4w)
M 200m dash - Jaycee Robertson (senior, Spanaway, Wash.)
2007 - Fourth year of competing at NCAA Outdoor Championships...4th in 200m at NCAA West Regional (21.20) but 6th in 100m (10.55)...at Pac-10 Championships 5th in 100m (10.56 prelim, 10.52 final) and 5th in 200m (21.60 prelim, 21.36 final) and ran on 400m relay...best times of season are 10.50w and 20.99
2006 - Finished 22nd in 100m (10.59) and 400m relay team DQ'd at NCAA Championships...4th at NCAA West Regional (10.41), also 4th in 200m (PR 20.90)...6th at Pac-10 Championships (10.53)...PR is 10.26W
2005 - 22nd in 200m at NCAA Championships (21.28)...4th in 200m at NCAA West Regional (21.15)...12th in 200m at Pac-10 Championships
2004 - 10th in 200m at NCAA West Regional (21.63)...10th in 100m and 15th in 200m at Pac -10 Championships
M Discus - Drew Ulrick (senior, Spokane, Wash.)
2007 - 11th in discus at NCAA West Regional (55.93m/183-6)...5th at Pac-10 Championships with PR 58.37m/191-6...distance is fifth-best in WSU history...pulled him into NCAA Championships...received WSU Senior Excellence in Academics award
2006 - 16th at NCAA West Regional (52.78m/173-2)...11th at Pac-10 Championships (52.12m/171-0)...threw discus PR of 57.26m/187-10
2005 -19th in discus at NCAA Outdoor Championships (53.56m/175-9)...6th at NCAA West Regional (55.59m/182-4)...11th at Pac-10 Championships (51.13m/167-9)
2004 - 16th at NCAA West Regional (49.10m/161-1)...10th at Pac-10 Championships (48.26m/158-4)
M 110m Hurdles - Robert Williams (sophomore, Riverside, Calif.)
2007 - 5th at NCAA West Regional (14.08 prelims, PR 14.05 final)...6th in high hurdles at Pac-10 Championships (14.22 prelim 14.08 final)...also ran a 400m hurdles time of 51.87 in mid-April...occasionally ran on the 400m relay this season
2006 - 9th at NCAA West Regional (PR 14.22w)...11th at Pac-10 Championships (14.56w)
M 100m Dash and 200m Dash - Justin Woods (sophomore, Buena Vista, Calif.)
2007 - 5th in 100m dash (10.47) and 5th in 200m dash (21.21) at NCAA West Regionals...3rd in 100m (10.56 prelim PR 10.46w final), and 4th in 200m (21.43 prelim PR 21.16 final) at Pac-10 Championships...also ran second leg of 400m relay
2006 - reached semifinals for 18th in 200m (21.55) and ran on DQd 400m relay team at NCAA Championships...3rd at NCAA West Regional (20.78)...7th in 100m (10.55) and 6th in 200m (21.14) at Pac-10 Championships (10.55)...enrolled at WSU in January 2006
M Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata (sophomore, Lakewood, Wash.)
2007 - 2nd at NCAA West Regional (PR 15.78m/51-9 1/4 - 6.5 mps wind)...2nd at Pac-10 Championships (15.45m/50-8 1/4w)...first 51-foot leap
2006 - tied for 8th at Pac-10 Championships (14.48m/48-8 1/4 )
YEAR-END ACADEMIC HONORS COUGAR TRACK & FIELD: The WSU Senior Banquet was held May 4, 2007 and many track & field student-athletes were honored...receiving Excellence in Academics awards were Kaylee Gardner, Kayle Peterson, Kelly Ramirez, Ryan Scott and Drew Ulrick...Ramirez was also honored with the PROWL-TeamCare Award...Cougar Pride Salutes (top 12 upperclassmen) went to John Cassleman, Haley Paul and Ulrick...Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Award went to Jaycee Robertson...additionally, Haley Paul was awarded the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Writing Award which is given to the top 1% of the top 10% of students who submit their Junior Writing Portfolios.
ARTHUR ASHE JR. SPORTS SCHOLAR AWARDS: Six WSU track and field women were honored by being selected Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars for women's track and field for the 2006-07 school year...sophomore hurdler Angelica Flynn (Tacoma) was named to the first team, sophomore distance runner Marisa Sandoval (Los Alamos, NM) was named to the second team, senior distance runner Kelly Ramirez (Duvall, Wash.) was named to the third team, sophomore intermediate hurdler Lorraine King (Fontana, Calif.) and senior sprinter Nicole McClendon (Granada Hills, Calif.) were named to the third team, and junior steeplechaser Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) was named honorable mention.
ALL-AMERICAN MISSING FROM NCAA MEET: WSU senior All-American pole vaulter, Tyson Byers, had a disappointing final outdoor season...reached a PR of 18-0 1/2i for third place at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships...outdoor season was fraught with problems...he was denied a chance to compete at Texas Relays by bad weather but cleared 17-3 1/2 at Mt. SAC...no height at both Pac-10 Championships and NCAA West Regionals meets.
USA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Several current and former WSU Cougar competitors are aiming toward competing at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 20-24, at the Indiana University Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI...this is the final stop of the Visa Championship Series, is also the qualifying meet for the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan...present and future Olympians will compete for national titles at a venue that is the home of four world records and considered one of the fastest tracks in America...both NBC and ESPN2 will broadcast the championships...additionally, the 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place in conjunction with the elite event...a complete event schedule for the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and The Finish Line USA Junior Track & Field Championships may be found at the USA Track & Field website by clicking: http://www.usatf.org/events/2007/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/schedule.asp ...last year Diana Pickler took fifth place in the heptathlon in the senior meet.