June 21, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Six former All-Americans for Washington State University are competing at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 21-24, at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis. The top three finishers in each event who have met IAAF qualifying standards will be selected for the Team USA roster for the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place August 25-September 2, in Osaka, Japan.
The former Cougs include recently graduated heptathletes Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler, pole vaulter Tamara Diles, high hurdler Dominique Arnold, discus thrower Ian Waltz, and middle distance runner Bernard Lagat.
Julie Pickler is coming off a second-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her twin sister, Diana Pickler, is the reigning Pac-10 heptathlon champion and has the top score of 6,205 points in the nation this year. Julie Pickler's heptathlon total of 5,831 points is sixth-best this season. The heptathlon takes place Friday and Saturday.
Diles holds the WSU women's pole vault record with a height of 13-feet, 11 1/4 inches (4.25m). Her PR of 14-0 (4.27m) is ranked 15th among the national competitors. The women's pole vault competition takes place Sunday.
Arnold, the defending USA Outdoor high hurdles champion, is the top seed and the current American record-holder in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 12.90 seconds. He also won the bronze in the 60m hurdles at the 2006 World Indoor Championships. The men's high hurdles first round is Saturday.
Two-time Olympic and world outdoor medalist Lagat is the top seed in both the men's 1500m (3:29.68) and 5000m (12:59.22). Lagat holds the American record for the 1500m, and won both events at the 2006 USA Championships becoming the first man ever to win that distance double. The men's 1500 first round and 5000m final are both Friday evening.
Waltz, a 2005 Olympian and 2006 USA discus champion, is the number two seed in the men's discus (223-0/67.98m). The men's discus competition is Sunday.
Both NBC and ESPN2 will broadcast the championships from Indianapolis. NBC will have live coverage of the event on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to noon PT, and again Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to Noon. ESPN2's coverage will be live Friday, June 22, from 5-6 p.m. PT, and tape-delayed Saturday, June 23, from 4-5 p.m. PT.