May 2, 2007
CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IS ON FOR COUGAR TRACK: Washington State University will be represented by two heptathletes and three decathlete at the Pacific-10 Conference Combined Events Championships, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field...seniors Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler are the WSU women competing in the heptathlon...junior Rickey Moody, freshman Kyle Schauble and junior Justin Chambers will compete in the decathlon...a limited number of competitors from the Cougars teams will also be running, jumping and throwing at the Vandal Jamboree, May 4-5 at Moscow, Idaho...the WSU team is training around final exams (April 30 - May 4) and preparing for the Pac-10 Championships the following weekend in Stanford...several Cougars will go through commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5, on the Pullman campus...for results from the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, go to the official WSU website, www.wsucougars.com.
GARBERG NAMED PAC-10 WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF WEEK: WSU junior thrower McKenzie Garberg (Benton City, Wash.) was selected the Pacific-10 Conference outdoor women's field athlete of the week for April 23-29...Garberg won all three throws events she competed in at the WSU-UW Dual...it was the second week she had won three events...threw improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks in both shot put and discus...Garberg won the shot put with a PR of 48-feet, 11 inches (14.91m), won the discus with a PR toss of 169-3 (51.58m), which is fifth-best in WSU history, and won the hammer with a meet record and NCAA RQ of 193-6 (58.99m), although this season she has already thrown 194-9, which is the second best hammer in WSU women's history...scored 15 points of WSU women's winning total of 102 points...Cougar teammate Diana Pickler was Pac-10 AoW for April 2-8, 2007.
DOWNING THE DAWGS YET AGAIN: The Cougar women's track team scored a resounding 102-61 win over Washington April 27 in Seattle...10th time in the past 11 meetings that the WSU women have overcome the Huskies and this year's score was the largest margin of victory since 2001...Diana Pickler contributed wins in the high jump, long jump, javelin and ran on both winning relay teams plus took second place in the 100m hurdles for a total of 21 points...Garberg's throws wins added 15 more points...Coug women won 12 of the 19 events with one-two-three sweeps in the 400m, steeplechase, high jump and triple jump...the UW men defeated WSU 103-60.
PICKLER PAC-10 HEPTATHLON FINISHES: Julie Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas) won the 2005 Pac-10 heptathlon title (5569 points), was the runner-up in 2006 (5560 points) and placed sixth in 2004 (4938 points)...Diana Pickler did not compete in the conference heptathlon in 2006 because of an ankle injury, was runner-up to twin sister Julie in 2005 (5563 points), and finished fourth in 2003 (5254 points).
WSU IN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS: The Cougar women's team is ranked tied at 16th in Trackwire Online Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) May 1...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2.Arizona State, 5. USC, 9. Oregon, 10. Stanford, 12. UCLA, and t16. California...Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. USC, 3. Oregon, 6. Arizona State, 9. Arizona, and t15. UCLA...WSU women are ranked tied at 20th (WSU men are unranked) in the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) May 1 poll.