May 7, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- For the second time this season, Washington State's Diana Pickler was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week. The Cougar senior and women's team co-captain was selected for the week of April 30-May 6, after winning the Pac-10 heptathlon Sunday at Stanford.
Pickler, from Sachse, Texas, scored 6,018 points in the heptathlon, a Pac-10 Championships meet record, to claim her first Pac-10 title. She reached lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks in the long jump (6.20m/20-4 1/4 - fourth-best in WSU history) and javelin (44.03m/144-5 - seventh best in school history). She also holds the school record in the 100m hurdles (13.28 seconds), second-best 200m dash and has the second-best women's high jump at WSU.
Earlier this season, Pickler won the Texas Relays heptathlon with a school and Pac-10 record and national-leading 6,205 points. Pickler's score of 6,205 points was the fourth-best heptathlon total by a collegian in season, and also an "A" Qualifier for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She will have the chance to make the Olympic team when she competes at the Olympic Trials, which will be held June 2008 in Eugene, Ore.
This is the third time this season a Cougar has been honored as Pac-10 Track or Field Woman Athlete of the Week. Pickler was honored April 2-8 while thrower McKenzie Garberg was honored for her efforts the week of April 23-29. This is also Diana Pickler's third conference athlete of the week selection in her career.
Diana Pickler and her sister, Julie, the second-place finisher in the Pac-10 heptathlon Sunday, will also be competing this weekend at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships at Stanford.