April 3, 2007
COUGAR TRACK & FIELD AT AUSTIN & CHENEY: The competition begins early this week for the Washington State University women heptathletes as Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler return to their home state for the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays heptathlon, Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus...a select number of other Cougar track and field athletes will compete in the University events at the Texas Relays, April 6 & 7...WSU will also send a large contingent to the 36th Annual Pelluer Invitational Meet at Woodward Field on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney...field events begin at noon and running events begin at 4 p.m. Friday, April 6...live results are available for the Texas Relays will be posted at http://www.deltatiming.com/events/2006/tr2006/...and results for WSU student-athletes will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
TEXAS RELAYS HEPTATHLON: Three past winners of the Texas Relays heptathlon will be competing at the 2007 event...in 2006, WSU's Julie Pickler (5734 pts) won and her twin sister Diana placed third (5570 pts)...Diana Pickler was the 2005 winner (5492 pts) and Julie was the runner up (5414 pts)...the 2004 winner, Ryanne Dupree of Texas-San Antonio (5383 pts) finished fourth in 2005 (5298 pts) and competed as an unattached redshirt in 2006 when she placed second (5606 pts), between the Picklers...Dupree has one heptathlon this year (3/17), and currently leads the nation with 5584 pts...Diana and Julie are four-time All-Americans and the 2007 Cougar women's team co-captains...21 competitors are slated for the heptathlon at the 2007 Texas Relays, including Nebraska's Ashley Selig, a five-time All-America and 2005 NCAA Pentathlon Champion.
Diana Pickler BREAKS SCHOOL HURDLES RECORD SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK: Senior heptathlete, four-time All-American and co-captain Diana Pickler broke her own 100m hurdles school record that she set the week before at the Trojan Invite...Pickler ran a time of 13.31 seconds at the Stanford Invitational March 31, shattering her time of 13.42 run the previous week...Pickler has reached NCAA Regional Qualifying in four events.
BOTH COUGAR TEAMS NATIONALLY RANKED: The Cougar women's team opens the outdoor season ranked 20th and the WSU men's team is ranked tied at 22nd in the Trackwire Online Top 25 (www.trackshark.com) this week...Pac-10 women's teams currently ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 1. Arizona State, t6. USC, 9. UCLA, 11. Oregon, 13. California, 16. Stanford, t 24. Washington...other Pac-10 men's teams ranked in Trackwire Online's Top 25 include: 2. USC, 4. Arizona, 8. Oregon, 9. Arizona State, 12. Washington, and 17. UCLA...the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll has not been released for the outdoor season.
DANDY DOZEN RANKINGS: Five Cougars are ranked in Trackwire Online's Dandy Dozen lists for April 2...the Dandy Dozen lists are a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event...Cougars ranked this week include: Julie Pickler (2nd heptathlon), Diana Pickler (3rd heptathlon), John Cassleman (4th 400m hurdles), Tyson Byers (4th pole vault), and Matt Lamb (4th discus).
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.