Pickler Takes Second in Pentathlon at MPSF Championships
Feb. 26, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State sophomore Diana Pickler placed second in the women's pentathlon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships Thursday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.
The University of California Berkeley's Brooke Meredith won the pentathlon with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying point total of 4,088 points. Pickler, from Sachse, Texas, finished second with 3,913 points, improving her NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and school record total. Pickler and Meredith competed at the Cougar Indoor meet last month where Meredith won with 3,937 points and Pickler reached 3,734 points.
Pickler ran the 60m hurdles in 8.55 seconds, high jumped a clearance equal to her PR of 1.67m/5-5 3/4, threw the shot put a PR of 11.29m/39-0 1/2, long jumped 5.69m/18-8, and ran the 800m in a time of 2:27.92.
"Diana had a solid meet today, very competitive," Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. "She was good at everything but not great at anything today."
After the first four events in the men's heptathlon, WSU freshman Brandon Brownell (Olympia, Wash.) is in fourth place with 2,951 points and senior David Turpin (Oakhurst, Calif.) is in sixth place with 2,917 points.
Brownell, in his first collegiate multi-events, reached PRs in all four events Thursday, running the 60m dash in 7.20 seconds, long jumping 6.83m/22-5, throwing the shot put 13.16m/43-2 1/4, and clearing the high jump at 1.87m/6-1 1/2. Turpin's marks were 7.34 in the 60m, 6.92m/22-8 1/2 in the long jump, a PR of 11.73m/38-6 in the shot put, and 1.96m/6-5 in the high jump.
UCLA's Chris Staton was the first day leader with 3,198 points. The final three events - the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run, will be contested Friday.
The Cougars men's and women's team will continue competition at the MPSF Championships Friday and Saturday at Seattle.
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