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Diana Pickler

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Diana Pickler, born December 9, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States is a heptathlete . She has represented her country at the Olympic and World Championship levels and was the 2009 US heptathlon champion. Her twin sister, Julie Pickler, is also a track and field athlete. Spending her amateur career with Washington State University, she won her first major national honours in 2001, taking the national junior championship in the heptathlon. Track and Field News rated her as the country's top junior heptathlete that year. She represented the United States at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics but finished in 15th place with 4539 points, well below her season's best of 5365.

The 2003 and 2004 seasons were uneventful but she matured as a senior athlete the following two seasons, taking sixth place in the NCAA championships in 2005 and improving to third place in 2006. She also finished fifth at the national outdoor championships that year. The 2007 season represented a significant progression: her personal best reached over 6000 points for the first time and she was ranked as the number one American heptathlete by Track and Field News. She was runner-up at the national outdoor championships, and also runner-up in the indoor championships in the pentathlon. She was part of the American team for the 2007 World Championships and, although she finished 25th, it was the best performance by an American in the event.

After taking third at the 2008 Olympic trials with a personal best of 6,257 points, she represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, she strained her hamstring in the first event which was the 100 meter hurdles and failed to finish the competition. At the 2009 national championships, an injury to the favourite Hyleas Fountain resulted in Pickler's first senior national title. She took first place with event bests in the 800 meters and shot put, and a personal heptathlon best of 6290 points, finishing ahead of Sharon Day and Bettie Wade.

Pickler appeared at the 7th KUNOICHI competition - known in the US as Women of Ninja Warrior, in the summer of 2007, but failed on the Log Jam in the first stage when her foot hit the water as she tried to climb back onto a log after losing her balance. Pickler, a US Heptahlon specialist with a 6205 point personal best, went into the lead after the first two events. Pickler won the 100 meter Hurdles with a solid 13.27 for 1084 points and finished second on count-back to France’s Marie Collonvillé in the High Jump at 1.82 meters for 1003 points. Pickler led over Collonvillé by 57 points (2087 to 2030 points), with Brazil’s Lucimara Da Silva third after a solid 100 meter hurdles personal best of 13.37 and a 1.73 meter clearance in the High Jump.


Earned six letters at Rowlett High including four for track coach Ray Young and two as a middle blocker for volleyball coach Kathy Bothun...in 2001 ranked number one U.S. junior heptathlete by Track & Field News...2001 Junior Olympic National Heptathlon Champion with 5,365 points which broke WSU's Ellannee Richardson's 1998 prep record of 5,104 points...point total is also second highest in American history...2001 Texas state 5A 100m hurdles champion (13.75 seconds) and was the runner-up in 2002 (13.71w)...300m hurdles PR time of 41.17 is top-ranked prep performance nationally...100m hurdles PR time of 13.76 was ranked fourth nationally and has run a 13.71w...finished second at 2002 Indoor National Scholastic Sports Foundation heptathlon...member of the US Junior National Team and Junior World Championships...2002 National High School Indoor Pentatlon champion...earned first All-American honors after third place at USATF Championships sophomore year...senior year earned first team volleyball all-district honors.


FRESHMAN (2002-03): Indoor - Finished seventh in the 60m hurdles at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships with a season-best time of 8.64i seconds (2/22/03, Nampa)...tied for 11th in the long jump at the MPSF with leap of 5.35m/17-6 3/4i...top long jump of season was 5.62m/18-5 1/4i at adidas Classic (2/8/03, Lincoln)...Outdoor - At the Pac-10 Championships (5/18/03, Los Angeles) reached fourth place in heptathlon with 5,254 points...mark is fifth-best in school history...also ran the prelims of the 100m hurdles (12th)...at the NCAA Championships, fell in the heptathlon 800m and watched sixth-place standing and All-America status disappear...finished 27th with 4,586 points after ending first day in ninth.

SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Indoor - At the MPSF Championships, finished second in the pentathlon with a school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying 3,913 points...also placed fifth in the 60m hurdles (8.44i) and ran third leg of second place 4x400m relay (3:42.00i)...sprained her ankle prior to NCAA Indoor Championships and scored 3,786 points in the pentathlon for 12th place...Outdoor - Redshirt after missing most of season due to foot injury.

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Indoor - Started season by breaking own school pentathlon record with NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 3,928 points (1/28/05, Pullman)...at the MPSF Championships won the pentathlon with a school record and NCAA Automatic Qualifying 4,086 points and the next day won the high jump with a clearance at 1.71m/5-7 1/4i (2/26/05, Seattle)...earned All-America honors at NCAA Indoor Championships with 4,000 points for 10th place in pentathlon...Outdoor - Won the Texas Relays heptathlon with NCAA PQ and PR of 5,492 points, fourth-best in school history (4/7/05, Austin), making her national leader and second best mark of year by American woman...named Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week (April 4-10)...led heptathlon after first day of Pac-10 Combined Events Championships with a first-day PR of 3,393 points but ended as runner-up to twin sister Julie...Diana scored NCAA AQ and PR of 5,563 points (5/8/05, Los Angeles)...next weekend at Pac-10 Championships placed sixth in 100m hurdles (13.79), seventh in high jump (1.70m/5-7) and ran third leg on fifth-place 4x100m relay (45.91)...finished sixth in heptathlon at NCAA Championships with PR 5,595 points (6/11/05, Sacramento)...All-American.

JUNIOR (2005-06): Indoor - Reached a PR, NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark and meet record in high jump of 1.78m/5-10i and NCAA PQ in 60m hurdles (8.43 seconds) at WSU Open (1/21/06, Pullman)...injured ankle during pentathlon at Cougar Indoor (1/27/06) and did not compete rest of season...Outdoor - Reached NCAA Automatic Qualifying with 5,579 points in heptathlon with third-place finish at Texas Relays...re-injured ankle at WSU-UW Dual meet (4/29/06) and did not compete in Pac-10 Championships...third place in heptathlon at NCAA Championships and another All-America honor with PR of 5,757 points (6/10/06, Sacramento)...broke Ellannee Richardson's 2003 school hept record with 5,855 points for a fifth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (6/24/06, Indianapolis)...reached PRs in all seven events during year.

Read about Diana and her sister Julie at: www.seattlepi.com

source: www.wikipedia.org


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