Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pickler currently in eighth after two events of the heptathlon...

BERLIN, Germany--The first session of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships are in the book, and Washington State University grad Diana Pickler (left/photo by Paul Merca) currently stands in eighth place with a score of 1991 points.

In this morning's opening event, the 100 meter hurdles, Pickler ran 13.50 for a score of 1050 points which put her in a tie for fourth place.

In the high jump, she cleared a sub par mark of 5-9 3/4 (1.77 meters) for 941 points.

As she walked through the mixed zone after the high jump, she was slightly perturbed by her performance this morning, stating that "I need to do a better job of competing."

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis leads with 2267 points, followed by American Sharon Day, a 2008 high jump Olympian from San Luis Obispo.

Behind Pickler are Bettie Wade of the USA, formerly from the University of Michigan with a score of 1986 points, and the University of Oregon's Brianne Theisen from Canada with a score of 1964 points.

Day 1 of the heptathlon action resumes shortly after 6 pm in Berlin with the heptathlon shot put, and concludes with the 200 meter dash.

Washington State graduate and reigning world champion at 1500 and 5000 meters, Bernard Lagat opens up his title defense over the metric mile at 6:15 pm.

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