Souza Second, Giovannoni Third at Pac-12 Championships

May 5, 2013


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UCLA Track & Field rounded out Day 2 as part of a strong opening weekend at the 2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, hosted by USC at Cromwell Field and Katherine B. Loker Stadium. Both the men and the women each scored 11 points in the combined events, moving them into first and second place, respectively, heading into the Weekend 2 of the conference championships.

In the women's heptathlon, junior Tatum Souza upheld her second place position in the remaining three events (long jump, javelin throw, and 800m) to take second overall (5,624 points) and teammate Kimmie Conner finished sixth overall (5,165 points). Both scores are lifetime bests for the Bruin women, and Souza's mark moves her into seventh place all-time in UCLA history. She had solid results in the long jump (5.56m/18-3) and javelin (39.37m/129-2), and ended her day in the 800m with a lifetime best time 2:16.87. Conner, too, ran strong to the finish line in the women's final event, running a personal best 2:21.50 to secure her sixth place finish, and an important three points to accompany Souza's eight.

On the men's side, Dominic Giovannoni (7,634 points) and Marcus Nilsson (7,498 points) finished the men's decathlon third and fourth overall respectively, to give the Bruin men a lead over Oregon heading into the next weekend. Both decathletes improved upon their positions from the Day 1 standings, courtesy of several strong marks including several personal bests.

Giovannoni, who set a personal best 7,558 points earlier in the 2013 season, improved his top score 76 points to jump into seventh all-time in UCLA history. He got off to a hot start Sunday in the 100m hurdles, beating the field with a personal best 14.43 (wind 2.7), and would continue to push his competitors all the way to the end of the day. He added a fourth place finish in the discus throw (39.05m/128-1) and a second place (tied) finish in the pole vault (4.80m/15-9), and with two events remaining he found himself in second overall in the event standings. He completed the day with a seventh place finish in the javelin (48.00m/157-6) and a ninth place result in the 1,500m run (4:41.83).

Marcus Nilsson could not top his runner-up finish in last year's conference championships, but the Swede put together a complete weekend in his fourth place effort. He had a tremendous day on the field, taking first in the discus throw (45.45m/149-1) to go along with a second place finish in the javelin throw (58.90m/193-3) and a fourth place result in the pole vault (4.50m/14-9). He concluded Sunday's championships by running to fifth place in the 1,500m run (4:29.44).

Other UCLA athletes performed strong this weekend at the Oxy Invite hosted by Occidental College. Ally Courtnall ran to a season best 54.56 in the women's 400m dash Saturday, claiming fifth overall. Two more Bruins, Allie Lopez and Elle Sanders, ran to season bests Saturday. They finished 11th (2:13.29) and 12th (2:14.23), respectively, in the women's 800m run.

In the women's high jump, Renee Greene, Liz Goodrich and Courtney Reginato all cleared 3.77 to finish atop the pole vault standings.

Ida Storm won the women's hammer throw with a best toss of 62.20m/204-1 and Jaycee Olsen recorded a personal best 49.55m/162-7, placing ninth overall.

For the men, Alexander Monsivaiz had a huge performance at Occidental, running a season best 1:49.20 in the men's 800m run. That moves the freshman Monsivaiz into 32nd nationally in the middle distance event. Fellow freshman Nick Hartle also ran a season best 1:50.09 in the men's 800m, moving him into 75th in the country.

Distance runner Daniel Herrera helped his postseason hopes as well this weekend, running 3:45.36 in the men's 1,500m run. He is now seeded 73rd, according to Track and Field Results Reporting System.

For full results from Saturday's Oxy Invite, please click here.

Now, the Bruins turn their focus to next weekend's continuation of the 2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, taking place May 11-12 at USC's Katherine B. Loker Stadium. Below are the current team standings following this weekend's action.

Men's Team Scoring (top 7 of 10)

1. UCLA, 11 points
2. Oregon, 10 points
3. Washington, 8 points
4. USC, 4 points
5. Washington St., 3 points
6. Arizona, 2 points
7.Colorado, 1 point

Women's Team Scoring (top 5 of 12)

1. Colorado, 12 points
2. UCLA, 11 points
3. Arizona St., 10 points
4. California, 5 points
5. Arizona, 1 point

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