Eight Bruins, including three men's junior athletes, will compete this week at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Seniors Turquoise Thompson (400m hurdles) and Dominic Giovannoni (decathlon), along with juniors Tatum Souza (heptathlon) and Alec Faldermeyer (hammer throw) and sophomore Kylie Price (long jump/100m) will compete with more than 800 athletes vying for a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Outdoor Champions, held Aug. 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.
In junior competition, freshmen Nick Hartle and Alexander Monsivaiz will compete in the 800m, and freshman Michael McCabe in the 10,000m. The Junior Championships feature athletes between 16 and 19 years old (at the end of the year), and the meet serves as the selection for the Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia in August.
USA Outdoor Championships
Thompson is a three-time first-team All-American. At the recently completed NCAA Outdoor in Eugene, OR, she finished third in the 400m with a personal-best 54.99 (No. 5 UCLA all-time). Thompson was the runner-up in the event at both the 2011/2012 NCAA Outdoor and placed sixth overall in the 2012 U. S Olympic Trials.
Giovannoni at the NCAA Outdoor placed 13th in the decathlon, finishing with a personal-best mark of 7,726 points in 10 events, No. 7 UCLA all-time. At the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, Giovannoni finished third (then personal-best 7,634 points).
Souza at the NCAA Outdoor earned second-team All-America honors by placing ninth overall (personal-best 5,691 points, No. 6 UCLA all-time) in the seven-event heptathlon. A second-place finisher (5,624 points) at the Pac-12 meet, in 2012, Souza earned Honorable Mention All-America running on the Bruins' 1600m relay (21st place).
Faldermeyer earned his third consecutive first-team All-America honor at the NCAA Outdoor, placing seventh in the hammer throw (213-10). The 2012 Pac-12 hammer throw champion, Faldermeyer also earned first-team All-American in 2012 (third-place, 224-3) and 2011 (fifth-place, 221-4). The No. 2 men's hammer thrower in school history (229-3), Faldermeyer placed 19th (215-0) at 2012 U. S. Olympic Trials.
Price earned first-team All-America honors in the long jump (sixth overall, 20-11.75) and also advanced to the 100m semis at the NCAA Outdoor. A three-time first-team All-American in the long jump, Price placed fourth (20-10) at the 2013 NCAA Indoor and was seventh (21-1.50) at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor. In the long jump, her best mark of 21-4.75 is No. 5 UCLA all-time, and her time of 11.36 in the 100m is No. 9 all-time.
Bruin junior discus thrower Julian Wruck from Australia has already qualified for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow. Earlier this season he won the Australian title and is the current collegiate (223-7), conference and school record-holder in the event.
UCLA alumni competing include Dawn Harper in the women's 100m hurdles. The current Diamond League champion, she has an automatic bye to the World Championships, so Team USA will take four women's 100m hurdlers to Moscow. Harper is the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and Olympic Silver recipient in 2012.
USA Outdoor Junior Championships
In the 800m, Hartle and Monsivaiz both qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries and at the Pac-12, finished seventh (1:52.21) and eighth (1:53.07), respectively. Their best marks this season are 1:49.09 (Hartle) and 1:49.20 (Monsivaiz).
McCabe did not compete during the 2013 collegiate season in the 10,000m, but he did run a 1500m time of 4:01.86.
For complete results at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, please go to www.usatf.org.
2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Junior Track & Field Championships
USATF.TV Webcasting Schedule
All times Eastern
June 19, 1pm to 7:20pm
June 20th, 11am to 10:25pm
June 21st, 11am to 10:35pm (Only field events from 8-10pm)
June 22nd, 7:30am to 7pm (Only field events from 4-7pm)
June 23rd, 8am to 6pm (Only field events from 3-6pm)
Network Television Schedule
All times Eastern/Check Local Listings.
June 21, LIVE 8-10 p.m. on ESPN2
June 22, LIVE 4-5 p.m. on Universal Sports, LIVE 5-7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
June 23, 2-3 p.m. on Universal Sports, LIVE 3-4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, LIVE 4-6 p.m. on NBC
UCLA Competition Schedule/2013 USA Outdoor T & F Championships
June 19-23/Drake Stadium/Des Moines, IA (all times Central)
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
12:50 p.m. - Men's Junior 800m First Round (Alexander Monsivaiz / Nick Hartle)
2:35 p.m. - Heptathlon/100mH (Tatum Souza)
4 p.m. - Heptathlon/High Jump (Tatum Souza)
6:15 p.m.- Heptathlon/Shot Put (Tatum Souza)
6:25 P.M. - Women's 100m First Round (Kylie Price)
7:35 p.m. - Heptathlon/200m (Tatum Souza)
Friday, June 21
10 a.m. - Decathlon/100m (Dominic Giovannoni)
11 a.m. - Decathlon/Long Jump (Dominic Giovannoni)
12:45 p.m. - Decathlon/Shot Put (Dominic Giovannoni)
2 p.m. - Heptathlon/Long Jump (Tatum Souza)
2:15 p.m.-Decathlon/High Jump (Dominic Giovannoni)
4 p.m. - Heptathlon/Javelin Throw (Tatum Souza)
4:50 p.m. - Decathlon/400m (Dominic Giovannoni)
5 p.m. - Men's Hammer Throw Final (Alec Faldermeyer)
5:45 p.m. - Women's 400mH First Round (Turquoise Thompson)
6:15 p.m. -Heptathlon/800m (Tatum Souza)
6:30 p.m. - Women's 100m Semis (Kylie Price)
7:28 p.m. - Men's Junior 800m Final (Alexander Monsivaiz / Nick Hartle)
8:42 p.m. - Women's 100m Final (Kylie Price)
9 p.m. - Men's Junior 10,000m Final (Michael McCabe)
Saturday, June 22
9:30 a.m.-Decathlon/110mH (Dominic Giovannoni)
10:30 a.m.-Decathlon/Discus (Dominic Giovannoni)
1 p.m.- Decathlon/Pole Vault (Dominic Giovannoni)
3 or 4 p.m.-Decathlon/Javelin (Dominic Giovannoni)
3:15 p.m. - Women's LJ Final (Kylie Price)
4:03 p.m. - Women's 400mH Semis (Turquoise Thompson)
5:18 p.m. - Decathlon/1500m (Dominic Giovannoni)
Sunday, June 23
3:44 p.m. - Women's 400mH Finals (Turquoise Thompson)