June 21, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa - On the third day at the USA Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA, UCLA highlights included - - in the heptathlon, UCLA volunteer heptathlon coach Sharon Day won the event with a world-leading mark of 6,550 points and junior Tatum Souza placed 15th with 5,360 points; in the men's junior 800m final, freshmen Nick Hartle finished third and Alex Monsivaiz placed fourth; in the men's junior 10,000m final, freshman Michael McCabe finished fifth; in the women's 400m hurdles first round, senior Turquoise Thompson advanced to Saturday's semi-finals and in the decathlon, senior Dominic Giovannoni is in 12th place (3,770 points) after day one of competition.
Friday's Results (June 21)
Tatum Souza's UCLA's event coach, Sharon Day, in Friday's first event (long jump) competed in flight one and finished fourth overall (personal-best 20-2.50/6.16m/+2.6w, 899 points). In the day's second event (javelin throw) and competing in flight one, Day placed first overall with a personal-best mark of 155-5/47.38m (809 points). In the 800m, Day's time of 2:12.12 was sixth overall (934 points). Day's two-day winning point total was 6,550 points, a personal-best and No. 5 U. S all-time.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Day was the highest placing U. S. heptathlete (16th, 6,232 points). A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, in 2005 Day was the NCAA Outdoor women's high jump champion and as a high jumper was a member of the U. S. team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Day will also compete in the women's high jump at the current USA Championships and won the heptathlon high jump with a mark of 6-2.75.
Day's head coach at CP SLO was Jack Hoyt, and Hoyt is entering his second season as the Bruins' Associate Head Coach.
"Everything was working today. I just focused in and tried to keep it light and fun," said Day, earning her third consecutive national title. "I want to score just as high or higher there (World Championships). I want to do the same thing there, let it come and let it flow.
"It feels pretty darn good (being the world leader)," said Day. "It will be really good momentum heading into the end of summer, and into August. I need to keep working on the little things, perfecting my technique and being consistent with all those things."
On the second and final day of the heptathlon, in the first event (long jump), Souza competed in flight one and her jump of 16-11.25/5.16m/+1.4w was 16th overall (603 points). The javelin throw was the second event and Souza, competing in flight one, had a distance of 127-3/38.79m which was sixth overall (644 points). In the 800m, the final event of the day in the heptathlon, Souza finished 15th overall with a mark of 2:24.09 (769 points). Souza's seven-event point total of 5,360 points placed her 15th overall.
Men's Hammer Throw Final
Junior Alec Faldermeyer fouled on his first three attempts and did not advance to the final round of eight for the championship. Recently, Faldermeyer earned his third consecutive first-team All-America honor at the NCAA Outdoor, placing seventh in the hammer throw (213-10).
Men's Junior 800m Final
Freshmen Nick Hartle (1:49.67) and Alex Monsivaiz (1:49.96) placed third and fourth, respectively. 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. As a Top Three finisher, Hartle qualifies for the upcoming Pan Am Junior Championships.
Men's Junior 10,000m Final
Freshman Michael McCabe, running in his first 10,000m event of the season, placed fifth overall, with a time of 32:27.71.
Women's 400m Hurdles First Round
Senior Turquoise Thompson, running in heat one, placed second (56.18, seventh overall) and automatically qualified for Saturday's semi-finals.
On the first day of the decathlon in the first event (100m), senior Dominic Giovannoni ran in section two, placing fifth with a time of 11.30/w+1.0 (13th overall, 795 points). The long jump was event No. 2 and competing in flight two, his effort of 22-4.25/6.81/w-0.1m was 10th overall (769 points). The third event was the shot put and in flight two, Giovannoni's mark of 43-5.25/13.24m was 11th overall (682 points). In the high jump, event No. 4, his leap of 6-0.50/1.84m was 14th overall (661 points). The fifth and final event of the day was the 400m and Giovannoni placed first in section three (personal-best 48.96, seventh overall, 863 points). Giovannoni's first day, five event total of 3,770 points is in 12th-place.
In the men's pole vault final, Dustin DeLeo finished fifth, with a height of 18-4.50/5.60m. In UCLA history, DeLeo's mark of 18-1 (2008) is No. 6 all-time. In the men's 800m semi-finals, Brandon Johnson, running in heat one, won with the best mark of the day, 1:44.78, to automatically qualify for Sunday's 800m final. In the women's 100m hurdles first round, Dawn Harper won heat one, with a time of 12.60/w+2.1 to automatically advance to Saturday's semi-finals. As 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.
"It felt pretty good, I clipped a hurdle," Harper said. "I felt really good, I was excited. I have been dealing with a little bit of a hip flexor issue. I came out and didn't feel it. Really for me, the later part of it was stay clean, stay clean. It's going to be an amazing final, but you have to make it to the final to get into the heat of the race. I love being in the heat of the battle knowing that eyes are on me as well."
Thursday's Results (June 20)
Women's 100m First Round
Sophomore Kylie Price ran in heat one, placing eighth with a time of 11.93/w-1.9, which was 26th overall and she did not qualify for Friday's women's semis. Price, a three-time first-team All-American in the long jump, will be competing in the women's long jump on Saturday.
Men's Junior 800m First Round
Freshmen Nick Hartle and Alexander Monsivaiz both advanced to Friday's final. Hartle, running in heat two, placed second 1:51.84 (automatic qualifier, fourth-best overall mark) and Monsivaiz, in heat three, finished third 1:51.87, with the fifth-best overall time and will also be one of the eight finalists in Friday night's race.
On the first day of the heptathlon and in the first event (100m hurdles), junior Tatum Souza competed in section three, placing sixth (personal-best 13.96, +1.7w, 16th overall, 984 points). Event two was the high jump and Souza finished 14th overall (5-5.25/1.66m, 806 points). The shot put was the third event, with Souza placing fourth overall (personal-best 42-11/13.08m, 779 points). Event four was the 200m and Souza competed in section three (fifth-place, 16th overall, 25.73, +1.0w, 821 points).
Also competing in the heptathlon is UCLA's volunteer heptathlon coach Sharon Day. In the 100m hurdles, Day was also in section three and finished first (personal-best tying 13.54, +1.7w, sixth overall, 1,044 points). She then won the high jump (6-2.75/1.90m, 1,106 points) and the shot put (45-2.25/13.77m, 779 points). In the 200m, Day also ran in section three (2nd-place, fifth overall, personal-best 24.02, +1.0w, 979 points).
A Bruin alum competing on Thursday was Brandon Johnson in the men's 800m first round. Johnson won heat one (1:48.74, 17th overall best time) and was an automatic qualifier for Friday's semifinals. As a Bruin, Johnson is one of the school's top 400m hurdlers. In 2005, his mark of 48.59 is No. 3 all-time in UCLA history.
For complete results of the 2013 USA Track & Field Championships, please go to www.usatf.org
Upcoming Events With UCLA Competitors (Saturday and Sunday)
All times Central
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)