May 7, 2011
Tatum Souza and Kimmie Conner scored UCLA's first points of the Pac-10 Championships as both placed in the top eight in the heptathlon competition in Tucson, AZ. Souza finished sixth (4906 points), while Conner (4798 points) was eighth to give the Bruin women four team points.
Souza started off the day with the seventh-best long jump mark (17-5.50) for 648 points. She then finished third in the javelin with a throw of 117-5 (587 points). The freshman ended the competition with an eighth-place showing in the 800m, running 2:33.83 (646 points). She had a three-event score of 1881, which was a lifetime-best for the second day of a heptathlon. In all, Souza scored 4906 points and was just 21 points shy of her lifetime-best of 4927.
Conner was ninth in the long jump with a lifetime-best jump of 17-4.75 (643 points). She then had a huge performance in the javelin, throwing a lifetime-best by nearly 12 feet to finish second overall (124-0/625 points). Conner ended the day with a sixth-place run in the 800m (2:29.42/700 points) for a three event total score of 1968, which was a lifetime-best for the second day of competition. Her total score of 4798 bettered her previous total of 4545, which she set at the RJ/JJK Invite.
Arizona State leads the team scoring with 23 points solely from the heptathlon. Washington State and Arizona are tied for seconds with six points each and the Bruins stand in fourth with four points.
The women's team will return to Tucson, AZ next Friday and Saturday for the remainder of the Pac-10 Championships.