June 7, 2013
Discus thrower Julian Wruck captured his second career national championship, while hurdler Turquoise Thompson and heptathlete Tatum Souza earned All-America honors for UCLA Friday at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon.
Wruck, qualified for finals in second place, trailing only defending national champion Chad Wright of Nebraska after an opening throw of 62.48m (205). However, he overtook Wright in the fifth round after uncorking a 64.23m (210-8), and applied the icing on the cake with a 64.94m (213-1) in his final throw.
Starting in lane seven in the 400mH, Thompson, a senior competing in her last collegiate race, ran a personal best time, 54.99, to finish behind Stanford's Kori Carter (53.21) and Arizona's Georganne Moline (53.72). The third-place finish gives her three consecutive top-three finishes at the NCAAs to end her career after she came in second at both the 2011 and 2012 championships.
Souza wrapped up her first NCAA Championship appearance in the heptathlon, finishing ninth after competing in the long jump, javelin and 800m on Friday after having completed the first four disciplines a day prior. She entered the afternoon with 3,414 points and achieved a best jump of 5.74m (18-10) (+1.2w, 771 points) in Friday's opening event. In the javelin, she threw a best mark of 39.70m (130-3) for 654 points and finished the competition with a time of 2:17.91 in the 800m (852 points). She finished with a seven-discipline total of 5,691 points, enough for her personal best in the event.
Final team standings will not be determined until after the completion of the championships on Saturday.
Here's the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that concludes Saturday.
Saturday, June 8
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
2 p.m.-4 p.m. ESPNU