June 22, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa -On the fourth day at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA, sophomore Kylie Price placed sixth in the women's long jump, senior Dominic Giovannoni finished 15th in the decathlon and senior Turquoise Thompson qualified for Sunday's women's 400m hurdles final.
UCLA Results from Saturday, June 22
Women's Long Jump Final
Sophomore Kylie Price, competing in flight one, after her first three jumps was in fifth-place, with a leap of 21-2.75/6.47m/+2.6w. But she was unable to improve on that mark in her next three attempts in the finals and ended the competition in sixth-place. A three-time first-team All-America in the long jump, on Thursday she also competed in the women's 100m first round. On the all-time UCLA charts, she is No. 5 in the long jump (21-4.75) and No. 9 (11.36) in the 100m.
In the second and final day of the event, senior Dominic Giovannoni was only able to score in three of the five events. In the 110m hurdles, he ran in section two, placing first with a time of 14.50/w.0.7 and his mark was the fourth-best overall (911 points). In the discus, Giovannoni competed in flight one and his effort of 132-10/40.50m was ninth overall (675 points). The third event was the pole vault and Giovannoni passed at the opening heights then was unable to clear his three attempts at 15-5/4.70m and received no points. The javelin throw was event No. 4 and competing in flight one, his mark of 146-2/44.56m was 14th overall (509 points). The 1500m was the 10th and final event in the two-day decathlon and Giovannoni did not finish the race. His two-day total of 5,865 points placed 15th overall. Giovannoni's personal-best mark in the decathlon (7,726 points, finishing 13th at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor, earning second-team All-America) is No. 7 UCLA all-time.
Women's 400m Hurdles Semi-Finals
Senior Turquoise Thompson, running in the second semi-final placed second (55.48, fourth-best overall mark) and automatically qualified for Sunday's final. Thompson, who placed sixth in the event at the 2012 U. S. Olympic Trials, is a three-time first-time All-America and her personal-best time of 54.99 is No. 5 UCLA all-time. In other finals competition, Sharon Day, UCLA's volunteer heptathlon coach who on Thursday and Friday recorded the world's current No. 1 mark in the heptathlon by winning the event with a personal-best 6,550 points, was scheduled to participate in the women's high jump final but withdrew.
In the women's hammer throw final, Jessica Cosby Toruga in flight one, after her first three attempts, was in third-place (229-11/70.08m). In her last three throws in the final, Cosby Toruga's sixth attempt was a mark of 238-1/72.58m, giving her a final overall standing of fourth-place. In UCLA history, Cosby Toruga won the 2002 NCAA Outdoor shot put (57-0.25) and on the all-time UCLA charts, is the former school record-holder in the hammer throw (219-5, 2004 NCAA Outdoor, No. 2) and No. 6 (57-10.25, 2005) in the shot put.
In the women's 100m hurdles semi-finals, Dawn Harper was schedule to run in the first heat, but withdrew from the competition. 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 and in school history her mark of 12.80 (2006) is No. 3 all-time. In the women's 100m hurdles final, Clemson's Brianna Rollins won the event and set the American record (12.26), breaking the old mark of 12.33 set by Bruin great Gail Devers at the 2000 U. S. Olympic Trials.
In the men's 110m hurdles preliminaries, Kevin Craddock II competing in heat three, placed second (13.26/w+2.6, 11th overall mark) and automatically qualified for Sunday's semi-finals. In school history, Craddock's time of 13.46 (2008) is No. 2 (tied) all-time.
Jamaica National Meet
On Sunday, UCLA women's sophomore 100m hurdler Brea Buchanan will be competing in the event at the Jamaica National Meet. Buchanan, who has dual citizenship in the U. S. and Jamaica, is No. 2 UCLA all-time (12.77, second-place at 2013 Pac-12) and earned first-team All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Indoor in the 60m hurdles (personal-best 8.12).