Hall Places Fifth in Pac-10 Heptathlon Championship
May 8, 2005
In the final day of the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Events (heptathlon/decathlon) held at UCLA's Drake Stadium Bruin sophomore Nastassja Hall finished fifth with a lifetime-best 5,224 points, picking up four team points for the UCLA women's team.
On the final day, the women competed in the long jump, javelin and 800m (Hall entered the final day in fifth-place). Hall had a lifetime-best in the 800m, winning with a time of 2:16.76 (868 points); a lifetime-best in the javelin (108-2, eighth-place/533 points) and she placed fifth in the long jump (18-1.50, 706 points). Her total of 5,224 points is an NCAA provisional qualifier. In 2004, Hall also placed fifth in the Pac-10 heptathlon, but with a lower point total (4,975, an improvement of 249 points).
Also competing for the Bruins was freshman Ingrid Kantola. Kantola, who came into Sunday's competition in 11th-place, finished the seven-event competition in 10th-place, with 4,324 points (a lifetime-best). She finished ninth in the long jump (16-1.50w, 535 points), seventh in the javelin (108-09, 537 points) and ninth in the 800m (2:26.19, 741 points).
The 2005 Pac-10 heptathlon champion is Washington State sophomore Julie Pickler, who edged her twin sister, Diana, in the last event (800m), to win the competition with a lifetime-best 5,569 points (NCAA automatic qualifier), to Diana's lifetime-best of 5,563 points (NCAA automatic qualifier). Third-place went to California senior Brooke Meredith (5,446 points).
Entering the 800m, Diana Pickler led her twin sister, Julie, by 55 points (D. Pickler, 4,797/J. Pickler, 4,742). In the 800m, Julie Pickler placed third, in a lifetime-best (2:19.73, 827 points) and her twin sister, Diana, finished sixth (2:24.31, 766 points).
Next Saturday/Sunday (May 14-15), UCLA's Drake Stadium will host the 2005 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships. On Saturday (nine field event finals/four running event finals), the men's hammer starts at 10:30 a.m., other field events begin at 1 p.m. and the running events start at 1:20 p.m. On Sunday (all finals), the women's hammer begins at 10:30 a.m., the rest of the field events at 12:45 p.m. and the running events at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 (adult all-session pass), $7 (youth all-session pass and adult single session pass) and $5 (youth single session pass). For ticket information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946).
2005 Pac-10 Multi-Events (Final Day)
UCLA's Drake Stadium
May 8, 2005
Heptathlon - 1. Julie Pickler, WSU, 5,569; 2. Diana Pickler, WSU, 5,563; 3. Brooke Meredith, UC, 5,446; 4. Lauryn Jordan, UO, 5,299; 5. Nastassja Hall, UCLA, 5224; 6. Grace Vela, UW, 5,092; 7. Katie Miller, WSU, 5,000; 8. Roslyn Lundeen, UO, 4,935; 9. Lindsay Oman, USC, 4,693; 10. Ingrid Kantola, UCLA, 4,324; 11. Alana Waterford, ASU, 3,967.