NCAA track and field day 2 recap: UA's Lalang cruises to 10K glory, another field title for ASU women
Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the men's 10,000m run and Arizona State's Anna Jelmini took the women's discus throw title to highlight Pac-12 action at the NCAA track and field championships Thursday in Eugene. While the vast majority of events have not concluded, Arizona is tied for fourth in the men's standings and Arizona State is two points behind Kansas for first on the women's ladder.
His third ever 10K was good for an NCAA Championship... Pretty remarkable.
— Arizona Track&Field (@ArizonaTrack) June 7, 2013
So you already know who won the discus throw, but Arizona fans would be delighted to learn that Julie Labonte finished second in the event (though I'm sure finishing second to a Fork is reason for a little consternation). She saved her best for last, checking in with a throw of 184-06ft./56.25m to mirror her silver finish at the Pac-12 Championships in May.
Another day, another throwing title for the Sun Devils. On the heels of Chelsea Cassulo's hammer throw championship on Wednesday, fellow Fork Anna Jelmini won the discus throw to put Arizona State in second place on the NCAA women's team leader board halfway through the national championship weekend. There wasn't too much drama when it came to the discus, for Jelmini's first throw of 56.38m was good enough to win it. She ended up topping that with her final toss of 190-01ft./57.95m to give herself nearly a six-foot cushion over Labonte. There were more good times to be had for Arizona State in the heptathlon, where Keia Pinnick clocked in with the best 100m hurdles (13.13 seconds) and 200m times (23.60 seconds) as part of a fourth-place standing more than halfway through her seven events (3,530 points).
A whole lotta combined events action for the Bru Cru on Thursday. Marcus Nilsson and Dominic Giovannoni wrapped up the decathlon in third (six points to UCLA) and 13th place, respectively, while Tatum Souza is in 10th after one day and four events of the heptathlon. Concrete points were also recorded by Alec Faldermeyer in the men's hammer throw. He hurled that bad boy 213-10ft./65.18m to register a seventh-place finish and round up a couple of tallies for the men's team. All in all, the UCLA track team added three more to its All-American total.
More importantly from a team perspective, Remy Conatser finished second in the men's hammer throw with a 224-01ft./68.30m-toss to earn the Men of Troy eight points. It has been a while, but don't forget that the USC men have won 26 national championships.
8,239 points for Jeremy. That's the World Championships A Standard. Second best finish and score in UW history behind Mike Ramos 86 Champ — UW Track (@UWTrack) June 7, 2013
Click here for the complete Thursday results from Eugene.