UCLA’s Souza, Arizona’s Tonneson lead at Pac-12 track and field multis
LOS ANGELES -- After one day of competition, UCLA’s Tatum Souza is the leader in the heptathlon while ARIZONA’s Pau Tonneson is first in the decathlon at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium hosted by UCLA.
With four of the top-10 decathletes in the nation competing this weekend at Drake Stadium, Tonneson closed Day One with a slight edge over STANFORD’s Harrison William s. Ranked third in the nation, Tonneson scored 4,098 points to claim the lead, winning the long jump (7.18m/23-6.75) and shot put (15.13m/49-7.75). Williams, a freshman and ranked 12th in the country, is second in the competition, posting 4,068 points, followed by seventh-ranked Mitch Modin of Oregon (3,984 points). Three-time defending champion Dakota Keys of Oregon heads into tomorrow’s finale in fourth place with 3,965 points.
Williams took first in the 100-meter race, edging out Modin by just .07 seconds, crossing the finish line in 10.82 seconds. Williams also took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.14, again beating out Modin (49.02). WASHINGTON freshman Carson Murray was the winner in the high jump (2.17m/7-1.50) and currently sits in last place in the overall standings with 2,884 points.
The ninth-ranked athlete in the country in the heptathlon, Souza won the shot put (13.85m/45-5.25) and tied for first in the high jump (1.70m/5-7) to take the lead in the 14-competitor field with 3,407 points. She is also one of only two seniors in the field, along with teammate Alexis Walker. Walker is seventh after the first day.
Chasing Souza in the standing is defending champion and sophomore Amalie Iuel of USC, collecting 3,368 points after picking up the win in the 200-meter dash (23.96) and a second-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles after being edged out. WASHINGTON STATE sophomore Alissa Brooks-Johnson is third with 3,356 points with the top-five competitors are separated by just 103 points. OREGON freshman Ashlee Moore is in fourth (3,330) while COLORADO junior Abrianna Torres is fifth (3,304).
Moore edged out Iuel by .09 seconds for first place in the 100-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 13.71 seconds. Brooks-Johnson also tied for the best mark of the day in the high jump, came in third place in the 100-meter hurdles and had two fourth-place showings to stay within striking distance of the leader.
Day Two of the multi-events at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships continues with the men’s 110-meter hurdles starting at 11 a.m., while the heptathlon gets underway with the long jump at 1:30 p.m.
Live results can be found on pac-12.com by visiting the the track & field championship page here: http://pac-12.com/track-field/championships/2015-pac-12-track-field-championships, and clicking on “Multis Scores.” A full events schedule, final results and photos from the competition can also be found at that link.