It was a very successful week for UCLA’s Tatum Souza, a junior, and Dominic Giovannoni, a senior, at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Both Souza and Giovannoni, who are Napa High School graduates, earned All-America honors at the four-day meet. In the final team scoring, the UCLA men tied for 12th place and the Bruin women were 20th.
Competing in the women’s heptathlon, Souza finished ninth overall with a personal-best mark of 5,691 points for the seven events over two days. She earned second-team All-America honors and her effort was No. 6 on the UCLA all-time list.
It was Souza’s first NCAA Championship appearance in the heptathlon.
After the first four events (100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200), Souza was in 10th place.
She started out running the hurdles (13.86). She also did the high jump (5-6 1/2), shot put (41-10 1/2), and ended the day running the 200 (25.26).
Souza returned on Friday and competed in the long jump (18-10), javelin (130-3) and finished by running the 800 (2:17.91).
It was her second NCAA appearance. In 2012, she received an All-America honorable mention for her 21st-place finish in the women’s 4x400 relay.
Giovannoni was in 12th place after five events (100, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400) during the decathlon. Giovannoni scored a personal-best effort of 7,726 points (No. 7 UCLA all-time) to place 13th overall and earn second-team All-America honors.
On the first day, Giovannoni, a Bruins’ team captain, did the high jump (6-4), 100 (11.05), long jump (23-4 3/4), shot put (45-7), and 400 (49.53).
In the final five events, he competed in the 100 hurdles (14.45), discus (127-11), pole vault, (16-4 3/4), javelin (163-1) and 1,500 (4:40.33).
It was Giovannoni’s first NCAA appearance in the decathlon for the Bruins.
Giovannoni and Souza were two of the Bruins’ three combined athletes at the meet, which began Wednesday and ended on Saturday.