March 28, 2013
BERKELEY - Junior Jaci Powell completed her first heptathlon as a Golden Bear Thursday, taking second place at the 17th annual Cal Multis held at Edwards Stadium. Buoyed by a huge personal best in the javelin that made her one of the top 10 performers in the event in school history, she finished with a score of 4,995 points.
In second place overall after day one, Powell got off to a disappointing start Thursday with a distance of 15-0 in the long jump, well off the 18-11.25 she recorded earlier this month at meet in Sacramento. Still, the effort only dropped her one place in the overall standings.
Powell, though, quickly recovered in the javelin with a PR throw of 141-5 that puts her No. 7 on Cal's all-time performer list. Her mark was more than 20 feet further than anyone else in the competition and 17 longer than her previous best.
Powell concluded the heptathlon with a time of 2:21.66 in the 800 meters, which was the third best of the afternoon. Her final tally of 4,995 points was the highest for a Cal heptathlete since Tifani Grimes scored 5,034 in 2006.
BYU's Elizabeth Wilson took first place in the heptathlon with 5,031 points, while Victor Fajoyomi of USC won the men's decathlon with 7,078 points, beating out seven other eight other challengers.
Powell was not the only Golden Bear in action Thursday, as Randy Bermea returned to his home state to compete in the Texas Relays. The freshman from Harlingen, Texas, finished 26th in the heats of the 400-meter hurdles in 53.82.
More than a dozen other Cal representatives will be on the track at the Texas Relays starting Friday, while the Bears will also have contingents at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational over the weekend.
17th Annual California Multis
Edwards Stadium / Berkeley, Calif.
Long Jump - 15. Jaci Powell 15-0.00 (4.57m) (446)
Javelin - 1. Jaci Powell 141-5 (43.11m) (727)
800 meters - 3. Jaci Powell 2:21.66 (801)
Final Standings - 1. Elizabeth Wilson (BYU) 5,031; 2. Jaci Powell 4,995; 3. Tiffany Kenney (Tulane) 4,606; 4. Brie Ann Simmons (BYU) 4,495; 5. Laura Rombach (Horsecow) 4,474
86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium / Austin, Texas
Men's 400-meter hurdles - 26. Randy Bermea 53.82