May 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fueled by a lifetime-best effort in the javelin to give her a PR 5,351 total points, junior Jaci Powell placed fourth in the heptathlon at the Pac-12 Championships Sunday at USC - the highest finish for a Golden Bear at the meet in eight years.
Powell, who started the day in seventh place after Saturday's first four events, came through on her third and final attempt in the long jump to record a mark of 18-9.75, which ranked third in the field.
Next up was the javelin, and Powell captured the event with a PR 145-4, a throw far enough to move her to fourth on Cal's all-time performer list in the javelin and just over seven feet shy of the school record. She was 13 feet ahead of her closest pursuer at the conference meet.
In the final event of the day, Powell completed the 800 meters in 2:23.19 to give her 5,351 points. The result was well above her previous PR in the heptathlon - 5,191 - set during the second of her two state JC championships at Golden West College, where she competed before transferring to Cal this year.
Powell's points place her sixth on the all-time school list and are the highest total since Brooke Meredith scored 5,611 points in 2004. Meredith was also the last Bear to finish higher than fourth at the conference championships, taking third in 2005.
On Sunday, Powell was just six points behind third-place finisher Abrianna Torres of Colorado, who had 5,357 points. Arizona State's Keia Pinnick won the heptathlon with 5,801 points, with UCLA's Tatum Souza in second with 5,624.
The rest of Cal's team will make the trip to Los Angeles next weekend for the Pac-12 Championships.
Pac-12 Multi-Event Championships
Cromwell Field at Loker Stadium / Los Angeles, Calif.
Long Jump - 3. Jaci Powell 18-9.75 (5.73m) (768)
Javelin - 1. 145-4 (44.29m) (750)
800m - 6. Jaci Powell 2:23.19 (781)
Final Result - 4. Jaci Powell 5351 points