Pac-10 Track and Field Championship Review
May 14, 2002
Walnut Creek, Calif. - PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND AT WASHINGTON STATE
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships (72nd annual for men, 16th annual for women) get underway in Pullman, Wash. this Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Washington State will host the event at the Mooberry Track and Field Complex (2,000).
Activities begin Saturday, May 18 at 12:00 noon PT, and Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. PT. Admission is $6.00 per day, while tickets for youth/seniors are $3.00. A two-day ticket is available for $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth/seniors. A one-day Family Pass is available for $15.00, a two-day Family Pass for $25.00.
MEN'S THEME . . . STANFORD looks to repeat, but will be challenged by UCLA. The Cardinal will rely on their depth in the middle and long distance races. UCLA, while not deep at many events, have posted the league's best mark/time in eight events, including three of the top four discus marks. After picking up 14 points in the decathlon, USC hopes to push its way into a three-way battle. . . ARIZONA senior Mike Kenyon holds the league's best times this season in the 200m (20.64) and 400m (45.38). His 400m time ranks fifth in the nation. The Wildcats also expect to score points in the throws with senior Richard Legarra (HT - 194-9, DT - 181-5) and freshman Sean Shields (SP - 62-4.25i, DT - 181-10). . . ARIZONA STATE senior David Wood will attempt to repeat as Pac-10 champion in the shot put (64-3i/No. 2 Pac-10). Senior teammate Brandon Strong (800M - 1:49.14/No. 2 Pac-10, 1500m - 3:41.42/No. 2 Pac-10) and junior Fasil Bizuneh (10,000m - 28:46.88/No. 2 Pac-10) look to compete in the mid- and long distance races. . . Senior Bubba McLean should score points for CALIFORNIA in the pole vault (18-0.5/No. 2 Pac-10), while juniors Robert Kennedy and Vincent Ibia have posted identical 24-2.25 marks (No. 5 in Pac-10) in the long jump and should score points for the Bears in that event. . . OREGON senior Simon Kimata (800m/1:46.65) and junior John Stiegeler (JT/247-0) lead the Pac-10 in their respective events and each of their marks rank second in the nation this season. The Ducks will look to get points in both hurdles behind senior Micah Harris (110mH/13.67) and sophomore Brandon Holliday (400mH/51.29). . . Senior Gabe Jennings leads a pack of distance runners for STANFORD. Jennings has posted top-five times in the 800m (1:49.40/No. 5 Pac-10) and 1500m (3:41.48/No. 3 Pac-10), while teammates senior Jesse Thomas (3000m Steeple/8:39.90), senior Jonathon Riley (5000m/13:29.15) and sophomore Donald Sage (10,000m - 28:40.12) have posted the league's top times in their respective events. . . UCLA junior Kyle Erickson will compete for top honors in the 400mH (49.62/No. 1 pac-10). His time in the event is fifth best in the nation. The Bruins look to reap points in the field events behind sophomore Juaune Armon (LJ - 26-3/No. 1 Pac-10) and senior Scott Moser (DT - 200-3/No. 1 Pac-10, HT - 210-11.5/No. 1 Pac-10). . . USC sophomore Julien Kapek owns the nation's top mark in the triple jump (55-8.5), while junior teammate Ryan Wilson owns the nation's second best time in the 110mH (13.55). . . WASHINGTON should get a share of the points in the middle distances with sophomore Eric Garner in the 1500M (3:41.23i/No. 1 Pac-10) and senior Mike Hill in the 3000m Steeple (8:46.92/No. 2 Pac-10). Junior Brad Walker tops the Pac-10 list in the pole vault (18-1). . . In the sprints, host WASHINGTON STATE will count on sophomore Anthony Buchanan (100m - 10.16W/No. 1 Pac-10, 200m - 20.75/No. 3 Pac-10) and senior Anson Henry (100m - 10.17/No. 2 Pac-10, 200m - 20.85/No. 3 Pac-10). Senior Jon Welsh looks for the home track advantage in the 3000m Steeple (8:54.84/No. 3 Pac-10).
WOMEN'S THEME . . . UCLA and USC rank first and third respectively in the latest Trackwire 25 and will go head-to-head in Pullman. Those two schools combine to own the top marks in 14 of 22 events. ARIZONA, OREGON, WASHINGTON STATE and STANFORD could make it interesting if they could steal some points away from the favored Bruins and Trojans. . . ARIZONA senior sprinter/long jumper Brianna Glenn will contend for Conference honors in the 100M (11.34/No. 2 Pac-10), 200M (23.29i/No. 2 Pac-10) and long jump (21-5/No. 1 Pac-10). Senior teammate Tara Chaplin should score for the Wildcats in the 10,000M (33:30.59/No. 1 Pac-10), as should sophomore pole vaulter Amy Linnen (14-10.25/No. 1 Pac-10). . . ARIZONA STATE should tally points in the distance races from junior Lisa Aguilera (3000M Steeple - 8:18.10/No. 2 Pac-10, 5000M - 15:57.37/No. 2 Pac-10) and from junior Tiffany Greer in the 100M (11.57/No. 3 Pac-10) and long jump (20-9.75/No. 3 Pac-10). . . Senior Jennifer Joyce holds the CALIFORNIA record, as well as the Canadian record, in the hammer (214-0/No. 1 Pac-10). Senior teammate Erin Belger will give the Bears a chance to pick up points in the 800M (2:04.39/No. 3 Pac-10) as should senior Marielle Schlueter in the 3000M Steeple (10:22.38/No. 3 Pac-10). . . Field events will keep OREGON in contention as the Ducks own two of the top three marks in the javelin behind sophomore Sarah Malone (179-2/No. 2 Pac-10 and freshman Elisa Crumley (169-7/No. 3 Pac-10). Junior teammate Becky Holliday should contend for pole vault honors (14-1.25/No. 4 Pac-10). . . Junior Lauren Fleshman will lead a group of STANFORD runners in the 1500M (4:18.11/No. 2 Pac-10) and 5000M (15:35.59/No. 1 Pac-10). Senior Laura Turner owns the league's top time in the 3000M Steeple (10:13.47). . . UCLA will look to win the shot put for the 12th consecutive year behind a pair of freshman in Jessica Cosby (5-7i/No. 1 Pac-10) and Brionna Reynolds (54-2/No. 3 Pac-10). Bruin runners own the top times in the 400 M (freshman Monique Henderson - 51.33), 800M (junior Tiffany Burgess - 2:03.73), 1500M (sophomore Lena Nilsson - 4:14.11) and 400M hurdles (sophomore Sheena Johnson - 56.56). . . USC will look to reap points in the sprints behind seniors Angela Williams (100M - 11.06/No. 1 Pac-10), Kinshasa Davis (200M - 23.13/No. 1 Pac-10) and Natasha Neal (100M hurdles - 13.21/No. 1 Pac-10). Senior jumper Tatyana Obukhova owns the league's best mark in the triple jump (43-5.25) and second-best mark in the long jump (20-11.75). . . Junior Kate Bradshaw paces the WASHINGTON Huskies in the 10,000M (34:20.86/No. 4 Pac-10), followed by freshman Lisa Gibbs (34:34.79/No. 5 Pac-10). Senior Kelsey Sheppard will vie for honors in the 400M hurdles (58.50/No. 5 Pac-10). . . WASHINGTON STATE already has picked up 16 points for the championships behind a pair of heptathletes in junior Ellannee Richardson (Pac-10 heptathlon champion - school record 5,821 points) and senior Cicely Clinkenbeard (3rd at Pac-10 heptathlon - 5,456 points). The Cougars will also look for points from junior Whitney Evans in the high jump (6-0i/No. 2 Pac-10) and senior Randi Smith in the 400M hurdles (57.88/No. 4 Pac-10).
DECATHLON/HEPTATHLON. . . OREGON senior Billy Pappas captured the Pac-10 decathlon title last weekend, while WASHINGTON STATE junior Ellannee Richardson successfully defended the women's heptathlon. Pappas amassed a career-best and NCAA automatic qualifying 7,532 points to edge out USC senior Russell Silvers (7,254 points). Richardson totaled a personal best and NCAA-leading 5,821 points in outdistancing CALIFORNIA senior Missy Vanek (5,498 points). Heading into this weekend's competition, Oregon and USC each picked up 14 points from the decathlon, while Washington State picked up 16 points from the heptathlon.