This Week In Pac-10 Outdoor Track And Field
PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND AT UCLA
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships (75th annual for men, 19th annual for women) get underway in Los Angeles, Calif., this Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. UCLA will host the event at Drake Stadium (11,700).
Activities begin Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. PT, and Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. PT. Admission is $7.00 per day, while tickets for youth/senior citizens/students are $5.00. A two-day ticket is available for $12.00 for adults, and $7.00 for youth/senior citizens/students.
MEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA junior Robert Cheseret (1500m/3:40.83i, 5000m/13:31.62, 10,000m/28:33.24), who tripled in the distance races at last year's championships, will lead a talented Wildcat squad that includes senior distance runner Jonah Maiyo in the distance races (1500m/3:40.68i) and junior Sean Shields in the shot put (20.01m/65-7.75). ... ARIZONA STATE is again loaded in the sprints. The quartet of sophomore Domenik Peterson, sophomore Steven Koehnemann, senior Seth Amoo, and freshman Kelvin Love broke a 26-year old ASU record with a clocking of 38.71 in the 4x100 relay. Peterson owns the league's top mark in the 400m (45.15), while senior teammate Quinley Trevell tops the Pac-10 in the long jump (8.17m/26-9.5). ... Look for CALIFORNIA to score in the throws behind senior Rhuben Williams in the shot put (19.10m/62-7.75) and hammer (59.66m/195-9). Junior teammate Paul Tienert tops the javelin list (71.83m/235-8) by more than 14 feet. ... OREGON junior hurdler Eric Mitchum has had a dominating season and tops the Pac-10 list at 110m hurdles (13.56). The Ducks also should get points from senior Leonidas Watson in the long jump (7.90m/25-11i) and triple jump (16.09m/52-9.25). Freshman Galen Rupp burst onto the scene as he broke the U.S. junior record in the 10,000m (28:15.52). ... STANFORD senior Ian Dobson and the distance-happy Cardinal have scored well in recent championships in the longer running events and should do so again this year. Dobson set a school record in the 10,000m (27:59.72) and owns the league's top time in the 5,000m (13:27.45). In addition, junior transfer Michael Robertson has posted a Pac-10 leading and school record 61.70m/202-5 in the discus throw. ... Junior Jon Rankin will guide the Bruins in an effort to defend their Pac-10 title. Rankin tops the Pac-10 in both the 800m (1:47.11) and 1500m (3:39.49 - converted mile). Sophomore Brandon Johnson will be favored in the 400m hurdles (49.18), while senior Erik Emilsson should be one of the favorites in the 3000m steeplechase (8:40.40). ... USC is deep with sprinters and should score well in the short races. But it could be the field event performances from junior Jesse Williams in the high jump (2.26m/7-4.75), senior Allen Simms in the long jump (7.85/25-9) and triple jump (16.83/55-2.50), and sophomore Adam Midles in the hammer throw (64.53m/211-8.50) that could determine the Trojans' chances at a Pac-10 title. ... The WASHINGTON Huskies will counter with junior Shane Charles in the 400m hurdles (50.76), sophomore Martin Bingisser in the hammer throw (62.37m/204-7.50) and Rigel Wise in the javelin (67.48m/221-4.50). ... WASHINGTON STATE junior James McSwain has claim to being called the Pac-10's fastest sprinter with a league-leading clocking of 10.19 in the 100 meters. Additional point possibilities for the Cougars could come from sophomore Tyson Byers in the pole vault (5.37m/17-7.25i) and sophomore John Cassleman in the 400m hurdles (51.16).
WOMEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: Expectations will be high for ARIZONA in the discus throw where the Wildcats own the No. 1 and No. 3 marks on the Pac-10 list. Senior Ilona Rutjes owns the top mark (57.83m/189-8.75), while junior teammate, and defending Pac-10 champion, Rachel Varner is third (55.75m/182-10.75). Senior Sharifa Jones will give the Wildcats hope in the 100 meter hurdles (13.28). ... ARIZONA STATE senior Porchea Carroll could be a triple-threat option for the Sun Devils in the 100m (11.31W), 200m (23.45) and long jump (6.22m/20-4.75). Sophomore teammate Jessica Pressley will be a dual threat in the shot put (16.68m/54-8.50) and hammer (63.51m/208-4.25). Sophomore Amy Hastings, the 2004 Pac-10 Cross Country individual champion, should push for points in the 5000m (16:05.83) and 10,000m (33:19.32). ... CALIFORNIA senior Chloe Jarvis has posted the league's top time in the 800m (2:05.61). An individual title in the 800m would be a first for the Golden Bears. In fact, it would be just the second individual title at the Pac-10's for Cal in any running event. Junior Antonette Carter will look for points in the 100 meters (11.65), 200 meters (23.55), and long jump (6.31m/20-8.50). ... Field events should be a strong area for the OREGON Ducks with senior Sarah Malone leading the charge in the javelin (53.97m/177-0.75). Junior Lauryn Jordan should fair well in the jumps, posting marks among league leaders in the high jump (1.73m/5-8i), long jump (6.08m/19-11.25i) and triple jump (12.49m/40-11.50). ... OREGON STATE will be competing in the Pac-10 Championships for the first time since 1988. OSU sophomore Ashley Younce will attempt to become the first Beaver to score in the championships since hurdler Jenna Stark picked up all four OSU points during its last appearance at the 1988 Pac-10 Championships, which were also held at UCLA. Younce has posted the school's sixth-best time in the 5000m (17:19.80). ... STANFORD's distance troops will be tough in the 5000m where senior Sara Bei (15:41.57) and junior Alicia Craig (15:54.72) rank No. 1 and No. 2 on the league's best performance list. Sophomore Kathleen Trotter tops the Pac-10 list in the 3000m steeplechase (10:18.15). The Cardinal also post the league's best marks in two field events - sophomore Lindsey Gannaway in the high jump (1.78m/5-10) and freshman Erica McLain in the triple jump (13.90m/45-7i). ... UCLA senior Monique Henderson has been dominating this season in both the 200m (22.86) and 400m (50.91) and is the Pac-10 defending champion in both events. The Bruins should expect points in the field events from seniors Candice Baucham in the long jump (6.53m/21-5) and triple jump (13.56m/44-5.75), and Jessica Cosby in the shot put (17.63m/57-10) and hammer (66.27m/217-5). ... USC has a shot of doubling in the hurdles with junior Virginia Powell in the 100m hurdles (12.70W) and sophomore Candice Davis in the 400m hurdles (59.56). Powell should also be a threat in the 100m (11.15). Senior Iryna Vashchuk in the 1500m (4:17.08) and sophomore Treani Swain in the 800m (2:05.93) will give the Women of Troy additional point opportunities in the middle distances. ... WASHINGTON senior pole vaulter Kate Soma will attempt to be the first Husky to successfully defend a Pac-10 title in any event. She's cleared 4.36m/14-3.5 to set a school indoor record earlier this year. The Huskies also will count on sophomore Ashley Lodree to grab points in the 100m hurdles (13.50) and 400m hurdles (59.65). ... WASHINGTON STATE has depth at high jump with junior Robin Mikesh (1.78m/5-10i) and sophomore twin sisters Diana Pickler (1.76m/5-9.25i) and Julie Pickler (1.76m/5-9.25i). The Cougars also are loaded in the javelin with junior Jenna Dean (51.70m/169-7.25) and senior Rachel Bertholf (50.09m/164-4).
DECATHLON/HEPTATHLON. . . WASHINGTON STATE took top honors in the Pac-10 Multi Events Championships last weekend at UCLA as junior Darion Powell won the decathlon with an NCAA AQ 7,531 points and sophomore Julie Pickler posted an NCAA AQ 5,569 points. The duo became just the second set of teammates in Pac-10 history to win both events (joining California's Bevan Hart and Missy Vanek in 2000). OREGON juniors Andy Young and Cody Fleming placed second and fourth respectively to collect a team-leading 13 points entering this weekend's Pac-10 Championships. Washington State sophomore Diana Pickler also tallied an NCAA AQ 5,563 points to finish just six points behind twin sister Julie. The 1-2 finish gives the Cougars 18 points towards the Pac-10 Championships. hurdles (51.16).