Pac-10 Track and Field Championships Set to Begin This Weekend at Oregon
May 9, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, Presented by 76 Quality PROClean Gasolines (76th annual for men, 20th annual for women) will get underway in Eugene, Ore., this Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14. Oregon will host the event at Hayward Field (10,500).
Activities begin each day at 1:45 p.m. PT. Admission is $9.00 per day for reserved seating, $7.00 per day for general admission, while tickets for youth/senior citizens/students are $5.00. A two-day ticket for reserved seating is available for $16.00 for adults, $12.00 for general admission, and $8.00 for youth/senior citizens/students.
MEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA senior Robert Cheseret (1500m/3:45.79, 5000m/13:48.95, 10,000m/28:46.07), will look to capture his third consecutive title at both 5000 and 10,000 meters. In addition, the Wildcats will look to score points in the throws behind senior Sean Shields (SP 19.84m/65-1; DT 61.18m/200-8), junior Adam Kuehl (DT 63.89m/209-7), and junior Saku Kuusisto (JT 71.53m/234-8). ... ARIZONA STATE should excel at 200 meters with junior Domenik Peterson (20.75) and sophomore Kelvin Love (20.97). Sun Devil triple jumper Ryan Zimmerman (15.82m/51-10.75) could add points in the field events. ... CALIFORNIA will rely on javelin throwers freshman Ryan Young (70.98m/232-10) and senior Paul Teinert (70.28m/230-6). Senior Jonas Hallgrimsson (64.57m/211-10) gives the Bears three of the league's top ten javelin throwers. Freshman hammer thrower Nate Rolfe (63.18m/207-3) rounds out Cal's impressive throws squad ... OREGON senior hurdler Eric Mitchum has had a dominating season and tops the Pac-10 list at 110 meter hurdles (13.48). Matt Scherer looks to add points in the 400 meters (45.90) and at 800 meters (1:50.25). Junior Tommy Skipper leads the Pac-10 with a mark of 18-11 3/4 in the pole vault. ... STANFORD junior Michael Garcia will provide scoring opportunties at 800 meters (1:49.19), while junior Neftalem Araia will do likewise at 10,000 meters (28:27.43). Triple jumpers senior Solomon Welch (15.81m/51-10 1/4) and junior Feranmi Okanlami (15.73m/51-7 1/4) hold the league's second and fourth best marks this season. ... UCLA senior Craig Everhart leads the league in the 400 meters (45.78), junior Brandon Johnson tops the league list in the 400 meter hurdles (50.12), while senior Erik Emilsson holds down the top mark in the 3,000 meter steeple (8:47.55). Additional points could be picked up from sophomore triple jumper Michael Johnson (15.74m/51-7 1/2) and freshman hammer thrower Boldizsar Kocsor (64.90m/212-11). ... USC senior sprinter Philip Francis will be a dual threat in the 100 meters (10.23) and at 200 meters (20.59). Sophomore Duane Solomon tops the Pac-10 list at 800 meters (1:47.74). Senior high jumper Jesse Williams (2.30m/7-6 1/2) is out to defend his Pac-10 title, but will be pushed by sophomore teammate Manjula Kumara Wijesekara (2.23m/7-3 3/4). Junior hammer thrower Adam Midles (66.80m/219-1) will give the Trojans point opportunities in the throws. ... WASHINGTON sophomore Austin Abbott will battle for top honors at 1,500 meters (3:41.27). Senior Shane Charles sits atop the Pac-10's list in the 400 meter hurdles (50.12). Sophomore Norris Frederick is one of four to clear 7-0 in the high jump (2.15m/7-0 1/2), and tops the long jump field (7.75m/25-5). Senior Will Conwell adds potential points in the discus (60.98m/200-0). ... WASHINGTON STATE senior James McSwain leads the Pac-10 at 100 meters (10.16), and could provide the Cougars with more points in the 200 meters (20.90). Junior John Cassleman is a Cougar hopeful in the 400 meter hurdles (50.28), as is sophomore Jon Jeffreys in the javelin (68.95m/226-2).
WOMEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA senior Rachel Varner will aim for top discus honors (56.76m/186-2), while juniors Nikki Martin (100m/11.50) and Marquita Taylor (200m /23.69, 400m/53.94) will give the Wildcats point opportunities in the sprints. ... ARIZONA STATE has depth in the distance races with junior Amy Hastings (5,000m/15:45.45, 10,000m/33.17.89), senior Victoria Jackson (5,000m/15:49.03, 10,000m/33:20.58), and sophomore Brooke Bennett (3,000m steeple/10:20.50). Sophomore Jessica Pressley holds the No. 2 spot in both the shot put (17.19m/56-4 3/4) and discus (56.18m/184-3). ... CALIFORNIA Senior Antonette Carter looks to double up at 100 meters (11.33) and 200 meters (23.20). The Bears also have a pair of 800 meter specialists in sophomore Alysia Johnson (2:05.49) and freshman Mackenizie Pierce (2:07.37). Leading the Pac-10 in the high jump is Cal freshman Inika McPherson (1.80m/5-10 3/4). ... OREGON freshman Rebekah Noble tops the Pac-10 in the 800 meters (2:02.85), while Amber McGown leads the conference at 1,500 meters (4:19.68i). The Pac-10's top long jumper is senior Lauryn Jordan (6.38m/20-11). She'll look for additional points in the triple jump (13.17m/43-2 1/2). Junior Britney Henry tops the hammer field (67.54m/221-7), while Rachel Yurkovich leads the Pac-10 in the javelin (54.82m/179-10 1/4). ... OREGON STATE will look to senior Ashley Younce (5,000m/16:50.52), sophomore Kaitlin Poggi (5,000m/17:03.16), and sophomore Lauren Denfeld (3,000m steeple/11:11.37) to lead the Beavers in the distance races. ... STANFORD senior Chauntae Bayne could pull off the triple in the 100 meters (11.26), 200 meters (22.77), and 400 meters (52.95). The Cardinal continue to be strong at the distance races with junior Arianna Lambie (1,500m/4:18.70) and junior Kathleen Trotter (1,500m/4:19.31), Lambie also tops the league leaders in the 5,000 meters (15:44.23). Sophomore Erica McLain is the Pac-10's top triple jumper (13.84m/45-4 3/4), and will add point possibilities in the long jump (6.37m/20-10 3/4). ... Bruin point-getters could be UCLA freshman Nicole Leach at 400 meters (52.27) and in the 400 meter hurdles (56.89), and senior Chelsea Johnson in the pole vault (4.49m/14-8 3/4). UCLA will also count on a pair of high jumpers in senior Caroline Sommers and freshman Rhonda Watkins, who have both cleared 5-10 3/4 this season. ... USC holds down the top marks in seven events - senior Virginia Powell in the 100 meters (11.17) and 100 meter hurdles (12.68), sophomore Carol Rodriguez tops the 200 meters (22.77) and 400 meters (51.51), senior shot put leader Karen Freberg (17.56m/57-7 1/4), freshman hammer thrower Evan Orban (67.54m/221-7), and junior discus thrower Kate Hutchinson (57.73m/189-4). ... WASHINGTON hopefuls are junior Ashley Lodree in the 100 meter hurdles (13.09), senior Carly Dockendorf in the pole vault (4.16m/13-7 3/4), and junior Amy Lia in the 1,500m (4:22.48). ... Pacing WASHINGTON STATE will be senior Tamara Diles in pole vault (4.25m/13-11 1/4), senior Jenna Dean in the javelin (48.98m/160-8), and sophomore Meghan Leonard in the 3,000 meter steeple (10:41.04).
DECATHLON/HEPTATHLON. . . Actually, the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships officially got underway at Hayward Field last weekend with the multi-events. ARIZONA STATE sophomore Jacquelyn Johnson won her second Pac-10 Heptathlon title, scoring a career-best and nation-leading 5,987 points to give the Sun Devils 10 points in the Pac-10 Championships. WASHINGTON STATE's Julie Pickler finished second, followed by OREGON's Lauryn Jordan. The Ducks picked up 11 points in the heptathlon to take the early lead in the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. ARIZONA's Robert Arnold captured the Decathlon title, soring a career-best and NCAA automatic qualifying 7,691 points. Arnold finished in the top two in seven events. ARIZONA STATE's Joshua Kinnamen finished second, followed by OREGON's Andy Young. Like the Oregon women, the men picked up 11 points to take the early lead in the men's race.
LAST YEAR'S PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . The OREGON Ducks produced only two individual champions (Kedar Inico - 400 meters/45.61, Eric Mitchum - 110m hurdles/13.59), but provided enough balance and depth to come away with their second Pac-10 title in three years. ARIZONA's Robert Cheseret repeated as Pac-10 champion at 5000m (13:33.00) and 10,000m (29:16.48). For his efforts he was named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Year. USC's Jesse Williams tied a meet record in the high jump, clearing 2.28m/7-05.75. He was tabbed the Pac-10 Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Oregon's Galen Rupp was named Pac-10 Men's Newcomer of the Year. He finished second to Cheseret in the 10,000m, and his fourth place finish in the 5000m added to Oregon's winning point total... The STANFORD Cardinal snapped UCLA's string of eight consecutive Pac-10 titles to earn their first-ever Pac-10 title. Freshman Erica McLain posted wins in the long jump (6.46mw/21-02.50w) and triple jump (13.78m/45-02.50). She was named the Pac-10 Women's Newcomer of the Year. Teammates Sara Bei (5000m/16:47.57), Alicia Craig (10,000m/34:02.79) and Undine Becker (400m hurdles/58.59) also earned individual titles for the Stanford women. UCLA's Monique Henderson was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Year after capturing titles in the 200 meters (23.06) and 400 meters (51.31). UCLA's Jessica Cosby was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Year following her individual title-winning performances in the shot put (17.11m/56-01.75) and hammer throw (66.10m/216-10).
2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . BYU will host NCAA West Regionals on May 26-27, 2006. The top five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. This year's national championships will be held June 7-10 at Sacramento State, Sacramento, Calif.
2007 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OREGON. . . STANFORD will host the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, its first since 1998. The Championships will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on May 12-13, 2007.
MEET HISTORY . . . Clearly the nation's most successful track and field Conference ever, the Pacific-10 Conference has produced such track and field greats as Ato Boldon, John Godina, Balazs Kiss, Mike Powell, Greg Foster, Kevin Young, Andre Phillips, James Robinson, Herman Frazier, Steve Lewis, Joaquim Cruz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Evelyn Ashford, Henry Rono, Steve Prefontaine, Bob Mathias, Bob Seagren, Gail Devers, Sheila Hudson, Willie Banks, Quincy Watts, Alberto Salazar and Mac Wilkins, to name just a few. Pac-10 schools have won an unprecedented 45 of 82 NCAA men's team titles (USC 26, UCLA 8, OREGON 5, STANFORD 4, ARIZONA STATE 1, CALIFORNIA 1), while five of the 24 women's titles have gone to Pac-10 teams (UCLA 3, OREGON 1, USC 1). Pac-10 men have won 229 individual NCAA titles, while Pac-10 women have claimed 87 individual NCAA titles. Pac-10 men's and women's track and field athletes hold a total of 19 collegiate records.