Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championship

May 8, 2007

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PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY 76 PROCLEAN GASOLINEBEGIN THIS WEEKEND AT STANFORD

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, Presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline (77th annual for men, 21st annual for women) will get underway in Stanford, Calif., this Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13. Stanford will host the event at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Activities begin Saturday, May 12 at 12 noon. PT, and Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Admission is $12.00 per day for reserved seating, $9.00 per day for general admission, while tickets for youth/senior citizens/students are $6.00. A two-day ticket for reserved seating is available for $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for general admission, and $10.00 for youth/senior citizens/students.

MEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA senior Adam Kuehl (shot put- 62-11.5/19.19m, discus - 205-2/62.53m) will look to lead the Wildcats in the throws. Senior distance runner Obed Mutanya (5,000M - 13:48.86) should provide the Wildcats with scoring opportunities in the longer races, while senior Daniel Cook (110MH - 13.91) attempts to pick up points in the highly-contested 110m hurdles. ... ARIZONA STATE senior Domenik Peterson (200M - 20.70, 400M - 45.99) and junior Kelvin Love (100M - 10.48, 200M - 20.73) lead a talented group of Sun Devil sprinters. Junior Kyle Alcorn (3000M Steeple - 8:41.45) and junior Matt Turner (long jump - 25-6.75/7.79m) are among the Pac-10 leaders in their respective events. ... CALIFORNIA junior Ed Wright will look to contend in the high jump (7-3/2.21m), while junior David Torrence (800M - 1:50.23, 1,500M - 3:40.42) and senior Kevin Davis (1,500M - 3:43.19) look to score in the middle distance races. Bear points could come from senior Mack Thomas in the 110m hurdles (13.87). ... OREGON senior Tommy Skipper (pole vault - 18-1i/5.51i) will defend his Pac-10 title in the pole vault. Sophomore Galen Rupp (5,000M - 13:30.49, 10,000M - 27:33.48 - American collegiate record) has been impressive in the distance races. Senior Ryan Brandel (javelin - 238-0/72.54m) should give the Ducks hope for big point totals in the throws. ... STANFORD senior Michael Robertson is among the league leaders in the discus throw (205-2/62.55m). Senior Russell Brown (800M - 1:49.23, 1,500M - 3:41.51) and junior Garrett Heath (800M - 1:50.61, 1,500M - 3:43.01) should contend at the middle distances, while freshman Richard Sherman will vie for top honors in the triple jump (50-0/15.24m). ... UCLA senior Brandon Johnson (400M hurdles - 50.23) and junior Michael Johnson (triple jump - 51-3.75i/15.64mi) have posted impressive marks, while discus throwers junior Greg Garza (202-1/61.61m) and freshman Darius Savage (200-5/61.08m) look to add to the Bruin point total. ... USC has the league's top performers in junior Lionel Larry (400M - 45.41) and junior Duane Solomon (800M - 1:47.19), and will turn to the throws to collect additional points from Noah Bryant (shot put - 67-5.5/20.56m) and senior Adam Midles (hammer throw - 228-3/69.57m). ... WASHINGTON will counter with junior Norris Frederick in the high jump (7-2.25i/2.19mi) and long jump (25-10i/7.87mi) and senior Martin Bingisser in the hammer throw (216-1/65.86m). The Huskies will be strong in the 800M with the duo of senior Ryan Brown (1:48.40i) and junior Austin Abbott (1:49.00i). ... WASHINGTON STATE Cougars expected to contend for points in the sprints include sophomore Justin Woods (100M - 10.50, 200M - 21.23) and senior Jaycee Robertson (100M - 10.50, 200M - 20.99). Senior Tyson Byers (pole vault - 18-0.5/5.50m) and freshman Trent Arrivey (high jump - 6-10.75/2.10m) will lead WSU in the vertical jumps.

WOMEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes : ARIZONA will look to senior sprinters Nikki Martin (100M - 11.50, 200M - 23.86) and Marquita Taylor (100M - 11.61, 200M - 23.64) to collect points. Senior Kelli Burton (shot put - 52-1/15.87m, discus - 174-2/53.09m) should contend for points in the throws. ... ARIZONA STATE, the 2007 NCAA indoor team champion, has depth in the distances races led by senior Amy Hastings (5,000M - 15:30.17, 10,000M - 32:30.27) and junior Corey Randall (3,000M steeple - 10:26.51). The Sun Devils also add a strong field squad with junior pole vaulter April Kubishta (14-1.25/4.30m) and sophomore Sarah Stevens in the throws (shot put - 60-4.5/18.40m, discus - 185-0/56.39m, hammer - 214-8/65.43m). ... CALIFORNIA junior Alysia Johnson has posted the league's top time in the 800m (2:01.48), while senior Kelechi Anyanwu has the league's top mark in the discus throw (185-11/56.66m). The Golden Bears should also get point production from sophomore high jumper Inika McPherson (6-0/1.83m) and junior triple jumper Cassandra Strickland (43-3.25/13.19m). ... OREGON sophomore Rebekah Noble has a strong chance to double in the 800M (2:03.22) and 1,500M (4:17.43). The Ducks will count on additional scoring opportunities from senior Britney Henry in the hammer throw (221-7/67.54m) and sophomore Rachel Yurkovich (189-11/57.90m) in the javelin. ... OREGON STATE junior Lauren Denfield has been a standout for the Beavers in the 3,000M steeple (10:46.54), while junior Jean-Marie Peterson has provided OSU with a dual threat in the 1,500M (4:34.87 - seventh best in school history) and 3,000M steeple (11:03.47). ... Senior sprinter Jakki Bailey (100M - 11.50, 200M - 23.66), junior distance runner Arianna Lambie (1,500M - 4:15.75, 5,000M - 15:31.34), and junior Lindsay Allen (3,000M steeple - 10:21.85) should lead the STANFORD charge in the track events, while junior Erica McLain will provide the Cardinal with point opportunities in the long jump (20-7/6.27m) and triple jump (45-7.75/13.91m). ... UCLA sophomore Nicole Leach has turned in the top time in the 400M hurdles (55.60) and could double-up in the 400M (51.97). The Bruins expect to contend in the jumps with freshman Keneisha Creary (high jump - 6-0.5/1.84m), sophomore Rhonda Watkins (long jump - 22-0.25/6.71m) and senior Renee Williams (long jump - 21-0.5/6.41m, triple jump - 43-10.35/13.38m). ... The Women of Troy are running 1-2 in the sprints behind junior Carol Rodriguez (100M - 11.24HT, 200M - 23.06, 400M - 51.90) and junior Jessica Onyepunuka (100M - 11.31, 200M - 23.43). Senior Candice Davis tops the Pac-10 list in the 100M hurdles (12.91), while sophomore Eva Orban has the one of the Pac-10's best throws in the hammer (219-9/66.98m). ... Senior Amy Lia (1,500M - 4:17.49), sophomore Anita Campbell (5,000M - 16:00.03), and senior Ashley Lodree (100M hurdles - 13.06) will keep WASHINGTON in contention on the track, while senior Stevie Marshalek (pole vault - 13-5.75/4.11m) looks to pace the Huskies in the field events. ... WASHINGTON STATE heptathleteDiana Pickler looks to contend for honors in the 100M hurdles (13.28) and high jump (6-0.5/1.84m). Sophomore Sara Trane looks to be a Cougar hopeful in the 3,000M steeple (10:33.74), as does junior McKenzie Garberg in the shot put (50-1.25/15.27m) and discus throw (169-3/51.58m).

MEET RESULTS . . . Live results will be available at www.RecordTiming.com, while complete results following each day will be available on the internet on several websites (www.gostanford.com or www.pac-10.org or directathletics.com).

DECATHLON/HEPTATHLON. . . ARIZONA senior Jake Arnold successfully defended his decathlon title in the Pac-10 Multi Events Championships last weekend at Stanford with an NCAA AQ 7,755 points, while WASHINGTON STATE senior Diana Pickler posted an NCAA AQ and Pac-10 Multi Events Championships record 6,018 points. Washington State senior Julie Pickler also tallied an NCAA AQ 5,790 points to finish second behind twin sister Julie. The 1-2 finish gives the Cougars 18 points towards the Pac-10 Championships. Also posting NCAA AQ point totals were Arizona State junior Jacquelyn Johnson (3rd/5,706) and Arizona sophomore Shevell Quinley (4th/5,657).

THE RANKINGS . . . Here's where the Pac-10 ranks in USTFCCCA's Top-20 as of May 3:

	 Men                   Women	3.	USC	        1.	Arizona State	6.	Arizona State	3.	USC	7.	Oregon	        9.	Oregon	10.	Arizona	        11.	UCLA	13.	Washington	15.	Stanford	19.	UCLA	        16.	California			        t20.	Washington State

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