Pac-10 Track and Field Championships Presented by 76 Gasoline Begin this Weekend at Oregon

May 13, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships, Presented by 76 Gasoline (79th annual for men, 23rd annual for women) will get underway in Eugene, Ore., this Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Oregon will host the event at historic Hayward Field (capacity: 10,500).

Activities begin Saturday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. PT with the trials of the 4x100 relay, while the men's javelin will kick off the field events at 1:35 p.m. PT. The women's hammer will kick off the second day of events on Sunday, May 17, at 12 noon PT, with the rest of the day's events starting at 1 p.m. PT. Admission is $25.00 per day for reserved seating, $20.00 per day adult general admission, while tickets for youth/senior citizens/students are $15.00. A two-day ticket is available for $35.00 for reserved, $25.00 for adult general admission, $20.00 for youth/senior citizens/students.

MEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA senior Zack Lloyd, the defending Pac-10 champion in shot (68-1.5/20.77m), will look to grab points in the throws. Senior Bobby McCoy will contend in the sprints (400m -46.72), while senior Luis Rivera-Morales will contend in the jumps (long jump - 25-6.25/7.78m, triple jump - 52-4.5/15.97m)... ARIZONA STATE will be led on the track by senior Marcus Duncan in sprints (100m - 10.41, 200m - 20.80) and junior Brandon Bethke at 5,000m (13:27.79); Sun Devil throwers looking to collect points include junior Ryan Whiting (shot - 66-11.5/20.41m, discus - 199-2.75/60.73m) and junior Jason Lewis (hammer - 223-7/68.15m)... Contendingfor CALIFORNIA will be junior Michael Coe (1,500m - 3:37.98), who broke school record in the mile (3:56.18) earlier this season, senior Martin Maric (discus - 198-6.5/60.52m) and senior Yosef Ghebray 10,000m (28:32.27)... OREGON will contend with junior Andrew Wheating (800m - 1:47.03), senior Galen Rupp, who has the top times in the Pac-10 at 5,000m (13:18.12) and 10,000m (28:28.68), and junior Cyrus Hostetler (javelin - 272-10/83.16m)... STANFORD will look to collect points from senior Garrett Heath (1,500m - 3:37.57; 5,000m - 13:42.27), senior Myles Bradley (110m hurdles - 13.55), andsenior Daniel Schaerer in (discus throw - 199-3.5/60.75m)... UCLA senior Boldizsar Kocsor, defending Pac-10 champion in the hammer throw (218-9.5/66.69m), sophomore Jonathan Clark (triple jump - 51-5.5/15.69m), freshman Karlton Rolle in (200m - 21.10) will contend in their respective events... USC junior Ahmad Rashad, the 2007 Pac-10 100m and 200m champion, will look to score in the sprints (100m - 10.43, 200m - 20.74), while defending Pac-10 champion Corey White will attempt to pick up points in the throws (javelin - 272-2.5/82.95m), and sophomore Oscar Spurlock in the 110m hur-dles (13.68)... WASHINGTON senior Jordan Boase has posted league-best times in the 200m (20.61) and 400m (45.67), as has junior Scott Roth in the pole vault (18-0.75/5.51m). Senior Austin Abbott will challenge in the 800m (1:48.56) and 1,500m (3:40.03)... WASHINGTON STATE sophomore Jeshua Anderson is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 400m hurdles (49.44), while junior Sam Ahlbeck could collect in the 3,000m steeplechase (8:53.46), and junior Trent Arrivey in the high jump (7-4.5/2.25m).

WOMEN'S THEME . . . Keep an eye on these athletes: ARIZONA will be strong in the field events led by junior Elizabeth Patterson, the defending Pac-10 and NCAA champion (high jump - 6-4.75/1.95m), and junior Jasmin Day (high jump - 5-11.5/1.82m), along with seniors Nicole Lloyd (shot put - 53-6.5/16.32m) and Megan Howard (shot put - 52-9/16.08m)... ARIZONA STATE senior Charonda Williams will look to defend her Pac-10 title at both the 100m (11.29) and 200m (22.82), junior Jasmine Chaney will challenge in the 400m hurdles (58.57), while senior Sarah Stevens could pick up big points in the throws (shot put - 59-0.5/18.00m; discus - 181-5.5/55.31m); hammer throw - 212-9.75/64.87m)... CALIFORNIA will be led by sophomore Cherrelle Garrett (100m - 11.34), senior Mackenzie Pierce (800m - 2:06.45), junior Kimyon Broom (100m hurdles - 13.08), and senior Artensia Young (triple jump - 41-7/12.68m)... OREGON will enjoy the home track advantage, giving junior Keshia Baker (400m - 53.27), junior Nicole Blood (5,000m - 15:42.13), and senior Rachel Yurkovich, the defending Pac-10 champion and NCAA champion in the javelin (190-11.25/58.20m), an opportunity to excel in front of the home fans... OREGON STATE will rely on its sophomore class with Casey Masterson (800m - 2:11.29; 1,500m - 4:26.85), Jennifer Macias (3,000m steeplechase - 11:09.83) and Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson (3,000m steeplechase - 11:27.95)... STANFORD senior Lauren Centrowitz owns the Pac-10's top time in the 1,500m (4:10.42), freshman Laurynne Chetelat owns the league's second-best time at 5,000m (15:43.30) this season. Cardinal sophomore Arantxa King could double in the long jump (21-2.5/6.47m) and triple jump (42-3.75/12.90m)... UCLA seniors looking to cap off their Pac-10 careers with strong performances include Nicole Leach (400m - 52.04), Katy Viuf (pole vault - 14-1.25/4.30m), and Rhonda Watkins (long jump - 21-3/6.48m). Each own the Pac-10`s top marks in their respective events this season... USC will contend with freshman Dalilah Muhammad (400m hurdles - 58.58), junior Shalina Clarke (200m - 23.36; 100m hurdles - 13.24), sophomore Zsofia Erdelyi (3,000m steeplechase - 10:08.34), and senior Eva Orban (hammer throw - 226-10.25/69.15m)... WASHINGTON, the NCAA Cross Country national champions, will feature a slewof distance runners in freshman Christine Babcock (800m - 2:06.55); 1,500m - 4:16.50), senior Anita Campbell (5,000m - 15:45.80; 10,000m- 33:40.22), junior Katie Follett (800m - 2:06.06; 1,500m - 4:16.50; 5,000m - 15:48.72), and sophomore Marie Lawrence (3,000m steeplechase - 10:07.51)... WASHINGTON STATE senior Sara Trané, the two-time Pac-10 defending champion in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:21.20), sophomore Marissa Tschida (javelin - 181-8.25/55.38m), junior Lisa Egami (800m - 2:06.72), and senior Lorraine King (400m hurdles - 1:00.29) will provide the Cougars with some scoringopportunities.

MEET RESULTS . . . Updated results will be posted periodically throughout the Championships at www.goducks.com, while complete results following each day will be available on the internet at www.goducks.com or www.pac-10.org.

HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON. . . OREGON collected 19 points in each the heptathlon and decathlon events last weekend to stake an earlier lead heading into this weekend's Championships. Oregon sophomore Brianne Theisen captured the Pac-10 heptathlon title with 5,986 points - the sixth-best total in Pac-10 history, while teammates Kalindra McFadden finished second (5,780 points) and Erin Funkhouser finished eighth (4,881 points). Duck junior Ashton Eaton successfully defended his Pac-10 title with 8,091 points - the third student-athlete ever to post 8,000 or more points at the Pac-10 Championships. Teammates Marshall Ackley finished second (7,337 points) and junior Aaron McVein secured the final points with an eighth-place finish (6,664 points).

THE RANKINGS. . . Here's where the Pac-10 ranks in USTFCCCA's Top-25 as of May 6 (next ranking is May 13):

Men
2. Oregon
4. Arizona State
13. Stanford
14. USC
15. Washington
16. California
19. Washington State

Women
4. Oregon
5. USC
7. Arizona State
13. UCLA
14. Stanford
15. Washington

2009 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . OREGON will host NCAA West Regionals on May 29-30, 2009. The top five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. This year's national championships will be held June 10-13 at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

ON THE AIR . . . FOX Sports Net will air a two-hour tape delayed show starting Thursday, May 21. Barry Tompkins and Dwight Stones will call the action, while color commentary will be provided by Tom Feuer. Lindsay Soto will provideadditional commentary from the infield. Check the local listings for the airing dates of the championships on your FOX Sports Net regional carrier.

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