Pac-10's Finest Track and Field Athletes to Compete in Pac-10 Championships
May 10, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- The Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships (80th annual for men, 24th annual for women) will get underway in Berkeley, Calif., this Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16. The University of California will host the event at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field (capacity: 22,000). California last hosted the Pac-10 Championships in 2001.
Activities begin Saturday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT with the men's hammer, while the women's 4x100 relay will kick off the running events at 1:00 p.m. PT. The women's hammer will get things underway on the second day of events on Sunday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. PT, with the rest of the day's running events starting at 1 p.m. PT. Admission is $15 per day for reserved seating, $12 per day adult general admission, $6 per day for students/senior citizens, and $5 per day for youth (7-HS). A two-day ticket is available for $25 for reserved, $20 for adult general admission, $10 for student/senior citizens, and $8 for youth (7-HS).
MEET RESULTS... Live results will be posted throughout the meet at www.sml1.com/recordtiming/cal/pac10_2010/, while complete results following each day will be available on the internet at www.calbears.com or www.pac-10.org.
HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON. . . OREGON collected 16 points in the decathlon and 14 points in the heptathlon events last weekend to stake an early lead heading into this weekend's Championships. Oregon senior Ashton Eaton successfully defended his Pac-10 title with 8,134 points, while senior Marshall Ackley finished third with 7,331 points. Junior Brianne Theisen defended her Pac-10 heptathlon title with 5,917 points, with senior teammate Erin Funkhouser finishing fifth (5,061 points).
ENTRIES. . . Pac-10 coaches have until noon Wednesday, May 12 to submit their entries for the Pac-10 Championships. A complete list of competitors will be posted later in the week.
THE RANKINGS. . . Here's where the Pac-10 ranks in USTFCCCA's Top-25 as of May 4 (next ranking is May 11):
6. Arizona State
ON THE AIR . . . FOX Sports Net will air a two-hour tape delayed show starting Thursday, May 20. Barry Tompkins and Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes will call the action, while color commentary will be provided by Tom Feuer. Krista Blunk will provide additional commentary from the infield. Check the local listings for the airing dates of the championships on your FOX Sports Net regional carrier.
2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS . . . OREGON will host this year's NCAA Championships, June 9-12 at Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore. The University of Texas, Austin will host NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds on May 27-29, 2010. The NCAA has established qualification for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds through a descending order list for the season. For each individual event contested at the Preliminary Round competitions, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. Twelve competitors from each individual event and a minimum of eight teams from each relay event advance from each Preliminary Round site to the Final Championship Meet.
2010 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OREGON. . . ARIZONA will host the 2011 Pac-10 Championships. The Championships will be held at Drachman Stadium (5,000) on May 15-16, 2011.
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 Meb Keflezighi, Bernard Lagat, 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 84 NCAA men's team titles (USC 26, UCLA 8, OREGON 5, STANFORD 4, ARIZONA STATE 1, CALIFORNIA 1), while six of the 27 women's titles have gone to Pac-10 teams (UCLA 3, ARIZONA STATE 1, OREGON 1, USC 1). Pac-10 men have won 316 individual NCAA titles, while Pac-10 women have claimed 109 individual NCAA titles. Pac-10 men's and women's track and field athletes hold a total of 19 collegiate records.