Oregon Men, Arizona Women Leading After First Day of Competition

May 15, 2010

Berkeley, Calif. -- With clear skies over head and temperatures in the 60s, the Oregon men’s track and field team and the Arizona women track and field teams lead after the first day of competition at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium on the campus of California. Heading into the final day, the Ducks have scored 71 points, 28 points ahead of California who is second with 43 points, while the Wildcats scored 71 points, six points ahead of the Oregon women who scored 65.

On the men’s side, Oregon senior Cyrus Hostetler set an Edwards Stadium record in the javelin with a throw of 253-3. The mark was the second longest in the nation this season and a personal-best for the Newberg, Ore., native. 

In the 3,000- meter steeplechase, junior Steve Sodaro of California earned 10 points with a first place finish, finishing with a time of 8:40.60. Finishing second was junior Dylan Knight of UCLA with a time of 8:43.68, followed by junior John Sullivan of Stanford with a mark of 8:43.69. For all three participants who made it to the podium, they each recorded career-bests in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

Oregon senior Ashton Eaton, the three-time defending Pac-10 decathlon champion and two-time NCAA decathlon, posted the fastest time of the meet in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.19. In the long jump, the Bend, Ore., native needed every inch of his 27-7 1/2 to earn other Conference title. 

On the women’s side, Oregon junior Brianne Theisen set a school record in the first heat of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13:43. A native of Humboldt, Sask., Canada, Theisen took second in the high jump behind Arizona senior Liz Patterson who jumped 6-1 3/4. Patterson’s teammate, freshman Brigetta Barrett, took third in the high jump with a height of 6-0.

The Wildcat women jumped out to a commanding lead when they swept all three spots in the shot. Freshman Julie Labonte took first place with a distance of 54-0 1/2, while freshman Alyssa Hasslen threw for 46-4 3/4 for second, followed by senior Kelsey Jeesup who recorded a throw of 46-2. 

In the 10,000 meter run, Oregon senior Nicole Blood won with a time of 33:28.38, becoming the first female athlete in Oregon history since Megan Fairchild won the event in 1996. 

The final day of competition of the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships takes place tomorrow morning at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium on the campus of California. Field events begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s hammer trials and finals. The first running event is set for 1 p.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay final. 

Men - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored

  1. Oregon - 71
  2. California - 43
  3. Washington - 41
  4. USC - 40
  5. Arizona State - 36
  6. UCLA - 34
  7. Stanford - 33
  8. Washington State - 9
  9. Arizona - 5

Women -Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored

  1. Arizona - 71
  2. Oregon - 65
  3. Stanford - 33
  4. Washington State - 29
  5. Arizona State - 21.50
  6. Washington - 19
  7. USC 17
  8. California - 11
  9. UCLA - 8.50

 

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