Oregon Sweeps Pac-10 Track and Field Championships For Third-Straight Year
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Tucson, Ariz. - The OREGON Ducks swept both the men's and women's team titles at the 2011 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The women entered the final event with a 2.5-point lead over ARIZONA, and won the 4x400-meter relay to secure their third-straight championship with 154.5 points to the Wildcats' 150. On the men's side, the Ducks tallied 129 points to win their fifth-consecutive team title. It is the third year in a row that Oregon has claimed both titles.
In the first event of the afternoon, USC made it a sweep of the hammer throw as senior Trey Henderson threw 226-1 (68.93m) to win his second-straight Pac-10 crown. Marissa Minderler captured the women's hammer title for the Trojans on Friday. UCLA freshman Alec Faldermeyer placed second (223-9/68.20m) and Oregon senior Jordan Stray was the third medalist (219-7/66.93m).
Arizona sophomore Brigetta Barrett, who entered the weekend with a share of the world's best jump in the 2011 outdoor campaign at 6-2.75 (1.90m), raised the bar to 6-4 (1.93m), clearing it on her third attempt to set a new personal record. Barrett then attempted 6-4.75 (1.95m), missing closely on her final attempt with the hometown crowd supporting her. USC senior Nia Ali also recorded a personal best, jumping 6-1.25 (1.86m). CALIFORNIA senior Kristen Meister finished third (5-10.75/1.80m).
USC went out fast in the women's 4x100-meter relay, taking the event in 43.84. The quartet consisted of Loudia Laarman, Aareon Payne, Jenna Puterbaugh and Jessica Davis. Arizona State placed second in 44.28 and Cal rounded out the top three (45.02).
In the men's 4x100-meter relay, the WASHINGTON STATE team of Greg Hornsby, Nate Washington, Brett Blanshan and Marlon Murray captured the Pac-10 title, sprinting ahead of second-place ARIZONA STATE (39.51) and WASHINGTON (39.62).
For the fifth-consecutive year, Arizona State claimed the women's discus title. Redshirt freshman Anna Jelmini, the national leader in the event, threw 197-11 (60.33m). Arizona claimed the other two podium spots, with sophomore Taylor Freeman placing second (177-5/54.09m) and freshman Baillie Gibson taking third (176-0/53.64m).
Oregon sophomore Jordan Hasay, the national leader in the women's 1,500 meters, took the lead coming into the bell and then pulled away from the pack, finishing in 4:19.18. OREGON STATE junior Laura Carlyle surged ahead of Duck sophomore Anne Kesselring to pick up the Beavers' first points with her 4:20.98 second-place finish. Kesselring ran 4:21.36 for third.
Duck junior Matthew Centrowitz is now three-for-three in the men's 1,500 meters at the Pac-10 Championships, taking this year's title in 3:41.73. Arizona finished two and three, with freshman Lawi Lalang finishing in 3:42.15 after pushing Centrowitz and junior Abdi Hassan behind him in 3:43.93.
USC's Ali continued her successful day, winning the women's 100-meter hurdles in 12.77, a new stadium record. The previous Drachman Stadium record was 12.79 by UCLA's Sheena Johnson in 2004. Trojan freshman Lauren Blackburn placed second (13.06) and Arizona State senior Jasmine Chaney was third (13.15).
Cal junior Ray Stewart became only the second Golden Bear to win the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 13.48. Larry Cowling won the event at the conference meet in 1981. USC seniors Brendan Ames (13.53) and Oscar Spurlock (13.54) joined Stewart on the medal podium.
Stanford senior Whitney Liehr jumped 43-3.25 (13.19m) in the final round to win the women's triple jump. Cal senior Tracey Stewart was the runner-up (42-4.25/12.91m) and two-time defending champion Jamesha Youngblood, a senior from Oregon, finished third (42-3.5/12.89m).
Arizona State's Chaney won her first individual conference crown, running 52.23 in the women's 400 meters. UCLA senior Joy Eaton claimed second place in 52.61 and the freshman out of Oregon, Chizoba Okodogbe, took third in her first league meet (52.71).
In the men's 400 meters, Oregon freshman Mike Berry (44.91) held off defending champion Joey Hughes (45.05) from USC to win the event. Trojan redshirt junior Bryshon Nellum claimed third in 45.56.
Duck freshman English Gardner ran a blazing 11.03 in the women's 100 meters to break the Pac-10 meet record set by Gail Devers of UCLA in 1987. USC's Davis finished second in 11.19 while Oregon's Amber Purvis rounded out the top three (11.21).
Washington sophomore James Alaka took the men's 100 meters in 10.29, leaning across the line ahead of Arizona State freshman Ryan Milus (10.34). Washington State senior Marlon Murray, who anchored the Cougars in the 4x100-meter relay, finished third (10.44).
Washington State senior Anna Layman, who posted the fastest time in the preliminary heats on Friday, overtook Arizona's Christina Rodgers and held her off to win the women's 800 meters in 2:03.48. Rodgers was right behind her with a time of 2:03.52 and Oregon freshman Laura Roesler took third (2:04.24).
UCLA senior Cory Primm won the men's 800 meters, clocking 1:47.57 ahead of a pair of sophomores, Elijah Greer of Oregon (1:47.70) and James Eichberger of Arizona (1:48.84).
Bruin sophomore Turquoise Thompson repeated as champion in the women's 400-meter hurdles, setting a personal record with her 55.84 finish. Her previous best was 55.88 from May 1. USC junior Dalilah Muhammad was second (56.80) and Stanford freshman Kori Carter placed third (57.10).
Washington State senior Jeshua Anderson joined an elite group of Pac-10 athletes, including Oregon's Steve Prefontaine, to win four-consecutive Pac-10 titles in the same event. Anderson won the 400-meter hurdles in 48.13, lowering the Pac-10 meet record he set at last year's championships (48.63). USC sophomore Reggie Wyatt (49.41) and Stanford junior Amaechi Morton (49.43) finished second and third, respectively.
USC's Davis captured the women's 200 meters over Purvis, the 2010 winner, and this year's 100-meter champion, Gardner. Davis sprinted ahead of the group to finish in 22.84. Purvis ran 22.97 while Gardner clocked 23.02.
Washington's Alaka doubled up, winning the 200 meters one hour after claiming the 100-meter title. Finishing in 20.85, Alaka edged out USC's Hughes (20.87). UCLA sophomore Maxwell Dyce was third in 20.94.
UCLA senior Greg Woepse claimed the upset in the men's pole vault, clearing 17-1.5 (5.22m) on his third attempt. Woepse entered the meet ranked third behind the duo of Scott Roth and Ryan Vu from Washington. Oregon sophomore Austin Ouderkirk was second (16-9.5/5.12m) while Arizona State senior Corey Phallen placed third at the same height.
Oregon's Hasay became a double champion when she added the 5,000-meter crown to her win in the 1,500 meters earlier in the day. Hasay ran 16:24.10 to finish ahead of Washington freshman Megan Goethals (16:25.13), who led for most of the race. Arizona sophomore Jennifer Bergman, the runner-up in the 10,000 meters on Friday, placed third (16:26.96).
Arizona freshman Lawi Lalang out-sprinted teammate Stephen Sambu to win the men's 5,000 meters in 13:47.29. Sambu was right behind him (13:47.39), while last year's champion, Stanford junior Chris Derrick, rounded out the top three (14:02.62).
In the men's discus, Stanford sophomore Geoffrey Tabor won his first title, throwing 189-6 (57.76m). Arizona State sophomore Jordan Clarke finished second (185-5/56.51m) and UCLA senior Bo Taylor placed third (184-0/56.09m).
Seeded fifth coming into this weekend, Washington State sophomore Stephen Scott-Ellis jumped 52-5 (15.90m) to win the men's triple jump. UCLA senior Jonathan Clark (52-1/15.87m) and Oregon junior Brian Schaudt (51-8.25/15.75m) joined him on the medal podium.
Holding onto a 2.5-point lead with only the 4x400-meter relay remaining, the quartet of Chizoba Okodogbe, Amber Purvis, Phyllis Francis and Laura Roesler guaranteed another title for the Ducks with a 3:29.63 finish. Arizona was second in 3:31.67.
In the men's 4x400-meter relay, USC's team of Reggie Wyatt, Bryshon Nellum, Josh Mance and Joey Hughes took the final event of the meet in 3:03.38, ahead of Washington State (3:06.40).
Men's Final Team Standings
1. Oregon 129
2. Arizona 112
3. Arizona State 99
3. USC 99
3. UCLA 99
6. Stanford 89
7. Washington State 85
8. Washington 79
9. California 27
Women's Final Team Standings
1. Oregon 154.5
2. Arizona 150
3. Arizona State 121
4. USC 103
5. Stanford 97
6. UCLA 51
7. Washington State 49
8. California 42
9. Washington 37
10. Oregon State 12