Oregon Sweeps Pac-12 Track & Field Titles
Event: Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Venue: Hayward Field
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon swept the 2012 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The men won their sixth-consecutive title, while the women won their fourth-straight. ARIZONA STATE's Jordan Clarke was named the Men's Athlete of the Meet, scoring 24 points. The Ducks' Lauryn Newson was the Women's Athlete of the Meet after collecting 26.5 points.
Oregon's six-straight men's titles is the first time since USC won 15-consecutive Pacific Coast Conference titles from 1936-55. The women's four-straight crowns is the first time since UCLA won eight-straight from 1997-2004.
Clarke was the Athlete of the meet after claiming the shot put title for the second-straight year, was the runner-up in the hammer throw and placed third in the discus. Newson won the triple jump, placed second in the 100 meter and third in the 200 meter, while also helping her relay squad win the 4x100 to take the meet's top honors.
Oregon men scored 140 points to win the meet, followed by ARIZONA STATE (116.50), ARIZONA (94), UCLA (86) and STANFORD and WASHINGTON tied for fifth with 78 points. USC was seventh with 74 points, WASHINGTON STATE placed eighth with 56.50 points, COLORADO was ninth with 48 points, CALIFORNIA was 10th with 44 points and OREGON STATE grabbed four points for 11th place.
On the women's side, the Ducks scored 200.50 points to claim the title, STANFORD was second with 124.50 points, ARIZONA was third with 94.50 points, USC was fourth with 91 points and ARIZONA STATE collected 85 points to place fifth. WASHINGTON was sixth with 54 points, COLORADO was seventh with 49 points, UCLA was eighth with 46.50 points, and CALIFORNIA and UTAH had 21 points to tie for 10th. OREGON STATE rounded out the field with three points.
In the first event of the second day, ASU's Anna Jelmini was the first champion of the day, successfully defending her title in the women's discus. Her second throw of the morning was the winner, achieving a mark of 193-4 (58.94m). ASU the last six years. Arizona took second and third place as Alyssa Hasslen (180-9/55.09m) and Taylor Freeman (171-7/52.30m) earn spots on the podium.
ASU wins its first men's 4x100-meter since 2005 with the quad breaking the 40-second mark. The team of Daniel Auberry, Chris Burrows, Rashad Ross and Ryan Milus ran a 39.47 to win the title. The Ducks finished second, crossing the finish line in a time of 40.09, while UCLA was third with a time of 40.41.
The Oregon women reclaimed the 4x100-meter relay race, winning with a time of 43.72, posting the second-fastest time in school history. The Ducks won the title in 2010, setting a meet record. The quartet consisted of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Lauryn Newson and Amber Purvis. Francis and Gardner went on to win the 400-meter race and 100-meter race, respectively, later in the day. USC was second with a time of 44.16 and Stanford was third in a time of 44.25.
The men's and women's 1,500-meter races were both close down the stretch. In the men's, Arizona's Lawi Lalang, the 2012 Pac-12 and NCAA Cross Country Champion, led for most of the race, but regained the lead in the final turn and won with a time of 3:47.33. He was able to hold off Stanford's Chris Derrick (3:47.66), second at the Pac-12 and NCAA cross country meets, who edged third-place runner UO's Trevor Dunbar (3:47.84).
In the men's hammer, UCLA's Alec Faldermeyer, the top thrower in the Pac-12 and fourth in the country, claimed the title with a throw of 219-9 (66.99m). ASU's Jordan Clarke, already a champion in the shot put on Saturday, was second in the hammer with a throw of 211-2 (64.37m), and USC's Daniel Szabo was third at 207-6 (63.26m).
The fastest in the event in the Pac-12, Oregon's Jonathan Cabral won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.61. Stanford's Amaechi Morton ran a time of 14.09 for second place, just beating out third-place hurdler, WSU's Ramsey Hopkins, who posted a time of 14.13.
Sophomores placed in the top-four spots of the 100-meter women's hurdles, with Stanford taking the top-two spots. The Cardinal's Kori Carter took the race with a time of 12.99, edging out her teammate, Katie Nelms, who crossed the finished line in a time of 13.01. USC's Lauren Blackburn was third with a time of 13.23.
Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi claimed her third-straight pole vault title, clearing a height of 14-8.25 (4.48m). She becomes the second three-time champion in the event all-time in Pac-12 history. The mark was not only a person-best, it was the third-best mark in Conference history. UW's Logan Miller was second with a height of 14-4.5 (4.38m), the seventh-best in league history. ASU's Shaylah Simpson was third at 14-0.5 (4.28m).
Ranked third in the country and tops in the Pac-12, USC's Bryshon Nellum won the 400-meter dash, cruising to a time of 45.20. He 2011 Conference Champion UO's Mike Berry, who placed second with a time of 45.85. The Huskies's Maurice McNeal was third with a time of 46.59.
The Ducks' Phyllis Francis paced the 400-meter field, winning her first individual title with a time of 52.06. Behind her was WSU's Shawna Fermin (52.66) and UW's Jordan Carlson (53.03).
The top four runners in the 100-meter men's race ran faster than the 2011 champion, but USC's Aaron Brown was the fastest with a time of 10.18. UW's Alaka was unable to repeat, but placed second, running a time of 10.22, while Oregon's Arthur Delaney finished third (10.24).
In the women's 100-meter race, UO's English Gardner ran a wind-aided 11.00. Gardner is the meet record holder, winning the 2011 title with a legal time of 11.03. Teammate Lauryn Newson, who had just completed her triple jump flight, was second in the 200m with a time of 11.38. Stanford's Shataya Hendricks was third in a time of 11.45.
Elijah Greer of Oregon was the winner in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:48.48, pulling out the win ahead of the Cougars' Joe Abbott, who ran in a time of 1:49.59. ASU's Mason McHenry was not far behind in third, posting a time of 1:48.92.
The women's 800-meter race was nearly a photo finish, with the Oregon women coming in 1-2-3, needing to come from behind to take the title. Laura Roesler took the lead coming out of the final turn, and Becca Friday and Claudia Francis followed behind, all edging out the win. The winning time was 2:05.13, second place was 2:05.34 and third was 2:05.42.
The men's and women's 400-meter hurdles featured the top hurdler in the country in both events and both won their events easily. In the men's, Stanford's Morton had a time of 48.95 to come in first, followed by USC's Reggie Wyatt (50.35) and Duane Walker (50.80).
Arizona's Georganne Moline had no trouble staying ahead of the field in the 400-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 55.12. She defeated two-time event champion UCLA's Turquoise Thompson, who finished second with a time of 56.26. USC's Dalilah Muhammad was third with a time of 56.98.
ASU's Chris Benard posted the top mark in the country in the triple jump nearly a month ago, and won the Pac-12 title with a mark of 53-10.5 (16.42m), unseating the 2011 champion, WSU's Stephan Scott-Ellis, who posted a 52-8 (16.05m) to place second. Arizona's Nick Ross jumped 52-5.5 (15.99m) on his final attempt to place third.
UCLA's Matthew Kosecki was the winner in the men's discus with a throw of 193-8 (59.03), leading the field from his first attempt. Cal's Derek White was second with a throw of 187-6 (57.15m) and ASU's Clarke claimed third place on this final throw (182-4/55.58m).
The Huskies' Alaka was successful in his attempt to repeat as the 200-meter champion among a tough field which included two top-20 runners. Alaka ran the fastest time in the Pac-12 this season to win the race, crossing the finish line with a time of 20.45. USC's Aaron Brown just edged his teammate Devonte Stewart, 20.543 to 20.549.
The Duck women took first, second and third for the second time today. English Gardner led her teammates with a time of 22.82 in the 200-meter, winning her second individual title of the meet and her career-first in the event. Phyllis Francis was behind by just a nose, posting a time of 23.03, while teammate Lauryn Newson, who ran the race just after completing her flight in the triple jump, placed in third with a time of 23.09.
Newson went on to win the triple jump with a mark of 43-4.25 (13.21m), just ahead of Washington's Shaniae Lakes' mark of 43-3.25 (13.19m), who reach the distance on her final attempt. Stanford's Arantxa Kind was third with a jump of 42-5.25 (12.93m).
The men's 5,000 meters was packed with excitement with three of the nation's fastest distance runners participating. Stanford's Chris Derrick took the lead heading into the final turn and was able to hold of Arizona's Stephen Sambu and Lawi Lalang. Derrick, who won the title in 2010, had finished third behind Lalang and Sambu last year, and had finished second to Lalang at the NCAA and Pac-12 cross country championships this year, as well as in the 1,500-meter finals earlier in the day. But his 13.37.55 was enough to win the 5,000 meter late in the day. Sambu was second with a time of 13:38.88 and Lalang was third with a 13:41.45.
In the meantime, the women's high jump was wrapping up and Arizona's Brigetta Barrett cleared a height of 6-4.25 (1.94m) to win the title for the second-straight year. Her mark was far ahead of the field and she went on to make an attempt on the collegiate record at 6-6.25. However, on her final attempt, she nearly cleared but at the very end, clipped the bar and it fell. In second was UCLA's Alexis Walker who had a height of 5-10.75 (1.80m) and Utah's Brianna LeRoy was third with a mark of 5-8.5 (1.74m).
In the women's 5,000-meter race, Colorado's Jessica Tebo, the fastest collegiate woman in the event this season, cruised to the win, running in a time of 16:03.70. Stanford's Kathy Kroeger was second in a time of 16:13.18 and UW's Megan Geothals came in third at 16:19.00.
Closing out the two-day event were the 4x400-meter relays. ASU swept the relays, winning the 4x400 late in the day, snapping USC's string of three-straight victories in the event. The Sun Devils edged out the Trojans at the finish line, winning with a time of 3:06.00, just ahead of USC's 3:06.39. The winning quartet consisted of Chris Burrows, Kelsey Caesar, John Kline and William Henry. Oregon came in third place with a time of 3:08.30.
Although the trophy had been decided by the time the women's 4x400 was contested, it was no less exciting. Arizona's Moline ran a 51.66 in the final leg of the race to give her squad the lead and finish ahead of second-place Oregon. The Wildcats, with Shapri Romero, Echos Blevins and Tamara Pridgett running the first three legs before handing off to Moline, combined to run in a winning time of 3:31.85, ahead of the Ducks' 3:32.59. ASU was third with a time of 3:42.62.
Teams await the announcement of qualifiers for the NCAA Regional meet. The announcement will be made on May 17, with the competition taking place in Austin, Texas, May 24-26. The national championship meet will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sunday Individual Champions
Men's 4x100 Meter Relay - Arizona State, 39:47 (Auberry, Burrows, Ross, Milus)
Women's 4x100 Meter Relay - Oregon, 43.72 (P. Francis, Gardner, Newson, Purvis)
Men's 1,500 Meter - Lawi Lalang, ARIZ, 3:47.33
Women's 1,500 Meter - Jordan Hasay, ORE, 4:13.28
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles - Jonathan Cabral, ORE, 13.61 (wind-aided)
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles - Kori Carter, STAN, 12.99
Men's 400 Meter - Bryshon Nellum, USC, 45.20
Women's 400 Meter - Phyllis Francis, ORE, 52.05
Men's 100 Meter - Aaron Brown, USC, 10.18
Women's 100 Meter - English Gardner, ORE, 11.00 (wind-aided)
Men's 800 Meter - Elijah Greer, ORe, 1:48.48
Women's 800 Meter - Laura Roesler, ORE, 2:05.13
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles - Amaechi Morton, STAN, 48.95
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles - Georganne Moline, ARIZ, 55.12
Men's 200 Meter - James Alaka, WASH, 20.45
Women's 200 Meter - English Gardner, ORE, 22.82
Men's 5,000 Meter - Chris Derrick, STAN, 13:37.55
Women's 5,000 Meter - Jessica Tebo, COLO, 16:03.70
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay - Arizona State, 3:06.00 (Burrows, Caesar, Kline, Henry)
Women's 4x400 Meter Relay - Arizona, 3:31.85 (Romero, Blevins, Pridgett, Moline)
Women's Discus - Anna Jelmini, ASU, 193-4 (58.94m)
Men's Hammer - Alec Faldermeyer, UCLA, 219-9 (66.99m)
Women's Pole Vault - Katerina Stefanidi, STAN, 14-8.25 (4.48m)
Men's Triple Jump - Chris Benard, ASU, 53-10.5 (16.42m)
Men's Discus - Matthew Kosecki, UCLA, 193-8 (59.03)
Women's Triple Jump - Lauryn Newson, ORE, 43-4.25 (13.21m)
Women's High Jump - Brigetta Barrett, ARIZ, 6-4.25 (1.94m)