Pac-12 Leaders In NCAA Track, Field Qualifiers
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After competing at the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas, last week, the Pac-12 Conference will be well represented at the NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Pac-12 teams earned 77 entries to the national championships in Des Moines, Iowa, the most of any conference in the country. On the men's side, the 69 entries by Pac-12 teams are the second-most of any conference.
ARIZONA, OREGON and USC each earned double-digit entries into the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while the Ducks, STANFORD and the Women of Troy also qualified double-digit entries to compete for the women's national championship.
The Pac-12 men's and women's champions, the Oregon Ducks had the most number of men's and women's entries of any Conference squad. The Duck women lead the country with 19 total entries, while the UO men's tied for sixth with 12 entries.
On the men's side, ARIZONA's 11 entries ties for eighth-most, and USC's 10 tie for 10th. ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD earned eight total entries, UCLA garnered seven entries, WASHINGTON had six, CALIFORNIA had five, and COLORADO and WASHINGTON STATE each had one.
On the women's side, the Cardinal's 15 entries is the third-most in the nation, and USC's 10 ties for eighth. Both The Wildcats and Sun Devils had seven entries for the NCAA Championships, and the Bruins, Huskies and Cougars each had four. The Golden Bears, Buffs and Utes each earned a pair of entries apiece, and OREGON STATE earned one.
The participants in individual and relay events qualified through competition at preliminary round sites held May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas. The top 24 in each event based on performance at the regional championships earned a spot at the national championships. Combined events participants qualified prior to the regional competition and will compete for the first time in Des Moines. The men's and women's national championships in outdoor track and field will be held June 6-9 on the campus of Drake University.
For a complete list of entries, visit the NCAA's official website at ncaa.com or click on the link: http://rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor12/.
The latest national rankings were also released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. The Arizona men moved up three spots third in the country after its performance at regionals, while USC jumped four spots to No. 9 in the country. Oregon and Stanford also made moves up the rankings. After being ranked 21st last week, the Ducks are 15th this week. The Cardinal were 18th in last week's poll but moved up to 16th in this week's poll. ASU is 17th this week and UCLA jumps into the top-25 this week at No. 24.
In the women's poll, Oregon is ranked third, followed by Stanford at No. 6 and Arizona at No. 10. The USC woman made a huge leap in the standings this week, going from No. 23 to No. 14, and Arizona State is 16th.
For more information, visit the USTFCCCA website at www.ustfccca.org.
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