Pac-12 Track and Field Championships start Saturday
The 83rd annual men’s and 27th annual women’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championships are set to take place at Cromwell Track & Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC beginning May 4 and 5 with the multi events and concluding May 11 and 12. As what fans have grown accustomed to, the Championships will feature some of the best track and field athletes in the nation, as well as in the world. Four men’s teams and a nation’s-best seven women’s teams are ranked. Three of the country’s top men’s marks in three different events belong to Pac-12 athletes, and nine of the top women’s marks were recorded by league athletes.
In the team competition, Oregon won the men’s and women’s 2012 titles by large margins. It was UO’s sixth consecutive men’s title and the women’s fourth in a row. The Ducks appear to be fielding another strong contender on both sides, but will look to be challenged by the USC men. The women’s race is setting up to be an exciting one as three of the seven ranked teams are in the top 10 in the nation, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) coaches poll. But the UO women do not enter the meet as the highest-ranked Pac-12 team. That honor goes to Arizona.
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With the 2012 London Games in the rearview mirror, fans will be treated to world-class performances. USC’s Bryshon Nellum and Aaron Brown are likely to be crowd favorites. Nellum helped the U.S. win silver in the 4x400-meter relay, while Brown represented Canada. Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, who will attempt to win her third-straight high jump title, was a silver medalist at the Olympics for the United States. UA teammate and shot putter Julie Labonte represented Canada in London, while UCLA’s Julian Wruck competed in the discus competition and is already on track to make the Australian Olympic team for 2016.