Oregon sweeps Pac-12 track and field titles
LOS ANGELES - For the fifth consecutive year, Oregon swept the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships, which was held at Cromwell Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC. The men’s squad claimed its seventh consecutive team title, while the women took home their fifth straight. Accounting for 29 of her team’s points, Arizona State's Keia Pinnick was named the Women’s Athlete of the Meet, while USC’s Bryshon Nellum was the Men’s Athlete of the Meet after scoring 23 points.
"It feels phenomenal. I can't say enough about all of our coaches. They have done so much with our team and most importantly they develop our talent,” said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. "We have a team of one. We are a balanced program and that shows. We had kids step up and do their part all across the board. They really rallied around English [Gardner] yesterday and what a great thing that was for her to come out and get a lifetime best."
Pinnick was the winner of the heptathlon title last weekend, then went on to place third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, and helped the Sun Devils place second in the 4x400-meter relay. Nellum, who has battled injuries that nearly ended his career, won the 200 meter and 400 meter, then helped the Trojans pick up a pair of points in the 4x400 meter relay. Nellum won a silver medal as a member of the USA’s 4x400-meter team at the London Olympics.
On the men’s side, Oregon was far ahead of the field with 149.5 points, while USC finished in second place with 108 points. In third place was UCLA, who scored 98.5 points, and Arizona State was fourth with 94 points. Washington came in fifth place with 76 points, followed by Colorado in sixth place with 70 points and Arizona in seventh place with 67 points. California (66) was eighth, Washington State (45) was ninth and Stanford (43) was 10th.
On the women’s side, the Ducks scored 139 points to stay ahead of Arizona, who scored 123 points. Arizona State was third with 110.33 points, followed by UCLA with 87.33 points. Stanford was fifth with 86.5 points. USC placed sixth with 81 points, Washington was seventh with 55.33 points, Washington State was eighth with 42 points and California had 41.5 point for ninth place. Colorado (32), Utah (14) and Oregon State (6) rounded out the team standings in 10th, 11th and 12th place.
The second day of action began with the hammer throw at the Cal State L.A. facility. Remy Conaster claimed USC’s third hammer title in four years with a throw of 67.93m/222-10. He defeated Oregon's Greg Skipper (67.81m/222-06) and 2012 champion Alec Faldermeyer, who place third with a throw of 65.77m/215-09.
The women’s competition kicked off with the triple jump, where USC’s Alitta Boyd became the first Trojan to win the event since 2002, recording a jump of 13.27m/43-06.50. Three Trojans placed in the top four of the event, with teammate Melia Cox (12.95m/42-06.00) and Oluwakemi Olonade (12.67m/41-07.00) coming in second and fourth place, respectively. California's Amanda Hunter posted a 12.73m/41-09.25 to take third and break up the USC sweep.
In the women’s discus, Arizona State's Anna Jelmini became only the second three-time champion in the event, posting a mark of 58.50m/191-11. The only other three-time champion was UCLA’s Dawn Dumble, who won four titles from 1991-95. Arizona picked up critical points, however, collecting 21 points in the event. The Wildcats placed four throwers in the top six, led by Julie Labonte’s second-place showing with a throw of 56.79m/186-04.
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The Oregon women’s 4x100 successfully defended its title, posting a time of 43.81. It is the Ducks’ third title in four years. USC came in second place with a time of 44.76 and UCLA was third (44.91).
Arizona State men’s 4x100 team also defended its relay title in the event and had the race in hand early on, staying ahead of the field with a time of 39.41. USC and Oregon were behind the Sun Devils with times of 39.94 and 40.00, respectively.
In the women’s 1,500-meter race, Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan became the first Sun Devil to win the event since 1994. She led from tape to tape in a closely contested race, winning with a time of 4:14.84. Houlihan held off a charge from Oregon's Becca Friday and Anne Kesselring, as well as Utah's Amanda Mergaert and UO’s Jordan Hasay. The top-six finishers were all within less than a second from the winner.
The men’s 1,500 meter was a different story, where Arizona's Lawi Lalang ran a 3:38.53, taking down a Pac-12 Championships record that had stood since 1979. He finished more than three seconds ahead of the field, with Washington State’s Todd Wakefield coming in second (3:41.83) and Oregon's Mac Fleet running in a time of 3:42.20 for third.
The winner of the women’s 100-meter hurdles was decided by just .01 second as Stanford's Kori Carter edged out UCLA’s Brea Buchanan. It is the second straight year Carter has edged out the second-place runner by such a slim margin. Carter posted a time of 12.76 to win the event this season, while Buchanan’s time of 12.77 put her in second.
California's Ray Stewart was the winner in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.43, defeating the top-ranked hurdler in the country, Oregon's Johnathan Cabral, who was second with a time of 13.52. Duck teammate Trevor Ferguson was third, crossing the finish line with a 14.32.
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Oregon began to build up its lead, taking the top two spots in the women’s 400 meter. Phyllis Francis repeated as champion in the event, easily finishing in first place with a time of 51.57. Teammate Chizoba Okodogbe was second with a time of 52.22. Arizona's Shapri Romero, who ranked in the top 10 in the country in the event, was third with a time of 52.40.
A silver medalist in the 4x400 at the London Olympics, USC’s Bryshon Nellum cruised to victory in the 400 meter race, crossing the finish line in a time of 44.76 and repeating as champion. Oregon's Mike Berry, the 2011 champion, was second with a time of 45.14, while Stanford's Steven Solomon was third (46.12).
The women’s 100-meter race appeared to be wide open without the favorite advancing, but Oregon's Jenna Prandini was able to keep the event title in Eugene, claiming first place with a time of 11.46. UCLA’s Kylie Price was just behind Prandini, coming in second with a time of 11.48. California's Charnell Price was third with a time of 11.60.
The men’s 100-meter race was also an exciting one, with USC taking the top two spots. Beejay Lee pulled out just in front of teammate Aaron Brown, crossing the finish line in a time of 10.07, just .01 seconds in front of Brown. The winning time ties for the fourth-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Among those he is tied with is Brown, who ran that time in the preliminaries yesterday.
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Oregon's Laura Roesler again posted the top time in the 800-meter women’s race for the second straight year. She ran a 2:06.51 to claim her second straight title. Stanford's Justine Fedronic was second (2:07.23) and 2010 champion Anne Kesselring was third with a time of 2:07.54.
Oregon's Elijah Greer came in as the fastest 800-meter runner and he did not disappoint, taking first place in the event for the second straight year, posting a time of 1:49.48. Washington State's Jesse Jorgensen was second with a time of 1:50.88, staying in front of third-place finisher Arizona's James Eichberger (1:51.33).
It took a Pac-12 meet record, the fourth-best time in league history and a lifetime best for Stanford's Kori Carter to defeat Arizona's Georganne Moline in the 400-meter hurdles. Carter ran a 54.21 to stay ahead of Moline’s 54.54 to take top honors in the event and become the first Cardinal to win the event since 2005. UCLA’s Turquoise Thompson, the 2010 and 2011 champion in the event, came in third place with a time of 55.18.
Reggie Wyatt claimed USC’s first 400-meter hurdles title since 2003, taking top honors with a time of 49.17. He was over one second faster than the field, setting a stadium record as well. Oregon's Johnathan Cabral was second in the event with a time of 50.50, while Arizona's Clifton Leake was third in a time of 51.12.
Washington picked up its first-ever men’s triple jump title as Kasen Covington posted a jump of 15.48m/50-09.50. California's Hammed Suleman was second with a jump of 15.39m/50-06.00 and Arizona State's Josh Dixon was third (14.94m/49-00.25).
In the men’s discus, UCLA’s Julian Wruck was the clear favorite and he came up big as expected. Wruck posted a throw of 65.41m/214-07 to set a stadium and meet record. His mark broke fellow Bruin John Godina’s mark set in 1995 and was 22 feet ahead of second place, teammate Matthew Kosecki (58.70m/192-07).
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It was a sweep for Oregon in the women’s 200 meter. English Gardner set the pace to win her second straight title in the event. She ran a Pac-12 meet and stadium record 22.62, which also ranks as the third-best time in Conference history. Phyllis Francis recorded a time of 22.77 to place second, the 10th-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Jenna Prandini rounded out the top three, taking third place with a time of 23.17.
It was also a sweep in the men’s 200m as USC took the top three spots. Olympian Bryshon Nellum led the way with a time of 20.23. It was the fastest 200-meter time in the Pac-12 since 2000 and the seventh fastest all time. Fellow Olympian and 2012 champion Aaron Brown was second with a time of 20.47, followed by Trojan teammate Devonte Stewart (20.98).
Kristine Felix won the women’s pole vault, posting a 4.07m/13-04.25 to give Washington State its first-ever title in the event. She defeated UCLA’s Allison Koressel (4.07m/13-04.25) and Washington's Kristina Owsinski (4.07m/13-04.25), who were tied for second, but Koressel took sole possession of second place because of the tie-breaker rule.
It is the third-straight men’s high jump title for Arizona as Edgar Rivera-Morales claimed the title with a jump of 2.23m/7-03.75. He follows in the footsteps of two-time champion Nick Ross, who claimed the title in 2011 and 2012. He took top honors ahead of Colorado's Mark Jones, who posted a 2.20m/7-02.50. USC’s Tyler Ruiz was third with a height of 2.17m/7-01.50.
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Washingotn's Megan Goethals won her first-career 5,000-meter race, the first ever for a Husky. She ran a strong race and the pack never caught up to her as she crossed the finish line in a time of 16:08.86, nearly seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan (16:15.85) was able to stay in front of Arizona's Jennifer Bergman (16:16.95) as they finished in second and third place, respectively.
Arizona State's Nick Happe came from behind down the final stretch to win the men’s 5,000 meter. He took the lead in the final straightaway to finish in a time of 14:05.20, the first of two Sun Devils to finish in the top three. Teammate Darius Terry was third with a time of 14:09.19, with UCLA’s Lane Werley coming in second place (14:06.04).
Wrapping up the women’s competition, the 4x400-meter relay proved to be one of the more exciting races of the weekend. It was a three-team battle going into the final turn with the lead changing several times before USC came from behind in the final stretch to take the lead from Arizona and cross the finish line first in a time of 3:32.39. The Wildcats, anchored by London Olympian Georganne Moline, could not hold off the Trojans and finished in second with a time of 3:32.53. Arizona, who also briefly held the lead in the final lap, placed third with a time of 3:32.57.
In the final two races, the first 4x400-meter relay heat played to the hometown crowd, as USC edged Stanford for first and second, but posted the sixth- and seventh-fastest times of the event. The day closed out with a dominating win by the Oregon relay squad, taking first place with a time of 3:05.63, over two seconds faster than second-place Arizona State (3:08.06).
For full results, exclusive video content and photos from the entire Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, visit the official Pac-12 Track and Field Championships site. The tape-delayed broadcast is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
1. Oregon - 139
2. Arizona - 123
3. Arizona State - 110.33
4. UCLA - 87.33
5. Stanford - 86.50
6. USC - 81
7. Washington - 55.33
8. Washington State - 42
9. California - 41.50
10. Colorado - 32
11. Utah - 14
12. Oregon State - 6
1. Oregon - 149.50
2. USC - 108
3. UCLA - 98.50
4. Arizona State - 94
5. Washington - 76
6. Colorado - 70
7. Arizona - 67
8. California - 66
9. Washington State - 45
10. Stanford - 43
Pac-12 Championships Individual Champions
Men’s Hammer - Remy Conaster, USC, 67.93m/222-10
Women’s Triple Jump - Alitta Boyd, USC, 13.27m/43-06.50
Women’s Discus - Anna Jelmini, ASU, 58.50m/191-11
Women’s 4x100 Relay - Oregon, 43.81
Men’s 4x100 Relay - Arizona State, 39.41
Women’s 1,500m - Shelby Houlihan, ASU, 4:14.84
Men’s 1,500m - Lawi Lalang, ARIZ, 3:38.53
Women’s 100m Hurdles - Kori Carter, STAN, 12.76
Men’s 110m Hurdles - Ray Stewart, CAL, 13.43
Women’s 400m - Phyllis Francis, ORE, 51.57
Men’s 400m - Bryshon Nellum, USC, 44.76
Women’s 100m - Jenna Prandini, ORE, 11.46
Men’s 100m - Beejay Lee, USC, 10.07
Women’s 800m - Laura Roesler, ORE, 2:06.51
Men’s 800m - Elijah Greer, ORE, 1:49.48
Women’s 400m Hurdles - Kori Carter, STAN, 54.21
Men’s 400m Hurdles - Reggie Wyatt, USC, 49.17
Women’s Pole Vault - Kristine Felix, WSU, 4.07m/13-04.25
Women’s 200m - English Gardner, ORE, 22.62
Men’s 200m - Bryshon Nellum, USC, 20.23
Women’s 5000m - Megan Goethals, WASH, 16:08.86
Men’s 5000m - Nick Happe, ASU, 14:05.20
Men’s Triple Jump - Kasen Covington, WASH, 15.48m/50-09.50
Men’s Discus - Julian Wruck, UCLA, 65.41m/214-07
Women’s 4x400m Relay - USC, 3:32.39
Men’s 4x400m Relay - Oregon, 3:05.63
Women’s Hammer - Chelsea Cassulo, ASU, 68.00m/223-01
Women’s Long Jump - Christabel Nettey, ASU, 6.68/21-11
Men’s Pole Vault - Michael Woepse, UCLA, 5.46m/17-11.00
Women’s High Jump - Brigetta Barrett, ARIZ, 1.99m/6-06.25
Women’s Javelin - Brianna Bain, STAN, 53.84m/176-08
Men’s Shot Put - Jordan Clarke, ASU, 19.35m/63-06.00
Men’s Long Jump - Hammed Suleman, CAL, 7.91m/25-11.50
Men’s Javelin - Sam Crouser, ORE, 76.01m/249-04
Women’s Shot Put - Julie Labonte, ARIZ, 17.38m/57-00.25
Women’s Steeplechase - Emma Coburn, COLO, 9:55.67
Men’s Steeplechase - Aric Van Halen, COLO, 8:41.73
Women’s 10,000m - Jennifer Bergman, ARIZ, 34:17.09
Men’s 10,000m - Lawi Lalang, ARIZ, 28:14.63