NCAA track and field day 3 recap: USC men tied for 1st, Oregon women 2nd

The USC men's team is tied for first with Texas thanks to Bryshon Nellum and Reggie Wyatt winning individual titles Friday at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene. The Pac-12 also comprises three of the top four on the women's leaderboard with Oregon in second, Arizona State third and Stanford fourth with one day to go at Historic Hayward Field.

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Georganne Moline provided the major Wildcat highlight on Friday by finishing in second in the 400 meter hurdles. The fifth-place finisher in London in this event actually topped her Olympic time by two-tenths of a second with the 53.72 that she posted in Tracktown, USA (as you can tell, Moline has found success throughout her career). Moline was only bested by fellow conference companion Kori Carter of Stanford. On the men's frontier, Edgar Rivera-Morales was able to contribute a half-point by tying for eighth in the high jump (7-02.50ft./2.20m). Heading into Saturday, the women are tied for seventh (19 points) and the men are in 16th with 10.50 points, but have another Lawi Lalang performance upcoming in the 5K.  

Keia Pinnick won three of the seven events in the women's heptathlon-- including the finale (the 800 meter) -- but did not finish atop the heap. While that honor would go to Kansas' Lindsay Vollmer, Pinnick found herself in third with 5,984 points. Another six for the Forks' ninth-ranked women's team, now at 26 for the week. They've fallen off the pace set by Kansas (in first place with 48), but Arizona State is in a more-than-respectable third like its heptathlete.

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The Golden Bears are now officially done in Eugene with the conclusion of Friday's action. There was one competitor remaining for Tony Sandoval's bunch, and triple jumper Amanda Hunter finished 12th with a personal-best of 43-03.25ft./13.19m in her event. Cal was not able to record a single point on either side of the coin at the NCAA championships.  

Just two competitors for the Buffs today, but Aric Van Halen did put the Colorado men on the board with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase after his time of 8:44.50. You know what else eighth means?  

(You're probably wondering about his last name-- you thought right. His father is Alex Van Halen and his uncle is Eddie Van Halen, aka very famous and successful rock stars). Mark Jones was also out there for the high jump and finished tied for 21st with a successful clearance of 6-08.75ft./2.05m. Tomorrow, Buff Nation will turn its attention to Emma Coburn in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase.

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The points began a-pourin' in today for Robert Johnson and friends, especially on the women's side. The highlight of Friday was the women's 100 meter dash, where the Quacks picked up 12 team points thanks to English Gardner repeating as the NCAA champion by posting the third-fastest time in collegiate history at 10.96 seconds and Jenna Prandini finishing in seventh at 11.43.  Phyllis Francis (400 meter, third), Laura Roesler (800 meter, second) and Jordan Hasay (5,000 meter, third) also contributed to the women's point total, which now stands at 33, 15 behind first-place Kansas. Let's not forget about Johnson's boys, however, because Elijah Greer won the 800 meter with a time of 1:46.58, making a serious charge to surpass Arkansas' Leoman Momoh over the final 300 meters.   It will be an uphill battle if Oregon wants to sweep the NCAA championships, especially since Oregon is in a tie for sixth at 18 points (14 off leading USC and Texas). But back to English Gardner. Look at this shot of her:

With that 10.96, Gardner also broke the Pac-12 record which had been held by Gail Devers since 1987 (10.97 was Devers' time for UCLA).  

Well if you've been reading this alphabetically, you know by now that Kori Carter won the women's 400 meter hurdles. What you don't know until now (unless you watched the ESPNU broadcast or followed along on Twitter) is that Carter set a collegiate record with her 53.21-second effort. It wasn't just that, however:

Add ten points to the Cardinal effort. Make it nine more in the women's 800 meter, thanks to a third-place showing there by Justine Fedronic and sixth-place effort from Amy Weissenbach. Stanford now has 25 points on the women's side, just one off Arizona State for third.

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CHAMPIONSHIP! Julian Wruck earned the title in the men's discus throw, coming through with two huge heaves in his final two attempts. The one that stood tall was his last one, as the Aussie chucked the thing 213-01ft./64.94m to solidify ten team points for the manly men of UCLA (now tied for sixth with Oregon). You can also make it a 1-2-3 finish for the Pac-12 in the women's 400 hurdles. Why? Because Bruin Turquoise Thompson took the bronze standing in the event with a time of 54.99 seconds. What makes this finish even more impressive is that Thompson has the sickle cell trait. Pretty amazing.  

The Conference of Champions absolutely OWNED the hurdles today. Not just because the Pac went 1-2-3 in the women's 400 meter hurdles, but also because Trojan Reggie Wyatt won the men's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 48.58 seconds. As the Los Angeles-based Daily News points out, Wyatt was hoping to become the first USC 400m hurdler to win a national championship since 2000. Now he is. That wasn't it for the USC men, however, because Bryshon Nellum won the NCAA title in the 400 meter with a lifetime-best 44.73-second effort to give the Trojans another ten points. Remember, this is a guy who was shot in both legs as a freshman in 2008. He was granted an extra year of eligibility, and boy did he make that extra year count. Great story, and it's not done yet, either: Nellum will attempt to win the 200 meter dash tomorrow. Because of the work Wyatt and Nellum did, USC is now tied for first atop the men's standings with Texas with 32 points. Should make for a VERY interesting Saturday...

[Related video: USC's Bryshon Nellum collects 200 meter, 400 meter Pac-12 titles.]


A couple of female athletes out there for U, U, U... U-Dub Friday at Historic Hayward Field. Logan Miller finished 12th in the pole vault (13-09.25ft./4.20m), while Megan Goethals contributed four points to the Greg Metcalf cause by clocking in at 15:54.00 in the 5K, a fifth-place finish for the junior that now makes her an eight-time All-American.