Pac-12 Claims 13 individual titles at NCAA outdoor track and field championships
Pac-12 Claims 13 Individual Titles, While Four Women's Team and Three Men's Teams Place in the Top 10
By the Pac-12 Conference
EUGENE, Ore. - Four Pac-12 women's teams and three men's teams finished in the top 10 at the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships which were held at the Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Thursday-Saturday, June 5-8. The Pac-12 Champion OREGON men's and women's teams had the best showing in both competitions, as both teams placed in the top five.
The UO women finished in third place, as Kansas took the title with 60 points. The Ducks collected 43 points, while ARIZONA and STANFORD both tied for sixth place with 33 points. ARIZONA STATE was 10th with 28 points. In the men's competition, Texas A&M and Florida tied for first place, both posting 53 points. Oregon was just behind in fourth place with 44, but was just ahead of USC, who collected 42 points. In 10th place were the Wildcats, which had 20.50 points.
Pac-12 student-athletes claimed 13 individual titles. ARIZONA's Lawi Lalang pulled a double in the distance races, claiming the 10,000-meter title (29:29.65) on Thursday, then returned to the track to win the 5,000-meter race (13:35.19) on Saturday. He was dominant in both races, winning the 10k by nearly 12 seconds and the 5k by over five seconds in front of the second-place finisher.
In the women's hammer throw, the Pac-12 had three in the top five, including a win by ARIZONA STATE's Chelsea Cassulo who threw a 69.12m/226-09. ASU's Anna Jelmini won her third-consecutive women's discus crown with a throw of 57.95m/190-01, placing ahead of second-place finisher Julie Labonte of Arizona, whose throw of 56.25m/184-06 was good for second.
It was a Pac-12 sweep in the women's 400-meter hurdles on Saturday and all three times ranked in the top-10 in the Pac-12 annals. STANFORD's Kori Carter ran the second-fastest time in Conference history to win the race with a time of 53.21. It was also a NCAA Championships meet record. She finished ahead of Wildcat Georganne Moline, a 2012 London Olympian, who was second with a time of 53.72. That time was also good for the fourth-best time in Pac-12 history. UCLA's Turquoise Thompson crossed the finish line in third place with a lifetime best of 54.99.
USC's Reggie Wyatt ran the seventh-fastest time in Pac-12 history to win the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 48.58. Oregon's Elijah Greer won the 800 meter with time of 1:46.58
One of the highlights of the Championships was OREGON's English Gardner winning the women's 100 meter in a Pac-12 record 10.96, breaking Gail Devers' time of 10.97 set in 1987, the first year the Conference sponsored women's sports. It was Gardner's second-consecutive title in the event.
USC's Bryshon Nellum won the men's 400 meters in a time of 44.73, the 10th-fastest time in Pac-12 history. UO's Mac Fleet claimed the 1500m title (3:50.25), while COLORADO's Emma Coburn won the 3000-meter steeplechase with time of 9:35.38, continuing the Buffs' historic dominance in the event. She was also a 2012 London Olympian.
Arizona's Brigetta Barrett capped a stellar career, winning her third-straight outdoor high jump title, posting a height of 1.95m/6-04.75, 3.5 inches higher than the rest of the field. Barrett was a silver medal-winning high jumper at the 2012 London Olympics.
Rounding out the list of individual winners is UCLA's Julian Wruck, who claimed the men's discus with a throw of 64.94m/213-01, throwing four feet further than the second-place finisher.
The Ducks will also host the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field, June 11-14.
For complete final results, visit the official website of the NCAA at ncaa.com.
2013 NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Kansas 60
3. OREGON 43
T6. ARIZONA 33
T6. STANFORD 33
10. ARIZONA STATE 28
20. UCLA 13
T21. USC 12
T25. COLORADO 10
T29. WASHINGTON 9
T39. UTAH 6
T1. Texas A&M 53
T1. Florida 53
4. OREGON 44
5. USC 42
10. ARIZONA 20.50
T12. UCLA 18
T28. ARIZONA STATE 8
T28. WASHINGTON 8
T75. COLORADO 1