This year in Pac-12 track & field
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON swept the Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track & Field titles for the fifth-consecutive year. The Duck men claimed their seventh-straight league crown, while the women's squad won its fifth in a row. Both teams went on to record the highest finish among league teams, placing in the top-five at the NCAA championships. The Oregon women placed third, while the men's finished fourth. In all, four Pac-12 women's teams and three men's squads placed in the top 10 at the national meet, while 12 athletes claimed 13 individual titles.
Postseason honors went to USC's Bryshon Nellum, who was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Year, ARIZONA STATE's Jordan Clarke was voted Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year for second time in his career and WASHINGTON's Chris Williams was tabbed the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, the first-ever Husky to earn the honor. On the women's side, STANFORD's Kori Carter became the first-ever Cardinal to be named Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Year. ARIZONA's Brigetta Barrett was tabbed the Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year for the second time in three years and OREGON's Jenna Prandini was voted the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. Pac-12 Men's and Women's Coach of the Year Honors went to first-year head coach OREGON's Robert Johnson.
National honors were not lacking for Pac-12 individuals. The USTFCCCA tabbed Nellum as the National Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Barrett was voted the National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. USC sprint coach, assistant coach John Henry Johnson, was named the National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.
BOWERMAN WATCH LIST... The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the semifinalists for The Bowerman award. The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Only 10 men and 10 women are on the watch list at any given point during the season. Below is the list of men's and women's Pac-12 athletes on the watch list. For more information, visit www.ustfccca.org.
Lawi Lalang, JR, ARIZ
Bryshon Nellum, SR, USC
Julian Wruck, JR, UCLA
Brigetta Barrett, JR, ARIZ
Kori Carter, JR, STAN
Emma Coburn, SR, COLO
English Gardner, SR, ORE
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS... OREGON was the Conference's highest finishers in both the men's and women's competition at the 2013 Division I NCAA men's and women's track & field championships hosted by the Ducks in Eugene, Ore. The women placed third with 43 points and just one point behind the second-place team. The men's squad placed fourth (44), two points ahead of USC (42). On the women's side, four Pac-12 teams placed in the top 10 of the final standings, and three men's teams were among the top-10 teams.
Individually, the Pac-12 claimed 13 individual titles. ARIZONA's Lawi Lalang was the only athlete at the meet to win a pair of titles, claiming the "double" in the men's 5,000- and 10,000-meter races. USC's Bryshon Nellum snapped a 21-year Pac-12 drought in the 400-meter race, claiming his first-career NCAA title in the event. Nellum was the first Pac-12 athlete to win a 400-meter national title since USC's Quincy Watt's in 1992.
UO's English Gardner defended her 100-meter title, winning the race in a Pac-12 record 10.96. STANFORD's Kori Carter set an NCAA-meet record in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 53.21 to give the Cardinal its first-ever title in the event. COLORADO's Emma Coburn won her second 3,000-meter steeplechase national title in three years, while ARIZONA's Brigetta Barrett finished a decorated collegiate career with a third-straight NCAA title in the high jump.
2013 PAC-12 NCAA CHAMPIONS...
400m - Bryshon Nellum, USC 44.73
800m - Elijah Greer, ORE 1:46.58
1,500m - Mac Fleet, ORE 3:50.25
5,000m - Lawi Lalang, ARIZ 13:35.19
10,000m - Lawi Lalang, ARIZ 29:29.65
400mh - Reggie Wyatt, USC 48.58
DT - Julian Wruck, UCLA 64.94m/213-1
100m - English Gardner, ORE 10.96
400mh - Kori Carter, STAN 53.21
3000sc - Emma Coburn, COLO 9:35.38
HJ - Brigetta Barrett, ARIZ 1.95m/6-4.75
SP - Anna Jelmini, ASU 57.95m/190-1
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR... The OREGON women's team earned the USTFCCCA Terry Crawford Division I Women's Program of the Year for the fifth-consecutive year (every year of the award's existence). The award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs for each gender. It honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year, spanning cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons. The UO women won its first NCAA title in cross country since 1987. It went on to claim its fourth-straight NCAA crown in indoor track & field, then placed third in the national outdoor meet. ARIZONA was second behind the Ducks in the final standings. It was the fourth time in five years that at least two Pac-12 teams have placed in the top three. The OREGON men placed third in the final Program of the Year standings and UCLA was the only other Pac-12 team in the top 10, placing ninth.
PAC-12 BEST MARKS RECORDED… Pac-12 track & field athletes had a successful season as can be seen in the all-time best performances lists, including posting the top time or mark in several events. UCLA's Julian Wruck threw 68.16m/223-7 in early June, breaking the Conference's mark twice this year. His mark bested the second-best performer in league history by over seven feet. OREGON's English Gardner ran a blistering 10.96 in the finals of the 100 meters of the NCAA championships, breaking the Pac-12 record set by Gail Devers (UCLA) in 1987, the first year the Conference sponsored women's sports. COLORADO's Emma Coburn clocked a 4:06.87 in the 1,500 meters, breaking a 10-year-old league mark, then recorded a 9:28.26 to break the steeplechase mark set by her former teammate and fellow London Olympian Shalaya Kipp last year. OREGON's Jordan Hasay wrapped up her collegiate career setting the Pac-12 10,000-meter record this season with a 32:06.64.
NCAA RECORDS FALL… A pair of NCAA marks were victim to a couple of Pac-12 athletes. UCLA's Julian Wruck threw a 68.16/223-7 at the Claremont Hammer and Discus Elite Invitational in early June. At the Pac-12 Championships, ARIZONA's Brigetta Barrett's 1.99m/6-6.25 in the high jump to set the collegiate-meet record. Barrett jumped a 2.03/6-7 at the 2012 London Olympics last summer. It was the highest jump by a collegian, and a Pac-12 record. The NCAA does not keep NCAA records in track & field. The USTFCCCA records and tracks "official" NCAA collegiate marks, however, it distinguishes between marks set in non-collegiate events and collegiate events. In order to be included in the Pac-12's all-time best performances list, a student-athlete must have eligibility remaining and enrolled in a Pac-12 institution and marks can be set in collegiate or non-collegiate events. Marks set by seniors are valid through Sept. 1 of their graduating year, unless they declare themselves a professional prior to that date.
2014 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS... Washington State will host the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, to be held May 10-11 and 17-18 at Mooberry Track & Field Complex.
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS... The University of Oregon will again host the NCAA championships in 2014 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14.