Oregon Leads after Day 1 of Pac-12 Track and Field Championships
PULLMAN, Wash. -- OREGON holds on to the lead in both the men’s and women’s competition at the end of the first day of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Mooberry Track and Field Complex on the campus of Washington State. UO’s Jenna Prandini won the long jump and Sam Crouser claimed his third-straight javelin title to help build their team’s lead in both competitions.
On the women’s side, the Ducks have a fairly large lead over second-place UCLA (32.50). ARIZONA is in third with 30 points, followed by STANFORD (29) and COLORADO (25). In sixth place is CALIFORNIA (23.50), WASHINGTON STATE and ARIZONA STATE are tied for seventh with 19 points each, USC has 18 points for ninth place, WASHINGTON is in 10th with 12 points, and UTAH picked up one point for 11th place.
The Oregon men also have a sizable, collecting 70.25 points. WASHINGTON is second with 40.25 points and ARIZONA is third with 30 points. USC is fourth with 29 points, UCLA is fifth with 28.25 points and CALIFORNIA has collected 26 points for sixth place. STANFORD has 25 points for seventh, followed by ARIZONA STATE with 24.25 points, COLORADO with 21 points and WASHINGTON STATE rounds out the field with 18 points.
Highlighting the day was a fourth-career win in the women’s shot put by UA’s Julie Labonté, becoming the first-ever woman in the history of the Conference to win the event four times. Stanford’s Brianna Bain claimed a third-consecutive javelin title, as did UO’s Sam Crouser. Colorado’s Shalaya Kipp won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second time in her career but is a third-straight title for the Buffs in the event.
The final day of the Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships wraps up on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. The running events begin at 1 p.m. with the 4x100 relays. For more information, ticket information, results and schedule, visit the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships page.
USC’s Remington Conatser took his second-consecutive Pac-12 men’s hammer title to start off the weekend in Pullman. The No. 2 hammer thrower in the nation coming into the weekend, his throw of 232-8/70.92m was not contested. OREGON’s Greg Skipper posted a 225-2/68.64 to place second while ARIZONA freshman Jordan Young launched a 220-0/67.07m to place third.
OREGON’s Jenna Prandini won the women’s long jump title, the first of her career and the first for Oregon since Jamesha Youngblood won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Prandini posted a mark of 20-11.25/6.38m to outjump UCLA’s Kylie Price (20-7.75/6.29m) and USC’s Alexis Faulknor (20-4.5/6.21m) who placed second and third, respectively.
WASHINGTON sophomore Jax Thoirs defeated defending champion UCLA’s Michael Woepse to win the men’s pole vault crown. He cleared 18-0.5/5.50m to claim the title ahead of Woepse who’s best mark was a 17-8.5/5.40m. Woepse and Thoirs were ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, coming into the weekend. ARIZONA STATE senior Derick Hinch also cleared 17-8.5/5.40m, but placed third overall. Hinch’s mark tied a season high.
STANFORD swept the top-two spots in the women’s javelin, as senior Brianna Bain took home her third-consecutive Pac-12 crown with a throw of 173-11/53.00m. Freshman teammate Megan Glasmann had a strong outing, recording a season-best throw of 164-8/50.19 for second place. OREGON’s Liz Brenner was third, posting a 160-10/49.02.
The women’s shot put was decisive early on, as ARIZONA’s Julie Labonté claimed her fourth Pac-12 title in the event, the first-ever woman to win the event four times in Conference history. Her second throw of the day was the winner when she marked a 57-2/17.42m. OREGON freshman Brittany Mann’s bested herself on her last throw, recording a 55-5/16.89m for second place. She upset the 2012 champion ARIZONA STATE’s Anna Jelmini, who was third with a throw of 52-0.5/15.86m.
WASHINGTON STATE’s Charlotte Muschamp gave the Cougars’ their first women’s high jump title since 2003, clearing 5-11.05/1.82m. She outjumped OREGON’s junior Chancey Summers and UCLA’s Alexis Walker, who were both ranked in the top 15 in the country coming into the weekend. Summers’ and Walker’s best jumped were 5-10.5/1.79m, but Summers took second and Walker was third.
COLORADO’s Shalaya Kipp cruised to victory in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The 2012 London Olympian ran ahead of the pack from the start and crossed the finish line in a time of 10:04.19. It was the second title of her career as she also took home the 2012 crown, and it was the Buffs’ third-consecutive women’s steeplechase crown. OREGON’s Megan Patrignelli came in second place with a time of 10:14.62, followed by WASHINGTON junior Liberty Miller at 10:18.56.
WASHINGTON’s Aaron Nelson sprinted to the finish after clearing the final hurdle and was able to hold off COLORADO’s Blake Theroux to win the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best of 8:49.09. Theroux finished second with an 8:52.93, and WASHINGTON STATE’s Andrew Gonzales placed third with a time of 8:57.40. OREGON’s Tanguy Pepiot, who was tanked in the top 10 coming into the meet, was fifth (9:06.22). It was Washington’s first title in the steeplechase since 2002.
OREGON junior Sam Crouser went uncontested in the men’s javelin, en route to winning his third-consecutive Pac-12 title. He becomes only the second-ever athlete in Conference history to win the event three times and first since Esko Mikkola of Arizona did so in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Crouser’s second throw of 243-7/74.24m was not challenged and was the winning mark. WASHINGTON’s Quinn Hale was second with a throw of 231-6/70.56 and WASHINGTON STATE’s Kyle Stevens was third, achieving a 224-9/68.50 on his final throw to claim a podium spot.
Three underclassmen swept the top-three spots in the men’s shot put. UCLA sophomore Nicholas Scarvelis recorded a throw of 63-10.25/19.46 to win the title by over three feet. ARIZONA freshmen Aaron Castle (60-3/18.36m) and Jordan Young (57-10.25/17.64m) were second and third, respectively. Castle’s first throw was his best, while Young bested his preliminary-round throws with his first try of the finals to grab a spot on the podium.
CALIFORNIA’s Hammed Suleman successfully defended his long jump title. His first leap of 26-0.25/7.93m held up for the rest of the competition and, eventually, the win. OREGON’s Trevor Ferguson placed second with his best attempt coming on his final try at 24-9.75/7.56m. ARIZONA freshman Avery Mickens was third with a jump of 24-7.75/7.51m.
In the women’s 10,000-meter race, STANFORD junior Jessica Tonn claimed her first-ever Pac-12 title winning the race with a time of 34:09.13. She was nearly five seconds faster than second-place finisher CALIFORNIA’s Kelsey Santisteban who clocked a time of 34:13.90. ARIZONA’s Elvin Kibet, who was ranked fourth in the country in the event coming into the weekend, was third with a time of 34:35.33.
In the day’s final race, junior Joe Rosa made is a STANFORD sweep at the 10,000 meter distance. He won the men’s race with a time of 29:16.71. Rosa pulled away from the pack of three in the final lap to hold off OREGON senior Parker Stinson (29:18.33) and COLORADO senior Joe Bosshard (29:26.25) for the win.
In the men’s 4x100-meter relay OREGON posted the fasted time of the day, clocking a 39.60, to advance to the finals on Sunday. USC (39.803) edged out ARIZONA STATE (39.805) to round out the top-three positions. CALIFORNIA was the fourth automatic qualifier (39.91).
The top-three times of the afternoon in the women’s 1,500-meter race came out of the third heat, with STANFORD freshman Rebecca Mehra clocking the fastest time at 4:23.95. Sophomores ARIZONA’s Kate Penney and the Cardinal’s Cami Chapus were second and third, respectively, in the heat and overall, leading the 12 runners that advanced to Sunday’s final.
ARIZONA’s Lawi Lalang will be going for his third-straight 1,500-meter Pac-12 title after recording the third-fastest overall time and the fastest in the third heat to qualify for the finals on Sunday. STANFORD senior Michael Atchoo posted the fastest 1,500-meter time overall out of the first heat, crossing the finish line at 3:47.21. Atchoo stayed ahead of COLORADO freshman Ben Saarel who was second in the same heat with a time of 3:47.76.
The Pac-12’s top-three hurdlers advanced to the finals after each of them won their respective heats. USC senior Lauren Blackburn turned in the fastest time of the day with a 13.30. UCLA’s junior Brea Buchanan clocked a 13.40 and OREGON freshman Sasha Wallace crossed the finish line at 13.54 to automatically advance.
USC’s Aleec Harris, the second-fastest in the 110-meter hurdles in the NCAA this season, had the fastest time in the event to advance to the finals. He cruised to a 13.55 in the second heat to advance. OREGON freshman Devon Allen, who is having a solid inaugural season and is ranked in the top 15 in the event, has the second-fastest time at 13.83. CALIFORNIA senior Milan Ristic was second behind Allen and had the third-fastest time of the day at 14.11.
Two-time 400-meter Pac-12 Champion OREGON’s Phyllis Francis will go for her third-straight title in the event after advancing with a time of 52.46 in the third heat. She is ranked third in the country in the event. ARIZONA senior Shapri Romero (52.51) and ARIZONA STATE’s Brianna Tate (52.82) also advanced after each won their respective heats, setting up a top-10 showdown between the trio in Sunday’s final.
In the men’s 400-meter, STANFORD sophomore Steven Solomon posted a 46.39 in the first heat and OREGON senior Mike Berry posted a 46.83 to advance to the final. Solomon and Berry are the top-two ranked 400-meter sprinters in the Conference. WASHINGTON STATE junior Jacob Sealby was the third-fastest of the day, advancing based on time at 46.91. ARIZONA STATE senior Keith Cleveland had the fastest third-heat time at 47.32 to automatically advance.
OREGON’s Jenna Prandini has set herself up to defend her 100-meter title from a year ago. She ran an 11.34 in the second heat to win and automatically advance. However, USC’s Jessica Davis was has the fastest overall time of the day at 11.23, leading a trio of Trojans. Teammate sophomore Alexis Faulknor ran an 11.43 to advance on time, but fellow Trojan Tynia Gaither won the third head to automatically advance at 11.44. The top six times of the afternoon were from a trio of Ducks and a trio of Trojans.
USC’s Aaron Brown (10.16), ARIZONA STATE’s Ryan Milus (10.40) and USC’s Beejay Lee (10.43) each won their respective heats to automatically advance to the finals of the men’s 100-meter finals. The top three sprinters in the league, it sets up for an exciting final on Sunday. Lee is the defending champion but Brown is the 2012 winner. Milus was third last year behind Brown and Lee and will look to break through this season.
Of the eight who advanced to the 800-meter women’s final, five are ranked in the top-10 in the country and an additional that is ranked in the top 20. The race has set itself up to be on the of the marquee events on Sunday. Among the finalists is OREGON senior Laura Roesler, the No. 1-ranked 800-meter runner in the country, ran the best time at 2:07.05. STANFORD sophomore Amy Weissenbach is ranked No. 2 in the country and also advanced, turning in the third-fastest time of the preliminaries with a 2:07.62. UTAH’s Rosalie Waller, who is ranked 20th I the country, clocked a 2:07.23 for the second-best time of the day.
It was a close race in the first heat of the men’s 800 meter, but UCLA sophomore Nick Hartle crossed the finish line first just ahead of OREGON senior Boru Guyota, defeating Guyota by a .04 margin to turn in the top time of the day at 1:49.55. WASHINGTON senior Bradley Whitley had the third-fastest qualifying time at 1:49.64.
The best times of the women’s 400-meter hurdles came out of heat No. 2, with WASHINGTON junior Gianna Woodruff posting the best time with 58.55 seconds. ARIZONA STATE senior Sarah Green was second in the second heat, turning in a time of 58.69 seconds, while USC sophomore Jaide Stepter’s time of 58.74 seconds was tops in the first heat and third overall.
The youngest field of the meet, all eight 400-meter hurdlers to advance to the finals are freshmen and sophomore. Five of the top-six times were by freshmen with WASHINGTON STATE’s CJ Allen posting the best time at 51.84 seconds. OREGON’s Devon Allen cross the finish line with a time of 52.68 seconds, while CALIFORNIA sophomore Randy Bermea time of 52.91 placed him third, making him the only non-freshmen in the top three.
The women’s 200-meter race will feature three OREGON Ducks and three USC Trojans in the final. UO senior Phyllis Francis had the best time of the day and was the only one to break 23 seconds (22.92), while teammate sophomore Jenna Prandini won her heat with a time of 23.12 and USC’s Tynia Gaither crossed the finish line with a time of 23.44 seconds in the first heat. USC senior Jessica Davis also advanced after winning heat three with a time of 23.83. She was the 2011 champion in the event.
The men’s 200-meter will pit seniors USC’s Aaron Brown and ARIZONA STATE’s Ryan Milus. Both were the only ones to run under 21 seconds as each won their heat. Brown posted the fastest time at 20.80 and Milus crossed the finish line at 20.99 seconds. OREGON junior Aurthur Delaney had the third-fastest time at 21.07 seconds.
1. Oregon - 70.25
Pac-12 Championships Individual Champions
Men’s Hammer - Remington Conaster, USC, 70.92m/232-8
Women’s Long Jump - Jenna Prandini, Oregon, 6.29m/20-7.75
Men’s Pole Vault - Jax Thoirs, Washington, 5.50m/18-0.5
Women’s Javelin - Brianna Bain, Stanford, 53.00m/173-11
Women’s Shot Put - Julie Labonté, Arizona, 17.42m/57-2
Women’s High Jump - Charlotte Muschamp, Washington State, 1.82m/5-11.5
Men’s Long Jump - Hammed Suleman, California, 7.93m/26-0.25
Men’s Javelin - Sam Crouser, Oregon, 74.24m/243-7
Men’s Shot Put - Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA, 19.46m/63-10.25
Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Shalaya Kipp, Colorado, 10:04.19
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Aaron Nelson, Washington, 8:49.09
Women’s 10,000 Meter - Jessica Tonn, Stanford, 34:09.13
Men’s 10,000 Meter - Joe Rosa, Stanford, 29:16.71
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