Multis kick off Pac-12 track and field championships
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships (85th annual for men, 30th annual for women) begins in Los Angeles on the campus of UCLA, this Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10 with the multi events and continues next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17 with the running and field events. UCLA hosts the championships for the first time since 2005 and the fourth time overall since 1981.
A total of 28 participants have been entered for the multi events, with 14 competitors each in the men’s and women’s fields. The championships begin with the men’s 100-meter race at noon on Saturday, followed by the women’s 100-meter hurdles. On the second day, the competition begins with the men lining up for the 110-meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets for the Pac-12 Championships are available through the UCLA Central Ticket Office. Orders may be placed at www.uclabruins.com or by calling the ticket office at (310) UCLA-WIN or (310) 825-2101. The Central Ticket Office will be open Monday, May 11-Friday, May 15. Those wishing to purchase tickets beginning on Saturday, May 16 will need to do so at Drake Stadium. The ticket windows at Drake Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the competition. Admission to the Pac- 12 Combined Events weekend is free of charge.
MEET RESULTS... Live results will be posted throughout the meet and can be accessed on the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships page on www.pac-12.com. The direct link for the championships page is: http://pac-12.com/track-field/championships/2015-pac-12-track-field-championships. For live results, click here: http://www.rtspt.com/events/pac12/track15/
CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL... All schedule of events, live results, recaps and photos at the Pac-12 Championships information page at pac-12.com at http://pac-12.com/2015-pac-12-track-field-championships.
ON THE AIR... A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Track and Field Championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, May 24 at 9 a.m. PT. Paul Sunderland, Tom Feuer and Allyson Felix will be calling all the action, with Jill Savage reporting from the track. Check local listings for additional air times.
HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON... The multi events take center stage this weekend with the men competing in the decathlon and the women in the heptathlon. Competition begins on Saturday at noon and continues on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. A full schedule of the competition can be found on page 6 and at pac-12.com. Half of the women’s field of 14 returns from last year’s competition, including defending champion USC’s Amalie Iuel, who was the surprise winner last year as a freshman. In addition, UCLA’s Tatum Souza returns to the field after sitting out the outdoor season last year. Ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the event, this will be her fourth-career appearance in the multis championships. In the decathlon, nearly half the field from last year returns with six of the 13 men’s competitors taking to the track this weekend, including three-time defending champion OREGON senior Dakotah Keys. Keys ranks second in the country in the decathlon and is looking to become the first-ever four-time champion in the event. The men’s field is young, with six of the competitors have just freshman eligibility, but still looks to be the toughest decathlon competition in the country. Four of the top-10 ranked decathletes in the country will be in the field this weekend at UCLA. Looking to knock of Keys is Arizona junior Pau Tonneson, who is ranked third in the event in the country, UCLA senior Marcus Nilsson ranks sixth and Oregon sophomore Mitch Modin ranks eighth.
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