Pac-12 track and field championships continue with Arizona, UCLA, WSU leading
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Track and Field Championships (85th annual for men, 29th annual for women) continues this weekend with the running and field events in Los Angeles on the campus of UCLA. The competition begins Saturday, May 16 and concludes on Sunday, May 17. UCLA is hosting the championships for the first time since 2005 and the fourth time since 1981.
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.
TEAM SCORES... After the two-day multi-events competition at Cromwell Field last weekend, below are the Championships standings heading into the final weekend of running and field events:
|Men - Team - Points||Women - Team - Points|
|1. Arizona - 12||1. UCLA - 10|
|2. Oregon - 8||1. Washington State - 10|
|2. Stanford - 8||3. USC - 6|
|4. UCLA - 7||4. Oregon - 5|
|5. Washinton State - 4||5. Arizona - 4|
|6. Arizona State - 0||5. Colorado 4|
|6. California - 0||7. Arizona State - 0|
|6. Colorado - 0||7. California - 0|
|6. Stanford - 0||7. Oregon State - 0|
|6. Washington||7. Stanford -0|
|7. Utah -0|
|7. Washington - 0|
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/2014-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.
ENTRIES... A complete list of competitors for this weekend’s running and field events will be posted on the Pac-12’s official website at www.pac-12.com and on the official championships page at http://pac-12.com/track-field/championships/2015-pac-12-track-field-championships.
SOCIAL MEDIA... Fans can follow the Pac-12 Championships by following the Conference’s official Twitter account @pac12. “Like” the Conference’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pac12conference for updates and pho- tos from the Championships, as well. Photos will also be posted on the Conference’s official Instagram account at @pac12conference.
HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON... ARIZONA’s Pau Tonnessen maintained yesterday’s lead to claim the decathlon crown at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA. Meanwhile, WASHINGTON STATE’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson came from behind to win the heptathlon crown. Tonnessen scored 7,823 points, while Brooks-Johnson collected 5,803 points to claim the individual titles. A sophomore, Brooks-Johnson fought her way to the top by day’s end, defeating ninth-ranked Tatum Souza of UCLA (5,636), who had the lead going into today’s action, and USC sophomore Amalie Iuel (5,610), who was the defending champion. OREGON freshman Ashlee Moore was fourth in the heptathlon with 5,512 points and Torres rounded out the top-five with 5,455 points.
The top two spots in the decathlon standings did not change with Tonnessen staying ahead of STANFORD freshman Harrison Williams to claim the title, the fifth all-time for the Wildcats. Tonnessen, ranked No. 3 in the country, led a strong field which featured six of the top-15 decathletes in the country, including four in the top 10. Williams scored 7,679 points to place second, followed by UCLA’s Marcus Nilsson (7,663), OREGON’s Mitch Modin (7,417) and WSU’s Dino Dodig (7,416) who came in fifth place. Tonnessen’s win was an upset as UO’s Dakota Keys, who went into the weekend ranked No. 2, was going for his fourth-straight Pac-12 individual title.
THE RANKINGS... Here’s where the Pac-12 ranks in the USTFCCCA Top-25 as of May 11:
|4. Oregon||2. USC|
|5. USC||7. Oregon|
|25. Stanford||13. Stanford|
TOP MARKS... The Pac-12 Track & Field Championships have featured many of the nation’s top-collegiate teams and athletes on an annual basis. And this season is not any different. Four different athletes have posted the nation’s top times or marks, including the top sprinters on both the men’s and women’s side. OREGON’s Jenna Prandini and USC’s Andre De Grasse have recorded the fastest times in the 100 and 200 meters this season, which are also some of the fastest times in Pac-12 history. Prandini’s 10.92 in the 100 meters is a Conference record and the 22.42 she ran in the 200 meters is a top-three performance. De Grasse’s 9.87 in the 100 meters would have been a league record if it was wind legal, and his 20.16 clocked in the 200 meters is third-best all-time.
STANFORD’s Jessica Tonn ran 15:18.85 in the 5000 meters this year, which is the second-fastest time in the event in Pac-12 history. USC’s Conor McCullough threw a 248-11/75.88m in the hammer throw, tops in the nation and fourth-best in league history.
2015 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS... The University of Oregon will host this year’s NCAA Championships, June 10-13 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The University of North Florida (East) and the University of Texas (West) will be hosting the regional competition, May 28-30, 2015.
2016 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS... Washington will host the 2016 Pac-12 Championships, to be held May 7-8 and 14-15 at Husky Outdoor Track in Seattle.
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