Roundup: Strong debut for Pac-12 at USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Another weekend of championship track and field action in Eugene, Oregon is upon us — this time it's the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field. Nine Pac-12 schools have student-athletes or alumni competing with the nation's best in TrackTown USA. Here's a recap of Thursday's top storylines from Pac-12 schools with athletes competing:
Arizona assistant throws coach Jill Camarena-Williams took fourth place in the women's shot put with a throw of 18.71m for the New York Athletic Club. Former Track Cat Shapri Romero just squeaked into the semis of the women's 400m with a 16th-place finish of 52.72 seconds.
ASU alum Charonda Willams qualified for the semis of the women's 100m, as summarized by TheSunDevils.com. It was the highlight of the day for the Devils.
The fine folks at CUBuffs.com tell us that former Buff Emma Coburn led the way for CU on Thursday with a win in the first round of the women's 3,000m steeplechase (9:36.90). Shalaya Kipp also moved to the steeplechase semis, finishing in 9:50.91 despite a fall in the water.
The Ducks fared well in their own back yard, highlighted by alumni Galen Rupp's seventh-consecutive 10,000m title. GoDucks.com also tells us that NCAA champion Sam Crouser took third in the javelin with a 75.93m throw. Jasmine Todd, Jenna Prandini and Marcus Chambers all advanced in their events.
Nick Hartle, UCLA's sole competitor on Thursday, did not qualify for the semifinals in the men's 800m (21st, 1:48.84).
USCTrojans.com reports senior Conor McCullough took silver in the men's hammer for the Trojans with a 76.09m launch that qualified him for the USA World Championships. Olympian and former Trojan Allyson Felix was also in action on Thursday and will advance to the semis.
One Dawg was on the books for UW on Thursday: Curtis Clauson, who finished 17th in the javelin at 65.21m.
2015 Pac-12 champion Jesse Jorgensen qualified for the men's 800m semis on Friday night with a time of 1:48.18, as did teammate Joe Abbott at 1:48.04. Seven-time USA men's 5k champion Bernard Lagat will race Sunday in the men's 5,000m.
Here's a complete list of Thursday's results from flashresults.com. Stay with Pac-12.com for continuing coverage of the 2015 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene.