Pac-12 track and field championships start this weekend
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships (85th annual for men, 30th annual for women) begins in Seattle on the campus of the University of Washington this Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 with the combined events and continues next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, with the running and field events. UW is hosting the championships for the first time since 1997.
A total of 15 participants have been entered for the multi events, with 10 competing for the men’s title and 15 on the women’s side. 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.
Admission to the combined events this weekend is free. Tickets for the running and field events on May 14-15 are available for purchase through the Washington Ticket Office. Online purchases can be made here: http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=210747225 or by calling (206) 543-2200. The ticket office is open from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.PT. On the day of the meet, the ticket office is located at Husky Ballpark next to the Soccer Facility.
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS … A live results link is posted on the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships official site on pac-12.com. The direct link to the championships page is http://pac-12.com/track-field/championships and the direct link for the live results is http://www.gohuskies.com/fls/30200/trackresults/050716/index.htm.
CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL … The schedule of events, live results link, recaps, photos and other relevant information from the Pac-12 Championships can be found on pac-12.com at http://pac-12.com/track-field/championships.
TELEVISION BROADCAST … A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2016 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. PT/10 a.m. MT.
HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON … The multi events opens the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, with this weekend’s action beginning at noon on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. A full competition schedule can be found on page 5 and on pac-12.com. This year’s group of heptathletes and decathletes is an experienced one. On the men’s side, seven of the 10 competing this weekend return from last year’s competition, including defending champion Pau Tonnesen of ARIZONA. He was also the NCAA runner-up last year, scoring 8,247 points, the third-most in Pac-12 history and enough for Tonnesen to earn a spot in the Rio Olympics this summer for Spain. So far this season, he has fallen just short of the 8,000-point mark but is ranked third.
OREGON’s Mitch Modin, WASHINGTON STATE’s Dino Dodig and UO’s Joe Delgado finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Pac-12 competition last year. UCLA’s Zack Bornstein and COLORADO’s Andrew Ghizzone also look to build on last year’s experience where they finished 11th and 13th, respectively. Missing from the competition this weekend is STANFORD’s Harrison Williams, who was second at the Pac-12 Championships last year and fourth at the NCAA meet.
In the heptathlon, the last two Pac-12 Champions will go head-to-head, while nearly half of this year’s field is back from last year. A rivalry has started between USC’s Amalie Iuel and WASHINGTON STATE’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson after leading the field in each of the last two seasons. As freshmen, Iuel came from behind to win the 2014 title, staying ahead of Brooks-Johnson. Brooks-Johnson took her turn atop the podium in her sophomore campaign, winning the 2015 crown, while Iuel placed third. Both will be competing for a title again this year.
Also a junior, COLORADO’s Abrianna Torres looks to be a factor in the competition, placing fifth last year. ARIZONA’s Alyssa Thompson was sixth last year and teammate Tiana Bonds was eighth. Looking to improve on their finishes from last year, as well, are WASHINGTON’s C.J. Smith (ninth last year) and ARIZONA STATE’s Kendra Purifoye (11th).
ENTRIES … Below is the list of competitors who have entered this weekend’s multi events at the Pac-12 Championships. A complete list of competitors for next weekend’s running and field events will be posted on Wednesday of nextt week after coaches submit the entries.
|Pau Tonnesen, ARIZ||Tiana Bonds, ARIZ|
|Tyler Brendel, CAL||Alyssa Thompson, ARIZ|
|Andrew Ghizzone, COLO||Kendra Purifoye, ASU|
|Isaiah Oliver, COLO||Abrianna Torres, COLO|
|Joe Delgado, ORE||Maja Wichhart-Donzo, COLO|
|Mitch Modin, ORE||Dominique Beltrez, UCLA|
|Zack Bornstein, UCLA||Kendall Gustafson, UCLA|
|Josh Gordon, WASH||Amalie Iuel, USC|
|Cole Jensen, WASH||Lyndsey Lopes, USC|
|Dino Dodig, WSU||Madison Lanford, UTAH|
|Lauren McCluskey, UTAH|
|C.J. Smith, WASH|
|Alissa Brooks-Johnson, WSU|
|Liz Haper, WSU|
|Lindsey Schauble, WSU|
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