Washington, Oregon lead at Pac-12 Track and Field Championships
SEATTLE -- The WASHINGTON men scored 61 points to take a slim lead over nine-time defending champion OREGON after a full day of events at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships held at Husky Track at the University of Washington in Seattle. The Duck women are the leaders after the first day as they look to defend their seven-consecutive Pac-12 crowns. A combined 13 individual champions were crowned on the first day of the weekend’s competition and three meet records were also broken.
On the men’s side, the Huskies have collected 61 points to take the lead over the Ducks, who have 57 points. UCLA is third with 45 points, USC is fourth with 27 points, just ahead of fifth-place ARIZONA STATE, which has 26 points for fifth place. In sixth place is STANFORD with 22 points, tying with COLORADO. ARIZONA is tied with CALIFORNIA for eighth place with 19 points, and WASHINGTON STATE is 10th with 14 points.
The Duck women lead the field with 57 points, followed by UCLA’s 41 points. COLORADO is third with 33 points, USC is fourth with 30 points and WASHINGTON STATE has 28 points to round out the top five. WASHINGTON has scored 23 points for sixth place, ARIZONA is seventh with 22 points, STANFORD has 20 points for eighth and ARIZONA STATE is in ninth place with 12 points. In 10th place with four points is OREGON STATE, CALIFORNIA has three points for 11th and UTAH has not scored and sits in last place.
Highlights from the day include a record-breaking performance by UO’s Devon Allen in the 110-meter hurdlers preliminary race where he clocked a 13.32 to take down the record. The time also bested his season-high this season which leads the country. Colorado’s Erin Clark successfully defended her 3,000-meter steeplechase title in record time (9:48.72), taking down a record that was set in 2009. Her win also keeps the Buffs’ streak alive having won ever women’s steeplechase title since joining the Conference (five straight). The second-to-last race of the day featured a record-setting 10,000-meter race where the Huskies’ Katie Knight ran a meet-record 33:20.02, besting the old mark set in 2010.
OREGON started the day by claiming the first two field events of the day. Greg Skipper had a throw of 230-09/70.34m, which would have ranked in the top five in the country heading into the weekend. CALIFORNIA’s Isaac Dan was the next-closest thrower, turning in a mark of 208-03/63.47m to place second. Both were the only two in the field to have a throw over 200 feet. In third place was USC’s Nathan Bultman who had a toss of 197-03/60.13m on his second attempt.
Brittany Mann notched a 55-7.00/16.94m on her first throw to defend her shot put title and the first women’s field event title for the Ducks of the day. Teammate Itohan Aikhionbare picked up eight points for her squad with a throw of 53-5.75/16.30m for second place. ARIZONA STATE’s Torie Owers was third with a mark of 53-1.50/16.19m. All three marks surpasses the stadium record of 15.54m.
STANFORD claimed a fifth-straight women’s javelin title after Mackenzie Little had a throw of 176-02/53.71m, a mark the field was not able to come close to. Oregon’s Liz Brenner was second with a mark of 146-02/44.56m, edging out UCLA’s Zaybree Haury, who threw 146-01/44.52m. Little’s mark also ranked ninth-best all-time in Pac-12 history.
In the women’s long jump, Kylie Price picked up 10 points for UCLA winning the high jump with a leap of 21-0.50/6.41m, a jumped she achieved on her first attempt. Her jump was ahead of Oregon’s Jasmine Todd’s second-place jump of 20-7.00/6.27m. USC’s Margaux Jones’s mark fell just short of second place, coming in third with a mark of 20-6.50/6.26m.
The top three women’s high jumpers all cleared 5-8.75/1.75m but ARIZONA’s Lisanne Hagens claimed the crown after she cleared the height on her first attempt. She is the first Wildcat to win the high jump title since London Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett won her third-straight in 2013. WASHINGTON STATE’s Kiana Davis was second, clearing the height on her second attempt and UCLA’s Kendall Gustafson was third. achieving the mark on her third try.
Defending champion Erin Clark retained the 3,000-meter steeplechase title, running a meet-record 9:48.72, giving the Buffs a fifth-straight title in the event. COLORADO has not lost a women’s steeplechase title since joining the Conference. Clark’s time would rank in the top five in the nation heading into the weekend. Oregon’s Frida Berge was the only other runner under 10 minutes, crossing the finish line in a time of 9:56.79. WASHINGTON’s Charlotte Sprouse was third with a time of 10:04.71.
The men’s steeplechase featured the previous two Pac-12 Champions in the event and it was a close race to the finish, but Washington’s Aaron Nelson had the edge at the finish line, posting a time of 8:39.58 to nab his second title in three years. Nelson was able to hold off 2015 champion Colorado’s Conor Winter, who was second with a time of 8:40.77. Buffs teammate Adam Peterman was third (8:43.19), giving Colorado 14 total points in the event. Meanwhile, UW picked up 15 points after Andrew Gardner placed fourth with a time of 8:44.43.
Rain held up the men’s pole vault competition and once action got underway, UW’s Jax Thoirs went on to win a third-consecutive men’s pole vault title, clearing a height of 17-8.50/5.40m. Stanford’s Dylan Duvio and Arizona’s Pau Tonnesen tied for second with a 17-4.50/5.30m.
Cody Danielson gave the Ducks their fifth-straight javelin title and eighth in 10 years with a throw of 238-06/72.66m. Oregon went 1-2 in the event with John Nizich posting a mark of 235-10/71.89m. ARIZONA STATE’s Hudson Fuller was third in the standings with a throw of 235-06/71.79m.
Already owning the top mark in the nation in the men’s shot put, UCLA’s Nicholas Scarvelis claimed a third-straight title in the event with a 67-4.75/20.54m, far outdistancing the next competitor. Teammate Braheme Days was second with a toss of 64-8.50/19.72m, followed by a third-place showing of 62-8.50/19.11m.
Adoree Jackson added to USC’s all-time leading 14 long jump titles, posting the exact same distance he did a year ago at 25-3.50/7.71m to win his second-consecutive Pac-12 crown in the event. UCLA’s Austin Hazel was second with a jump of 24-8.25/7.52m, followed by Trojan Dominic Smallwood who was third with a 24-4.50/7.43m.
The distance races wrapped up day one in Seattle and it did not disappoint the fans that held out through the rain earlier in the day and the colder temperatures. The women’s 10,000-meter race brought the day’s third record-breaking performance with UW’s Katie Knight clocking a meet-record 33:20.02, taking down the old record by over eight seconds. It is the Huskies’ first win in the event since 2009. The Ducks’ Molly Grabill was second with a time of 33:40.38, followed by a third-place finish from Colorado’s Mackenzie Caldwell (33:52.08).
Wrapping up the day was the men’s 10,000 meter race where two-time NCAA Champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon was going for his first-career Pac-12 crown. Having not run a race at that distance in the outdoor season, Cheserek went on to dominate the field, winning with a time of 28:58.57. UCLA’s Lane Werley was second with a time of 29:07.23 and Washington’s Tyler King rounded out the top three with a time of 29:09.15.
Some highlights from the preliminary races include Oregon’s Devon Allen setting a meet record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles race. In the women’s 100 meter, four Ducks qualified for the finals. The top two runners in each of the three heats of the women’s 400-meter hurdles ran times that would have set a Husky Track record with Arizona’s Nnenya Hailey ultimately setting the record with a time of 56.35. Tomorrow’s final in the race will feature four of the top nine hurdlers in the country, including Hailey, who had recorded the fastest time in the country this season and two-time defending champon Jaide Stepter of USC. Additionally, in the field is heptathlon winner USC’s Amalie Iuel.
Others looking to defend titles tomorrow in the running finals are Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers in the 800 meters, USC’s Tynia Gaither in the 200 meters, UW’s Izaic Yorks in the 1,500 meters, Oregon’s Marcus Chambers in the 800 meters and Ben Thiel in the 400-meter hurdles.
The 2016 Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships concludes tomorrow on Sunday, May 15 at the Husky Track in Seattle. For more information on the Pac-12 Championships and to for live updates, please visit www.pac-12.com/track-field/championships.
Pac-12 Championships Individual Champions
Men’s Hammer - Greg Skipper, ORE, 230-09/70.34m
Women’s Shot Put - Brittany Mann, ORE, 55-7.00/16.94m
Women’s Long Jump - Kylie Price, UCLA, 21-0.50/6.41m
Women’s High Jump - Lisanne Hagens, ARIZ, 5-8.75/1.75m
Women’s Javelin - Mackenzie Little, STAN, 176-02/53.71
Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Erin Clark, COLO, 9:48.72
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Aaron Nelson, WASH, 8:39.58
Men’s Pole Vault - Jax Thoirs, WASH, 17-8.50/5.40m
Men’s Javelin - Cody Danielson, ORE, 238-05/72.66m
Men’s Shot Put - Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA, 67-4.75/20.54m
Men’s Long Jump - Adoree Jackson, USC, 7.71m/25-3.50
Women’s 10,000 Meters - Katie Knight, WASH, 33:20.02
Men’s 10,000 Meters - Edward Cheserek, ORE, 28:58.57
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