Oregon sweeps Pac-12 Track and Field Championships for the eighth time
SEATTLE -- For the 10th-year in a row the OREGON men have captured the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships crown after scoring 155.60 points at Husky Track in Seattle, while the Oregon women claim their eighth-straight title. It is also the eighth-consecutive year the UO program has swept the men’s and women’s titles.The Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Athletes of the Meet also went to a pair of Ducks in Devon Allen and Hannah Cunliffe and for scoring the most individual points.
The tape-delayed broadcast of the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships will air on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. PT/10 a.m. MT.
“We did a fantastic job today, starting right out of the gates,” said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. “I was really excited about how they responded on day two… It was a great day for Hannah [Cunliffe]. This is sort of a homecoming for her being from Federal Way [Wash.]. We had been talking about this all along, with Devon [Allen], maybe months out, knowing that this would be the plan and preparation that goes along with this. For them to come out here and execute what we put on paper is always exciting. We’ll go home and take care of our bodies, dip in ice and see what happens here over the next couple of weeks.”
Cunliffe scored 22.5 points over the weekend, which came in the form of 10 points each in the 100 meter and 200 meter, winning both races, setting a record in the 200 meters. She also collected another 2.5 points when she helped the Ducks win the 4x100 relay in record-breaking fashion. Allen’s 27.5 points were on the strength of a win in the 110-meter hurdles and 200 meters races, a third-place finish in the 100-meter, and also helping the Ducks place third in the 4x100 meter race.
[Related highlights:Oregon's Devon Allen captures Pac-12 titles in 110M hurdles, 200M ]
On the men’s side, the Ducks’ 155.6 points kept them ahead of second-place WASHINGTON’s 122 points. UCLA was third in the standings scoring 94.2 points, followed by ARIZONA STATE’s fourth-place finish with 83 points. USC scored 75 points for fifth place, one point ahead of sixth-place STANFORD. COLORADO’s 63 points were seventh in the standings, ARIZONA was eighth with 57 points, CALIFORNIA collected 50.6 points for ninth place, and WASHINGTON STATE had 41.6 points for 10th.
On the women’s side, the Ducks scored 185 points for the second-straight year to claim the Conference title. USC had 111.5 points for second place, STANFORD was third with 90 points. WASHINGTON’s 82 points were good for fourth place, UCLA was fifth with 66.5 points, just a half point ahead of COLORADO, who placed sixth. ARIZONA tallied 62 points for seventh place, WASHINGTON STATE turned in 45 points for eighth, ARIZONA SATE picked up 41 points for ninth place, and CALIFORNIA had 39.5 points. In 11th place with 23.5 points was OREGON STATE and UTAH scored three points.
The championships featured five meet records over the weekend and a first-ever 1-2-3 women’s finish in the 100 meter and 200 meter races, as well as several other firsts.
[Related highlights:Oregon women sweep podium in 100m and 200m ]
Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen was the first of 27 champions crown on “finals Sunday.” Her throw of 209-7/63.88m was more than enough to give her the hammer throw individual title. Stanford’s Valarie Allman was the next-closest competitor with a throw of 194-7/59.31m. CALIFORNIA’s Ilse Kaaja was third with a mark of 192-11/58.80m.
Kicking off the running races was a record-breaking performance by the Oregon women who won the race with a time of 42.71. The time set the meet record, breaking the standard set by USC last year. The Trojans were second with a time of 43.46, followed by Colorado (45.22).
The men’s 4x100-meter relay was also exciting as the Sun Devils and Trojans battled to the finish line. ASU pulled out slightly in front with a time of 39.54, with USC crossing the finish line in a time of 39.74. The Ducks were third, posting time of 39.84.
Stanford took the top-two spots in the women’s 1,500 meter race, Elise Cranny taking top honors crossing the finish line in a time of 4:17.72. Teammate Rebecca Mehra was second with a time of 4:18.38, followed by UO’s Annie Leblanc (4:18.70). It is the first 1,500-meter women’s title for the Cardinal since Arianna Lambie won in back-to-back years in 2006 and 2007.
WASHINGTON’s Izaic Yorks took the lead from the start and was never challenged, winning the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:39.14, the fifth-fastest winning time in Championships history, dating back to 1976 when the 1500-meter distance was first contested. Yorks successfully defended his title, but UO’s Matthew Maton and Sam Prakel tried to challenge him. They could not catch up, however, crossing the finish line in second (3:39.97) and third place (3:40.11), respectively.
It was a photo-finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, which featured two of the top-15 hurdlers in the nation. Oregon’s Sasha Wallace edged out Arizona’s Nnenya Hailey by just .01 seconds to grab the title. Wallace ran a time of 13.09 to claim the Ducks’ first-ever title in the event, while Hailey’s 13.10 was just enough for second. UO’s Alaysha Johnson was third (13.34).
[Related highlights:Oregon's Sasha Wallace on 100M hurdle win: 'I just really wanted to help my team' ]
Meanwhile, after setting a meet record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in the prelims with a time of 13.32, Allen cruised to victory, clocking a time of 13.61 seconds. Cal’s Ashtyn Davis was second with a time of 14.07, while Jaron Thomas of Colorado posted a race time of 14.15 for third place.
Stanford’s Olivia Baker surged to the finish in the final 10 meters for the come-from-behind win in the 400-meter race. Her time of 53.20 outpaced USC’s Kendall Ellis, who crossed the finish with a time of 53.56. Trojan teammate Cameron Pettigrew was third with a time of 53.62. It was the first Stanford title in the women’s 400 meters since 2006 (Chauntae Bayne, 52.35) and only the second all-time.
Oregon’s Marcus Chambers became a back-to-back champion in the men’s 400-meter race, winning with a time of 45.94 seconds. USC’s Ricky Morgan Jr. was second with a time of 46.20, followed by Arizona’s Miles Parish’s third-place finish with a time of 46.79.
Oregon went 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 meter with Hannah Cunliffe winning with a time of 11.08 seconds. She paced teammates Arianna Washington (11.19) and Deajah Stevens (11.35) who recorded the first 1-2-3 finish by one team in the women’s 100 meter since USC accomplished the feat in 1999. It was also the seventh-straight title win for the Ducks in the event.
The men’s 100-meter race was won by ASU’s Reggie Lewis, who posted a time of 10.38 seconds. It is the first time since 2001 a Sun Devil has won the event and only the third time all-time. USC’s Adoree Jackson, who won his second long-jump Pac-12 crown on Saturday, was second in the 100 meter, posting a time of 10.44, just edging UO’s Allen, who finished third with a time of 10.48.
[Related highlights:ASU's Lewis on winning men's 4x100 relay: 'I just turned the jets on']
California’s Isabella Marten became the Golden Bears’ first women’s high jump champion since Sheila Hudson in 1990. Marten cleared a mark of 43-8.00/13.31m. It is the third title in the event all-time for Cal but Marten is the second Golden Bear to win it as Hudson also won the first Conference title in 1987. ASU’s Keyasia Tibbs was second with a mark of 42-7.00/12.98m and Oregon’s Sasha Wallace was third (41-9.75/12.74m).
UCLA’s Nicholas Scarvelis won his second title of the weekend, posting a throw of 187-10/57.26m in the men’s discus, beating a field of 27 participants. Last year’s Pac-12 Champion in the event, Arizona’s Gerhard De Beer was second with a mark of 183-02/55.84m, followed by the Bruin's Dotun Ogundeji who had a throw of 177-01/53.99m.
Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers defended her Pac-12 title in the 800 meter women’s race, grabbing top honors after recording a time of 2:02.41. It was UO’s fifth-straight 800-meter title and seventh in eight years. Second-place finisher was teammate Annie Leblanc who turned in a time of 2:03.62, holding off UW’s Baylee Mires in third (2:03.91).
[Related highlights:Oregon's Raevyn Rogers, Annie Leblanc capture top spots in 800M]
Arizona’s Collins Kibet won the 800-meter men’s title with a time of 1:47.23, becoming the first Wildcat to win the event since back-to-back champion Patrick Nduwimana won in 1999 and 2000. Oregon picked up eight more points in the event as Grant Grosvenor (1:47.72) was able to hold off Colorado’s Nick Harris (1:47.89), who was also able to hold off UW’s Izaic Yorks (1:48.00) who was attempting a double-win after taking home the 1,500-meter crown.
Washington’s Elizabeth Quick won the pole vault with a height of 13-5.75/4.11m giving the Huskies a third-straight win in the event. She was the only participant to attempt a height over 4.01m. Teammate Kaitlin Zinsli was second with a 12-10.00/3.91m, placing ahead of UCLA’s Greta Wagner in third and Helen Ann Haun in fourth despite each of them clearing the same height.
In what was one of the fastest races of the day, featuring three of the top-eight hurdlers in the country, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year USC’s Jaide Stepter (55.22) defeated Arizona’s Sage Watson (55.53) and Nnenya Hailey (55.83) to win her third-straight Pac-12 title in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
[Related article:Stepter, Brinkley named Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year]
In Washington State tradition, CJ Allen kept the 400-meter men’s hurdles title in Pullman, defending his crown posting a time of 50.36. It was the sixth 400-meter hurdles title in nine years for the Cougars program. Stanford’s Shumway Jackson was second with a time of 51.79, followed by Oregon’s Ben Theil (51.80).
The Oregon women once again took 1-2-3, this time in the 200-meter race becoming the first program in Conference history to sweep the top-three spots in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter races in the same championship (dating back to 1987). The Ducks collected 27 points in total in the single event, Cunliffe setting a meet-record and picking up 10, crossing the finish line first in a time of 11.08. Ariana Washington was second with a time of 11.19, followed by Deajah Stevens in third place at 11.35. Danielle Barbian was the fourth Duck to score points in the event after finishing sixth with a time of 11.64.
Allen also had a historic performance in the men’s 200-meter, becoming the first Duck to win the event since George Walcott in 1983 and only the second all-time in Conference history (since 1960). Allen recorded a time of 20.88 to take first place, followed by Arizona State’s Reggie Lewis who had a time of 20.92. UO’s Marcus Chambers was third with a time of 20.97.
WSU’s Thane Pierson cleared a height of 7-3.00/2.21m in the men’s high jump to take a spot at the top of the podium. USC’s Randall Cunningham was second with a mark of 7-1.75/2.18m, with third place going to UW’s Carson Murray at 7-0.50/2.15m.
In the men’s triple jump, Stanford’s Darian Brooks became the first-ever three-time triple jump champion in Pac-12 Championships history (dating back to 1960). He cleared 51-11.75/15.84m to take the honor. ASU’s Tim White was second with a leap of 51-7.00/15.72m and Cal’s Jonte Grant was third (51-4.50/15.66m).
Colorado went 1-2 in the women’s 5,000 meter race with Kaitlyn Benner leading the field with a time of 16:12.82. Teammate and steeplechase champion Erin Clark was second with a time of 16:13.46, followed by Cal’s Bethan Knights (16:14.10).
Wrapping up the individual races, Colby Gilbert had the home crowd cheering on, helping to push him to the lead in the men’s 5,000 meters, putting him on the top of the podium after turning in a time of 13:35.25. He is the first-ever Husky to win the event (since 1960). A Husky would stand on the first and third positions on the podium as teammate Aaron Nelson came in third place with a time of 13:42.06. Colorado’s Morgan Pearson was second with a time of 13:36.79.
Stanford’s Valarie Allman defended her title in the women’s discus, throwing a 188-11/57.48m. Ranked eighth in the nation in the event, she defeated USC’s Tera Novy, who has recorded the third-furthest throw in the nation this season. Novy posted a mark of 186-07/56.87 to place second. ASU’s Ewen was third with a mark of 181-08/55.38m.
The championship wrapped up with the 4x400-meter relays. On the women’s side, USC won its fourth-straight title in a time of 3:34.14. Stanford turned in the second-best time at 3:36.19, and Arizona had a 3:36.65 to place third.
The final meet saw the Cardinal win its first-ever 4x400-meter relay, edging out Arizona. Stanford had a time of 3:08.13, Shumway putting all of his efforts to keep the lead to the finish line and stay ahead of the Wildcats, who finished with a time of 3:08.70. ASU’s time of 3:09.76 was good enough for third place.
For full results, exclusive features and information about the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, visit www.pac-12.com/track-field/championships.
1. Oregon - 185
2. USC - 11.50
3. Stanford - 90
4. Washington - 82
5. UCLA - 66.50
6. Colorado - 66
7. Arizona - 62
8. Washington State 45
9. Arizona State - 41
10. California - 39.50
11. Oregon State - 23.5
12. Utah - 3
1. Oregon - 155.60
2. Washington - 122
3. UCLA - 94.20
4. Arizona State - 83
5. USC - 75
6. Stanford - 74
7. Colorado - 63
8. Arizona - 57
9. California - 50.60
10. Washington State - 41.60
Pac-12 Championships Individual Champions
Women’s Hammer - Maggie Ewen, ASU, 209-07/63.88m
Women’s 4x100m - Oregon, 42.71*
Men’s 4x100m - Arizona State, 39.54
Women’s 1500m - Elise Cranny, Stanford, 4:17.72
Men’s 1500m - Izaic Yorks, WASH, 3:39.14
Women’s 100m-Hurdles - Sasha Wallace, ORE, 13.09
Men’s 110-Hurdles - Devon Allen, ORE, 13.61
Women’s 400m - Olivia Baker, STAN, 53.20
Men’s 400m - Marcus Chambers, ORE, 45.94
Women’s Triple Jump - Isabella Marten, CAL, 43-8,00/13.31m
Women’s 100m - Hannah Cunliffe, ORE, 11.08
Men’s 100m - Devon Allen, ORE, 10.38
Men’s Discus - Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA, 187-10/57.28m
Women’s 800m - Raevyn Rogers, ORE, 2:02.41
Men’s 800m - Collins Kibet, ARIZ, 1:47.23
Women’s Pole Vault - Elizabeth Quick, WASH, 13-5.75/4.11m
Women’s 400m-Hurdles - Jaide Stepter, USC, 55.22
Men’s 400m-Hurdles - CJ Allen, WSU, 50.36
Women’s 200m - Hannah Cunliffe, ORE, 22.49*
Men’s 200m - Devon Allen, ORE, 20.88
Men’s High Jump - Thane Pierson, WSU, 7-3.00/2.21m
Men’s Triple Jump - Darian Brooks, STAN, 51-11.75/15.84m
Women’s 5,000m - Kaitlyn Benner, COLO, 16:12.82
Men’s 5,000m - Colby Gilbert, WASH, 13:35.20
Women’s Discus - Valarie Allman, STAN, 188-11/57.58m
Women’s 4x400m - USC, 3:34.14
Men’s 4x400m - Stanford, 3:08.13
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
*110-meter hurdles prelim - Devon Allen sets meet record, 13.32
Decathlon - Pau Tonnesen, ARIZ, 7942
Heptathlon - Amalie Iuel, 6011
* meet record
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