Pac-12 teams compete at NCAA track and field regional
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pac-12 men’s and women’s track and field student-athletes will compete at the NCAA West Region Championships hosted by the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28. Individuals will be competing for spots at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will be hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.
Qualifying to the final championships competition is accomplished through performance at the regional (East and West) competitions for events contested at those competitions. Twelve competitors from each individual events and 12 teams from each relay event advance from each regional to the final championships in Eugene. Qualification through competition in an event at the regional meets is required to participate in that event at the final national championships. The NCAA East Regional is being hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
Heptathletes and decathletes who have achieved qualifying marks received an automatic bid into the national championships in those events. There is no multis competition at the regional meets.
The NCAA approved a new championships schedule format for the competition in Eugene last year. For the second year in a row, one gender will compete on days one and three, and the other gender will compete on days two and four of the national championships, allowing fans to better follow the event, team scoring can be better highlighted and improve television coverage. Additionally, the national championship men’s and women’s teams will each have their moment of recognition because they will be crowned on separate days.
Nearly 400 men and women representing Pac-12 schools will be competing this week at the NCAA West Regionals looking to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. For more information on the West Regional, visit ncaa.com.
ENTRIES AND RESULTS … A complete list of men’s and women’s competitors representing Pac-12 institutions at the NCAA West Regional can be found on the NCAA’s official website at ncaa.com or by visiting the direct links to the start lists below. A complete list of participants and both regionals, and live results links can be found by clicking this link: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor16/
Women’s start list: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor16/west_women_start.htm
Men’s start list: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor16/west_men_start.htm
On the men’s side, Oregon leads the Pac-12 with 28 entries. It is also tied for the fourth-most in the country. Three other league teams have over 20 entries, including UCLA (24), Stanford (23) and Washington (21). In all, the Pac-12 has 186 entries that will be vying for a national championship, third-most among all conferences.
The Oregon women also lead the entries list in the Pac-12 with 32, one less than the national lead. Stanford (23) and UCLA (20) also have at least 20. The Conference’s combined 190 entries from the 12 schools, ties for second in the country.
LIVE RESULTS & SCHEDULES... The live results link, daily heat sheets, daily results and additional meet information can be found at the University of Kansas’ website here: http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/2016/1/28/TRACK_0128161614.aspx?path=track
HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON... There is no decathlon or heptathlon competition at the NCAA regional meets. The top 24 marks in the nation in the decathlon and heptathlon earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Below is the list of student-athletes that will be representing Pac-12 teams in the multi-events. For the complete list of competitors, visit the NCAA’s official website or click on the direct link here: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor16/
SOCIAL MEDIA... Fans can also follow the NCAA Regional Championships via social media by following Pac-12 teams’ official twitter pages: @ArizonaTrack; @SunDevilTFXC; @Cal_Track; @cubuffstrack; @oregontf; @Beavers_Track; @Stanfordxctf; @UCLATrack_Field; @USC_Track_Field; @Utah_trackfield; @UW_Track; @WSUCougarsTF. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will also have full live coverage on its official twitter handle at @USTFCCCA and the NCAA’s track and field account is @NCAATrackField. Also, hashtag #NCAATF to join the conversation.
TOP MARKS … Six different Pac-12 athletes have posted the nation's top times or marks so far this season. The OREGON Ducks can claim three of he fastest times in the nation. Pac-12 Track Athletes of the Year Hannah Cunliffe and Devon Allen have posted the times to beat this season, Cunliffe running a 10.99 in the 100 meters and Allen a 13.32 in the 110-meter hurdles. Cunliffe is also a member of the 4x100-meter relay squad that posted a 42.68.
STANFORD’s Olivia Baker has recorded the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 800 meters, clocking a 2:01.02, while teammate on the men’s side, Sean McGorty’s 13:24.25 is the fastest in the 5,000 meters. WASHINGTON’s Izaic Yorks posted an Olympic-qualifying time of 3:37.74 in the 1,500 meter in early May. UCLA’s Nicholas Scarvelis also achieved an Olympic standard in the shot put (67-7.5/20.61m) to lead the country in the event.
BOWERMAN UPDATE... In the latest Bowerman Award Watch List, three men’s runners are among the 10 announced on the list on May 19. OREGON has a pair of runners with Devon Allen and Edward Cheserek making the cut. Joining them is WASHINGTON’s Izaic Yorks. Cheserek was one of the final three for the award last year. On the women’s side, UO’s Raveyn Rogers is listed among the top 10 to watch.
PAC-12 MEET RECORDS FALL… One of the top meets in the country, fans at the Pac-12 Championships in Seattle were witness to five meet records falling. Four of the marks that fell were on the women’s side. OREGON’s Hannah Cunliffe ran a 22.49 in the 200-meter race to claim the individual title. She also helped the 4x100-meter relay team post a meet record of 42.71 seconds. COLORADO’s Erin Clark ran a 9:48.72 in the steeplechase for the Pac-12 title, while WASHINGTON’s Katie Knight ran a 33:20.02 to also claim the crown.
The only standard to fall on the men’s side was in the 110-meter hurdles. Oregon's Devon Allen posted a 13.61 in the 110-meter hurdles race to easily qualify for the finals. He went on to claim the individual crown.
In addition to the official meet records falling, the Oregon women once took 1-2-3 in the 100-meter and 200-meter races 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).
2016 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS... The University of Oregon will host this year’s NCAA Championships, June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The University of North Florida (East) and the University of Kansas (West) will be hosting the preliminary round, May 26-28, 2016.
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