'Pac-12 Sports Report' reveals Pac-12 Men's Track & Field All-Century squad

SAN FRANCISCO (May 31, 2016) – The 52-member Pac-12 All-Century Men’s Track & Field team was announced Monday night during Pac-12 Networks’ flagship show, ‘Pac-12 Sports Report.’ 

This team was voted on by a panel of 35 consisting of coaches, former athletes, administrators and members of the media. The top two vote getters in each of the 19 events automatically qualified for the squad. The remaining 12 spots, in addition to ties, were selected from a wildcard ballot consisting of the third, fourth and fifth place vote getters in each event. Athletes with two or more events next to their name finished in the top two in each of those events.

Out of 285 nominees, USC leads all Pac-12 schools with 14 team selections, followed by UCLA (13), Oregon (8), Washington State (7), California (3), Stanford (3), Washington (2), Arizona State (1) and Oregon State (1). Forty-two of the 52 members of the team are Olympians, and represent 10 different decades and nine different countries.

USC’s Dean Cromwell earned Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Century honors, with Henry Rono from Washington State receiving the Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field Athlete of the Century title.

Nicknamed "The Maker of Champions," Cromwell’s Trojans won a record 12 NCAA men's championships under his direction as coach from 1909-13 and 1916-1948. Troy won an unprecedented 9 consecutive NCAA crowns from 1935-43. He was 109-48-1 in dual meets, and his athletes won 34 NCAA individual titles. "The Dean" personally tutored champions in every Olympic Games from 1912 to 1948, and he even was selected as head coach of the U.S. Olympic team at the 1948 London Games. Cromwell also coached USC's football team to a 21-8-6 mark in 5 years (1909-10, 1916-18) and was the Trojan basketball coach in 1918. He died on Aug. 3, 1962, at age 82.

Rono established four World, Collegiate, Pac-10 and WSU records in 81 days in 1978. He ran 5000m in 13:08.4 (April 8), 3000m steeplechase in 8:05.4 (May 13), 10,000m in 27:22.47 (June 11) and 3000m in 7:32.1 (June 27). His steeplechase and 5000m times are still the best in collegiate records through 2015 season. He won four Pac-10 titles - steeplechase in 1977, 5k and 10k in 1978 and 5k in 1979. Rono won six NCAA titles, including the 1978 and 1979 steeplechase. In 1978, he was named Track and Field News' World Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Sport Magazine Track Athlete-of-the-Year, AP European Sportswriters Sportsman of the Year and was the North America winner of Helms Athletic Foundation World Trophy. A member of Kenya’s 1980 Olympic team, he dropped his 5000m time to 13:06.2 (1981).

See below for the entire team:

PAC-12 MEN'S TRACK & FIELD ALL-CENTURY TEAM

 

 

EVENT

Ato Boldon – UCLA, 1993-96

100m, 200m

Charles Paddock – USC, 1920-23

100m

Lennox Miller – USC, 1967-69

100m

Don Quarrie – USC, 1972-73

200m

Mel Patton – USC, 1946-49

200m

Hal Davis – California, 1942-43

200m

Quincy Watts – USC, 1989-92

400m

Steve Lewis – UCLA, 1988-1990

400m

Danny Everett – UCLA, 1987-88

400m

Archie Williams – California, 1936-38

400m

Joaquim Cruz – Oregon, 1983-84

800m

James Robinson – California, 1975-76

800m

Ben Eastman – Stanford, 1929-32

800m

Bernard Lagat – Washington State, 1996-99

1500m

Matthew Centrowitz – Oregon, 2008-11

1500m

Dyrol Burleson – Oregon, 1959-62

1500m

Louis Zamperini – USC, 1938-40

1500m

Steve Prefontaine – Oregon, 1970-73

5000m

Edward Cheserek – Oregon, 2014-Present

5000m

Gerry Lindgren – Washington State, 1964-68

10000m

Galen Rupp – Oregon, 2005-09

10000m

Meb Keflezighi – UCLA, 1995-98

10000m

Greg Foster – UCLA, 1978-80

110h

Jack Davis – USC, 1951-53

110h

Kevin Young – UCLA, 1986-88

400h

Felix Sanchez – USC, 1999-2000

400h

Andre Phillips – UCLA, 1980-81

400h

Jeshua Anderson – Washington State, 2007-2011

400h

Henry Rono – Washington State, 1976-81

Steeplechase, 5000m, 10000m

Julius Korir – Washington State, 1982-86

Steeplechase

Bob Seagren – USC, 1967-69

Pole Vault

Brad Walker – Washington, 2000-04

Pole Vault

Dick Fosbury – Oregon State, 1967-69

High Jump

Dwight Stones – UCLA, 1972

High Jump

Charlie Dumas – USC, 1958-60

High Jump

Mike Powell – UCLA, 1985-86

Long Jump

Randy Williams – USC, 1972-75

Long Jump

Dwight Phillips – Arizona State, 1999-00

Long Jump

Willie Banks – UCLA, 1977-78

Triple Jump

Joseph Taiwo – Washington State, 1981-84

Triple Jump

Mac Wilkins – Oregon, 1972-73

Discus

John Van Reenen – Washington State, 1967-70

Discus

John Godina – UCLA, 1993-95

Shot Put, Discus

Parry O’Brien – USC, 1951-53

Shot Put

Dallas Long – USC, 1960-62

Shot Put

Balazs Kiss – USC, 1993-96

Hammer Throw

Scott Neilson – Washington, 1976-79

Hammer Throw

Bud Held – Stanford, 1947-50

Javelin

Cy Young – UCLA, 1949-51

Javelin

Ashton Eaton – Oregon, 2007-10

Decathlon

Rafer Johnson – UCLA, 1956-60

Decathlon

Bob Mathias – Stanford, 1949-52

Decathlon

 

 

COACH OF THE CENTURY

 

Dean Cromwell – USC, 1909-48

 

ATHLETE OF THE CENTURY

 

Henry Rono – Washington State, 1976-81

 

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