Even though the regularly sunny skies of Austin, Texas saw a bit of rain Friday, the Pac-12 athletes looking to qualify for a trip to the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. shined.
Round of 16 singles action featured five women representing Pac-12 schools Friday in Urbana, Ill. at the NCAA tennis championships. However, after Friday's play, Saturday’s quarterfinals will feature just one Pac-12 player; Stanford's Nicole Gibbs.
Three Pac-12 women’s doubles teams took to competition Friday at the University of Illinois-hosted NCAA tennis doubles championships. With the lone men’s duo representing the Pac-12 eliminated in the first round on Thursday, it was left to the women to carry the Pac-12 doubles torch.
Every season is a journey and as such there is an end. Some ending’s are different than others but inevitably the journey comes to it’s completion.
With four men in action Friday, the conference was represented across one quarter of the remaining contestants in the NCAA singles tennis championship. But by competition’s end, none were left standing.
USC won its third national championship and Annie Park won the NCAA individual title as play wrapped up at the NCAA women's golf championships in Athens, Ga. Overall, four Pac-12 teams—USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona—finished in the top 10, while Stanford wound up tied for 13th and Oregon finished in 22nd.
The Pac-12 currently has three teams in the NCAA softball super regionals and No. 11 Washington kicked off the action Thursday, defeating No. 6 Missouri in extra innings in game one of a best-of-three series in Columbia, Mo.
The West Regional of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships began Thursday in Austin. Hosted by the University of Texas, the event saw the entire conference represented. In the first session, events included throwing and jumping preliminaries. On the men's front, things got started with the discuss, long jump, and high jump. The Pac-12 saw seven athletes advance amongst these participants. Not included in that group, however, was USC's Marqise Lee, winner of the 2012 Fred Biletnikoff Award which is given the nation's top receiver.
The NCAA Men's and Women's NCAA doubles tennis championships took to the courts Thursday in Urbana, Ill. The Pac-12 had four women's tandems and one men's in action.
Washington State at No. 3 Oregon State (Friday at 4 p.m. PT, Saturday at 1 p.m. PT, Sunday at noon PT) Pac-12 Networks The Pac-12 title is there for the taking for Oregon State (43-9, 22-5 Pac-12). The Beavers can clinch the deal outright as soon as Saturday, depending on whether or not second-place Oregon and UCLA -- tied two games outside of first place -- stumble against Utah and Stanford, respectively. Pitching has led Pat Casey's club to this promised land.