Four Pac-12 athletes won individual titles in the last day of competition at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene: Arizona's Lawi Lalang and Brigetta Barrett in the men's 5,000m and women's high jump, Colorado's Emma Coburn in the 3,000m steeplechase and Oregon's Mac Fleet in the 1,500m. From a team perspective, Oregon was the highest Pac-12 finisher in both the men's and women's standings, with the women finishing third and the men fourth.
The USC men's team is tied for first with Texas thanks to Bryshon Nellum and Reggie Wyatt winning individual titles Friday at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene. The Pac-12 also comprises three of the top four on the women's leaderboard with Oregon in second, Arizona State third and Stanford fourth with one day to go at Historic Hayward Field.
Kansas State (44-17) at Oregon State (48-10)
Major League Baseball teams selected four Pac-12 players on Thursday, the first day of the 2013 first-year player draft. Both Bay Area schools and Arizona State were represented. Here's a glance at each of the four players picked by big league organizations.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the men's 10,000m run and Arizona State's Anna Jelmini took the women's discus throw title to highlight Pac-12 action at the NCAA track and field championships Thursday in Eugene. While the vast majority of events have not concluded, Arizona is tied for fourth in the men's standings and Arizona State is two points behind Kansas for first on the women's ladder.
The Houston Astros selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the first pick in the 2013 MLB draft, bringing an arduous selection journey full circle with the senior right hander -- a Houston native -- on top.
"When I saw Houston had the first pick, I was like, man, that can't be a coincidence," Mark Appel told me in an interview before last year's MLB draft, in which he was projected to be picked by the Astros first overall. "I can definitely see God's hand in that."
UCLA (42-17) at Cal State Fullerton (51-8)
The Freeway super regional should be heaven for baseball purists. UCLA and Cal State Fullerton are both amongst the best pitching and defensive teams in the nation. When they collide at Goodwin Field this weekend, runs are expected to be at a premium.
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It's been a historic year for the Cal men's golf team, winning a team and individual title at the Pac-12 Championships, individual medalist honors at the NCAA championships and now sending three golfers to play in the 2013 U.S. Open field at the Merion Golf Club in Admore, Pa. from June 13-16.
The three playing in "golf's toughest test" are senior Max Homa, junior Michael Weaver and sophomore Michael Kim.
The NCAA track and field championships continue Saturday in Eugene, Ore., at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.