Oregon Men, Stanford Women Lead After Day One Of Pac-10 Track Championships
May 14, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. -- In an attempt to defend his three conference titles, Arizona junior Robert Cheseret took one giant step forward with a thrilling win in the 10,000 meters Saturday at the Pac-10 Conference Championships.
In the last race of Day One of competition at UCLA's Drake Stadium, Cheseret edged out Galen Rupp from Oregon in the last two laps of the 25 lap race to finish with a time of 29:16.48 minutes with Rupp taking second in 29:28.09.
Cheseret's teammate Sean Shields also came up big for the Wildcats with his win in the shot put. Shields winning mark of 65-05.50 feet scored another 10 points for Arizona, who ended the first day of competition with 26 total team points on the men's side and rests in fifth place overall.
The day was monopolized by field events finals while the running events mainly consisted of preliminary rounds. By the end of Saturday, Oregon led the men's team competition with 63.5 points in eight scored events, while Stanford led the women's competition with 61 points with seven events scored.
It was the women's 10k that helped push Stanford into first place with the Cardinals scoring 22 points in the one event alone. A majority of those points came from Alicia Craig who dominated the field to finish with a two-lap lead in 34:02.79. Craig, the defending champion in the 10k, will also compete in the 5000m on Sunday.
Other winners from the day included USC's Adam Midles who took home victory in the hammer throw with a winning mark of 208-10.
In the men's javelin, Paul Teinert from Cal threw 235-11 for the win.
'This is a great place to throw, I love coming here,' Teinert said. 'Whenever you win in a conference like this it is an accomplishment.'
The women's javelin title went to Oregon's Sarah Malone who threw an impressive 170-09.In the women's high jump, Robin Mikesh of Washington State led the pack. Both Mikesh and Lauryn Jordan of Oregon cleared 5-10, but with fewer missed attempts Mikesh took home first.
UCLA's Jessica Cosby was the winner of the women's shot put with a mark of 56-01.75. Having the home court advantage, Cosby was excited but said she had to remain focused on defending her hammer title tomorrow.
'I went out there and competed hard but my job isn't done,' she said. 'I still have the hammer tomorrow.'
In the long jump, Erica McLain edged out UCLA's Candice Baucham by an inch with a mark of 21-02.50.
Meanwhile in the men's long jump Trevell Quinley of Arizona State took home the title after finishing second in the same event last year.
In the pole vault, national title holder and defending Pac-10 champ Tommy Skipper of Oregon no-heighted, opening the door for UCLA's Yoo Kim who won when he cleared 17-09.
The finals in the both steeplechases ended with victories by Arizona State. The Sun Devils' Anna Masinelli took home first on the women's side with a time of 10:23.27 and Aaron Aguayo won the men's event in 8:41.61.
At the end of the first day of competition the current team standings are as follows:
Men's - Oregon (63.50), Arizona State (49), UCLA (45), California (38), Arizona (34), Washington (26), Stanford (25), USC (19) and Washington State (12.50).
Women's - Stanford (61), Washington State (54.50), UCLA (46), Arizona State (43), Oregon (36), California (15), Washington (10.50), Arizona (6), USC (1).
The competition Sunday starts 10:30am with the women's hammer and track events start at 1:30pm with the women's 4x100m relay.