Oregon Leads in both Men's and Women's Competition After Day 1 of Pac-10 Championships

May 16, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - After day one of the 2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field, host Oregon is leading on both the men's and women's sides.

The Oregon men are in first place with a score of 88 and second place UCLA trails with 45. Stanford (39), Arizona (39) and Washington (33) round out the top-five teams. The Oregon women lead by just nine points with 67 total and Stanford is in second with 58. Arizona (32), Washington (27) and USC (26) are also in the thick of it. A total of eight events had been scored after day one of competition.

The Oregon men used a combined 26 points from the 10,000 meters, the final event of the day, after placing first, second, fourth, seventh and eighth in the event. Galen Rupp won the 10,000m with a time of 29:01.93.

'It was a great first day,' Rupp said. 'The 10K I am real happy with. I have been working on my speed for a long time and its starting to come around.'

On the women's side, the Ducks lead in part because of wins in the long jump and javelin. Oregon's Jamesha Youngblood took the long jump crown with a school-record leap of 21-01.25. Rachael Yurkovich won her fourth straight Pac-10 javelin title by breaking her own school record, meet record and Pac-10 all-time record with a throw of 191-02.

'It meant a lot for me to go out with a bang,' Yurkovich said. 'It's great that all of the work, sweat and determination have paid off at the right time.'

Washington, sitting in third on the men's side and fourth in women's competition, was anchored by a trio of outstanding performances. In the men's pole vault, Scott Roth destroyed the competition by clearing the bar at 18-04.50, with second best coming in at 17-07.00. In women's competition, Marie Lawrence broke the Pac-10 Championships record with a time of 9:54.13 in the 3,000m Steeplechase and Anita Campbell won the 10,000m by more than a minute with a finish of 34:13.27.

'My family has a joke that I'm always the bridesmaid and never the bride,' Lawrence laughed after her Steeplechase win. 'So I was happy to be up there.'

A pair of fantastic finishes occurred in the men's field events.

In the men's javelin, Oregon's Cyrus Hostetler and USC's Corey White came into the event as the top two in the conference. With White leading after the opening rounds, Hostetler recorded a throw of 250-05 in his final attempt to jump White and claim the Pac-10 title.

In the men's shot put, it came down to a final throw as well. Arizona's Zack Lloyd was in the lead after a toss of 64-08.75 in the second round but Arizona State's Ryan Whiting eclipsed him in the last round with a throw of 66-10.00 to take first.

In the women's shot put, Arizona State's Sarah Stevens won her third Pac-10 title with a throw of 56-10.00.

The action was also intense in the sprints.

With the wind at their backs, it made for a fast track as both the men's and women's 100m prelims ended with Pac-10 season best times on Saturday afternoon.

On the women's side Arizona State's Charonda Williams came in faster than her previous Pac-10 best time, finishing in 11.26 (+2.0). In the 100m hurdles, California's Kimyon Broom breezed through in a time of 13.03 (+2.2), also topping her own Pac-10 season best.

In the men's sprints, USC's Oscar Spurlock came in under his Pac-10 leading time of 13.55 with a finish of 13.51 (+2.9) in the 110 high hurdles on Saturday. In the 100m, there was an interesting twist as a pair of competitors, Arizona State's Allante Battle and Washington's Joseph Turner, finished with dead even times, even when extrapolated out to thousandths of a second. Both men ran the 100m in 10.511 and nine men will run in the finals on Sunday. USC's Ahmad Rashad had the top 100m prelim time after finishing in 10.25 (+3.2).

Competition will resume on Sunday at noon with the women's hammer throw and the men's discus. The women's 4x100m relay final will be the first track event, beginning at 1 p.m.

Joe Waltasti

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