Oregon Wins Pac-12 Multi Events

Event: Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Venue: Hayward Field
Dates: May 5-6, May 12-13
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EUGENE, Ore. -- OREGON's Dakotah Keys and Brianne Theisen won the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, at the 2012 Pac-12 Men's & Women's Track and Field Championships multi events competition held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., this weekend. Theisen had a career-performance, posting 6,353 points, setting a Pac-12 record and the most points in the country.

"It was awesome. I couldn't think of a better way to do my last meet as a Duck at Hayward," said Theisen after the win. "I am on top of the world right now. It is such a relief [to place first]. I am going to the Olympics now (competing for Team Canada) and I am very excited about that."

Winning five of the seven events over the weekend, Theisen broke the mark set by ARIZONA STATE's Jacquelyn Johnson, who posted 6,307 points in 2008 at the Pac-10 Championships. It is Theisen's third-career Conference title, winning the heptathlon in 2009 and 2010. She was forced to sit out the 2011 campaign because of injury. She also becomes only the third athlete in the 26-year history of the Pac-12 Track & Field women's championships to eclipse the 6,000-point mark. Her point total also ranks third all-time in NCAA history.

After placing second after yesterday's events, ASU's Keia Pinnick finished with a strong second day of competition to place second in the heptathlon standings with 5,703 points. COLORADO'S Genny Mayden was third (5,362), followed by her teammate Brianne Beemer (5,339) and UCLA's Tatum Souza (5,334). Beemer was the fastest runner in the 800-meter race, with a time of 2:09.24. WASHINGTON's Shelby Williams was the only other top placer, winning the shot put on Saturday (42-4.75/12.92m).

In the men's competition, Keys, a redshirt-freshman, posted 7,793 points to win the decathlon. Keys won three of the 10 events to take the individual title, including the javelin (207-11/63.38m), high jump (6-9/2.06m) and long jump (23-7.5/7.20m).

"I can't really believe it yet, but it's what I was hoping for. It hasn't soaked in yet but I am very excited," said Keys on his win. "It all came together and ended up working out. Marcus (Nilsson) was ahead but I stayed cool throughout the pole vault and kept going and it worked out."

UCLA's Marcus Nilsson was second with 7,539 points, after taking first in the shot put (47-4.5/14.44m) and discus (139-7/42.54m). The Buff's Adam Salzmann was third in the decathlon standings with 7,214 points, followed by ASU's Austin Prince (6,917) and Dominic Giovannoni (6,891).

The Pac-12 Track & Field Championships continue next weekend at Hayward Field with the running and field events. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.GoDucks.com or by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT. For more information, photos, full results and to follow with live stats, visit www.pac-12.org.

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