Oregon sweeps Pac-12 track and field men's and women's titles
LOS ANGELES -- For the seventh-consecutive year, the OREGON men and women swept the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships which were held at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA. The men’s squad claimed its ninth-straight title, while the women won their seventh in a row. The Duck women won a close competition, scoring a meet-high 185 points while the men scored 152 points. Individual recognition went to UO’s Jasmine Todd who was the Pac-12 Women’s Athlete of the Meet, tallying 35 points. USC’s Andre De Grasse was the Pac-12 Men’s Athlete of the Meet, scoring 22.5 points for the Trojans.
The tape-delayed broadcast of the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships will air on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday, May 24 at 9 a.m. PT.
“We were in for a fight, and as you can see, it turned out to be that way. I’d be crazy if I tried to go over all the highlights here, but I know there was lots of them,” said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. “Unbelievable team effort—both men and women. I don’t know if they told you or not, but we sat down last night and just gave them the facts. You got to do your job. This is what we put all that hard work back in Eugene and it’s awesome. This is really sweet, the way the kids all performed today.”
Todd’s 35 points came from a win in the 100 meter and the triple jump, a second-place in the long jump, third in the 200 meters and by helping the 4x100-meter relay team place second for 35 points. De Grasse 22.5 points were on the strength of a pair of wins in the 100- and 200-meter races, while also helping the Trojans 4x100-meter relay squad to a win, as well.
The OREGON women held off USC who had the lead after the 200-meter race and only two events left. The Ducks quickly regained the lead after the 5000-meter race, and eventually won, 185-182. It was the closest margin of victory in the women’s competition since a 2.5-point win by ARIZONA STATE over STANFORD in 2006.
Finishing in third place was Stanford with 87 points, followed by ARIZONA STATE (72), and WASHINGTON STATE and UCLA tied for fifth with 64 points. WASHINGTON was seventh with 63 points, COLORADO was eighth with 43 points and ARIZONA was ninth, scoring 36. UTAH scored 10 points for 10th, OREGON STATE had six points and CALIFORNIA had three.
On the men’s side, the Trojans also grabbed the lead after the 200-meter but lost the lead again after the Ducks scored 25 points in the 5,000 meters to regain the lead. The Trojans ended the meet with 121 points and WASHINGTON jumped ahead of UCLA in the final event to score 84.50 points, 1.5 points better than the host Bruins. ARIZONA STATE was fifth with 75 points, ARIZONA was sixth with 73.50 points, COLORADO was seventh with 68 points and CALIFORNIA was eighth with 66 points. STANFORD tallied 64.50 points and WASHINGTON STATE had 31.50 to round out the standings.
In addition to De Grasse breaking the meet record in the 100 meters that had stood for 19 years, ARIZONA STATE’s Shelby Houlihan also set a new meet record in the 1,500 meters. The women’s 400-meter race was one of the fastest in Pac-12 history as the top-two times ranked in the top-10 all-time. USC also set a meet record in the women’s 4x100 meter relay, a record they had established last year. The Trojan women also scored 34 points in a single event, the 200 meters, sweeping the 1-3 spots, as well as 5-8.
UCLA’s Ida Storm had the support of the crowd as she threw for a 215-00/65.54m in the hammer throw to claim the Pac-12 crown. It was the first time since 2005 a Bruin had won the hammer title. She defeated OREGON’s Jillian Weir, last year’s champion in the event, who threw a 210-00 (64.01m). UTAH sophomore Ilse Kaaja earned a spot on the podium, placing third (192-03/58.41m).
The running events got off to an exciting start with USC women setting a championships record to claim a second-straight league title. The Trojans clocked a 43.10 in the 4x100 meter relay, breaking last year’s mark of 43.21. OREGON was second with a 43.65 while WASHINGTON ran a school-record 44.57 for third.
The men turned in the same finish as the women’s in the 4x100 meter relay. USC was first in a time of 39.17, getting an early lead from Beejay Lee before handing off to Andre De Grasse, who broke for a big lead before the handoff and then eventual the win. OREGON was second with a time of 39.64 and WASHINGTON was third (40.11).
Another meet record went down in the women’s competition as ARIZONA STATE’s Shelby Houlihan ran a 4:11.06 in the 1,500 meters. The 2014 NCAA Champion in the event, she closes her career with a third-straight title. COLORADO’s Sara Sutherland was second with a time of 4:13.56 and WASHINGTON’s Maddie Meyers was third (4:14.03).
In the men’s 1,500 meter race, WASHINGTON’s Izaic Yorks (3:46.42) pulled ahead of CALIFORNIA’s Thomas Joyce (3:46.46) to win the Pac-12 title. COLORADO’s Ben Saarel was third with a time of 3:46.90.
Sixth-ranked Valarie Allman of STANFORD threw a 187-3/57.07m in the discus to win the Pac-12 title. She defeated USC’s Tera Novy (185-9/56.63m) and ARIZONA STATE freshman Maggie Ewen (182-2/55.53m) who were second and third, respectively. The trio are all ranked in the top-10 in the country in the event, as is fourth-place finisher USC’s Alexandra Collatz (179-11/54.84) who was the defending champion and ranked fourth in the country.
USC’s Dior Hall’s lean at the finish line was enough to claim the 100-meter hurdles title with a time of 12.99, just .01 seconds ahead of OREGON’s Sasha Wallace who ran 13-seconds flat. Fellow Trojan Melia Cox was third with a time of 13.48. Hall is the fifth-ranked hurdler in the country.
USC freshman Marquis Morris came from behind to win the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 13.95. OREGON’s Trevor Ferguson was second with a 13.97, while ARIZONA STATE’s William Taylor was third with a time of 14.01.
OREGON went 1-2 in the women’s triple jump. Sophomore Jasmine Todd was the winner, recording a leap of 42-11.75 (13.10m), while classmate Sasha Wallace had a mark of 42-3.25 (12.88m). USC’s Melia Cox had a 41-11.25 (12.78m) for third place.
The women’s 400-meter race was one of the fastest in league history as USC’s Vanessa Jones ran a 51.50 to win the crown. That time ranks eighth all-time. Second-place finisher, ARIZONA STATE’s Brianna Tate ran a 51.66, which ranks ninth all-time in league history. OREGON’s Ashante Horsely was third with a time of 52.43.
OREGON’s Marcus Chambers beat his personal best by almost a second to win the men’s 400-meters with a time of 45.21. The sophomore defeated a trio of seniors including second-place finisher USC’s Davonte Stewart (46.34) and ARIZONA STATE’s Devan Spann (46.36).
USC picked up 26 points in the women’s 100-meter race, but Jasmine Todd added to OREGON’s lead, winning the race in a time of 11.18 to nab 10 points. USC junior Tynia Gaither was second (11.27) and freshman Ky Westbrook was third (11.36). The Trojans also claimed the 4th-through-sixth spots in the race.
USC’s Andre De Grasse set a school and meet record in the 100 meters running a 9.97 to win his second title of the day. The time broke the mark set 19 years ago by former UCLA standout Ato Bolden who ran a 10.03 in 1996. The time is also the second best in Pac-12 history. Teammate Beejay Lee was second with a time of 10.16 and ARIZONA freshman Tyrell Johnson was third (10.41).
OREGON took 1-2 and STANFORD took 3-4 in the women’s 800 meters. Freshman Raeyvn Rogers was first with a time of 2:01.67, keeping the title in Eugene for fourth-straight year after former Duck Laura Roesler won it the last three years. Fellow Duck Annie Leblanc was second with a time of 2:03.77. The Cardinal’s Olivia Baker (2:04.00) and Claudia Saunders (2:05.17) were third and fourth, respectively.
WASHINGTON STATE senior Jesse Jorgensen came from behind to overtake the lead from ARIZONA’s Collins Kibet in the straight away, winning with a time of 1:47.06. Kibet turned in a 1:47.06. UCLA’s Nick Hartle was third with a time of 1:47.80.
WASHINGTON swept the men’s and women’s pole vault titles and took 1-2-3 in the women’s competition. Junior Kristina Owsinski beat out teammate and defending champion Diamara Planell Cruz, posting a height of 14-2.00 (4.32m). Planell Cruz cleared a height of 13-8.25 (4.17m) and sophomore Elizabeth Quick was third with a height of 13-6.25 (4.12m).
USC junior Jaide Stepter chased down teammate and sophomore Amalie Iuel in the 400-meter hurdles to claim her second-straight title with a time of 55.85. Iuel held the lead most of the way but ran out of gas in the final kick. ARIZONA sophomore Nenya Hailey was third with a time of 56.53.
OREGON’s Ben Thiel won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.32 becoming the first Duck to win the event since 2002. STANFORD’s Jackson Shumway edged out ARIZONA’s Miles Parish for second place, turning in a time of 51.45, while Parish was just behind with a time of 51.48.
In the men’s high jump, ARIZONA STATE’s Bryan McBride cleared a height of 7-2.25 (2.19m) to claim the Pac-12 crown. There was a three-way tie at the height of 7-1.00 (2.16m) but USC freshman Randall Cunningham came out in second place, UCLA sophomore Cody Crampton was third and CALIFORNIA junior Noel Frazier was fourth.
The USC women turned in a stunning performance in the 200 meters, scoring 34 points in just the one event to take first place in the team competiton. The Trojans took 1-2-3, then 5-6-7-8 after qualifying seven sprinters. Junior Tynia Gaither took the crown with a time of 22.97 and junior Alexis Faulknor was second with a 23.08. Freshman Deanna Hill was third, crossing in a time of 23.14. The only non-Trojan to score in the event was OREGON’s Jasmine Todd, who was fourth with a time of 23.21.
The men’s 200 meter race also saw USC’s Andre De Grasse turn in another standout performance as the Trojans also took the lead for the first time this weekend. De Grasse won the race in a time of 20.05, which would have ranked third all-time in Pac-12 history had he not already recorded a 20.02 in the preliminaries on Saturday. The Trojans completed the top-three sweep with Beejay Lee coming in second place (20.46) and Just’N Thymes was third (20.75).
ARIZONA STATE’s Shelby Houlihan beat the field by nearly eight seconds, claiming her second-straight title in the 5,000 meters running a time of 15:58.45. COLORADO freshman Erin Clark was second with a time of 16:06.37, while WASHINGTON sophomore Maddie Meyers ran a 16:09.58 for third place. The Ducks also had three scorer’s in the race, taking over the team lead, once again.
In the men’s 5,000, OREGON placed four in the top six and COLORADO had three in the top seven. With the four scorers collecting 25 points, the Ducks reestablished the lead with two events remaining and never looked back. UO sophomore Edward Cheserek and senior Eric Jenkins ran nearly side-by-side from start to finish, but Cheserek took the individual crown with a time of 13:45.25. Jenkins was second with a time of 13:45.33. The Buffs’ Morgan Pearson was third with a time of 13:47.83.
With the Ducks holding on to a five point lead going into the 4x400-meter relay, OREGON clinched its seventh-straight title with a second-place finish in the final event of the day with a time of 3:34.73. USC grabbed the 10 points with a time of 3:34.73 to claim the team’s third-straight title in the event. STANFORD placed third with a time of 3:35.44.
ARIZONA’s Gerhard De Beer was the winner of the men’s discus. He threw a 193-8/59.04m, outdistancing second-place finisher Ethan Cochran of CALIFORNIA. His mark was 188-9/57.54m. ARIZONA STATE’s Michael Ohakwe was third with a throw of 185-6/56.55m.
The team title was decided by the final event of the day, but OREGON still took first in the men’s 4x400 with a winning time of 3:05.84. ARIZONA was second with a time of 3:06.35 and WASHINGTON was third (3:10.96).
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FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Pac-12 Championships Individual Champions
Women’s Hammer - Isa Storm, UCLA, 65.54m/215-00
Women’s Triple Jump - Jasmine Todd, ORE, 13.10m/42-11.75
Women’s Discus - Valarie Allman, STAN, 57.07m/187-03
Women’s Pole Vault - Kristina Owsinski, WASH, 4.32m/14-02.00
Men’s High Jump - Bryan McBride, ASU, 2.19m/7-02.25
Men’s Triple Jump - Darian Brooks, STAN, 15.86m/52-00.50
Men’s Discus - Gerhard De Beer, ARIZ, 59.04m/193-08
Women’s 4x100 - USC, 43.10*
Men’s 4x100 - USC, 39.17
Women’s 1,500m - Shelby Houlihan, ASU, 4:11.06*
Men’s 1,500m - Izaic Yorks, WASH, 3:46.42
Women’s 100mh - Dior Hall, USC, 12.99
Men’s 110mh - Marquis Morris, USC, 13.95
Women’s 400m - Vanessa Jones, USC, 51.50
Men’s 400m - Marcus Chambers, ORE, 45.21
Women’s 100m - Jasmine Todd, ORE, 11.18
Men’s 100m - Andre De Grasse, USC, 9.97*
Women’s 800m - Raevyn Rogers, ORE, 2:01.67
Men’s 800m - Jesse Jorgensen, WSU, 1:46.49
Women’s 400mh - Jaide Stepter, USC, 55.85
Men’s 400mh - Ben Thiel, ORE, 50.32
Women’s 200m - Tynia Gaither, USC, 22.97
Men’s 200m - Andre De Grasse, USC, 20.05
Women’s 5000m - Shelby Houlihan, ASU, 15:58.45
Men’s 5000m - Edward Cheserek, ORE, 13:45.25
Women’s 4x400m - USC, 3:32.12
Men’s 4x400m - Oregon, 3:05.84
Men’s Hammer - Conor McCullough, USC, 72.20m/236-10
Women’s Long Jump - Alexis Faulknor, UCLA, 6.42m/21-0.75
Men’s Pole Vault - Jax Thoirs, WASH, 5.65m/18-6.50
Women’s Javelin - Brianna Bain, STAN, 51.38m/168-7
Women’s Shot Put - Brittany Mann, ORE, 17.24m/56-6.75
Women’s High Jump - Zibby Boyer, UCLA, 1.82m/5-11.50
Men’s Long Jump - Adoree Jackson, USC, 7.71m/25-3.50
Men’s Javelin - Sam Crouser, ARIZ, 77.06m/252-10
Men’s Shot Put - Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA, 19.64m/64-05.25
Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Erin Clark, COLO, 10:02.16
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Connor Winter, COLO, 8:48.93
Women’s 10,000 Meters - Jessica Tonn, STAN, 34:00.33
Men’s 10,000 Meters - Ammar Moussa, COLO, 29:34.28
Decathlon - Pau Tonnesen, ARIZ, 7823
Heptathlon - Alissa Brooks-Johnson, WSU, 5803