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100 Years of Champions

This month in Pac-12 Conference history - April

Apr 21, 2016
Stanford Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO -- As it embarks on its 100th year, the Pac-12 Conference has been defined by excellence and championships, and has been home to sports legends and superstars. The year-long celebration will include marking the date of the official formation 100 years ago on December 2, a commemorative logo, and special programming on Pac-12 Networks that includes All-Century teams in each sport. In addition, the Conference will release a series of This Month in Pac-12 History releases throughout 2015-16 academic year to highlight memorable moments that occurred in that month in the 100-year history.

This Month in Pac-12 History - April:
1947: UCLA's Jackie Robinson makes his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and breaks the color barrier on April 15.

1967: Oregon State used three pitchers to throw a no-hitter in an 11-0 win over Portland on April 11. It was just the second no-hitter in program history and is the only no-hitter in Conference history to use three different pitchers.

1969: Legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine signs with the University of Oregon on Tuesday, April 29.

1978: Washington State sophomore Henry Rono kicks off a string of world-record breaking performances, setting a record in the 5,000-meters in Berkeley, Calif., on April 8, clocking a time of 13:08.4. He would go on to have an 81-day span for the ages, also setting world records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:05.4, May 13 in Seattle), 10,000 meters (27:22.5, June 11 in Vienna, Austria) and 3,000 meters (7:32.1).

1982: Greg Marsden leads Utah to its first of five-straight, and nine in 14 years, NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. Sue Stednitz wins the individual all-around title, edging out teammate Christa Canary, 37.20-37.10.

1984: Led by Cheryl Miller and Cynthia Cooper, USC defeats Tennessee, 72-61, on April 1 to become the first school in NCAA history to win back-to-back National Championships in women’s basketball.

1990: Stanford claims its first of two NCAA Women’s Basketball titles, defeating Auburn by a 88-81 margin on April 1 in Knoxville, Tenn. Jennifer Azzi, who is from the state of Tennessee, was named the Most Outstanding Player.

1995: On April 3, UCLA defeated Arkansas to capture its 11th National Championship and their first since 1975. Ed O'Bannon scored 30 points and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

1996: Stanford’s Tiger Woods set a Conference record for most strokes under par when he recorded 11-under 61 in the opening round of the Pac-10 Championships at Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif., on April 29.

1999: On April 28, Arizona State golfer Paul Casey set a Championship record by firing a 10-under 60 in the final round to lead the Sun Devils to the Pac-10 title at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash.

2015: Stanford men’s basketball won its third NIT basketball title on April 2, 2015 with a 66-64 overtime victory over Miami.