Five events to watch at the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
Some of the country's best track & field athletes and even a few Olympics hopefuls will be on display the next two weekends at the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in Seattle. Before things kick off this Saturday with the multi-event competitions, find out which five events you'll absolutely have to follow both weekends from Husky Track.
1. Women’s 4x100m – The women of Oregon ran a blistering 42.68 at the Mt. Sac Relays last month – the fastest time in the conference this year by nearly a full second. The squad of Jasmine Todd, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe, and Ariana Washington possess the third fastest time in the entire world so far this year.
2. Women’s 1500m – There’s potential for a major points battle between Stanford and Washington here. Fifteen women in the conference have run faster than 4:20 so far this year. Five of them are Huskies, including Anna Maxwell, who currently leads the conference with the 4:12.62 she ran at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Right on the Huskies’ heels, the Card own five of those fifteen sub-4:20 times this season.
3. Men’s 110m Hurdles – Points are up for grabs here as well as eight of the top 10 times in the conference this season are all from different schools. Keep an eye on Oregon's Devon Allen, who clocked a 13.40 earlier this season for the ninth fastest time in the world this year and fourth fastest by an American this year. He’s bouncing back from a 2015 injury and has his eyes focused on earning a spot in Rio.
4. Shot put – There must be something in the water (or ring) down at UCLA. The Bruins own the top two marks on the men’s side, and the number one and three marks on the women’s side. Nicholas Scarvelis’ throw of 20.61m (67 feet, 7.5 inches) is the eighth best in the world, while Torie Owers leads the Pac-12 so far this year by nearly two feet.
5. Men’s 5,000m – So far this year, though, there’s a whole lot of red leading the Pac. Stanford’s Sean McGorty hammered a 13:24.25 at the Payton Jordan Invitational to take the top mark in the conference, while teammates Grant Fisher and Jack Keelan take two more spots in the top five. Far from being counted out are Colorado’s Pierce Murphy and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. Murphy led the Buffs to their fifth-straight Pac-12 Cross Country Championship this fall and finished 3rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Ducks’ Cheserek fell to Colby Gilbert of Washington in the 5,000m earlier this season and was withdrawn from competing at this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational, but as the reigning NCAA 5,000m and 10,000m champion, if this Duck is healthy he’s sure to give everyone a run for their money.
Follow the action from the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships with live results, exclusive videos and text articles from Seattle May 7-8 & 14-15 on Pac-12.com.