2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships continue this weekend at Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO - The 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships continue this Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Schedule of events, live results, recaps, photos and other relevant information from the Championships can be found on the Championships homepage on pac-12.com/tfchamps. All session and single-session tickets are available via Oregon Athletics.
Host OREGON will be going for a ninth straight sweep of the men’s and women’s team titles, which would surpass UCLA’s total of eight combined men’s and women’s Conference crowns (1987-89, 1993-95, 1998, 2004).
For the first time in history, the final day of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships will be broadcast live. Coverage of the event will air on Sunday, May 14 starting at 3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT across Pac-12 Network, all regional channels and Pac-12 Now. Paul Sunderland (1984 Olympian), Tom Feuer (Emmy Award-winning Olympics producer), Jordan Kent (four-time track All-American at Oregon) and Jill Savage will cover the action.
Thanks to a 1-2 finish from a pair of Ducks at the combined events, 10-time defending men’s team champion OREGON will enter with an early lead for this weekend’s 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.
The decathlon title for senior Mitch Modin and runner-up finish for junior Joe Delgado secured 18 points for No. 7 nationally ranked Oregon, which will carry a sizable advantage over anticipated challengers No. 8 USC and No. 20 UCLA into the running and field events. COLORADO also had multiple decathlon scorers in Isaiah Oliver (fourth) and Andrew Ghizzone (fifth) to enter Hayward in second with nine points.
RANK TEAM - POINTS (THROUGH DECATHLON)
1. OREGON - 18
2. COLORADO - 9
3. CALIFORNIA - 6
4. ARIZONA STATE - 3
5. WASHINGTON - 2
6. USC - 1
7. ARIZONA - 0
STANFORD - 0
UCLA - 0
WASHINGTON STATE - 0
With an 11th consecutive and 18th overall Pac-12 men’s crown, Oregon would surpass UCLA’s total of 17 conference titles.
USC was the last team to dethrone the Ducks, doing so at Hayward Field on May 14, 2006, and could join Oregon and UCLA atop the all-time men’s team title standings with a 17th league championship. WASHINGTON STATE (four), STANFORD (two) and ARIZONA STATE (one) are the only other programs to win the Pac-12 men’s team title.
USC’s Just’N Thymes is the lone athlete to enter the Pac-12 all-time performance leaderboard this season, doing so with a wind-aided 10.08 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Thymes also paces the Pac-12 this spring in the 200m, while teammate Eric Sloan tops the league in the long and triple jumps to highlight the Trojans’ nine event leaders heading into the Championships.
Host Oregon is close behind with leaders in six events, headlined by 5,000m and 10,000m pacesetter and Bowerman Award candidate Edward Cheserek, who will be seeking second conference crowns in the 5k (2015) and 10k (2016) to add to his four cross country titles.
Eight-time defending women’s team champion and No. 2 nationally ranked OREGON will seek to continue its historic season at the upcoming 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
UCLA (12 points), OREGON STATE (10) and WASHINGTON STATE (10) all had multiple scorers, led by two-time champion Alissa Brooks-Johnson (2015, 2017) of WSU, to sit atop the team leaderboard after the heptathlon. Thanks to a third-place heptathlon finish by sophomore Lyndsey Lopes, No. 3 nationally ranked USC will bring an early six-point margin over homestanding Oregon into the running and field events.
RANK TEAM - POINTS (THROUGH HEPTATHLON)
1. UCLA - 12
2. OREGON STATE - 10
WASHINGTON STATE - 10
4. USC - 6
5. COLORADO - 1
6. ARIZONA - 1
7. ARIZONA STATE - 0
CALIFORNIA - 0
OREGON - 0
STANFORD - 0
UTAH - 0
WASHINGTON - 0
With a ninth consecutive Pac-12 women’s crown, Oregon would surpass UCLA’s stretch of eight straight titles from 1997-2004.
The Pac-12 has the second-most top 25 teams in the country with five, with No. 17 STANFORD, No. 20 ARIZONA STATE and No. 23 WASHINGTON the prime candidates to unseat the Ducks and upset the Trojans.
No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 USC have been battling for supremacy throughout 2016-17. The Trojans (125) won the MPSF indoor title by 20 points over the Ducks (105) in February, only to have Oregon blow away the field with a meet-record 84 points at the NCAA indoor national championships a month later. Both teams have been dominant in the sprints and relays, specifically the USC duo of Kendall Ellis and Deanna Hill and Oregon trio of Bowerman Award candidates Raevyn Rogers, Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington.
Arizona State is among the nation’s top teams in the throws, leading the country in the shot put along with Pac-12 and collegiate record setter in the hammer and Bowerman Award candidate Maggie Ewen.
10 individuals and four different relay teams have moved into or up the Pac-12 all-time performance leaderboard so far this outdoor season, highlighted by Bowerman candidates Ewen, Rogers, Stevens and Washington.
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