Oregon men, USC women capture 2018 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
STANFORD, Calif. – The OREGON men’s team continued its dominance with a 12th straight Conference title, while the USC women’s team ended the Ducks’ nine-year reign with its first crown in more than two decades at the 2018 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Cobb Track and Angell Field on Sunday.
No. 11 nationally ranked Oregon totaled 174 points – the fourth-most in meet history – to extend its record streak of men’s team championships to 12 and total titles to 19. Host and No. 23 ranked STANFORD recorded its best finish since 2003 in second place with 125 points, followed by No. 9 ranked USC in third with 118.
On the women’s side, No. 3 ranked USC amassed 170 points to post a 16-point victory and dethrone No. 2 ranked Oregon for its first Conference crown since 1996.
ARIZONA STATE’s Bowerman candidate Maggie Ewen cemented her legacy as the greatest female thrower in Pac-12 Championships history with her second straight treble – event victories in the hammer, shot put and discus – to garner Athlete of the Meet honors with 30 points for the second year in a row.
ARIZONA freshman Jordan Geist secured Athlete of the Meet accolades with a meet-best 22 points on the men’s side, adding a discus title and seventh-place finish in the hammer throw on Sunday to his shot put crown on Saturday.
Wind played a factor in preventing several Championships records from falling, but Bowerman candidates Michael Norman, Rai Benjamin and Kendall Ellis all shined on Sunday. Norman became only the third male to double in the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the Championships, Benjamin repeated as 400-meter hurdles champion and Ellis set a meet record with the second-fastest 400 in collegiate history.
Pac-12 teams and individual qualifiers will look to advance out of the NCAA West Preliminaries – held at the Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium from May 24-26 – to return to Hayward Field in three weeks for the 2018 NCAA Championships on June 6-9.
MEN’S TEAM LEADERBOARD (21/21 events)
1. Oregon – 174
2. Stanford – 125
3. USC – 118
4. Arizona – 91
5. Colorado – 72
6. California – 67
7. Washington State – 56.5
8. Washington – 42
9. UCLA – 38
10. Arizona State – 31.5
WOMEN’S TEAM LEADERBOARD (21/21 events)
1. USC – 170
2. Oregon – 154
3. Stanford – 119
4. Colorado – 76
5. Arizona State – 68
6. UCLA – 57
7. Arizona – 44
8. California – 40
9. Washington – 32
10. Washington State – 26
11. Oregon State – 17
12. Utah - 15
Below are brief recaps of Sunday’s event champions:
MEN’S HAMMER THROW – Nathan Bultman, USC (67.01m/219’-10”)
Bultman unseated defending champion Brock Eager of Washington State, finishing just shy of a personal-best with a throw of 67.01 meters on his second attempt. Eager was a close second at 66.47 meters, while UCLA’s Justin Stafford placed third. Bultman’s victory added to the Trojans’ storied history in the event with a league-best 14th Conference hammer crown.
WOMEN’S DISCUS – Maggie Ewen, Arizona State (59.81m/196’-2”)
Redshirt senior Ewen capped her Pac-12 Championships career with a second consecutive throwing treble with victory in the discus (59.81 meters). It marked her seventh career event win at the Championships, tying her with UCLA’s Gail Devers and Dawn Dumble and Stanford’s Erica McLain for the most in women’s meet history. She also joined Devers as the only women to win at least three events in multiple Championships and is one of four athletes – male or female – to accomplish the feat (Martin Keino, ARIZ; Robert Cheseret, ARIZ).
MEN’S HIGH JUMP – Earnie Sears, USC (2.20m/7’-2.5”)
Freshman Sears cleared a personal-best 2.20 meters on his first try to give USC its first high jump title since 2010. He’s the second consecutive freshman to win the men’s high jump after UCLA’s Isaiah Holmes in 2017.
WOMEN’S 4x100 RELAY – USC (42.85)
USC’s Deanna Hill chased down Oregon’s Jasmin Reed in the third leg and Trojans’ freshman Twanisha Terry clinched the win over the final 100 to give USC its 15th all-time victory in the 4x100.
MEN’S 4x100 RELAY – USC (39.38)
Zach Shinnick edged Oregon’s Rieker Daniel at the tape by .03 seconds to give USC a big victory to open Sunday’s men’s racing. It was USC’s meet record 16th all-time 4x100 victory.
WOMEN’S 1,500-METER RUN – Jessica Hull, Oregon (4:21.65)
Led by Hull’s victory, Oregon picked up 21 points from the 1,500 with Lilli Burdon in fourth, Katie Rainsberger in fifth and Amanda Gehrich in seventh. Hull was Oregon’s first event winner since 2012.
MEN’S 1,500-METER RUN – Sam Prakel, Oregon (3:40.21)
Prakel surged from fourth to first on the backstretch, passing leader Sean McGorty and defending champion Grant Fisher – both of Stanford – to claim the title. Prakel picked up Oregon’s first win in the event since Matthew Centrowitz capped his three-peat in 2011.
WOMEN’S 100-METER HURDLES – Chanel Brissett, USC (12.75)
USC went 1-2-3 in the 100 hurdles with Brissett coming away with victory in a time of 12.75 seconds (+1.7 m/s), the best time for a Pac-12 winner since former Trojan Virginia Powell in 2006.
MEN’S 110-METER HURDLES – Braxton Canady, Oregon (13.57w - +3.5 m/s)
Canady and California’s Ashtyn Davis were even entering the second-to-last hurdle, but Davis fell to give Canady the victory for Oregon’s seventh all-time win in the event.
WOMEN’S 400-METER DASH – Kendall Ellis, USC (49.99) – Championships record
Ellis repeated as Pac-12 400-meter champion in a new meet record time of 49.99, the fastest in the world this year and only the second-ever under 50 seconds in NCAA history.
MEN’S 400-METER DASH – Michael Norman, USC (44.40)
Norman improved on his NCAA lead en route to his second straight Pac-12 400-meter title by nearly two seconds over Arizona’s Maj Williams (46.20). Trojans’ teammate Ricky Morgan Jr. placed third.
WOMEN’S 100-METER DASH – Twanisha Terry, USC (10.96w - +2.6 m/s)
Terry continued her impressive freshman campaign by becoming the first USC woman to win the Pac-12 100-meter title since 2007. It was her second podium showing of the day along with the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team.
MEN’S 100-METER DASH – Cravon Gillespie, Oregon (10.05w - +2.9 m/s)
After winning its first Pac-12 100-meter title last year, Oregon repeated as Gillespie led from the start with a wind-aided 10.05 seconds. Teammate Damarcus Simpson picked up a runner-up finish, followed by USC’s TJ Brock in third.
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – Jessie Maduka, UCLA (13.59m/44’-7”)
Maduka put the women’s triple jump away early, landing at 13.59 meters on her first attempt for the Bruins’ first victory in the event since 2004. Maduka’s mark was the best in the Pac-12 Championships since Stanford’s Erica McLain’s meet record 14.15 meters in 2007.
WOMEN’S 800-METER RUN – Sabrina Southerland, Oregon (2:02.18)
Oregon took the women’s 800 meters for the seventh straight year and ninth time in the last decade with Southerland’s solid closing 200 kick to beat out Arizona State’s Alethia Marrero. Southerland's time is the second-best in the nation this season.
MEN’S 800-METER RUN – Robert Ford, USC (1:49.77)
Ford passed 2016 event champion Collins Kibet of Arizona on the final turn to post USC’s first victory in the Pac-12 800 since 2006.
WOMEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Anna Cockrell, USC (56.47)
The USC sophomore posted a near two-second victory over runner-up Gabby Scott of Colorado (58.27), with Oregon’s Kylee O’Connor coming in third.
MEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Rai Benjamin, USC (48.46)
Benjamin took the NCAA lead, posted the second-best time in Championships history and the No. 3 time in the world to repeat as Pac-12 champ in the event.
WOMEN’S 200-METER DASH – Makenzie Dunmore, Oregon (22.37w - +2.9 m/s)
Dunmore got the victory in a wind-aided 22.37 seconds, but USC finished 2-3-4-5 to outscore Oregon 23-16 in the all Trojans-Ducks final and all but clinch the team title.
MEN’S 200-METER DASH – Michael Norman, USC (19.84w - +2.8 m/s)
Norman broke 20 seconds with a wind-aided 19.84 to join former Trojans Bryshon Nellum (2013) and Jerome Davis (1999) as the only athletes to pull off the 200-400 double at the Pac-12 Championships.
WOMEN’S 5,000-METER RUN – Elise Cranny, Stanford (16:28.55)
Cranny took the lead midway through the bell lap and held off a late charging Claire Green of Arizona. It was Cranny’s second Pac-12 win along with a 1,500 title in 2016. Colorado gained 14 points with third-, fourth- and seventh-place finishes, while Oregon picked up eight points with fifth, sixth and eighth.
MEN’S DISCUS – Jordan Geist, Arizona (57.56m/188’-10”)
A day after becoming the first freshman to win the Pac-12 shot put title, Geist added the distinction of first freshman to accomplish the shot put-discus double with a throw of 57.56 meters on his second attempt.
MEN’S POLE VAULT – Sander Moldau, Washington State (5.24m/17’-2.25”)
The WSU freshman cleared 5.24 meters on his first attempt to become the first Cougar to win the Conference’s pole vault title since Christos Pallakis in 1995.
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – Tuomas Kaukolahti, California (16.06m/52’-8.25”)
Kaukolahti hit a wind-aided 16.06 meters on his third attempt and held on for California’s first Conference title in the event since Lenards Ozolinsh in 1996.
MEN’S 1,500-METER RUN – Ben Saarel, Colorado (14:11.25)
Saarel added to his distinction as Pac-12 Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year with the men’s 5k title, holding off teammate and defending champion Zach Perrin to give Colorado its second straight event crown.
WOMEN’S 4x400 RELAY – USC (3:30.45)
Even entering the final leg, Kendall Ellis punctuated USC’s first Pac-12 title in more than two decades with a lethal final lap and the Trojans’ sixth consecutive victory in the 4x400 relay.
MEN’S 4x400 RELAY – Arizona (3:07.46)
Maj Williams powered Arizona to its first-ever 4x400 relay Conference title, moving up from a distant third over the final 150 meters.
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