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SAN FRANCISCO - The 2019 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships continue this Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, in Tucson, Ariz., at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
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 at pac-12.com/tickets.
It marks the first time ARIZONA has hosted the Pac-12 title meet since 2011, and is the Championships’ fifth all-time appearance in Tucson (1985, 1995, 2004, 2011, 2019).
For the second time in event history, both days of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships will be broadcast live. Coverage of the event will air on Saturday, May 11 starting at 7:30 p.m. PT and Sunday, May 12 starting at 6 p.m. PT across all Pac-12 Network channels, the Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com. 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.
OREGON will bring the early lead into its quest for an unprecedented 13th consecutive Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field Championship this weekend.
The Ducks amassed 14 points during the decathlon behind freshman Max Vollmer’s victory - just the fourth ever by a freshman in Conference history - and junior Dalen Hargett’s fifth-place finish.
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (Thru Decathlon)
1. Oregon - 14
2. California - 8
3. Colorado - 7
4. Washington - 5
5. Washington State - 3
6. Arizona - 2
7. Arizona State - 0
Stanford - 0
UCLA - 0
USC - 0
Oregon has been especially dominant in each of its past two title defenses, racking up 175 points in 2017 and 174 last year, totals which rank third and fourth in men’s Championship history (USC - 180 in 1976; UCLA - 176 in 1987).
While the Ducks appear primed to continue their reign in 2019 as the highest ranked Pac-12 program at No. 7 in the latest USTFCCCA rating index, there are a handful of contenders capable of unseating the champions.
No. 9 USC, No. 11 STANFORD, host No. 14 ARIZONA and No. 22 UCLA are the likely candidates to halt Oregon’s streak.
The Cardinal, Wildcats and Bruins have been top-25 mainstays throughout the 2019 season, while the Trojans surged from 36th into the top 10 three weeks ago.
The Wildcats ranked 12th nationally two weeks ago, their highest ranking since placing seventh at the 2014 NCAA Championships, are enter the Conference meet tied with Oregon as league leaders in five events apiece. USC and WASHINGTON follow with three apiece, two from Stanford, and one each from CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON STATE.
Eight event champions are back to defend their 2018 titles and 13 former champions return in total, highlighted by double champion Jordan Geist of Arizona returning to defend his shot put and discus titles, Wildcats teammate and 2017 steeplechase winner Bailey Roth, and current Bowerman candidate and 2017 1,500-meter run titlist Grant Fisher of Stanford.
The battle for Conference supremacy between USC and OREGON is sure to heat up in the Arizona desert this weekend at the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Track & Field Championships.
After finishing Conference runner-up the four years prior, the Trojans finally ended the Ducks’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title last year in Stanford en route to a remarkable NCAA National Championship at Hayward Field.
Now, No. 3 nationally ranked USC turns into the hunted as it looks establish its own dynasty, while No. 5 ranked Oregon assumes the role of hunter.
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (Thru Heptathlon)
1. Colorado - 13
2. Washington - 10
3. UCLA - 6
4. Utah - 4
5. Arizona - 3
6. Oregon State - 2
7. Oregon - 1
8. Arizona State - 0
California - 0
Stanford - 0
USC - 0
Washington State - 0
No. 18 ranked COLORADO brings a slight team lead into the weekend after picking up 13 points in the heptathlon, while No. 23 WASHINGTON (10) and No. 24 UCLA (six) are close behind. No. 21 ARIZONA STATE and No. 22 STANFORD give the Pac-12 seven nationally ranked programs, offering one of the deepest fields in recent meet history.
While much Championships’ focus will be on the team standings, the individual talent that will be on display in Tucson will be second-to-none in the country. Pac-12 women lead the way with half (five) of the 10 athletes on the Pre-Conference Championships Watch List for The Bowerman.
Stanford’s Mackenzie Little, the reigning NCAA champion and Conference record holder, will seek to become a four-time Conference champ in the javelin. She would be the ninth woman in league history to sweep an event all four years, including the fourth to do so in the javelin.
USC’s Chanel Brissett and Oregon’s Jessica Hull return to defending their 2018 titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 1,500-meter run, respectively, while Colorado’s Dani Jones is the two-time reigning Pac-12 and 2018 NCAA Cross Country champion and was the fourth to double in the 1,500 and 5,000 at the 2017 Conference meet.
Lastly, Washington’s Olivia Gruver will make her Pac-12 Championships debut as the NCAA record holder in the pole vault, setting the mark at the Stanford Invitational in March.
Six 2018 event champions return in an attempt to repeat, while 13 past event champions in total look to add another individual title to their resumes.