Oregon men extend, USC women defend titles at 2019 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Men of OREGON extended their Conference title streak to 13 consecutive years while the reigning NCAA champion USC women repeated as league titlists at the 2019 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Arizona’s Drachman Stadium on Sunday.
In a meet that was halted both days by weather and lightning delays, competition concluded as scheduled on Sunday night with the Ducks and Trojans defending their crowns.
After a more than three-and-a-half hour delay on Saturday, competition was delayed by rain and lightning for roughly two more hours on Sunday. However, only the field events which began earlier in the day were affected and the weather finally cooperated on Sunday evening to complete action on the track and infield.
Along with its unprecedented 13th straight crown, the Oregon men continued an especially dominant recent stretch by amassing 173 points, the fifth-most in meet history. UO has now posted the third- (175 in 2017), fourth- (174 in 2018) and fifth-most points in Championships history over the past three years.
Led by Cravon Gillespie’s double in the 100- and 200-meter dashes which included a Championships-record tying 9.97 in the 100, Oregon matched a program-best with seven event victories en route to the 173 points and title. Coupled with his second leg in the victorious 4x100 meter relay, Gillespie amassed a meet-best 22.5 points for the Ducks to earn Men's Athlete of the Meet accolades.
MEN’S FINAL STANDINGS (21/21 events)
1. Oregon – 173
2. UCLA – 140
3. Arizona – 94
4. Washington – 85
5. USC – 78
6. California – 63
7. Washington State – 53
8. Stanford – 51
9. Colorado – 48
10. Arizona State – 31
The USC women won seven events and scored all of their 154 points on Sunday, highlighted by 20.5 points apiece from Anna Cockrell and Anglerne Annelus, en route to a 17-point triumph over rival Oregon. The Trojans capped their repeat in style, setting a Championships record in the 4x400 meter relay finale.
WOMEN’S FINAL STANDINGS (21/21 events)
1. USC – 154
2. Oregon – 137
3. Colorado – 92
4. Stanford – 85
5. Washington – 73.5
6. Arizona State – 69.5
7. Arizona – 57.5
8. UCLA – 55
9. California – 36
10. Washington State – 24.5
11. Oregon State – 23
12. Utah – 12
UCLA sophomore Alyssa Wilson collected Pac-12 Women’s Athlete of the Meet accolades with 26 points, headlined by a win in the discus.
Four Drachman Stadium marks and a pair of Pac-12 Championships records were toppled on Sunday, with eight facility and four meet standards recorded over the two days.
Below are brief recaps of Sunday’s event champions:
WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW – Camryn Rogers, California (69.79/228’-11”)
With the event already in hand at 69.64 meters on her second attempt, Rogers set a personal-best and school record with a toss of 69.79 meters on her final throw to capture the hammer, one of the most competitive events at the Championships.
Rogers entered third nationally, trailing NCAA leader and runner-up Beatrice Llano of Arizona State (66.78m) and national No. 2 Alyssa Wilson of UCLA (67.78m), but became just the second winner from California along with Jennifer Joyce in 2002.
MEN’S HIGH JUMP – Earnie Sears, USC (2.27/7’-5 1/4”)
Sears easily repeated in the high jump by clearing both 2.17 and 2.20 meters on his first attempts. He then moved the bar to 2.27 meters and cleared on his second attempt to match the NCAA lead and post the highest clearance at the meet since Arizona’s Nick Ross matched the Championships record of 2.28 in 2014.
UCLA went 2-3-4 from Sean Lee (2.17m), Isaiah Holmes (2.14) and Michael Burke (2.14) to rack up 19 points in the event.
MEN’S POLE VAULT – Sondre Guttormsen, UCLA (5.36/17’-7”)
UCLA took 19 points in the men’s pole vault behind Guttormesen’s victory as he cleared 5.36 meters on his first try to edge teammate Michael Fancey (5.22m). Kyle Brown (5.02m) placed eighth to produce the Bruins’ final event tally. It was the league-leading 16th all-time Conference pole vault title for the UCLA program.
WOMEN’S LONG JUMP – Rhesa Foster, Oregon (6.29/20’-7 3/4”)
Foster won her second Pac-12 women’s long jump, adding to her win as a freshman at Hayward Field in 2017. Foster hit 6.29 meters on her second attempt prior to the weather delay to join Jamesha Youngblood (2009-10) as the only Ducks to win multiple Conference crowns in the event.
MEN’S 4x100 RELAY – Oregon (38.72)
The Ducks set a school and Drachman Stadium record with a time of 38.72, posting a near full-second victory over runner-up Arizona. It is Oregon’s second win in the event in the past three years, with its only other victory coming in 2006.
WOMEN’S 4x100 RELAY – USC (42.45)
The Trojans’ quartet narrowly missed their Championships and facility record of 42.44 set during Saturday’s trials, crossing at 42.45 to capture USC’s second straight and league-leading 16th all-time 400 relay Conference title.
MEN’S 1,500-METER RUN – William Paulson, Arizona State (3:49.18)
Paulson held off hard-charging Bowerman candidate and 2017 champion Grant Fisher of Stanford to win the men’s 1,500 by 0.11 seconds. He is only the second Sun Devil to win the event and first since Dan Raby in 1981.
WOMEN’S 1,500-METER RUN – Jessica Hull, Oregon (4:16.42)
Hull erased a 32-year-old Drachman Stadium record and won her second consecutive Pac-12 title in the women’s 1,500, pulling away from runner-up Jessica Lawson of Stanford in turn 4.
MEN’S 110-METER HURDLES – Eric Edwards Jr., Oregon (13.59)
The third Oregon winner in the last four years and fifth of the last decade, Edwards cruised to victory with a wind-legal career-best time of 13.59. USC picked up 14 points from the event though with runner-up from Omotade Ojora and third from Ayden Owens.
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT – Samantha Noennig, Arizona State (17.59/57’-8 1/2”)
Noennig followed in the footsteps of former teammate Maggie Ewen to extend ASU’s streak in the event to three consecutive victories with her first career Pac-12 title. It marks the eighth time in the past 14 years the Sun Devils’ have won the Conference shot put.
WOMEN’S 100-METER HURDLES – Chanel Brissett, USC (12.70)
USC swept the podium in the 100 hurdles led by Bowerman candidate Brissett, who defended her 2018 event title and narrowly missed a facility record (12.68) and matched the second-fastest mark in the nation with her time of 12.70. Trojans Anna Cockrell placed second and Mecca McGlaston went third.
MEN’S SHOT PUT – Elijah Mason, Washington (57.78/189’-6”)
Mason needed his final throw of 57.78 meters to overcome a late surge from UCLA’s Dotun Ogundeji (57.53m) and become only the third Husky to win the Conference shot put crown and first since 1976.
MEN’S 400-METER DASH – Orwin Emilien, Oregon (45.91)
Emilien captured Oregon’s fourth 400 title in the last six years, improving from last year’s fifth-place finish.
WOMEN’S 400-METER DASH – Kaelin Roberts, USC (51.25)
USC went 1-2-5 and scored 22 points from the 400 behind Roberts’ 51.25, which jumped her into the nation’s top-5 in the event. Kyra Constantine took second (51.41) and Bailey Lear (52.07) fifth.
MEN’S 100-METER DASH – Cravon Gillespie, Oregon (9.97)
In the men’s 100 final, Gillespie equaled the Championships record, climbed to No. 2 in the nation this year and third all-time in Conference history with a blazing 9.97 to defend his Pac-12 title in the event. The Ducks grabbed 25 points, going 1-2-5-6.
After not winning the event from 1960-2016, Oregon has now won the men’s 100 three consecutive years.
WOMEN'S 100-METER DASH – TeeTee Terry, USC (11.09)
USC swept the podium and scored 25 points with 1-2-3-8 finishes in the women's 100, led by TeeTee Terry's repeat victory in the event at 11.09. Terry's win is the Trojans' Conference-leading 13th all-time in the event.
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – Tuomas Kaukolahti, California (16.12/52’-10 3/4”)
Kaukolahti repeated as Pac-12 triple jump champion with the longest mark (16.12 meters) at the meet since 2012. He is the third Golden Bear to repeat in the event, joining Mike Harris (1989-90) and Lenards Ozolinsh (1995-96).
MEN’S 800-METER RUN – Isaiah Jewett, USC (1:49.25)
In a timed section finals from one of Saturday’s postponed events, USC’s Jewett took the victory out of the fast heat, edging runner-up Charlie Hunter of Oregon and Carlos Villareal of Arizona all from Heat 4. It is the Trojans’ second straight win in the men’s 800.
WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP – Karla Teran, Arizona (1.88/6’-2”)
Teran gave Arizona its third consecutive and league-leading 13th women’s high jump Conference champion. She climbed to a tie for second in the NCAA by hitting 1.88 meters on her final attempt and was the only competitor to clear 1.82 and 1.85.
WOMEN’S 800-METER RUN – Elissa Mann, Colorado (2:04.35)
Colorado’s Mann passed and outkicked Oregon’s Susan Ejore over the final 50 meters to pull out the victory from Heat 4 of the timed section finals of the women’s 800. The victory is the Buffaloes’ first-ever in the event.
MEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Cameron Samuel, USC (49.09)
The Trojans take the event for the second straight year along with Rai Benjamin’s 2018 victory and the league-leading 16th time as Cameron Samuel emerges with the fastest time from Heat 2. Samuel’s time of 49.09 is the fastest in the NCAA this season.
WOMEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Anna Cockrell, USC (56.46)
Cockrell defended her Conference crown in the women’s 400 hurdles, posting the winning time of 56.46 out of Heat 3 of the time section finals. She is the fifth Trojan to win the event in the last six years. Colorado took 13 points with 2-6-7 finishes, while Arizona grabbed 10 points by going 3-5.
MEN’S 200-METER DASH – Cravon Gillespie, Oregon (20.17)
Oregon picked up a critical sweep of the men’s 200, amassing 24 points in its quest for a 13th consecutive Conference championship. Gillespie joined Kyree King in 2017 as Ducks to accomplish the 100-200 double at the Conference meet, while Oraine Palmer and Rieker Daniel finished second and third, respectively. Gillespie's 20.17 is a personal best and moves him into the top 4 in the NCAA this season.
WOMEN’S 200-METER DASH – Anglerne Annelus, USC (22.71)
USC moved closer to a second straight Pac-12 women’s team title with 27 points, outscoring Oregon by 22 in the women’s 200 as the Trojans swept the podium and went 1-2-3-6 compared to 5-8 for the Ducks. Annelus improved on her Conference-leading time by going 22.71, followed by Lanae-Tava Thomas in second, TeeTee Terry in third and Mecca McGlaston in sixth.
WOMEN’S DISCUS – Alyssa Wilson, UCLA (56.93/186’-9”)
Wilson cemented her status as the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Athlete of the Meet with victory in the discus, opening with 56.93 meters for the sophomore’s first event victory at the Conference meet. Along with her discus crown, Wilson was runner-up in the shot put and hammer throw to finish with a meet-high 26 points. She is the first Bruin to win the event since 2005.
MEN’S 5,000-METER RUN – Cooper Teare, Oregon (13:49.77)
Teare became the first Duck since the legendary Edward Cheserek in 2015 to win the Pac-12 men’s 5,000, surging late to edge Bowerman candidate Grant Fisher and Steven Fahy of Stanford by a second. He is only the fifth Oregon athlete to win the event along with Ken Martin (1980), Alberto Salazar (1981), Galen Rupp (2007) and Cheserek.
WOMEN’S 5,000-METER RUN – Dani Jones, Colorado (15:54.86)
Bowerman candidate Jones won her second Pac-12 women’s 5,000 along with the 2017 crown, moving past Stanford’s Fiona O’Keeffe over the final 100 meters. She’s the eighth in meet history to win the event multiple times and gives Colorado its fourth champion since entering the Pac-12 in 2012.
WOMEN’S POLE VAULT – Elleyse Garrett, UCLA (4.36/14’-3 1/2”)
With NCAA record holder Olivia Gruver of Washington a scratch, Garrett gave UCLA its first women’s pole vault winner since 2008 by clearing 4.13 meters, but she went on to advance over 4.23, 4.33 and eventually 4.36 for the best mark at the Championships since Olympian Katerina Stefanidi in 2012.
MEN’S 4x400 METER RELAY – USC (3:05.73)
In third entering the final leg, 800-meter champion Isaiah Jewett of USC powered the Trojans to victory with the best Championships time since 2013 at 3:05.73 with a final lap of 45.30. It is the Conference-best 16th all-time 4x400 crown for the Trojans.
WOMEN’S 4x400 METER RELAY – USC (3:29.23)
USC capped its second straight Pac-12 women’s title in style by setting a Championships record in the 4x400 finale, clocking in at 3:29.23 to edge its previous record from 2017 by 0.29. It’s the Trojans seventh win in a row and league-leading 11th all-time in the event.
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – Chaquinn Cook, Oregon (13.40/43’-11 3/4”)
Cook added another Pac-12 women’s triple jump title as the 2017 champion went to a league-leading 13.40 meters.