Oregon's Baez sets 10K meet record on Day 1 of Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
LOS ANGELES – OREGON’s Carmela Cardama Baez set a meet record in the 10,000 meters, ARIZONA STATE’s Alizee Minard and Carlan Naisant won the program’s first javelin titles and CALIFORNIA’s Camryn Rogers and USC’s Nathan Bultman each took home their second hammer crowns to highlight the first day at the 2021 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.
The WASHINGTON men scored 39 points on Friday to sit atop the standings after 3-of-21 events. ARIZONA, STANFORD and USC are tied for second with 14 points. Oregon, the 13-time defending champion is in seventh with seven points.
It’s closer on the women’s side after three events. The Sun Devils and Ducks are tied with 18 points apiece, Cal has 17, Colorado and Washington 15 and UCLA 14. The two-time defending champion and host Women of Troy are in 10th with three points.
The Championships continue on Saturday with the crowning of 10 more event champions in the men’s and women’s discus, men’s and women’s triple jump, men’s and women’s steeplechase, women’s high jump, men’s pole vault, decathlon and heptathlon.
MEN’S TEAM LEADERBOARD (3/21 events)
1. Washington - 39
2. Arizona – 14
Stanford – 14
USC – 14
5. Arizona State – 10
6. Colorado – 9
7. Oregon – 7
8. Washington State – 6
9. California – 3
10. UCLA – 1
WOMEN’S TEAM LEADERBOARD (3/21 events)
1. Arizona State – 18
Oregon – 18
3. California – 17
4. Colorado – 15
Washington – 15
6. UCLA – 14
7. Oregon State – 7
8. Stanford – 6
9. Arizona – 3
USC – 3
11. Washington State – 1
MEN’S HAMMER THROW – Nathan Bultman, USC (239-10/73.12)
Bultman went 239-10 on his final attempt in the hammer to win his second Conference title (2018), besting his previous PR (231-1) by nearly nine feet. Now eighth on the Pac-12’s all-time list, Bultman’s throw was the best mark for a Pac-12 champion since 1996, when Balazs Kiss won his final of four consecutive hammer crowns for USC with a mark of 254-1. ARIZONA’s Jordan Geist (235-6) finished second and fellow Wildcat Israel Oloyede (233-11) third. It’s the 15th men’s hammer championship for USC, the most all-time, and Bultman becomes the 12th two-time winner and first since Remington Conaster from USC in 2013 and 2014.
WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW – Camryn Rogers, California (236-11/72.22)
The NCAA leader demonstrated her dominance in winning her second consecutive hammer crown. Rogers defended her 2019 title with a throw of 236-11 on her second attempt, the second-best mark for a Conference champion all-time. Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen posted a meet-record 244-0 to win her third straight championship in 2018. Rogers, the sixth multiple-time women’s hammer winner, is one of two Golden Bears to ever win the event (Jennifer Joyce, 2002). UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson was second with a mark of 226-3 on her final attempt. Rogers and Wilson were first and second in the nation in the event coming in.
MEN’S JAVELIN – Carlan Naisant, Arizona State (226-6/69.04)
Arizona State entered the Championships without a men's or women's javelin title in program history and walked away with both on Friday. Naisant took home the first for the men with a throw of 226-6 on his final attempt. Washington’s Dalton Sugg was the leader at 220-9 on his second throw until Naisant heaved his winner. Suggs (8 points) was one of three Huskies to score along with Zachary Annanie (6 points) and Brady Gockel (4 points), as UW jumped to the top of the leaderboard with its 18-point javelin performance.
WOMEN’S JAVELIN - Alizee Minard, Arizona State (181-5/55.31)
The Sun Devil’s second javelin title in the span of a couple of hours came from Minard, who went 181-5 on her second attempt to break the facility record previously set by Florida's Marija Vucenovic in 2016 (177-4). It was the freshman’s second career javelin competition after throwing 174-7 at the Desert Heat Classic on May 1. Lauri Paredes (Oregon), Ilaria Casarotto (UCLA), Ida Eikeng (Washington) and Virginia Miller (Stanford), all in the top 25 in the country in the event, finished second through fifth.
MEN’S 10,000 METERS – Charles Hicks, Stanford (28:39.46)
In his first Pac-12 Championships appearance, the redshirt freshman Hicks took home his first title with a time of 28:39.46 in the 10,000 meters. He bested Colorado’s John Dressel (28:42.17), Washington’s Andrew Jordan (28:43.72) and Tibebu Proctor (28:49.34) and Cardinal teammate Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau (28:49.63) to post the fastest winning time at the Conference meet in eight years. Arizona’s Lawi Lalang ran 28:14.63 in 2013. It’s the 10th 10,000-meter win for Stanford all-time, and second in three events (Jack Keelan, 2018). The Cardinal joins Oregon (12) and Washington State (10) as the only programs with double-digit 10,000-meter champions.
WOMEN’S 10,000 METERS - Carmela Cardama Baez, Oregon (32:38.73)
Carmela Cardama Baez ran away from the competition to PR and become Oregon's first 10,000 winner since Alex Kosinski in 2012. The senior from Spain did it in meet-record time, besting the 33:10.84 from Stanford's Vanessa Fraser in 2018. The No. 2 time in UO history was also a Loker Stadium record, toppling a mark which had stood since 1982 (Jan Oehm, Arizona, 34:15.50).