Pac-12 Championships Begin for Women of Utah This Weekend
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team heads to the Pacific Northwest this weekend as Hayward Field plays host to the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May 13-15). Full coverage of the conference championship meet can be found on Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12.com or on the Pac-12 Now app.
PAC-12 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATE: Friday – Sunday, May 13-15
LOCATION: Hayward Field
MEET SCHEDULE: https://bit.ly/3M5enim
START LIST: https://bit.ly/3lbss1Q
LIVE RESULTS: https://bit.ly/3yyXl8n
TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks / Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now App
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: https://bit.ly/3N4Dn9B
CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL: https://bit.ly/3N3jGis
CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS
Heading into this weekend's action, the Pac-12 have seven teams ranked in the top-25 on the women's side in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls led by host Oregon at No. 9. Washington and Arizona State check in at No. 15 and No. 16, respectively, followed by #18 Stanford and #21 USC. Cal and Colorado bring up the rear sitting at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. Meanwhile, Utah checks in at No. 64 after a limited group competed at the Oregon Twilight.
As a team, several Utes rank in the top-10 compared to their peers in the Pac-12.
400m – #5 Josefine Eriksen
800m – #9 Simone Plourde
1500m – #8 Simone Plourde
5000m – #5 Cara Woolnough, #7 Emily Venters
10000m – #1 Emily Venters, #4 Bella Williams
400mH – #6 Skyler Blair
4x400m – #7
With the conference championships starting this week, the Utes currently have eight student-athletes that own qualifying times across six different events. Keelah Barger is barely sitting from the outside looking in the 5000m at No. 49 with a mark of 16:10.66. She will have an opportunity to improve upon that mark this weekend and move herself into the top-48.
To qualify for the NCAA West Regionals (May 25-28) held in Fayetteville, Ark., declared individuals must be in the top-48 – top-24 for relay teams – in the west region.
#23 – Josefine Eriksen – 52.94
#26 – Simone Plourde – 2:05.53
#28 – Josefine Eriksen – 2:05.56 (aa)
#37 – Brooke Manson – 2:05.94
#19 – Simone Plourde – 4:16.71
#39 – Sophie Ryan – 4:19.09
#9 – Cara Woolnough – 15:40.52
#11 – Emily Venters – 15:57.79
#49 – Keelah Barger – 16:10.66
#5 – Emily Venters – 33:07.74
#28 – Bella Williams – 33:59.39
#27 – Skyler Blair – 59.08
UTAH AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
In its 12th season as member of the Pac-12, Utah's best finish has been 10th. The Utes tied for 10th with California their first year and then finished in 10th once again in 2015. Utah's highest point total came in 2014 with 23 points.
The Women of Utah will also be in search of their first event victory in the Pac-12 Championships since joining the league. Oregon State, a charter member of the league, is the only other team in the league that has yet to win an event at the conference championship meet.
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