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Colorado's Nichols sets 10K meet record on Day 1 of Pac-12 Track & Field Championships

May 13, 2022
Isaac Wasserman


EUGENE, Ore. - Colorado's Abby Nichols set a meet record in the 10,000 meters and California's Camryn Rogers (hammer), Stanford's Charles Hicks (10K) and Washington's Makenna Barton (pole vault) defended their Pac-12 crowns to highlight the first day at the 2022 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.

The 14-time defending champion Oregon men scored 28 points on Friday, including 22 in the javelin, to sit atop the standings after 3-of-21 events. Stanford is close behind with 27 points and Washington is third with 20.

After four event on the women's side, Washington leads the way with 32 points, collecting 21 in the pole vault and 11 in the 10,000. California scored 21 of its 26 points in the hammer to end the day in second and third-place Colorado collected all 20 of its points in the 10,000.

The championships continue on Saturday with the crowning of nine more event champions in the men's hammer, men's and women's long jump, men's and women's shot put, men's and women's steeplechase, decathlon and heptathlon.


1. Oregon – 28
2. Stanford – 27
3. Washington – 20
4. Colorado – 11
5. Washington State – 10
6. UCLA – 8
7. Arizona – 7
8. California – 5
9. Arizona State – 1


1. Washington – 32
2. California – 26
3. Colorado – 20
4. Arizona State – 17
5. Oregon – 14
6. Stanford – 13
7. Washington State – 12
8. UCLA – 11
9. Oregon State – 6
10. USC – 4
11. Arizona – 1

WOMEN'S HAMMER THROW - Camryn Rogers, California (241-10/73.71)
The NCAA record holder, Camryn Rogers won her third consecutive conference title with a throw of 241-10 on her third attempt, the second-best mark for a Conference champion all-time. Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, the only other three-time conference champion in the event, posted a meet-record 244-0 to win her third straight championship in 2018. Rogers' performance led a 1-2-6 effort for the Golden Bears. Anna Purchase was second with a championships best 226-1 and Rebecca Tomann was sixth with a PR of 199-5. ASU went 3-4 with Shelby Moran (217-5) and Beatrice Llano (214-6), while USC's Joy McArthur was fifth 209-7 to finish in scoring position for the fourth time in her career.

WOMEN'S JAVELIN - Virginia Miller, Stanford (178-6/54.42)
Virginia Miller gave the Cardinal its ninth Pac-12 women's javelin title in 10 seasons by going 178-6 on her second attempt to win her first Pac-12 title. Valentina Barrios Bornacelli (Washington State), Kohana Nakato (Oregon), Lauren McFall (UCLA) and Cerah Moren (Arizona State), finished second through fifth. Oregon State had three scorers in sixth through eighth finishers Isabelle Esler (148-4), Jordynn Slater (144-5) and Ella Knott (141-10).

MEN'S JAVELIN - Ty Hampton, Oregon (242-4/73.86)
Ty Hampton
became Oregon's first men's javelin champion since 2016 (Cody Danielson) when he unleashed a throw of 242-4 on his second attempt. The title was the Ducks' record 13th in the event since the implement switch (1986) and Hampton led a quartet of UO scorers in Eric Lyon (third; 217-6), Dalton Rasmussen (fifth; 213-9) and Asher Krauel (seventh; 204-7), as the Ducks collected 22 points in the event. Washington's Roan Allen was second in his first Pac-12 meet (223-5).

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT - Makenna Barton, Washington (13-2.5/4.03)
The reigning Pac-12 champion, Makenna Barton defended her 2021 title by clearing 13-2.5, just ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Ashleigh Helms (12-10.75). The first repeat winner since fellow Husky Elizabeth Quick in 2016 and 2017, Barton is the fifth two-time champion in conference history. UW's 1-2 finish was also a first at the league meet since Quick won in 2017 with Husky Kristina Owsinski in second.

MEN'S POLE VAULT - Jacob Englar, Washington State (16-9.25/5.11)
Just the fourth men's pole vault champion from Washington State, Jacob Englar cleared 16-9.25 to best Tate Curran of UCLA and Max Manson of Stanford (16-5.25). Englar joins Sander Moldau (2018), Christos Pallakis (1995) and Bill Self (1964) as Cougars to win the event.

WOMEN'S 10,000 METERS - Abby Nichols, Colorado (32:27.25)
*Championships record*

The 2021 Pac-12 women's cross country champion, Abby Nichols won her first Pac-12 track & field title with a PR and meet record 32:27.25 in the 10,000. The three finishers behind Nichols also bested the previous meet record set just last year by Oregon's Carmela Cardama Baez (32:38.72). UO's Alessia Zarbo ran 32:28.57, Colorado's Emily Covert 32:30.82 and Washington's Haley Herberg 32:34.67. Nichols' PR in her first 10K of the season also set a CU program record and places her at No. 6 on the Pac-12's all-time top-10. After only her first collegiate 10K, Zarbo is now the No. 7 performer in league history.

MEN'S 10,000 METERS - Charles Hicks, Stanford (28:11.17)
Last year's champion at 10,000 meters, Charles Hicks defended his title by winning in 28:11.17, the fastest time at the conference championships since WSU's Henry Rono ran a meet-record 27:46.55 in 1978. Stanford's first back-to-back 10K winner in program history, Hicks is the first to repeat as Pac-12 champion since Oregon's Edward Cheserek in 2016 and 2017. It’s the 11th 10,000-meter win for Stanford all-time, and third in four events. The Cardinal's 11 10,000-meter champions are second to Oregon's 12.