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Oregon sweeps Pac-12 Track & Field Championships for 10th time

May 15, 2022
Isaac Wasserman


EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men’s and women’s track & field teams completed their 10th sweep of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Hayward Field. It marked the 15th straight team title for the Duck men and the first since 2017 for the UO women. Oregon swept team titles for nine consecutive years from 2009-17.

The men totaled 161 points and had individual champions in the 100, 200, 800, javelin, long jump, triple jump and decathlon. The Ducks were powered by Micah Williams' double in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and combined with his second leg in the third-place 4x100-meter relay, he amassed a meet-best 21.5 points to earn Men's Athlete of the Meet accolades.

Washington, which had victors in the 400 hurdles, 1,500 and steeplechase, collected 105 points to finish as runners-up, the Huskies' best place at the Pac-12 meet since they were second in 2016. Tenth place a year ago, California moved up to No. 6 behind individual shot put and discus champions. On Sunday, freshman Mykolas Alekna bettered his own collegiate record in the discus with a throw of 225-6 on his fifth attempt.

The Oregon women won five events to finish with 167 points, the best at the conference meet since USC put up 170 in 2018. Kemba Nelson won Women's Athlete of the Meet honors after totaling 22.5 points with victories in the 100 and 200 and running the second leg of the Ducks' winning 4x100-meter relay.

Colorado won four of five women's distance titles, including Abby Nichols' rare 5K/10K double, as part of a school-record 102.5-point effort and program-best second-place finish. California scored a program-record 85 points to come in third, the Golden Bears' best place since 1995 (third). Oregon State totaled 32 points in finishing 10th, the Beavers' highest point total at the league meet since reinstating the program in 2005. 

MEN'S TEAM SCORES (21/21 events)
1. Oregon - 161
2. Washington - 105
3. USC - 101
4. Stanford - 89
5. Arizona State - 88
6. California - 85
7. UCLA - 68
8. Colorado - 61
9. Washington State - 34
10. Arizona - 27

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES (21/21 events)
1. Oregon - 167
2. Colorado - 102.5
3. California - 82
4. USC - 78
5. Washington - 68
6. UCLA - 66.5
7. Arizona - 60
8. Arizona State - 57
9. Stanford - 56
10. Oregon State - 32
11. Washington State - 29
12. Utah - 21

WOMEN’S 4X100-METER RELAY – Oregon (42.91)
Oregon nabbed the day’s first points on the track with a season-best 42.91 for the seventh women’s 4x100 conference title in program history and second in a row. Six of those seven championships have come since 2010.

MEN’S 4X100-METER RELAY – USC (38.60)
The Trojans ran a school-record 38.60 and the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season to win their record 18th overall 4x100-meter relay title and fifth in the past eight championships. USC was just one hundredth of a second off UCLA's meet record of 38.59 from 1988.

WOMEN’S 1,500 METERS – Micaela Degenero, Colorado (4:13.26)
Micaela Degenero joined Dani Jones (2017) as Colorado Pac-12 1,500m champions with a season-best 4:13.26. It's the third-fastest time ever run at the conference championships, trailing only Shelby Houlihan's (Arizona State) meet-record 4:11.06 from 2015 and Lena Nilsson's (UCLA) 4:13.21 from 2003.

MEN’S 1,500 METERS – Joe Waskom, Washington (3:40.33)
Joe Waskom ran a PR of 3:40.33 to become the third Husky man to win a Pac-12 title in the 1,500, joining Izaic Yorks (2015, 2016) and Bruce Stirling (1987). Waskom and teammate Luke Houser went 1-2 (3:40.44) for UW, while Colorado's Eduardo Herrera was third with a season-best 3:40.78.

WOMEN’S 100-METER HURDLES – Jasmine Jones, USC (12.92)
The fourth consecutive 100 hurdles champion from USC, Jasmine Jones ran 12.92 to give the Women of Troy their 13th overall title in the event, just one shy of UCLA's record 14. Washington State's Micaela De Mello dropped her school-record time for the third time this season to 13.03 in finishing second. Arizona's Talie Bonds was third in a personal-best 13.17.

MEN’S 110-METER HURDLES – Jamar Marshall Jr., Arizona State (13.39)
Defending champion Jamar Marshall Jr. won his second 110 hurdles title in a row with a PR of 13.39 to beat out USC's Omotade Ojora (13.53). The second-best time at the conference meet behind Aleec Harris’ (USC) record 13.35 in 2014, Marshall improved on his own school record. Marshall Jr. and Andrew Parker (1986, 1987) are the only ASU winners in the event all-time.

WOMEN’S 400 METERS – Jan'Taijah Ford, USC (51.22)
Jan'Taijah Ford
delivered USC its fifth consecutive 400 championship with a PR of 51.22. She is the fifth in program history to win the event along with Gervaise McCraw (1987), Kendall Ellis (2017, 2018), Kaelin Roberts (2019) and Kyra Constantine (2021). UCLA's Shae Anderson (51.43) and USC's Bailey Lear (51.76) used season bests to finish on the podium.

MEN’S 400 METERS – Johnnie Blockburger, USC (45.19)
A season-best 45.19 powered Johnnie Blockburger to his second consecutive 400 championship ahead of UCLA's Cameron Reynolds (45.47) and Ismail Turner (45.65). Blockburger's effort was the best winning time at the conference meet since USC's Michael Norman in 2018 (44.40), who was also the last to go back-to-back in the event.

WOMEN’S 100 METERS – Kemba Nelson, Oregon (11.05)
Following a three-year reign from USC's Twanisha Terry, Kemba Nelson brought the women's 100 crown back to Oregon with a season-best 11.05. Prior to Terry, the Ducks had won the event for eight consecutive seasons from 2010-17. Nelson's performance was the fastest wind-legal time at the Pac-12 championships since Deajah Stevens ran 11.05 in 2017.

MEN’S 100 METERS – Micah Williams, Oregon (9.93)
*Meet record*

Micah Williams ran a meet-record 9.93 in winning his first Pac-12 title, besting the 9.97s of Oregon's Cravon Gillespie (2019) and USC's Andre De Grasse (2015). Williams' time was a collegiate PR, is the fastest wind-legal time in the country, and moved him to No. 6 on the USTFCCCA's all-time outdoor collegiate list. From Portland, Williams qualified for last year's U.S. Olympic Trials and ran 9.91 in the final to take fifth place.

WOMEN’S 800 METERS – Carley Thomas, Washington (2:02.93)
A school-record 2:02.93 earned Carley Thomas the women's 800 title, the first of her career and the first in Washington program history. At last year's championships, Thomas was seventh in 2:07.65.

MEN’S 800 METERS – Elliott Cook, Oregon (1:48.81)
With a PR of 1:48.81, Elliott Cook became the first Duck to win the men's 800 since Elijah Greer in 2013 (1:49.48) and the seventh in program history along with Greer, Andrew Wheating (2008-10), Simon Kimata (2002), Dub Myers (1985), Joaquim Cruz (1983-84) and David Mack (1980-82).

WOMEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Shannon Meisberger, Arizona (56.43)
Shannon Meisberger's 56.43 was a season best and made her the first Wildcat winner in the event since Sage Watson in 2017. It was Arizona's fourth all-time 400 hurdles title (Watson; Georganne Moline - 2012; Michelle Johnson - 1996), which is the third-most in Pac-12 history.

MEN’S 400-METER HURDLES – Cass Elliott, Washington (50.80)
In an event that UW assistant coach Jeshua Anderson won four time for Washington State (2008-11), Cass Elliott became the first Husky to win the event since Shane Charles in 2006 (49.51) with his 50.80. Elliott and Charles are the only two in program history with titles in the 400 hurdles.

WOMEN’S 200 METERS – Kemba Nelson, Oregon (22.74)
Kemba Nelson won her third Pac-12 championship of the afternoon and second individual with a PR of 22.74. She's the first Duck winner since Makenzie Dunmore in 2018 (22.37w) and became the 15th in conference history to complete the 100/200 double. Others from UO to win 100 and 200 titles in the same meet include Amber Purvis (2010), English Gardner (2012), Jenna Prandini (2014), Hannah Cunliffe (2016) and Deajah Stevens (2017).

MEN’S 200 METERS – Micah Williams, Oregon (20.05)
Like Nelson, Micah Williams completed the 100/200 double with a PR of 20.05 in the 200, the fastest wind-legal time at the conference meet since USC's Andre De Grasse in 2015 (20.05). Williams edged out Stanford's Udodi Onwuzurike, who ran 20.09 to smash James Lofton's school record of 20.33 from 1978. He is the fifth Duck 200 champion, joining George Walcott (1983), Devon Allen (2016), Kyree King (2017) and Cravon Gillespie (2019). Williams and Onwuzurike are now Nos. 4 and 5 in the NCAA this season.

WOMEN’S 5,000 METERS – Abby Nichols, Colorado (15:47.92)
Abby Nichols backed up her 10K meet record from Friday with Colorado's fifth all-time 5K championship (Dani Jones - 2017, 2019; Kaitlyn Benner - 2016; Jessica Tebo - 2012). Nichols is the third woman to win 5K and 10K titles at the same Pac-12 championships, joining Oregon's Nicole Blood (2010) and Stephanie Wessell (1990).

MEN’S 5,000 METERS – Eduardo Herrera, Colorado (13:33.95)
The 2020 Pac-12 cross country champion, Eduardo Herrera collected his first conference track title by going 13:33.95 in the 5K to become the third Buff to win the event (Zach Perrin - 2017; Ben Saarel - 2018). With his victory, Herrera posted a time that trails only Henry Rono's 13:20.23 for WSU in 1978 and 13:32.8 in 1979, Robert Cheseret's 13:33.00 for Arizona in 2005 and Cole Hocker's 13:32.68 for Oregon last year among the conference’s 5,000-meter champions.

WOMEN’S 4X400-METER RELAY – UCLA (3:31.49)
UCLA's team of Catherine Leger, Kate Jendrezak, Makenzy Pierre-Webster and Shae Anderson won UCLA's first 4x400-meter relay title since 2010 with a time of 3:31.49.

MEN’S 4X400-METER RELAY – USC (3:03.39)
The Trojan team of Nicholas Ramey, Eric Allen Jr., Kasaun James and Johnnie Blockburger capped their day with the fastest time at the conference meet since USC went 3:03.38 in 2011.

WOMEN'S DISCUS – Jorinde van Klinken, Arizona State (199-8/60.87)
Jorinde van Klinken won her second title in as many days (shot put) and collected her second consecutive Pac-12 discus championship with a mark of 199-8 on her final throw. ASU's 12th discus crown moves the Sun Devils just one behind all-time leader UCLA (13). All of the Sun Devils' titles in the event have come since 2003. Cal's Jasmine Blair took second with a PR of 187-10, which is No. 2 in program history. Following Saturday's runner-up and school-record effort in the shot put, Oregon's Jaida Ross was third (182-0).

MEN'S DISCUS – Mykolas Alekna, California
*Collegiate record*

The nation's best in the discus, Mykolas Alekna bettered his collegiate record with a throw of 225-6 on his fifth attempt, breaking his 222-0 from just two weeks ago. He's the first Golden Bear to win the event since Ramon Jimenez-Gaona in 1992. The previous meet record of 214-7 belonged to UCLA's Julian Wruck (2013).

WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP – Talie Bonds, Arizona (5-9 ¼/1.76)
In her first Pac-12 championships, Talie Bonds won with a clearance at 5-9 ¼. The victory was Arizona's 13th overall Pac-12 women's high jump title, extending the Wildcats' league record.

MEN'S HIGH JUMP – Earnie Sears III, USC (7-1 ½/2.17)
Earnie Sears III
won his third Pac-12 title and first since 2019 by clearing 7-1 ½. He is just the third man to win three conference high jump championships, joining Arizona's Nick Ross (2011-12, 2014) and Oregon State's Dick Fosbury (1967-69).

WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP – Lexi Ellis, Oregon (42-11 ½/13.09)
Fourth at last years Pac-12 championships, Lexi Ellis went 42-11 ½ on her fourth attempt to win Oregon's fifth triple jump title in the past seven meets. Last year's champion, teammate Dominique Ruotolo was third with a mark of 42-9.

MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP – Emmanuel Ihemeje, Oregon (54-10/16.71)
Emmanuel Ihemeje
won Oregon's first triple jump championships since Todd Bleakney in 1994 with a leap of 54-10 on his sixth and final attempt. The mark is the best winning jump since 2003, when USC's Julien Kapek won his second of two consecutive titles by going 55 ¾.