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    Pac-12 Track & Field

    When & Where

    May 4-5 / May 11-12, 2013
    Cromwell Field / Katherine B. Loker Stadium // Los Angeles, CA

    Watch on Pac-12 Networks
    Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. PT

    Pac-12 Track and Field Championships start Saturday

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    The 83rd annual men’s and 27th annual women’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championships are set to take place at Cromwell Track & Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the campus of USC beginning May 4 and 5 with the multi events and concluding May 11 and 12. As what fans have grown accustomed to, the Championships will feature some of the best track and field athletes in the nation, as well as in the world. Four men’s teams and a nation’s-best seven women’s teams are ranked. Three of the country’s top men’s marks in three different events belong to Pac-12 athletes, and nine of the top women’s marks were recorded by league athletes.

    In the team competition, Oregon won the men’s and women’s 2012 titles by large margins. It was UO’s sixth consecutive men’s title and the women’s fourth in a row. The Ducks appear to be fielding another strong contender on both sides, but will look to be challenged by the USC men. The women’s race is setting up to be an exciting one as three of the seven ranked teams are in the top 10 in the nation, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) coaches poll. But the UO women do not enter the meet as the highest-ranked Pac-12 team. That honor goes to Arizona.

    With the 2012 London Games in the rearview mirror, fans will be treated to world-class performances. USC’s Bryshon Nellum and Aaron Brown are likely to be crowd favorites. Nellum helped the U.S. win silver in the 4×400-meter relay, while Brown represented Canada. Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett, who will attempt to win her third-straight high jump title, was a silver medalist at the Olympics for the United States. UA teammate and shot putter Julie Labonte represented Canada in London, while UCLA’s Julian Wruck competed in the discus competition and is already on track to make the Australian Olympic team for 2016.

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    The 83rd annual men’s and 27th annual women’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championships are set to take place at Cromwell Track & Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the USC campus beginning May 4 and 5 with the multi events and concluding May 11 and 12. Here’s a look at the men’s competition by event:

    100 Meters: There will be heavy competition for the 100-meter title as four of the Conference’s top-five marks of the season have been recorded in just the last couple of weeks of the regular season, including two that are the top-10 fastest in the country. 2012 Pac-12 Champion Colorado’s Joe Morris ran a season-best 10.12 (converted from 10.09 because of altitude) in the final weekend of April, also one of the top-10 times in Pac-12 history. Meanwhile, USC’s Aaron Brown’s wind-aided 10.15 in early April still ranks as one of the top-seven marks in the country this season. Additionally, Arizona State’s Ryan Milus seems to be warming up as well, running a top-10 time late in the season.

    200 Meters: London Olympian Bryshon Nellum has made a remarkable comeback since off-the-field issues had him sidetracked with injuries that hampered a promising collegiate career after he was named a prep All-American. Battling back to reach the pinnacle of his sport and earning a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, he is one of only three collegians to run the 200 meter in under 20.50 this season, recording the fastest time in the country at 20.37. It will be another tight race, however, with Colorado’s Joe Morris and USC’s Aaron Brown contending for the title after also having recorded times that rank in the top seven in the country.

    400 Meters: USC’s Nellum figures to be leading the pack again, this time in the 400 meter. He brought home a silver medal from the London Olympics after running a leg on the U.S.’s 4×400-meter squad and was the Pac-12 Champion in the event last year. He currently ranks third in the country in the event and looks to be the favorite in this event as well. Looking to challenge for the top podium spot is Oregon’s Mike Berry, who ran a 45.64 during the NCAA indoor track & field championships, a time that would rank as one of the top-five outdoor times in the country. Meanwhile, Arizona’s Bernard Dickerson-Quinn is looking to burst on the scene at his first Pac-12 Championships, coming into the meet with the league’s third-fastest time this season.

    800 Meters: Oregon’s Elijah Greer is looking for a repeat win in the 800-meter after claiming the 2012 title. His 1:46.20 at the Oregon-Arkansas Dual on April 19 is the fastest time in the country, over a half second faster than the second-best time. However, he is capable of posting a sub-1:46.00 after running a 1:45.06 in 2011 for the fifth-best time in Pac-12 history. The next two fastest Pac-12 runners in the event are UO juniors Boru Guyota and Mac Fleet, who could be important point scorers for the Ducks, who are looking for a seventh-straight team title.

    1,500 Meters: The 2012 Pac-12 Champion in the 1,500 meter also returns as Arizona’s Lawi Lalang looks to collect more hardware. Lalang won the mile at the NCAA indoor track & field championships and also claims one of the top-10 times in the 1,500 meter in Pac-12 history. But this will be a deep field as seven of the top-20 marks in the country — and five of the top 10 — are by Pac-12 runners. Stanford’s Michael Atchoo (3:39.57, 2nd) and Oregon’s Fleet (3:40.21) ran times that rank in the top five in the country in late April.

    5,000 Meters: Arizona’s Lalang was the 2011 Pac-10 Champion in the 5,000, but was unable to defend his title in 2012 when Stanford’s Chris Derrick outran him to claim the crown. Lalang will be looking regain top honors, but will have a strong challenger in Oregon’s Parker Stinson, who goes into the weekend with the fifth-fastest time in the country. Duck teammate Jeramy Elkaim also has the ability to score points having run a time during the indoor campaign that would have ranked in the top-10 in the country among the outdoor performances this season.

    10,000 Meters: Oregon’s Stinson has recorded the second-fastest time in the country in the 10,000 meter, also the fastest time in the Pac-12 this year. Stanford’s Erik Olson and UCLA’s Dustin Fay will also vie for podium spots, having already recorded top-three times in the Conference.

    110-Meter Hurdles: Oregon’s Johnathan Cabral boasts the fastest 100-meter hurdle time after having run a wind-aided 13.33 in late March, which would have been the second-best time in Pac-12 history had it been legal. Looking to knock off the returning Pac-12 Champion is USC’s Alec Harris and California’s Ray Stewart, both of which have recorded some of the fastest times in the country this season.

    400-Meter Hurdles: USC’s Reggie Wyatt returns this season looking to capture a Pac-12 title after coming in second place at last year’s meet. He seems primed to claim top medal honors, having registered the second-fastest time in the country this season, and is one of only three hurdlers in the nation to have broken the 50-second mark. Arizona’s Clifton Leake and Washington State’s Dana Wells also look to earn podium spots.

    3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Cal’s Colin Jarvis claimed the 2012 Pac-12 title and returns to defend his crown. He will be challenged, however, by Colorado’s Aric VanHalen. VanHalen recorded the eighth-fastest time in the country and the fastest in the Pac-12 this season in late April. Also looking to vie for top honors is Washington freshman Aaron Nelson and Washington State’s Andrew Gonzales. The duo also have turned in solid times that rank in the top 26 in the country and top four in the league this year.

    4x100-Meter Relay: Arizona State swept the relays in 2012 and looks to contend for both titles again. Anchored by Ryan Milus, one of the top sprinters in the country, the Sun Devils recorded the fastest 4×100 meter in the Pac-12 and the seventh-fastest in the nation. UCLA looks to challenge ASU as one of only two squads to break 40 seconds in the event. The Bruins are just three years removed from winning back-to-back titles in the event in 2009 and 2010.

    4x400-Meter Relay: Either Arizona State and USC have won the 4×400-meter relay every year since 1999. The Sun Devils defeated the Trojans in last year’s Conference meet, snapping USC’s string of three-straight wins. ASU looks poised to make another run at the event title having recorded the fastest time in the Pac-12. Five other teams have posted faster times than USC this season: Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Washington State. But with London Olympian Bryshon Nellum as an option in the 4x400m, the Trojans have to be considered one of the top challengers.

    High Jump: Arizona’s Edgar Rivera-Morales is the front runner in the high jump. After a third-place showing at the 2012 Conference meet, he has posted strong marks this year, including a 2.28m/7-5.75 to rank third this season and tying for the seventh-best mark in Pac-12 history. Challengers could come by way of Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo, Arizona State’s Bryan McBride and Stanford’s Jules Sharpe.

    Pole Vault: The competition for the pole vault appears to be wide open. Leading the pack are UCLA’s Michael Woepse and Arizona State’s Derick Hinch. Both have recorded the Conference’s top marks during the indoor campaign. Woepse comes from a long line of pole vaulters. His father was a world-class pole vaulter who placed second at the Pan Am Games, and his siblings, Greg and Elizabeth, were pole vaulters for the Bruins, with Greg claiming the 2011 league crown. But the 2012 event champion could be competing for another title this year: Washington’s J.J. Juilfs has thrown for the sixth-best mark this season, but that came during the indoor season.

    Long Jump: Another defending champion returning this year is Washington State’s Stephan Scott-Ellis. Scott-Ellis posted the top mark in the Conference in the event during the indoor campaign. But Scott-Ellis’ challenger, Arizona State’s Chris Benard, also has posted impressive marks, as has Oregon’s Trevor Ferguson.

    Triple Jump: The league’s previous two triple jump champions likely will be in the field this season, with 2012 champion Chris Benard of Arizona State and 2011 champion Stephan Scott-Ellis of WASHINGTON STATE looking to battle it out in each of their final collegiate campaigns. However, a strong challenger in California’s Hammed Suleman looks to take their thunder after recording the second-best mark in the nation.

    Shot Put: Arizona State’s Jordan Clarke looks to become the first three-time champion in the shot put since 1995. He is a two-time NCAA champion in the event and has posted the best mark in the Pac-12 this season by a large margin. Though his best outdoor mark ranks 11th in the nation, his top indoor mark would have ranked No. 1 in the outdoor season. Also looking to score points in the event for the Sun Devils is freshman Joe Riccio, while UCLA’s Nicholas Scarvelis looks to collect significant points for the Bruins in the event.

    Discus: UCLA’s Julian Wruck is far and away the favorite in this event. His best mark in collegiate competition is nearly nine feet better than the next mark in the NCAA this season. His mark at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney in mid-April broke the all-time Pac-12 mark he had set and puts him one step closer to securing a spot on the Australian Olympic team. Looking to pull off the upset is 2012 champion and teammate Matthew Kosecki.

    Hammer Throw: Some of the top hammer throwers in the country will be converging at the Pac-12 Championships. Leading the deep field is defending champion UCLA’s Alec Faldermeyer, who has already posted the third-ranked mark in the country earlier this season. USC’s Remy Conaster, Arizona State’s Jordan Clarke and Oregon’s Greg Skipper all have posted distances that rank in the top 10 in the nation.

    Javelin: 2012 champion Sam Crouser of Oregon has been dominant this season, recording the fourth-best mark in the nation. Washington duo Joe Zimmerman and James Brookman have also achieved top-20 distances and look to score significant points for the Huskies.

    Decathlon: Another strong field will be competing in the first weekend of action as three of the nation’s top-10 decathletes take to the track. Defending champion Oregon’s Dakotah Keys is having a strong season, recording the sixth-most points in the country. But UCLA’s Marcus Nilsson and Dominic Giovannoni also have posted point totals that appear in the top 10. Nilsson finished second to Keys last year, while Giovannoni placed fifth.
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    The 83rd annual men’s and 27th annual women’s Pac-12 Track & Field Championships are set to take place at Cromwell Track & Field at Katherine B. Loker Stadium on the USC campus beginning May 4 and 5 with the multi events and concluding May 11 and 12. Here’s a look at the women’s competition by event:

    100 Meters: Oregon’s English Gardner is the sprinter to beat in 100-meter race. Not only is she the reigning two-time Pac-12 Champion, but she is also the 2012 NCAA champion in the event. She ran the fastest time in the world earlier this season, running an 11.00 on April 18, also the second-fastest time in Pac-12 history. She is the Pac-12 Championship meet record holder when she claimed the title in 2011 with a time of 11.03. Also looking to earn a spot on the podium in this event is Gardner’s freshman teammate Jenna Prandini and UCLA’s Kylie Price, who both have recorded the second- and third-fastest times in the Conference this season.

    200 Meters: 2012 Pac-12 Champion Oregon’s Phyllis Francis looks to defend her title and looks to be the one to beat again. She is the only Pac-12 athlete, and one of nine in the nation, to break the 23-second mark this season in the 200 meter. The next-closest competitors are teammate English Gardner and London Olympian Arizona’s Georgeanne Moline, who have posted top-30 times.

    400 Meters: The 400-meter race could come down to the final steps as Oregon’s Phyllis Francis and Arizona’s Moline achieved All-American status at the 2013 NCAA indoor track & field championships at the same distance. Francis edged Moline for fourth (52.01) and fifth (52.09) place, respectively, for the fastest times in the Pac-12. Those times are also faster than the current top time in the outdoor season so far. But challenging them will be UCLA’s Turquoise Thompson, whose time of 52.31 is the third-fastest in the nation, while Wildcat Shapri Romero has also recorded a top-five outdoor time in the 400 meter.

    800 Meters: The competition is deep in the 800-meter race, but Oregon’s Laura Roesler goes into the Pac-12 Championships as the favorite. Roesler is having another strong campaign as she looks to repeat as Pac-12 Champion. She ran a 2:01.75 earlier this season, the second-fastest time in the nation, as well as the fourth-best in Pac-12 history. But Stanford’s Justine Fedronic looks to be wrapping up a strong senior season as well. Her time of 2:03.93 is the sixth-fastest time in the nation, while Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan and Oregon’s Anne Kesselring have posted top-20 times.


    1,500 Meters: Among the field of competitors looking to challenge for a Pac-12 title in the 1500m are Colorado’s Emma Coburn and Oregon’s Jordan Hasay. Hasay has won the event at the league championships the last two years, just missing the meet record by .07. Coburn, a USA Olympian in the steeplechase, will be participating in her first Pac-12 Championships after taking last year off to prepare for the 2012 London Games. She briefly held the top time in the nation, but still ranks in the top five. Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan, Stanford’s Justine Fedronic, Utah’s Amanda Mergaert and Oregon’s Anne Kesselring all have posted fast times as well. It could be a race that comes down to the final stretch.

    5,000 Meters: Washington’s Megan Goethals has been performing solidly in her junior campaign. Her time at the Mt. SAC Relays not only ranks fourth in the nation, but is also one of the top-10 times in Pac-12 history. Teammate Christine Babcock looks to garner points for the Huskies as well. Oregon’s Jordan Hasay could be among the field. She is the 2011 champion in the event and will make a bid for a second title.

    10,000 Meters: Oregon’s Hasay appears to be peaking at the right time. In the last weekend of April, Hasay broke the all-time Pac-12 record and posted the second-best time in the country. Contenders in this event also include Washington’s Megan Goethals and Arizona’s Jennifer Bergman. Bergman was second in the event last year and will be looking to get over the hump to claim an individual crown.

    100-Meter Hurdles: Stanford’s Kori Carter won last year’s 100-meter-hurdles crown in an exciting finish, edging her teammate by .01 seconds to claim the individual title. Carter looks to be in position to defend her title, boasting one of the top-20 times in the nation this season. However, a strong challenger to take the title is UCLA’s Brea Buchanan, who is just one of six sprinters in the country this season to break 13 seconds in the event.

    400-Meter Hurdles: Pac-12 athletes own the top three times in the nation in 400-meter hurdles. Returning champion Arizona’s Georgeanne Moline had a career season in 2012, culminating by earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and advancing to the finals of the London Olympics. However, Stanford’s Kori Carter currently holds the top time in the Pac-12, also the top time in the nation. Both Carter and Moline are the only two collegians this season to break 55 seconds in the event. UCLA’s Turquoise Thompson will do what she can to knock off either of them as she posted the third-fastest time in the country this season.

    3,000-Meter Steeplechase: The favorite in the steeplechase would have to be Colorado’s Emma Coburn, who earned a spot on the U.S. team and competed at the 2012 Olympics. She recorded the fastest time in the world this season in late April, which was more than 22 seconds faster than the second-best collegiate time. Looking to pick up points for their teams are Washington’s Marie Lawrence and Washington State’s Caroline Austin, who both have times that rank in the top 11 in the country.

    4x100-Meter Relay: Relay squads from Oregon and USC have broken the 44-second mark, the only teams in the Pac-12 to do so. The Ducks boast some of the season’s top 100- and 200-meter sprinters, including English Gardner, who has recorded the fastest 100-meter time in the world this season. The Trojan relay squad also ranks in the top 10 in the nation.

    4x400-Meter Relay: Last year’s national champion 4×400-meter relay team from Oregon that set a NCAA meet record returns intact and will be competing for the league title. The Ducks have gone on to post the fastest time in the nation this year. Arizona is the defending Pac-12 Champion and also brings with it a talented group, including Shapri Romero and Georgeanne Moline, that has recorded one of the top times in the nation this season.

    High Jump: The hands-down favorite in the high jump is Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett. She owns the collegiate record in the event, which she set when she won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. A two-time NCAA champion in the high jump, she will attempt to become the first three-time league champion in the event since 2003. Looking to score points is Oregon State’s Sara Almen, who has posted the second-highest mark in the Pac-12.

    Pole Vault: UCLA’s Allison Koressel is closing out a senior campaign looking for her first Pac-12 title. She has recorded a jump that is over a foot higher than the next-closest distance by a league athlete, and is ranked eighth in the nation. Arizona State’s Shaylah Simpson also has posted a solid indoor mark that would rank in the top 15 among outdoor marks in the country. Bruins teammate Natasha Kolbo also will look to score points for her squad, as will Washington’s Logan Miller, who placed second at last year’s championships.

    Long Jump: With three of the top five marks in the country owned by Pac-12 athletes, the long jump competition at the league meet looks to be one of the best in the country. Heading the field is Arizona State’s Christabel Nettey, who has posted the top mark in the nation. UCLA’s Kylie Price and California’s Malaina Payton have also posted top-five marks, and all three marks have come in the last few weeks of the regular season. Also in the mix is ASU’s Constance Ezugha, who is the defending champion in the event.

    Triple Jump: USC has a strong core in this event, with three of the Conference’s top-five marks this season coming from Trojans. Alitta Boyd has posted the eighth-best mark in the country and placed fourth at last year’s championships. Teammate Melia Cox was 10th at the league meet as a freshman and this year has a mark that is ranked 10th, nationally. California’s Amanda Hunter and Stanford’s Jordan Merback also figure to be in the mix at the Pac-12 Championships as well.

    Shot Put: Arizona’s Julie Labonte returns to compete this season after participating at the 2012 Olympic Games as a member of Team Canada. Labonte won back-to-back Pac-12 titles in the shot put in 2010 and 2011, and is looking for a third to cap her final campaign. She is the favorite entering the competition, posting the third-best mark in the country. Teammate Alyssa Hasslen placed second last year and could score big points for the Wildcats again. Her season-high mark this year is in the top eight in the country. Not to be overshadowed is Arizona State’s Anna Jelmini. Jelmini is the defending champion in the event and also has one of the top-15 marks in the country this season.

    Discus: Arizona State’s Jelmini is back to defend her discus title, as well. In what could be considered her best event, she has recorded the top throw in the nation, which also ranks in the top five all-time best performances in Pac-12 history. Jelmini has more than five feet on the second-best mark in the country and nearly 13 feet on the second-best in the Pac-12. It appears that, again, this is her event to lose. Arizona has posted four of the top seven marks in the league. Those points could prove crucial in the team title hunt.

    Hammer Throw: Another nationally competitive event will be featured in the hammer competition. Arizona State’s Chelsea Cassulo boasts the top mark in the nation, but two more throwers who rank in the top six in the country will make the competition one to watch. USC’s Jenny Ozorai was the runner-up in the event last year and appears to be a strong contender again this year. Meanwhile, UCLA’s Ida Storm was third in last year’s competition. Both are ranked in the top six, with Storm ranking third and Ozorai ranking sixth.

    Javelin: Stanford’s Brianna Bain looks to be on pace to repeat in the javelin. Last year, she threw one of the top marks in Pac-12 history to claim the title. This season, she already has thrown for the top distance in the nation. She is the only javelin thrower in the league to surpass the 170-foot mark, with her best showing landing well over 180 feet. Washington State’s Anna Adamko and Oregon’s Liz Brenner, a three-sport athlete, including an All-American volleyball player, look to figure in the team scoring in the event.

    Heptathlon: Arizona State’s Keia Pinnick is vying for the Pac-12 crown in the heptathlon. Last year, she finished second behind a record-breaking performance from Oregon’s Brianne Theisen, who went on to represent Canada at the London Olympics. This year, however, Pinnick comes into the league competition with the top score in the Conference, which also ranks third in the nation. Challenging her will be UCLA’s Tatum Souza and Colorado’s Brianne Beemer during the first weekend of competition.

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