Pac-12 Championship Central
The Ducks will once again look to defend their conference titles at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships in Pullman, Wash., this weekend, as Oregon has swept the conference meet the past five years. Events will begin at noon, Saturday and 11 a.m., Sunday.
Both the men’s and women’s teams enter the meet with points under their belts, thanks to the combined events. The men’s team earned 21 points with three decathletes scoring, while the women took three points thanks to heptathlete Daphne Chambers.
The meet will be tape delayed on the Pac-12 Networks, with the first showings scheduled for Sunday, May 25 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fans can follow along with live stats HERE.
The men’s team moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the USTFCCCA rankings, following suit after the women’s team did the same a week prior.
Leading the Pac:
The women enter as five-time defending champions, starting their streak in 2009 while the men are seven-time defending champions, starting theirs in 2007. The men’s streak is the longest in Pac-12 Championships history. The women’s streak is second longest, behind UCLA, which won eight times from 1997-2004.
Individual Top 10:
The men’s team has eight athletes in the NCAA top 10 this season, led by Mac Fleet who ran the third-fastest 1,500 time at the Oregon Twilight last week. Dakotah Keys is also ranked third in the decathlon, while javelin thrower Sam Crouser and 5,000-meter runner Trevor Dunbar are each ranked fourth. Others in the top 10 include Mike Berry (5th - 400), Greg Skipper (6th – hammer), Tanguy Pepiot (7th – steeplechase) and Dunbar (8th – 1500).
The women’s team has quality and depth at 800 meters with the trio of Roesler (first), Murphy (third) and Leblanc (ninth). Both relays are among the nation’s elite with the 4x100 team ranked second and the 4x400 ranked fourth. A member of that 4x100 team, Jenna Prandini, is ranked third in the 100. Phyllis Francis has top 10 marks in both the 400 (third) and 200 (sixth) while Lauren Crockett is sixth in the high jump. Megan Patrignelli jumped into the top-10 of the steeplechase last week at the Payton Jordan with the eighth-fastest time this season.
The Pac Goes to Pullman:
The Pac-12 Championships will be hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash., May 17-18. Ticket information is as follows and can be purchased online HERE.
Youth (2-17) $8
Senior (60 + up) $8
Youth (2-17) $5
Senior (60 + up) $5
Groups of 20 or more - $3 each
Heat sheets will be available for fans to purchase at the Ticket booth at Mooberry Track for $1 each day.
Pac-12 Multis Championships:
Dakotah Keys won his third-straight Pac-12 decathlon championship last week to help Oregon take an early lead in the team race. Keys used a late surge in the final three events to surpass Viktor Fajoyomi of USC. UO freshman Mitch Modin finished third and sophomore Alec Fellows took fourth to give the Ducks another 11 points.
Springfield, Ore., native Daphne Chambers finished sixth in the heptathlon to give the Ducks three points after the first weekend.
Trio Going for Three:
Three Ducks already have two individual Pac-12 Championships under their belt and will be looking for a third this weekend. Phyllis Francis (400), Laura Roesler (800) and Sam Crouser (javelin) each won in 2012 and 2013.
Top Pac-12 Marks:
Coming into the weekend, Oregon has five men and six women who lead the Pac-12 in their events. On the men’s side, the Pac-12 leaders consist of Mike Berry (400), Mac Fleet (1,500), Trevor Dunbar (5,000), Tanguy Pepiot (steeplechase) and Sam Crouser (javelin). The women’s leaders are Jenna Prandini (100), Phyllis Francis (400), Laura Roesler (800), Lauren Crockett (high jump), Jasmine Todd (long jump) and Sasha Wallace (triple jump).
Last Year at the Pac-12 Meet:
At the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, the Men of Oregon scored 149.5 points and won by a 41.5-point margin over USC. The women’s race was closer, with Oregon scoring 139 points and winning by 16 points over Arizona.
Cheserek, Roesler Named National Athlete of the Week:
Edward Cheserek was crowned as the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, April 28 after being named the Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet. The freshman was a part of winning DMR and 4xMile teams, running mile splits of 3:57.98 and 3:56.4, respectively.
Senior Laura Roesler was named the National Athlete of the Week, April 21, picking up the award for the second time this season after previously being named during the indoor season, Jan. 27.
Flock of Ducks Named Pac-12 Athlete of the Week:
The Pac-12 has named an Oregon competitor the conference athlete of the week in four of the last five weeks. Most recently Edward Cheserek earned the honor, being named on April 29.
Jenna Prandini has been named twice, once after setting a world-leading mark at the San Diego Invitational (April 1) and another after winning the 100 and 4x100 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 8).
Laura Roesler won her award after taking the 800 title at the Pepsi Dual.
Seniors Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis were included in the latest edition of The Bowerman Women’s Watchlist while Edward Cheserek appears on The Bowerman Men’s Watchlist.