Pepsi Invitational Draws Top Programs

Four teams and some select individuals will participate in the Pepsi Invitational at Hayward Field starting at 11:40 a.m. The event will feature two of the most storied programs in Track and Field, Oregon and USC with Kansas State and Washington also being represented in the competition.

On the men's side USC has as many team championships (26) as the next three teams combined and Oregon has won five championships.

The USC men slipped by Oregon last year at the Pac-10 championships with Washington, fourth.

USC was ninth at the NCAA meet a year ago after dominating the West Region championships.

Washington, Kansas State, Oregon and USC are the teams competing with a few select individuals also participating on Saturday in Eugene.

The USC women were third on the women's side and Oregon was fifth at the Pac-10 meet last year. The women of Troy showed their big meet ability by taking the West region championship and were second at the NCAA meet.

In the second year of Vin Lanana's tenure at Oregon the distance group has seen the addition of many of the top distance runners in the country. This last fall the men's cross country team was edged out for what would have been its first NCAA trophy in 10 years. Oregon's recent success has been led by their sprinters (men's), distance runners, pole-vaulters, multi-eventers, and javelin and hammer throwers.

On the men's side, losses due to graduation in the sprinter ranks have been replaced with quality performers and the number 3 recruiting class according to track and field news. After a few down years, the women's team has had some successful recent recruiting.

In 13 years at USC Ron Allice has won an NCAA outdoor championship with both the men and women and in the last 12 years his men's teams have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA meet nine times and women eight times. His teams have relied on sprinters, jumpers, throwers, and middle distance runners. Many of his top male sprinters have graduated and have been replaced by some of the top male high school sprinters in the country.

This year, the women's side had the top recruiting class according to Track and Field News.

Washington has improved steadily over the last few years under the tutelage of Greg Metcalf. He has returning for him the Women's NCAA champion at 1500 meters and the Men's NCAA champion at 800 and a very successful pole vault group over the last few years (two NCAA champions). In addition to successful middle distance runners and pole-vaulters, he has NCAA Cross Country teams and a developing group of throwers. This year the Washington men were seventh at the NCAA indoor meet and repeated as Mountain Pacific indoor champions over many of the Pac-10 schools and others.

Under Cliff Rovelto, the Kansas State women have finished in the top-3 at the Big 12 meet in nine of his 14 years. His men and women's teams have had very successful competitors in the High Jump, Triple Jump and multi-events.

Among the many successful athletes during his tenure have been Olympians – Austra Skujyte (Heptathlon) second, Sheila Burrell (Hep) Nathan Leeper (HJ), Jaime Nieto (HJ)fourth, Matt Hemingway (HJ), Steve Fritz (Decathlon). Last year he added national high school athlete of the year, Scott Sellers, the high school record holder in the high jump.

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