Pac-10 First Day

It was business as usual for Ron Allice's USC Trojans in the men's race. USC will score a large number of points on Sunday. Saturday's one-two finish by national leader Noah Bryant (20.29m 66-7) and William Denbo added two points to the Trojans form chart expectations. Big points will be counted on today in the sprints, middle distances and throws.

Vin Lanana's Ducks had a great day with the re-emergence of Tommy Skipper in the pole vault (5.45m 17-10, #2 collegiately) and the big points scored in the 10,000 meters. Galen Rupp won after putting in a surge with 1600 meters to go. He ran 2:06 for 800 meters and then eased into the finish line at 29:07.84. Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott almost got second at 29:11.66, Scott Wall was sixth and Kenny Klotz was eighth.

Aaron Aguayo debuted in the steeple this season with his fourth straight steeple title (8:36.42) and held off the 15-second personal record by Kevin Davis of Cal, 8:40.52. Chris Winter of Oregon pr'd in fourth at 8:51.62. Matt Turner of ASU knocked off defending champ Norris Frederick in the long jump with a new pr 7.84m 25-8 ¾.

The best event was the Discus. Six of the nation's top nine collegiate Discus Throwers were in this championship and the competition was fierce. Greg Garza of UCLA took the lead in the first round at 60.32 meters but was passed in the second round by Michael Robertson of Stanford. The lead changed two more times until Greg Garza won the competition in the sixth round with a pr and collegiate leading throw of 63.69m, 208-11.

All of the Ducks that were expected to make the finals did do that and JK Withers was added in the 1500 meters and Andrew Wheating ran well enough to qualify in the 800.

The form chart changed significantly for ASU. Without Domenik Peterson's win in the 200, second in the 400 and points helping the 4x100 and 4x400 will cost them 21 points and a shot at winning the conference. USC added two points in the Shot Put that were taken from ASU. ASU added two points in the long jump to recover that loss. Oregon added a point in the 10,000 meters and four in the pole vault. Expected team scores are USC 137, Oregon 112, and ASU 107.

Greg Kraft's lady Sun Devils will probably not dominate this competition but this will probably get their second win in a row. Sarah Stevens won the Shot Put (17.91 57-9 ½) and Discus and is now the collegiate leader in both events. Her teammate Jessica Pressley got valuable second place points in the Shot Put. Stevens had to throw a personal best (pr) to win the Discus (57.73 189-5). She knocked off collegiate leader Kelechi Anyanwu of Cal (third) and ex-Gresham High product Emily Strot of Cal. Lucy Cridland of Oregon picked up a point and a pr 49.46m 162-3. Rhonda Watkins of UCLA won the high jump (6-0 ½) and long jump (21-8 ¾ w 2.1 m/s).

In the steeplechase, the fall at the last water jump by Corey Randall of ASU cost the team four points (and nine on the form chart) because she dropped from first to third and Sara Trane ran a school for Washington State (10:19.89). Amy Hastings of ASU reluctantly led for 22 of the 25 laps of the 10,000 meters. Teresa McWalters of Stanford sat on Hastings shoulder as Hastings increased her pace from laps six through 14 and when she and McWalters had separated themselves from the rest of the entrants she settled into a good pace (80 to 83). McWalters stayed on her during the increase in pace and took off with three laps to win in a time (35:10.62) that showed how little anyone wanted to push the pace. It was cold and slightly windy when the race was run. ASU did not lose any points on the form chart.

USC's Carol Rodriguez and Jessica Onyepunuka may go first and second in the 100 and 200. There are many stories just as interesting as the team race in this competition. Unfortunately one of the most anticipated competitions was the 800 meters until Rebecca Noble had to pull out due to a strained hamstring. Sarah Stevens has won the Shot put and Discus and still has the Hammer Throw to go. Candice Davis of USC and Ashley Lodree of Washington will have a tough battle in the 100 hurdles and Arianna Lambie of Stanford may attempt the tough of double of 1500 and 5000 and face Amy Hastings in the latter.

For Oregon there were some pleasant surprises but a big disappointment that Rebecca Noble can't run due to a hamstring injury. Keshia Baker won her heat of the 400 and Irie Searcy qualified with a one second pr (55.14) in her heat. In the 800 Zoe Buckman stayed right behind Alysia Johnson of Cal in her heat and may improve her pre-meet ranking in the final. Updated points put ASU as still the winner with 143 points ahead of UCLA with 133 (McKenzie Hill is out) and Stanford with 132.

Live action at the meet can be found on the track forum at Track Ducks

Live results can be found at http://www.sml1.com/recordtiming/stanford/2007pac10/

Women's form chart is at Pac-10 Women

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