Pac-10 Track & Field Dope Sheet

Fans and athletes from up and down the West Coast converge on The Farm this weekend for the 2007 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships. To help you prepare for the packed competition on Saturday and Sunday at Cobb Track and Angell Field, we offer the events and athletes to watch with predictions of top finishers for the men and women. Who are the Olympians-to-be? Where is Stanford strong? Read on.

On Saturday the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships continue at Stanford, after the completion last weekend of the Decathlon and Heptathlon.  Saturday starts at Noon with the first field event, and the first track event at 2:00pm.  The meet concludes with the two 10K's, women then men, at 6:10pm and 6:55pm.  On Sunday the first field event is at 10:00am and the first track event at Noon.  The meet concludes at 4:00pm.

I'll list the first three placers as I see it or guess it.  With the lack of dual meets, etc, this is hard to do without seeing everyone perform.  Then I'll list my guess at Stanford placers.  With each, I'll have their best 2007 mark.  Scoring is: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1

MEN

100m:
1. Rashad, USC 10.33
2. Alexander, Ore 10.40
3. Glass, ASU 10.54
6. Osaisai, Stan 10.57

Wopamo Osaisai hasn't run in a month, so we'll see.  Rashad is just a frosh and ran his best just two weeks ago.

200m:
1. Love, ASU 20.73
2. Peterson, ASU 20.70
3. Rashad, USC 20.89

This could be Peterson's fifth race of the weekend, same with Rashad and Love.  However Peterson will double in the 400, while the other two in the 100.

400m:
1. Larry, USC 45.41
2. Peterson, ASU 45.99
3. Harcourt, Wash 46.43

Larry is the class of the conference.  If no wind, he could approach 45.0.

800m:
1. Solomon, USC 1:47.19
2. Brown, Wash 1:48.40
3. Asafo-Agyei, USC 1:48.71
4. Brown, Stan 1:49.23
6. Garcia, Stan 1:49.22

Solomon is an Olympic contender.  Then the kickers come.  Russell Brown of Stanford is the favorite in the 1500, which is run before the 800.  He may or may not run this event.

1500m:
1. Brown, Stan 3:41.51
2. Torrance, Cal 3:40.42
3. Heath, Stan 3:43.01

Three sub four-minute milers, and they could have teammate help - Lauren Jesperson of Stanford could make the final, and I have Matusak and Coe of Cal seventh and eighth.  Also Davis of Cal could be in the final.

5K:
1. Rupp, Ore 13:30.49
2. Aguayo, ASU 13:37.71
3. Mutanya, Ariz 13:42.16
5. Araia, Stan 14:19.14
6. Gomez, Stan 13:55.09

Rupp is another strong, very strong Olympic contender and he plans to double.  Neftalem Araia is a long shot.  He hasn't run in two months, but if completely healthy would be running with Rupp.

10K:
1. Rupp, Ore 27:33.48
2. Gotcher, Stan 28:51.65
3. Kiptoo-Biwott, Wash 28:57.02

Rupp is the highlight here, in a mediocre field.

110m High Hurdles:
1. Craddock, UCLA 13.76
2. Taylor, USC 13.71
3. Kelley, USC 13.76
7. Bradley, Stan 14.09

Going to be a tremendous battle among the top three.  Just like the USC-UCLA Dual Meet.

400m Intermediate Hurdles:
1. Johnson, UCLA 50.23
2. Kelley, USC 50.76
3. Profit, ASU 51.49

No wind could equal a sub 50.

Steeplechase:
1. Alcorn, ASU 8:41.45
2. Pierce, Stan
3. Ludwig, Ariz 9:00.03
7. Mocko, Stan 8:59.85

Jonathan Pierce has been out, but he's a great talent if he's able to go.

4x100m Relay:
1. ASU 39.61
2. USC 40.37
3. Ariz 39.78
9. Stan 41.35

4x400m Relay:
1. USC 3:05.88
2. ASU 3:09.70
3. UCLA 3:09.74
8. Stan 3:13.87

High Jump:
1. Ed Wright, Cal 7-3
2. Mat Turner, ASU 7-3
3. Norris Frederick, Wash 7-2 ¼
6. Josh Hustedt, Stan 6-9

LJ/HJers Turner and Frederick will challenge Wright.

Pole Vault:
1. Roth, Wash 18-1 ¾
2. Byers, WSU 18-0 ½
3. Hoste, Stan 17-9

18-footer Skipper from Oregon is out.  Roth the frosh from Granite Bay is the leader.  Graeme Hoste has developed consistency.

Long Jump:
1. Frederick, Wash 25-10
2. Turner, ASU 25-6 ¾
3. Munabi, Stan 24-0 ¼
4. Hustedt, Stan 24-4

Could be a showcase for Stanford, with two guys climbing towards 25 feet.

Triple Jump:
1. Marshall, Ariz 51-8 ½
2. Johnson, UCLA 51-3 ¾
3. Okanlami, Stan 49-10
4. Sherman, Stan 50-0
8. Munabi, Stan 49-5 ¾

Home pit, great jumps coach - will our jumpers explode?

Shot Put:
1. Whiting, ASU 66-9 ¼
2. Bryant, USC 67-5 ½
3. Caulfield, UCLA 63-1 ½

Super frosh Whiting against the senior vet Bryant.

Discus:
1. Robertson, Stan 205-2
2. Israel, Wash 208-9
3. Kuehl, Ariz 205-2
6. Schaerer, Stan 196-6

Michael Robertson won the NCAA two years ago; out last year.  He's in a battle.

Hammer:
1. Midles, USC 228-3
2. Kocsor, UCLA 217-2
3. Richotte, Ore 218-8
8. Davis-Hammerquist, Stan 196-7

Javelin:
1. Brandel, Ore 238-0
2. Roth, ASU 226-1
3. Jefferys, WSU 221-10

Final Score:
1. ASU 131
2. USC 113
3. Stanford 104
4. UCLA 99
5. Oregon 95
6. Wash 92
7. Arizona 86
8. WSU 50
9. Cal 47


WOMEN

100m:
1. Rodriguez, USC 11.24
2. Onyepunuka, USC 11.31
3. Davis, Stan 11.60
8. Matthew, Stan 11.74

Janice Davis is just rounding into form, and if Stanford's Jakki Bailey can compete, she's a top three candidate.

200m:
1. Rodriguez, USC 23.06
2. Onyepunuka, USC 23.43
3. Davis, Stan 23.69

Nine sub 24-second runners makes this wide open after Rodriguez.

400m:
1. Leach, UCLA 51.90
2. Wallace, ASU 51.97
3. Hasson, USC 53.25

Leach is another Olympic contender, although more so in the IH.

800m:
1. Johnson, Cal 2:01.48
2. Noble, Ore 2:03.22
3. Pierce, Cal 2:04.78
5. Freeman, Stan 2:07.14
8. Follmar, Stan 2:09.08

This could be the race of the day, men or women.  Noble won the NCAA as a frosh last year.  Johnson is the favorite this year.  Johnson goes out fast, and Noble has an awesome kick.

1500m:
1. Lambie, Stan 4:15.75
2. Noble, Ore 4:17.43
3. Lia, Wash 4:17.49
5. Centrowitz, Stan 4:22.06

Another awesome race with Arianna Lambie going out fast and the great kickers, Noble and Lia.

5K:
1. Hastings, ASU 15:30.17
2. Lambie, Stan 15:31.34
3. McWalters, Stan 16:08.09
6. Trotter, A, Stan 16:45.14
7. Trotter, K, Stan 16:41.70

Hastings is the class and will double in the 10K.  The Trotters haven't run a fast race yet this year, but with Teresa McWalters and Arianna Lambie they led Stanford to the NCAA Cross Country Championship.

10K:
1. Hastings, ASU 32:30.27
2. Sammons, Ore 33:54.55
3. Niehaus, Stan

After Hastings, this race is anyone's guess.  This distance is seldom run by college athletes unless they are outstanding like Hastings, or in the league and NCAA meets.

100m High Hurdles:
1. Davis, USC 12.91
2. Lodree, Wash 13.06
3. Pickler, D, WSU 13.28

400m Intermediate Hurdles:
1. Leach, USC 55.60
2. Wallace, ASU 56.75
3. Clarke, USC 57.78

Leach is the class of the field.

Steeplechase:
1. Allen, Stan 10:21.85
2. Randall, ASU 10:26.51
3. Masinelli, ASU 10:30.46
4. Harrington, Stan 10:34.83

Lindsay Allen became the Pac 10 leader in her first race of the season just 2 weeks ago.  Not a great field, so upsets could occur.

4x100m Relay:
1. USC 43.61
2. UCLA 44.98
3. Arizona 45.02
6. Stanford 45.58

USC is the big favorite.  Stanford could challenge for second if healthy.

4x400m Relay:
1. ASU 3:34.42
2. Cal 3:35.46
3. USC 3:35.06
6. Stanford 3:39.00

High Jump:
1. McPherson, Cal 6-0
2. Creary, UCLA 6-0 ½
3. Day, Ariz 5-10 ¾
6. Stewart, Stan 5-10
7. Gannaway, Stan 5-8 ¾

Day and McPherson are both due for big jumps.  It would be ironic if Lauren Stewart, who no-heighted last week, placed.

Pole Vault:
1. Kubishta, ASU 14-1 ½
2. Kantola, UCLA 13-10
3. Duclos, Ariz 13-9 ¼
8. Hewitt, Stan 12-6

Long Jump:
1. Watkins, UCLA 22-0 ¼
2. McLain, Stan 20-7
3. Woods, USC 20-8
7. Matthew, Stan 20-6 ½

Watkins is the class of the field, but Erica McLain is just getting healthy.

Triple Jump:
1. McLain, Stan 45-7 ¾
2. Strickland, Cal 43-3 ¼
3. Williams, UCLA 43-10 ¾

A preclude for an NCAA win for Erica McLain?

Shot Put:
1. Stevens, ASU 60-4 ½
2. Pressley, ASU 59-7
3. Warren, UCLA 53-4 ¼
7. Yunghams, Stan 50-4 ¾

The ASU duo is dynamic.  Both are Olympic contenders.

Discus:
1. Anyanwu, Cal 185-11
2. Stevens, ASU 185-0
3. Pressley, ASU 179-5

Hammer:
1. Henry, Ore 218-2
2. Orban, USC 219-9
3. Johnson, Cal 211-5

Javelin:
1. Yurkovich, Ore 189-11
2. McCrea, Ore 166-8
3. Maier, Stan 160-5

Yurkovich is America's best, and only a sophomore.

Final Score:
1. ASU 151
2. UCLA 129
3. USC 127
4. Stanford 111
5. Cal 76
6. Oregon 73
7. Arizona 59
8. WSU 55
9. Washington 35


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