Women's Pac-10 Track and Field Title Preview

The Stanford women are ranked eighth in the NCAA, but there are three Pac 10 teams ahead of them as the Track & Field Championships begin Friday. Bob Kinder looks ahead to how the women will fare this weekend.

Predicted Final Women's Standings:
1. ASU 174
2. USC 135
3. Stanford 116
4. UCLA 94
5. Oregon 93
6. Cal 74
7. WSU 51
8. Arizona 47
9. Washington 30
10. Oregon State 3

100: The best sprinter in the Pac-10 is USC's Carol Rodriquez, who would also be favored in the 400 if she entered. Stanford's Sarah Matthew is the seventh-fastest. Rodriquez over Jessica Onyepunuka of USC. Then Charonda Williams of ASU and Cherrelle Garrett of Cal, with Matthew seventh. 19 points for USC, two for Stanford.

200: Rodriquez has the best time by 0.3 seconds at 22.84 and should win. Alyson Felix of USC has the best times in the world for the 100 and 400, and was the world champion in the 200 at Worlds last year. But she's been a pro since high school. 15 points for USC, 11 for ASU.

400: Rodriquez also has the best time here, 51.39, but UCLA's Nicole Leach is just as outstanding with a best of 51.69. With Rodriquez dropping down it's all Leach. ASU has three placers for 13 points.

800: NCAA and national champ Alysia Johnson of Cal is the favorite over teammate Mackenzie Pierce. Johnson just made her debut this season and is a strong Olympic contender with a lifetime best of 1:59. Alicia Follmar of Stanford is entered, but her best event is the 1500. Cal with a 1-2 for 18 points.

1500: Stanford is the NCAA cross country champion, although Ari Lambie has exhausted her outdoor track eligibility. Still we now get to Stanford's forte, distance runners. The Cardinal's twosome of Lauren Centrowitz and Alicia Follmar have the fastest and sixth-fastest times, 4:16 and 4:19. However the second through seventh-fastest are all within two seconds. Centrowitz to win, Follmar third and Stanford frosh Madeline Duhon to finish eighth. 17 points for Stanford, but the same for Oregon. Nicole Blood of Oregon is a strong contender to win here. I have picked her second, but to win the 5K.

5K: Blood of Oregon has the best time by 34 seconds. However Stanford's outstanding Teresa McWalters hasn't run outdoors yet. Last year she ran away with the 10K, and her crawl to the finish line in the cross-country championships was super-gutsy. Blood and McWalters 1-2. Stanford's outstanding frosh, Alex Gits, fourth and Katie Harrington of Stanford seventh. 18 points for Stanford.

10K: Stanford's Alex Gits has the best time by 45 seconds, however about half of the entries don't have a time yet. It's wide open, but Gits to win. 12 points for Oregon, 10 for Stanford.

Steeplechase: Stanford's Lindsay Allen leads the Pac-10 and is the Stanford school-record holder. Allen to win, but 15 points for WSU.

High Hurdles: Heptathlon winner Jacquelyn Johnson is the favorite with her Pac-10-leading 13.02. She should win with USC's Shalina Clarke and Nia Ali finishing 2-3. 17 points to USC.

Intermediate Hurdles: 400 winner Nicole Leach of UCLA will double back to win this event. She leads the Pac-10 by three seconds. Evelyn Smith of Cal into second place.

4 X 100 Relay: Three sub-45 second teams. USC at 44.06, ASU with a 44.66 and Cal, 44.85 to go 1-2-3, with Stanford fifth.

4 X 400 Relay: Three teams again stand out. USC is two seconds faster than ASU, who is a second faster than UCLA. They finish 1-2-3, with Stanford seventh.

High Jump: Four six-footers in the field, lead by WSU's Ebba Jungmark at over 6-2. A total of seven jumpers within four inches. Jungmark to win, but ASU's Jacquelyn Johnson and Arizona's Jasmin Day will be right in the mix. Stanford's Lauren Stewart eighth.

Pole Vault: UCLA's Tori Anthony, a Palo Alto native, ranks second, but I think she will edge out ASU's April Kubishta, the only 14-footer, and fast-rising Katie Morgan of Cal. 13 points to UCLA.

Long Jump: Eight jumpers within eight inches, so it's anybody's event. I have to pick Stanford's Erica McLain, but she lost last year to UCLA's Rhonda Watkins. And ASU's Johnson is also right at the top of the list. 13 points to UCLA.

Triple Jump:
Stanford's McLain is the leader by more than two feet and the college record holder at 46-7 ½. She should triumph over UCLA's Renee Williams, and USC's Michelle Sanford. Arantxa King of Stanford sixth. 13 points for Stanford.

Shot Put:
ASU is so strong in the weight events, with both Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley outstanding in the shot, discus and hammer. They go 1-2 in the shot, with Stanford's twosome of Melissa Yunghams and Michaela Wallerstedt 3-6. Twenty points for ASU.

Discus: Again, Stevens and Pressley 1-2. They are not as dominant here as the shot, though, so an upset is possible. Stanford's Wallerstedt seventh. 24 points for ASU.

Hammer: Pressley and Stevens again, but this time they go 2-3 behind USC's Eva Orban. All three throwers have season bests of over 218 feet. Stanford's Jaynie Goodbody sixth, and Yunghams eighth. 19 points for ASU.

Javelin: Oregon's Rachel Yurkovich may be America's best thrower, with a best of 191 this season. Stanford's school-record holder Dani Maier is next with a best of 174. They go 1-2. 15 points for Oregon.

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