Predicted Final Women's Standings:
3. Stanford 116
6. Cal 74
7. WSU 51
9. Washington 30
10. Oregon State
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
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.
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: 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
Steeplechase: Stanford's Lindsay Allen leads
the Pac-10 and is the Stanford school-record holder. Allen to win, but 15
points for WSU.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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