Ducks cruise to Pac-12 track titles
The Oregon Ducks ran away with the men’s and women’s team titles at the Pacific-12 Conference Track and Field Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
The Oregon men rolled to a 140-166.5 victory over runner-up Arizona State. Arizona (94) was third. Washington and Stanford tied for fifth with 78 points, while Washington State was eighth with 56.5 points.
The Oregon women crushed runner-up Stanford 200.5-123.5 in the women’s meet. Arizona (94.5) was third. Washington (54) was sixth and WSU (27) ninth.
The Huskies had a pair of men’s champions. James Alaka won the 200-meter dash in 20.45 seconds and was second in the 100. JJ Juilfs won the pole vault when he cleared 17 feet, 10 1/4 inches. The Huskies also claimed four of the top eight spots in the javelin led by Lewis and Clark grad Joe Zimmerman’s second-place showing at 231-10.
The Cougars had one men’s champion – Stephan Scott-Ellis. Ellis won the long jump with a leap of 25-9 1/4 and finished second in the triple jump at 52-8.
There were no champions for the Huskies or Cougars women.
WSU’s Shawna Fermin placed second in the 400 at 52.66. The Cougars notched a 2-3-7 showing in the javelin with Courtney Simmons (166-3), Christine Kirkwood (161-9) and Anna Adamko (150-1).
The Huskies had three runners-up finishers in Katie Flood (1,500, 4:13.8), Logan Miller (pole vault, 14-4 1/2) and Shaniae Lakes (triple jump, 43-3 1/4).
• Gonzaga athletes broke five school records at the West Coast Invitational meet in Salem, Ore.
They are: Catherine Theobald (women’s 1,500, 4:31.08); Lauren Bergam (women’s steeplechase, 10:59.17); Brent Felnagle (men’s 1,500, 3:52.27); Nick Roche (men’s steeplechase, 9:20.64); Tate Kelly (men’s 10,000, 30:23.77).
Brett Mooneyham allowed five hits in seven shutout innings and the 11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal (32-14, 14-10) completed a three-game sweep of the Washington State Cougars (24-23, 9-14) with a 6-1 win in Pac-12 action in Stanford, Calif.
Kyle Swannack (3-4) took the loss for WSU, which saw its postseason hopes suffer a serious blow over the weekend.
• Nathaniel Causey ripped a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to lift the 19th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (32-17) to a 3-1 win over the host Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-20) in nonconference play.
Marco Gonzales (6-2) was the tough-luck loser for GU. He pitched his third complete game.
• Run-scoring singles by Kevin Williams and Beau Amaral in the eighth inning lifted the 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins (35-13, 15-9) to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Huskies (26-21, 11-13) and a sweep of the three-game Pac-12 series in Seattle.
The Washington Huskies are seeded 16th overall and will host an NCAA Regional for the third straight year – with Harvard, Texas Tech and Maryland coming to Seattle.
Texas Tech and Maryland will open the regional on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Washington and Harvard at approximately 6 p.m.
The top-ranked Washington Huskies men turned the Pac-12 Rowing Championships at Gold River, Calif., into a coronation.
The Huskies won their 35th conference title by sweeping all four races.
• The WSU women finished third in the novice 8 race to help them place eighth at the Pac-12 Championships in Gold River, Calif. Cal won the team title.