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Stanford bumps UCLA

UCLA's Jessica Cosby celebrates after throwing the hammer 216 feet,10 inches – new meet record at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
UCLA's Jessica Cosby celebrates after throwing the hammer 216 feet,10 inches – new meet record at UCLA's Drake Stadium. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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LOS ANGELES – Undine Becker, Erica McLain and Sara Bei won individual events Sunday as Stanford captured the women’s Pac-10 track and field title, ending UCLA’s eight-year run at the conference meet.

Stanford finished with 173 points after Becker won the 400-meter hurdles, McLain the triple jump and defending champion Sara Bei the 5,000 meter at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.

UCLA placed second with 125 points despite Monique Henderson’s victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, only the second time in Pac-10 championship history. Henderson, an Olympic gold medalist who ran the first leg of the 4x100-meter relay team in Athens last year, won the 200 meter in 23.06 seconds and the 400 meter in 51.31 seconds.

Maicel Malone won both events for Arizona State in 1990.

USC’s Virgina Powell won the 100-meter dash in 11.28 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 12.75 and ran the opening leg of the team’s victorious 4x100-meter relay foursome.

Bei won the women’s 5,000 for the second year straight with a time of 16:47.57.

Also successfully defending 2004 Pac-10 titles were USC’s Iryna Vashchuk in the 1,500 and UCLA’s Jessica Cosby, who set a meet record of 216 feet, 10 inches, in the hammer throw.

McLain’s winning triple jump of 45 feet also set a meet record.

Oregon triumphed in the men’s team competition with 152 points, with Eric Mitchum winning the 110-meter hurdles and Kedar Inico the 400-meter dash. UCLA, last year’s men’s title winner, was second with 134 1/2 points.

Arizona’s Robert Cheseret won the 5,000 meter after winning the 10,000 for the second year running Saturday. UCLA’s Brandon Johnson placed first in the 400-meter hurdles, and USC’s Allen Simms won the triple jump.

USC’s Wes Felix, who won the 200-meter dash last year, finished second to Seth Amoo of Arizona State, last year’s runner-up. Felix placed second in the 100-meter dash last year but won it Sunday.

Runner-up finishes by Tamara Diles and James McSwain highlighted a quiet final day for Washington State.

Diles cleared 13 feet, 31/2 inches to finish second in the pole vault behind UCLA’s Chelsea Johnson, who topped 13-71/4.

McSwain clocked 10.42 seconds in the 100 meters, but was well behind USC’s Wes Felix, who blew away the field with a 10.24.

The Cougar women, who scored heavily in the heptathlon and high jump on previous days, totaled 74.5 points to finish sixth.

WSU’s men finished last for the second year in a row with just 36.5 points – their lowest total in 33 years.

The Cougs did get a smattering of strong final day performances. Sophomore John Cassleman moved to fifth on the WSU all-time list in the 400 hurdles with a run of 50.50, good for fourth, while teammate Eric Nygard had a lifetime best 52.42 for eighth. Martin Boston got off PR 50-11 leap in the triple jump for sixth, the same place Diana Pickler earned in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a 13.79 clocking. And three of the four WSU relay teams ran season bests, led by the men’s 4x100 (39.94) and 4x400 (3:10.61).

Nygard and Boston added themselves to the list of NCAA regional qualifiers with their performances.

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