Posted on Might 9, 2022
From 2009 to 2017 Vin Lananna and Robert Johnson constructed a pleasant little dynasty in Eugene, because the Oregon girls turned the dominant drive in Pac-12 observe and subject, profitable 9 straight convention trophies.
After a number of years of coming shut, the USC girls snapped the Oregon streak in 2018. Using an impressively gifted and deep corps of sprinters, the Trojans emerged victorious in 2019 and 2021 (2020 was a covid cancelled season), holding the Geese at bay.
Heading into the Pac-12 Meet this week on Might 13-15, the Geese need to regain the magic that propelled their almost decade future as convention champs. It gained’t damage that the meet will happen on the observe palace that’s Hayward Field on the UO campus.
The high-level Duck-Trojan battles that decided the title over the previous decade won’t be the identical this yr, given the departures of a number of Trojan stars.
To call simply two of them, superlative sprinter Twanisha (TeeTee) Terry and 2021 Olympian Anna Cockrell have graduated.
Terry by no means misplaced a 100 ultimate at Pac-12s and led a number of 1-2-3 USC finishes within the sprints which had been a intestine punch for the Geese. Cockrell was unbeatable within the 400 hurdles and have become a drive within the 100 hurdles and relays, as effectively.
Maybe much more important is the departure of Head Coach Caryl Smith Gilbert has taken her appreciable skills to Athens, Georgia. Quincy Watts would be the one main a still-talented however considerably diminished
Trojan crew to Eugene the place a powerhouse Oregon girls’s crew shall be ready.
Oregon holds 4 of the highest seven convention instances within the 100, in addition to 4 of the highest 5 wind-legal marks within the century race.
The Geese even have 4 of the marks within the 200, the 2 greatest triple jumpers, the highest 6me within the 4 x 100 relay, the highest 400 hurdler, the highest lengthy jumper and the highest steeplechaser. In addi6on, the Geese have their common high quality depth within the distance races and the throws.
If the Oregon girls are on their sport, it is going to be subsequent to not possible for any crew to surpass them, however it must be nice enjoyable to look at it unfold even when the crew race for second is extra compe66ve than for first.
Within the USTFCCCA rankings, that are primarily based on a degree system for prime marks, Oregon is the one Pac-12 crew within the na6onal prime ten, coming in at quantity 9 behind a bunch of SEC groups.
Pac-12 faculties will not be far again within the rankings, both, with Washington at 15, ASU 16, Stanford 18, USC 21, Cal 24 and Colorado 25.
Right here’s a have a look at a number of the standouts who shall be compe6ng.
Camryn Rogers of Cal leads the na6on within the hammer throw with a large 248-5 mark. Canadian Rogers is a two-6me NCAA champion. Her teammate Anna Buy is third na6onally at 231-9. (In second is former
UCLA thrower Alyssa Wilson who now competes for Texas State and has a greatest mark of 240-2.)
Abby Nichols leads a gifted and veteran group of Colorado distance runners. Nichols stands quantity two natonally within the 5000 (as of 5-9-22) at 15:15.95.
ASU’s interna6onal discus star Jorinde van Klinken from The Netherlands leads all collegians by 10+ ft along with her season better of 212-5.
UW heptathlete Ida Eikeng ranks second na6onally with a better of 5,916 factors and appears to be a robust favourite at Pac-12s.
Julia Heymach of Stanford, who was the Pac-12 5000 meter champ in 2021, returns for her senior season spor6ng the highest 1500 meter 6me within the na6on at 4:11.
The 3000-meter steeplechase could possibly be a particular spotlight of the meet. 4 of the highest 12 na6onally will possible be compe6ng: Oregon’s Aneta Koniecek has the main 6me by a hair over Oregon State’s Grace Fetherstonaugh.
Colorado Buff Madison Boreman and OSU’s Kaylee Mitchell are proper on their heels as effectively. Will probably be interes6ng to see if one of many Beavers can get the win, which might be Oregon State’s first particular person 6tle since their program was resurrected in 2005.
One other hotly contested race would be the 400 hurdles, the place Oregon freshman Shana Grebo leads the convention with a 6me of 56.28. She shall be pushed by senior Shannon Meisberger of Arizona who was third final yr and has a season-best of 56.45 and a life6me better of 55.70.