Trojan Women Win Pac-12 Track & Field Championships

For nine straight years, the Oregon women have been crowned Pac-12/Pac-10 Track & Field champions. Move over lady Ducks, the USC women (ranked No. 2 in the nation) now rule the Pac-12 conference, beating Oregon comfortably today, 170-154, with Stanford finishing third (119).

“Oh, It’s a great day to be a Trojan,” said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert (one of only five female T&F head coaches at this level in the country). “It means that everything we’ve been working for, for five years, my staff, the recruiting, the work-outs, the training, the physio, my trainers, the academics, everything has finally come to fruition, without any shortcuts, without any hiccups.

“We’ve had some tough times along the way but this is what we’ve been working for. The kids have been working really hard all year. We have a motto of effort and execution. We stuck with what we came to do. We knew we didn’t have people in certain areas, so wherever we scored, it had to be high. So we just went in and gave all we had  —  and went for the win.”

Track and Field News has the Oregon and USC women projected to finish first and second at the NCAA Championships, one-point separating them, with Georgia (3), LSU (4) and Stanford (5) trailing.

The USC (118) men finished in third place behind Oregon (174, the Ducks’ 13th straight conference title) and Stanford (125). The USC men’s team did not participate in the 4X400 relay.

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Cool beans

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Fantastic. I don’t have Pac 12 network, so unfortunately couldn’t watch.Huge for women, huge for overall program. Looking forward to NCAA finals that is well covered. Why didn’t the relay team run? ????

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They said they wouldn’t have changed the standings so rather than risk injury they scratched..protecting them for the nationals. They had one sprinter pull up lame already on Saturday.

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Just looking at results ,Norman had excellent 400/200 times with both finals today.Curious if NCAA finals both same day. Would like to hear evaluation of both races to hear if he had anything left.

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I missed his earlier race (400), but from what I saw in the 200, he looked like he had plenty left and finished strong. Tai Benjamin also looked like we haven’t seen his best time yet, he wasn’t close to being challenged in the hurdles. I think he won by over 3 seconds in both the prelims and finals.

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One other side note, with the women’s title wrapped up, the Trojans ran out their A relay team for the final event. Although the results didn’t show it, it was obvious the Trojans were toying with the ducks in this event. Each runner would let the opposing duck get close, then run away from them down the stretch. Very impressive.