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.