For the third time in the history of the Pac-12 Conference Track & Field Championships, the women's 3000-meter steeplechase championship hardware will remain in Boulder as senior Shalaya Kipp defended the Buffaloes dominance with a winning time of 10:04.19, on day one of the conference championships at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullam, Washington.
Kipp, who came into the event ranked first among conference runners after establishing a speedy 9:39.12 two weeks ago at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational, has now won the conference steeplechase title twice (won the inaugural race 2012). Last year, Emma Coburn claimed steeplechase honors.
"We got out on the track and actually it's a lot warmer than it looks in my opinion, but still the same race plan, the steeplechase," said Kipp. "I knew from the beginning I wanted to get to the front and that's what I did and I didn't really look back."
CU also placed freshman Melanie Nun and senior Courtney Bouchet among the top finishers in the steeplechase. Nun finished fourth with a season-best 10:26.56, while Bouchet came in seventh (10:46.80).
"Shalaya looked great," said CU head coach Mark Wetmore. "She had a big lead early and then cruised. We may call on her tomorrow for the 5,000, but I'm really happy with her defending her title (Kipp redshirted last year). Melanie and Courtney both scored us points in the steeple."
The CU women are in fifth place with 25 points. Oregon is atop the standings with 64 points, followed by UCLA (32.50), Arizona (30), Stanford (29). Cal is in sixth with 23.50 points, followed by host Washington State (19) and Stanford (19); USC is ninth (18), then Washington (12) and Utah (1.0).
On the men's side, the Buffaloes are ninth with 21 points. The Ducks lead the men standings with a commanding advantage with 70.25 points, followed by Washington (40.25), Arizona (30), USC (29) and UCLA in fifth (28.25). Cal is sixth (26), Stanford (25), Arizona State (24.25), CU, then Washington State in tenth (18).
There was also a number of stellar CU performances on the first day of competition.
CU saw a silver finish in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase, and a third place tally in the men's 10,000 meter run. Junior Blake Theroux ran a strong steeple time of 8:52.93 coming up short of the winning time of 8:49.09 (Aaron Nelson, Washington), while senior placed third in the 10,000 meter run of 29:26.25. Sophomore Morgan Pearson was seventh at 30:01.72.
In the women's 10,000 meter run, senior Abby Levene recorded sixth with a 35:01.72.
1. Oregon 64, 2. UCLA 32.50, 3. Arizona 30, 4. Stanford 29, 5. Colorado 25, 6. California 23.50, 7. Washington State 19, 7. Arizona State 19, 9. USC 18, 10. Washington 12, 11. Utah 1, 12. Oregon State 0
1. Oregon 70.25, 2. Washington 40.25, 3. Arizona 30, 4. USC 29, 5. UCLA 28.25, 6. California 26, 7. Stanford 25, 8. Arizona State 24.25, 9. Colorado 21, 10. Washington State 18
Men's Hammer: Remington Conaster, USC, 70.92m/232-8
Women's Long Jump: Jenna Prandini, Oregon, 6.29m/20-7.75
Men's Pole Vault: Jax Thoirs, Washington, 5.50m/18-0.5
Women's Javelin: Brianna Bain, Stanford, 53.00m/173-11
Women's Shot Put: Julie Labonté, Arizona, 17.42m/57-2
Women's High Jump: Charlotte Muschamp, Washington State, 1.82m/5-11.5
Men's Long Jump : Hammed Suleman, California, 7.93m/26-0.25
Men's Javelin: Sam Crouser, Oregon, 74.24m/243-7
Men's Shot Put: Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA, 19.46m/63-10.25
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Shalaya Kipp, Colorado, 10:04.19
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Aaron Nelson, Washington, 8:49.09
Women's 10,000 Meter: Jessica Tonn, Stanford, 34:09.13