Track & Field
This will hurt……….
Wounded Ducks Johnathan Cabral and Ariana Washington were not among the entries released Wednesday for the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, which begin Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium. A four-time All-American, Cabral has the Pac-12's top time this season in the 110 hurdles of 13.71 seconds. But the UO senior has been battling hamstring problems, and grabbed the back of his right leg after winning the 110s at last Friday's Oregon Twilight.
Washington has had some sort of undisclosed foot problem for much of the season. She placed sixth in the 200 at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, and had a leg of the 4x100 relay that clocked the Pac-12's fastest outdoor time this season of 43.31. At a media availability earlier Wednesday, UO coach Robert Johnson said that Washington would not compete this weekend. He didn't mention Cabral.
Both athletes still could compete in the NCAA West Regionals in two weeks if healthy.
An Uphill Battle ahead
This year's Pac-12 meet won't be anything like last year, when Oregon rolled to easy victories in both the men's and women's competition in Pullman, Washington. USC is formidable, particularly on the women's side. I still haven't seen entries, and I'll be interested to see if the Ducks have sprinter Ariana Washington available. NO. She could make a difference in the 100, 200 and the sprint relay. Those are events in which USC is strong. Washington has been battling some sort of foot problem for much of the outdoor season.
Freshman Sarah Baxter looked like an impact performer when recruited out of Simi Valley, California. But she suffered a stress fracture in her left leg toward the end of her senior year in high school, and has been largely invisible in competition for Oregon this season. Haley Crouser, the former national prep record-holder in the javelin, left the team early in the outdoor season, and announced yesterday she would transfer to Texas.
On the men's side, Oregon has been without USATF hurdles champion Devon Allen all season as he rehabs a knee injured during football season. And who knows what to expect from hurdler Johnathan Cabral, who has been battling hamstring problems. OUT. The Ducks still could sweep. They are deeper and better balanced at the conference level than anybody else in the Pac-12. And Oregon's top-end talent -- such as Edward Cheserek, Eric Jenkins, Sam Crouser and Jenna Prandini -- is formidable. But at the moment, it looks like they have a fight on their hands.
Better than Rupp?
Matthew Maton acknowledges the applause of the crowd after breaking Galen Rupp's Oregon high school record in the 1,500 meters last month.
Matthew Maton, the Summit High School senior who is rewriting Oregon's prep distance records, will make another attempt Sunday at Lewis & Clark College. Maton will be targeting Rupp's Oregon high school record in the 3,000 meters of 8 minutes, 3.67 seconds at the Portland Twilight meet. Rupp has held the record since 2004.
Here is the meet schedule for the Portland Twilight, with begins at 6 p.m. at Griswold Stadium -- except for the men's and women's javelin, which will be contested off-site on Sunday morning. Maton will be paced by Nike pro Trevor Dunbar as he makes his record attempt. Last month, Maton took down Rupp's Oregon High School record in the 1,500, which the Olympic silver medalist had held since 2004. Maton clocked a time of 3:42.54. Rupp's record was 3:45.3. Last weekend, Maton broke Rupp's Oregon prep record in the mile, with a time of 3:59.38. According to Dyestat, Rupp had held the record of 4:01.8,also since 2004.
Maton is competing unattached this year after parting ways with his high school team. Summit is located in Bend. He has signed a college letter of intent to attend Oregon next year.
Hawkins and Lilley earn honors as Oregon softball dominates Pac-12 awards
EUGENE, Ore. – Cheridan Hawkins was named pitcher of the year for the second straight season while Jenna Lilley earned freshman of the year recognition as the Pac-12 announced its postseason awards and all-conference teams on Wednesday. In addition to her Pac-12 pitcher of the year honor, Hawkins was named first team all-Pac-12 and first team all-defense. Hawkins is leading the Pac-12 with a 1.39 ERA, nearly a full point better than the second-best ERA in the conference (2.28). Her 27 wins and .140 opposing batting average is also the best in the league while the junior's 224 strikeouts are second-most in the conference.
Lilley was also a first team all-league choice in addition to picking up all-freshman and honorable mention all-defense accolades. Lilley's .448 batting average is second best in the Pac-12 and her .513 on-base percentage is also the second highest. Lilley leads the Ducks with 56 runs scored and 15 doubles. In all, the Ducks earned four first team all-Pac-12 choices (Hawkins, Lilley,Janelle Lindvall and Janie Takeda), two second team all-league picks (Koral Costa and Nikki Udria) and three honorable mention selections (Hailey Decker,Geri Ann Glasco and Gwen Svekis). Takeda are Hawkins are both three-time first team all-Pac-12 choices. In addition to Lilley, Lauren Lindvall and Gwen Svekis earned all-freshman honors while Janelle Lindvall joined Hawkins on the first team all-defensive team. Udria and Lilley were honorable mention all-defense.
PAC-12 POSTSEASON AWARDS
Pac-12 Player of the Year – Ally Carda, UCLA
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year – Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year – Hallie Wilson, Arizona
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year – Jenna Lilley, Oregon
Pac-12 Coach of the Year – Amy Hogue, Utah
Pac-12 Batting Champion – Allexis Bennett, UCLA (.513 - highest batting average in regular season play)
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