STANFORD, Calif. — The postseason gets underway Saturday for Oregon with Day 1 of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championship meet at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field.
The Ducks will be going for their 10th straight sweep of the team titles, while the men’s team will also being trying to win their 12th straight championship.
Both Oregon squads will have a chance on Saturday to give themselves a big boost in the team standings, as well as set themselves up for big day on Sunday.
Here’s some events to keep an eye on Saturday:
Women’s 10,000 final — Oregon newcomer Carmela Cardama Baez is the top seed in a field that also includes 2017 champion Erin Clark, the South Eugene grad who is a senior at Colorado. Baez (33:36.73) and Clark (33:56.01) both ran their qualifying times at the Stanford Invitational on March 30. Not entered is Oregon senior Samantha Nadel, who owns the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season at 33:01.82. Nadel is entered in the 5,000.
Men’s long jump final — Oregon senior Damarcus Simpson is the defending champion and No. 1 seed with a season-best mark of 26-feet. Right behind him is teammate Tristan James at 25-4, giving the Ducks a chance for a nice point haul if both perform as projected.
Women’s long jump final — Oregon sophomore Rhesa Foster is the defending champion but she is seeded seventh with a season-best mark of 20-1 1/2. Teammate Chaquinn Cook, the favorite in the triple jump, is seeded fourth at 20-7 1/4. They’ll be up against the USC duo of Courtney Corrin and Madisen Richards, who are the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
Men’s javelin final — The Ducks have won this event eight times in the last 11 years and they’ll have two of the top three seeds on Saturday, including No. 1 John Nizich, who has thrown 232-2. Jackson VanVuren is seeded third with a season-best throw of 225-5.
Women’s sprint/hurdle prelims — The Ducks and Trojans are expected to be locked in a battle all weekend for the team title and the sprints and hurdles are where the Trojans will have the best opportunity to score most of their points. Oregon has loaded up in these events as well and have the No. 1 seed in the 200 in freshman Lauren Rain Williams, as well as Ariana Washington, the 2016 NCAA champ, in the 100 and 200. It’ll be a battle for spots in Sunday’s finals during the prelims on Saturday.
Men’s 10,000 final — Oregon has two runners entered in the final event of the day. Sophomore Tanner Anderson is the second seed and senior Travis Neuman is the third seed. This is another event where the Ducks can stockpile some points to put them in a good position come Sunday.
Saturday’s first event is the women’s hammer at 11:30 a.m. The first event on the track is the women’s 4x100 relay trials.