Photos by Jason Lewis (Sentinel Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org)
USC’s Bryshon Nellum (Long Beach Poly High School) was one of the brightest stars of the track meet. The sprinter, who won a silver medal on the U.S. 4×400-meter relay team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, won the 200-meter dash (20.23) and the 400-meter dash (44.76). He leads the NCAA in both events, and he is No. 3 in the world in the 400, and No. 4 in the 200. USC took the top three spots in the 200-meter dash at the PAC-12 championships.
Oregon’s English Gardner ran the fastest 100-meter dash time in the world a few weeks ago, defeating a field that included Olympian Carmelita Jeter, winning with a time of 11.0, which is a school record, the second fastest conference time ever, and the sixth fastest NCAA time ever. But in the prelims she false started, knocking her out of the PAC-12 championship race. She redeemed herself by winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.62, which is the fastest conference time ever. The winner of the 100-meter dash won with a time of 11.46, so it is easy to see that Gardner was clearly the best in the conference in that race too.
Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett, who won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the high jump, set this collegiate record with this jump of 6 feet, 6.25 inches (1.99 meters). Barrett won her third consecutive PAC-12 title, and is the favorite to win the NCAA national title, which would be her third in a row.
Stanford’s Kori Carter was even with UCLA’s Bea Buchanan coming over the final hurdle of the women’s 100-meter hurdles race. From the final hurdle to the finish line, Carter proved to be the faster sprinter, as she won the race with a time of 13.00, defending her title from last year. Buchanan finished with a time of 13.03, which is the second fastest time in UCLA history, behind Olympian Gail Devers. Later in the meet Carter also won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.21, the fourth fastest time in PAC-12 history.
The men’s 100-meter dash came down USC’s Beejay Lee (left) and Aaron Brown (right.) During the prelims on Saturday, Brown ran a 10.07, and Lee a 10.08. But in the championship race on Sunday, Lee won with a 10.07 and Brown was in second place with a 10.08. Brown ran in the London Olympics for Canada, where he made it to the semifinals in the 200-meter dash.
Last year Oregon’s Johnathan Cabral won the PAC-12 title in the 110-meter hurdles, but this year he was edged out by California’s Ray Stewart, who won the title with a time of 13.52. Cabral also took second place in the 400-meter hurdles, as USC’s Reggie Wyatt won the race with a time of 49.17.
Arizona State won the mens 4×100-meter relay with a time of 39.41, just ahead of USC. In the mens 4×400-meter relay, Oregon won in a time of 3:05.63. On the women’s side, Oregon won the 4×100-meter dash with a time of 43.81, and USC won the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:32.39.