Pac-12 Men — Gillespie’s Speed Propels Oregon

Duck senior Cravon Gillespie dashed to PRs of 9.97 & 20.17.

TUCSON, ARIZONA, May 11-12—Cravon Gillespie started the year with the goal of taking down Oregon’s school records in the sprints. He did that and more at the Pac-12 Championships, producing two solo victories in addition to the short relay to lead the Ducks to a 173-140 victory over UCLA. The Duck senior’s big day started with the 4×1, where his second leg helped open up a lead on the field that was never challenged. Oregon won in 38.72 to Arizona’s 39.56, with USC (39.74) and UCLA (39.84) also breaking 40.

Some 80 minutes later, the 100 final lined up. Gillespie had led the heats in 10.10. In the final, with a nearly negligible 0.2 wind blowing, he was brilliant, rocketing to a 9.97 that left the field 0.28 behind. The mark not only was an Oregon school record, it also tied Andre De Grasse’s ’15 meet record. “I knew it was possible,” said Gillespie, “but when I saw that, my gosh, I have no words.” About an hour and a half later, he crushed the 200 field by more than a half-second with his 20.17, another Duck record. Oregon went 1-2 in the 100 and 1-2-3 in the deuce. “These guys push me every day in practice. I’m proud of these guys,” said Gillespie.

For his part, Oregon head coach Robert Johnson was suitably pleased. “These guys have obviously been here and done it before,” he said of his program’s 13th straight win, this one with a school record 8 event titles. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

USC soph Cameron Samuel, only a 50.29 hurdler last year, opened eyes by slashing 0.7 from his best to win in a U.S. and NCAA-leading 49.09. Other notable wins went to Duck frosh Eric Edwards, who moved to =9 among U.S. juniors with his 13.59 in the hurdles.

Soph Earnie Sears of USC leapt 7-5¼ (2.27), equaling the outdoor collegiate lead. Arizona’s Jordan Geist won the shot by more than 2ft with his 69-2 (21.08).


PAC-12 MEN’S RESULTS

Tucson, Arizona, May 11-12—

(5/11—St, 10K, HJ, PV, LJ, SP, HT, JT)

Teams: 1. Oregon 173; 2. UCLA 140; 3. Arizona 94; 4. Washington 85; 5. USC 78; 6. Cal 63; 7. Washington State 53; 8. Stanford 51; 9. Colorado 48; 10. Arizona State 31.

100(0.2): 1. Cravon Gillespie (Or) 9.97 PR (AL, AmCL) (=9, x AmC);

2. Oraine Palmer’ (Or) 10.25 PR; 3. *Emmanuel Wells (WaSt) 10.26 PR; 4. ***Brendon Stewart (USC) 10.35; 5. Spenser Schmidt (Or) 10.41; 6. **Rieker Daniel (Or) 10.43.

200(0.3): I–1. Wells 20.88; 2. Stewart 21.03. III(0.1)–1. Gillespie 20.17 PR; 2. Palmer’ 20.71; 3. Daniel 20.83 =PR; 4. ***Eric Allen (USC) 20.99.

400: 1. Orwin Emilien’ (Or) 45.91 PR; 2. Joe Herrera (UCLA) 46.25 PR; 3. *Zakee Washington (Az) 46.40; 4. **Jon Maas (Co) 46.49; 5. **Maj Williams (Az) 46.50; 6. Cameron Stone (UCLA) 46.93.

800: 1. *Isaiah Jewett (USC) 1:49.25; 2. **Charlie Hunter’ (Or) 1:49.42 PR; 3. *Carlos Villarreal’ (Az) 1:50.07; 4. *Connor Morello (Wa) 1:50.37; 5. *Riley Kelly’ (UCLA) 1:50.38; 6. **Devan Kirk (Wa) 1:50.74.

1500: 1. William Paulson’ (AzSt) 3:49.18; 2. Grant Fisher (Stan) 3:49.29; 3. James West’ (Or) 3:49.69; 4. Villarreal’ 3:50.74; 5. **Eduardo Herrera (Co) 3:50.75; 6. **Reed Brown (Or) 3:51.18.

St: 1. Steven Fahy (Stan) 8:43.85; 2. Bailey Roth (Az) 8:50.07; 3. *Jackson Mestler (Or) 8:52.10 PR; 4. *Julius Diehr (Wa) 8:58.39; 5. ***Alex Slenning (Wa) 9:06.95; 6. Kyler Little (WaSt) 9:10.72.

5000: 1. **Cooper Teare (Or) 13:49.77; 2. Fisher 13:50.30; 3. Steven Fahy (Stan) 13:50.79; 4. *John Dressel (Co) 13:51.10; 5. Ryan Forsyth (Co) 13:51.64; 6. *Robert Brandt (UCLA) 13:52.28.

10,000: 1. Brandt 29:08.11; 2. Dressel 29:13.35 PR; 3. Forsyth 29:15.58 PR; 4. **Tibebu Proctor (Wa) 29:24.63; 5. John Reniewicki (AzSt) 29:31.13 PR; 6. *Colin Burke (UCLA) 29:31.92.

110H(0.0): 1. ***Eric Edwards (Or) 13.59 PR (=9, x AJ);

2. ***Omotade Ojora’ (USC) 13.75; 3. ***Ayden Owens’ (USC-PR) 13.76 NJR; 4. Misana Viltz (Cal) 13.86; 5. *Nick Johnson (WaSt) 13.89; 6. *Jasher Foster (Cal) 13.94.

400H: I–1. Christapherson Grant (WaSt) 51.29 PR.

II–1. **Cameron Samuel (USC) 49.09 PR (AL, CL);

2. *Paramveer Chohan (Cal) 49.80 PR; 3. ***James Smith (Az) 49.93 PR; 4. ***Cass Elliott (Wa) 50.38 PR; 5. **Maksims Sinčukovs’ (Az) 50.87.

4 x 100: 1. Oregon 38.72 (Schmidt, Gillespie, Daniel, Palmer); 2. Arizona 39.56; 3. USC 39.74; 4. UCLA 39.84; 5. Cal 40.56; 6. Colorado 42.06.

4 x 400: I–1. Washington 3:09.22; 2. Cal 3:09.23 (Chohan 44.91). II–1. USC 3:05.73 (Samuel, Owens, Green, Jewett 45.29); 2. Arizona 3:05.98; 3. Oregon 3:06.31; 4. UCLA 3:09.41.

Field Events

HJ: 1. **Earnie Sears (USC) 7-5¼ (2.27) PR (out AmCL, =out CL);

2. ***Sean Lee (UCLA) 7-1½ (2.17); 3. *Isaiah Holmes (UCLA) 7-¼ (2.14); 4. Michael Burke (UCLA) 7-¼; 5. Peyton Fredrickson (WaSt) 7-¼; 6. *Justin Lewis (Az) 6-11 (2.11).

PV: 1. ***Sondre Guttormsen’ (UCLA) 17-7 (5.36); 2. Michael Fancey (UCLA) 17-1½ (5.22) =PR; 3. Harrison Williams (Stan) 16-11½ (5.17); 4. *Chase Smith (Wa) 16-11½; 5. ***Jacob Englar (WaSt) 16-9½ (5.12); 6. Matthew Eckles (AzSt) 16-5½ (5.02).

LJ: 1. Tristan James (Or) 24-11 (7.59); 2. Spenser Schmidt (Or) 24-9¼ (7.55) PR; 3. ***PJ Austin (Az) 24-9 (7.54); 4. *Harrison Schrage (UCLA) 24-8¼ (7.52); 5. **Jared Geredes (Cal) 24-8¼ (7.52); 6. ***DJ Henderson (Or) 24-3½ (7.40).

TJ: 1. *Tuomas Kaukolahti’ (Cal) 52-10¾ (16.12); 2. James 51-4¼ (15.65) PR; 3. **Jaylen Taylor (Wa) 49-1 (14.96); 4. Schrage 49-¼ (14.94).

SP: 1. **Jordan Geist (Az) 69-2 (21.08); 2. Dotun Ogundeji (UCLA) 66-4¼ (20.22); 3. **Nate Esparza (UCLA) 65-½ (19.82); 4. ***Otito Ogbonnia (UCLA) 64-3¼ (19.59); 5. **Jonah Wilson (Wa) 62-5¾ (19.04); 6. Matthew Katnik (USC) 62-1¾ (18.94).

DT: 1. ***Elijah Mason (Wa) 189-7 (57.78); 2. Ogundeji 188-9 (57.53); 3. Geist 186-11 (56.98); 4. Wilson 186-10 (56.94) PR; 5. **Iffy Joyner (Cal) 184-10 (56.35); 6. **Ian Schulz (AzSt) 179-11 (54.85).

HT: 1. Brock Eager (WaSt) 228-8 (69.71); 2. Silviu Bocancea (Cal) 224-4 (68.38); 3. Geist 218-1 (66.49);

4. Justin Stafford (UCLA) 217-1 (66.17); 5. Grayson Fleming (Az) 213-4 (65.02); 6. Amani Brown (WaSt) 209-10 (63.97); 7. *Max Lydum (Or) 209-8 (63.92) PR.

JT: 1. *Simon Litzell’ (UCLA) 243-6 (74.23); 2. Denham Patricelli (Wa) 241-6 (73.62) PR; 3. John Nizich (Or) 231-2 (70.46); 4. AK Turner (UCLA) 226-0 (68.90) PR; 5. ***Carlan Naisant (AzSt) 221-8 (67.57) PR; 6. ***Liam Christensen (Stan) 220-11 (67.34).

Dec(5/4-5): 1. ***Max Vollmer’ (Or) 7964 PR; 2. ***Hakim McMorris (Cal) 7259 PR; 3. ***Josh Farmer (Co) 7089 PR. ◻︎