Oregon’s Taylor Chocek put together a career-best performance in the heptathlon as she finished in fourth place Saturday with 5,523 points, moving her to No. 4 on the Ducks’ all-time list.
The second-year freshman set three event personal-records, including two on Saturday as she threw 134 feet, 3 inches in the javelin and had a mark of 18-8½ in the long jump.
Stanford’s Allie Jones won the title with 5,731 points, followed by Colorado’s Avery McMullen (5,576) and Arizona’s Skylar Sieben (5,542).
Chocek started Saturday in third place with 3,290 points. She tied her PR in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5¾ and then ended the first day with a PR in the 200 as she ran 25.09.
Day 2 underway at Hayward Field
The second day of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships began Saturday morning at Hayward Field with Oregon’s Max Vollmer running the fastest time in the decathlon 110-meter hurdles.
Vollmer’s time of 14.83 seconds earned him 870 points to extend his total to 4,948. With four events to go, Vollmer has built a 530-point lead over teammate Jett Kinder as he attempts to win his third-straight conference title.
Also Saturday, Oregon’s Aneta Konieczek and Alysah Hickey will go for their second-straight Pac-12 titles in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase and the women’s long jump, respectively, and the Ducks’ sprinters will be back on the track at as they attempt to qualify for Sunday’s men’s and women’s 100 finals.
The Register-Guard will be providing updates throughout the Pac-12 Track & Field Championship at Hayward Field, which runs through Sunday.
Hampton tops men’s javelin, leading Duck’s 22-points in the event
A year ago, Ty Hampton was at home and injured, watching the Pac-12 Track & Field Championship meet on television.
Friday, the second-year freshman became a conference champion.
Hampton threw his way to a title in the men’s javelin, leading Oregon’s 22-point effort in the event.
Hampton threw 242 feet, 4 inches to win by 19 inches over runner-up Roan Allen of Washington.
Sidelined by a back injury for all of the 2021 season, Hampton has been the top javelin thrower in the conference all season and he came into the meet as the favorite.
“It’s kind of crazy to think it’s just last year I was not considering being in this position,” said Hampton, who was a high school standout for North Bend. “I’m happy I made the safe road to recovery and I’m able to perform.”
Oregon’s Eric Lyon was third at 217-6, Dalton Rasmussen was fifth in 213-9 and Asher Krauel was seventh at 204-7 to help the Ducks finish the day with 28 points and in first place as they continue their quest for a 15th conference team title.
Stanford is in second with 27 points and Washington is third with 20.
The Huskies sit atop the women’s team standings with 32 points. Oregon is fifth with 14.
An announced crowd of 3,581 sat through a constant rain that accompanied the meet, making conditions cold on the track and slippery on the runways.
Not that it slowed Hampton. who hit his best throw on his second attempt, forcing everyone else to try and track him down.
“The plan was be loose, be relaxed, don’t try forcing anything,” he said. “That’s all I went out there and did.”
Oregon’s Zarbo makes record-breaking 10K debut — finishes second
As far as 10,000 debuts go, that was pretty good for Alessia Zarbo.
The Oregon sophomore finished in second place in what was the fastest championship 10K in meet history as the top four runners all beat the previous race record.
Colorado’s Abby Nichols was the winner in 32:27.25, followed by Zarbo in 32:28.57, Colorado’s Emily Covert in 32:30.82 and Washington’s Haley Herberg in 32:34.67.
The previous meet record was 32:38.73, set by former Duck Carmela Cardama Baez last year. Zarbo is now the No. 3 performer on Oregon’s all-time list.
“It was my first 10K so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Zarbo, who’s primarily been a 5,000 runner. “I was worried it was going to hurt real bad but I felt very comfortable.”
Zarbo’s finish earned the Ducks eight points.
Stanford’s Charles Hicks successfully defended his title in the men’s 10,000 with his win in 28:11.17.
Washington’s Kieran Lumb was second in a personal-record 28:11.49 and Oregon’s Aaron Bienenfeld was third in 28:14.67 to earn six points for the Ducks.
It was Bienenfeld’s first 10K since the 2021 NCAA outdoor championships and his time gave him the qualifying standard of 28:15.0 for the European Championships later this summer. Bienenfeld, who is from Germany, moved into fifth place on Oregon’s all-time list.
Oregon’s Mundy, Webster advance to 400 hurdle finals
The Ducks will have a finalist in both the men’s and women’s 400 hurdles on Sunday, as Will Mundy and Alexandra Webster advanced out of the preliminaries.
Webster won her women’s heat in 58.89. Mundy ran 51.99 to finish second in his men’s heat.
The Pac-12 leader in each race will not compete in the finals.
That includes Oregon freshman Shana Grebo, who was entered in the meet earlier in the week but wasn’t on the start list that came out Friday morning. Oregon didn’t respond to a request for information on why Grebo missed the race.
In the men’s race, Jamar Marshall Jr. of Arizona State was disqualified from his prelim heat. The reigning 110 hurdles champion will compete in the prelims in that event on Saturday.
Nakato scores first points for Oregon women
Oregon freshman Kohana Nakato finished in third place in the women’s javelin in her Pac-12 championships debut and scored the first points of the weekend for the Ducks women.
Nakato threw 158-11 on her third attempt for a six-point finish.
“I just wanted to relax and have fun,” Nakato said. “I knew that the weather was going to be a little gloomy so I didn’t want that to put me down. So I just relaxed a bit and had fun and it turned out well.”
Stanford’s Virginia Miller was the winner with a throw of 178-6 and Washington State’s Valentina Barrios Bornacelli was second at 165-0.
California’s Camryn Rogers now at three-time hammer champ
California’s Camryn Rogers dominance in the hammer continued Friday as the two-time NCAA champion became the second women in conference history to win three-straight titles.
The senior threw 241-10 to get the win by a comfortable margin.
“I feel like my coach and I really focus just on the things that we need to do and it keeps things very simple,” said Rogers when asked if she feels any pressure as the prohibitive favorite. “For us, we found that simplicity very much is key because I’m very guilty of being an over thinker.”
Her teammate Anna Purchase was second at 226-1 and Arizona State’s Shelby Moran was third at 217-5.
Duck women sprinters open with 200 prelim success
The Ducks’ first direct shot at the mighty USC women’s sprint program came Friday as Oregon qualified three to Sunday’s 200 final while the Trojans failed to advance out of the preliminaries.
Iman Brown (23.40) and Kemba Nelson (23.68) both won their respective heats to automatically advance and Jasmine Montgomery (23.67) qualified on time.
The Oregon men also qualified two into the 200 finals as Micah Williams (20.73) and Ryan Mulholland (20.95) moved on to Sunday.
The USC men, who are trying to end the Ducks’ 14-year winning streak at the meet, can get some serious traction in the standings as four Trojans qualified for the final, led by reigning conference champion Davonte Burnett, who ran 20.72.
Ducks stack the 1,500 finals scheduled for Sunday
Oregon loaded up on qualifiers in the men’s 1,500 as four men advanced out of the prelims to make Sunday’s final.
Reed Brown (3:43.38), Jack Yearian (3:43.68), James Gromley (3:43.79) and Elliott Cook (3:43.99) were the first four across the line in the first heat to automatically advance.
“That was something special out there,” said Brown, who is the Pac-12 leader this season at 3:36.44. “That’s what we planned on, just take the race from the beginning and our whole goal was just to qualify everyone in that heat and we got everyone through. Just looking behind and seeing those guys right behind me lit my day up. I’m super excited for Sunday.”
Washington’s Joe Waskom had the top time in the two prelim heats with a personal-record 3:41.62.
Oregon’s Izzy Thornton-Bott also advanced to Sunday’s final in the women’s 1,500 as she ran 4:20.83 to finish fourth in her heat.
The top time of the day was by Colorado’s Micaela Degenero, who ran 4:17.46.
Oregon’s Max Vollmer looking for third-straight decathlon title
Max Vollmer wasted little time setting on a tone in the decathlon Friday afternoon as the Oregon junior set a PR in the first event of the meet as he ran 10.72 in the 100 to take the early lead.
It wasn’t the only PR of the day for Vollmer, who is off to a good start in his quest for a third-straight conference title.
Vollmer is on top after five events with 4,078 points, leading a 1-2-3 start for the Ducks, who also have Jett Kinder in second at 3,739 and Nathan Poff third at 3,645.
Vollmer set a PR in the high jump as he cleared 6 feet, 5 inches, and also threw 45-9 1/4 in the shot put, had a mark of 22-7 in the long jump and ended with a 48.67 in the 400.
Kinder also set a PR in the 100 with his finish in 11.30.
Pac-12 Track & Field Championships return to Hayward Field
The Pac-12 Track & Field Championships are back at Hayward Field for the first time since 2017 and the host team is looking to sweep the team titles.
The meet will be Friday, with events starting at 2 p.m.; Saturday, first event at 11 a.m. and Sunday, with first event at 11 a.m. at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
The Oregon men have won 14 straight conference championships and the Oregon women are the favorites after three-straight runner-up finishes to Southern California.
The meet will feature 13 reigning Pac-12 individual champions, and eight individuals who lead the NCAA in their respective events.
This file will be updated throughout the meet. Check back Friday through Sunday for the latest news.
How to watch
Women’s hammer final: 4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app, and Pac-12.com
Men’s and women’s javelin and pole vault finals: 5:15 p.m., Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Men’s and women’s 10,000 final: 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Men’s hammer final: 1:45 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Men’s and women’s long jump and shot put finals: 3:45 p.m., Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Men’s and women’s 3,000 steeplechase finals: 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Field events finals: 11:30 a.m., Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com
Track events finals: 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Now app Pac-12.com
This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: Live updates: Day 2 of Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Hayward