EUGENE, Ore. -Jessica Tebo won her first conference title with the University of Colorado by winning the 5,000-meter run on Sunday afternoon at the 2012 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Tebo, a graduate student at CU, finished the race in 16 minutes, 3.70 seconds. She started in the front and worked her way to second with 1,600-meters remaining. With about 600 meters left in the race, she started her kick that would help her finish almost a full 10 seconds in front of Stanford's Kathy Kroeger (16:13.18).
Tebo came back to win the 5k after placing third in the 1,500 (4:15.06) just a few hours earlier. She ran in the top pack during the entire race and pulled into the lead going into the last lap. Oregon's Jordan Hasay and Washington's Katie Flood surged pass her in the final 200-meters, but she was able to hang on for the bronze medal. With the first and third-place finishes, she recorded 16 points for the Buffs team total.
Shalaya Kipp, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday, also had a great performance in the 5k, crossing the finish in fifth place. Kipp recorded a time of 16:23.32 and edged out Oregon's Allison Woodward at the finish (16:24.10). Kipp ended the championships with 14 points for CU's score.
"It's a hot and breezy day, so it's not perfect for their bodies to double like this, but this is the conference meet and we tell them all year to expect this kind of team duty," coach Mark Wetmore explained. "We debated whether we should ask Jessica and Shalaya to come back, but coach (Heather) Burroughs and I had a gut feeling that this could have a big impact on the team score and so they came back and were very successful and exceeded our expectations.
"I'm thrilled with Shalaya having a win for us and doubling back with a hard 5k," Wetmore said. "The steeple beats you up; jumping up and down and landing, and not many people can do that double successfully. I'm proud of her success and pleased with her commitment to the team score."
The Buffs took six points in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Kyle MacIntosh led the Buffs with a sixth-place finish, crossing the line in 52.38. Adam Salzmann was seventh (52.48) and Tyler Baker placed eighth (53.59).
"I hope they aren't offended, but it was a pleasant surprise to get three of them through when we were hoping that any one of them would get through. It was a nice six points for us," Wetmore said.
The men's and women's 4x400-meter relays both scored for CU. The men's team (Blake Reimer, Joe Morris, Salzmann and MacIntosh) finished fourth overall in 3:09.64, while the women's team (Lindsy Mattson, Eileen Gehring, Brianne Beemer and Bridget Sweeney) finished fifth in 3:40.30.
"The two relays were excellent and both ran their fastest times of the year on a windy day at the end of two hard days of competition. I'm very pleased," Wetmore said.
Morris performed triple-duty for the Buffs, running in the finals of the 100 and 200-meter dashes besides the 4x400 relay. He was eighth overall in the 100, finishing in 10.47 and moved up to sixth in the 200 with a time of 20.92.
"Joe had a busy weekend," Wetmore said. "He had to run the trials and the finals in the 100 and 200 and then the 4x400 and he was solid in everything. He didn't have a bad day in anything. He was an important contributor for us, not only in points but in team work ethic."
CU recorded points in the field events as well. Brady Rutt earned a fifth-place finish in the discus throw. His personal best throw of 168 feet, 4 inches was two inches further than Washington State's Oliver Henry (168-02). Alex Kizirian scored in the hammer throw, launching a mark of 191-03 in his fourth throw of the competition to take sixth place.
"I'm real pleased with Brady and Alex, and for coach (Casey) Malone," Wetmore said. "Alex was pretty high on the form chart and we were counting on some points from him. He threw pretty well and delivered and was just a couple of meters behind his PR in the hammer. Brady threw his best mark, which not many people do on this level. There are imperfect conditions, multiple days in a hotel, long flights and to throw farther than all year is a testament to the strength of his commitment."
The women also received points from Alyssa Frank in the high jump. Frank recorded a lifetime best of 5-08.25 and tied for fourth.
"Again, we emphasis that you have all year to get PR's and to come here and do it here is very special and rare," Wetmore said. "She worked very hard this winter and her efforts paid off."
CU's women recorded 49 points, just 2.5 points more than 10th-place UCLA (46.50). The men picked up a total of 48 points to finish ninth. Oregon won the men's title (140) and the women's crown (200.50).
The NCAA West Preliminary Championships are next up for the Buffs. The University of Texas will host the event in Austin May 25-26.
2012 Pac-12 TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Men: 1. Oregon, 140; 2. Arizona State, 116.50; 3. Arizona, 94; UCLA, 86; 5. Stanford, 78; 5. Washington, 78; 7. USC, 74; 8. Washington State, 56.50; 9. Colorado, 48.00; 10. California, 44; 11. Oregon State, 4.
(Utah doesn't have a men's track and field program)
Women: 1. Oregon, 200.50; 2. Stanford, 124.50; 3. Arizona, 94.50; 4. USC, 91; 5. Arizona State, 85; 6. Washington, 54; 7. Colorado, 49; 8. UCLA, 46.50; 9. Washington State, 27; 10. California; 21; 10. Utah, 21; 12. Oregon State, 3.
Men's 100-Meters (finals): (1. Aaron Brown, USC, 10.18) 8. Joe Morris, 10.47
Men's 200-Meters (finals): (1. James Alaka, UW, 20.45) 6. Joe Morris, 20.92
Men's 1,500-Meters (finals): (1. Lawi Lalang, UA, 3:47.33) 9. Matt Biegner, 3:49.64
Women's 1,500-Meters (finals): (1. Jordan Hasay, UO, 4:13.28) 3. Jessica Tebo, 4:15.06; 11. Cumming, 4:31.41
Men's 5,000-Meters (finals): (1. Chris Derrick, SU, 13:37.55) 9. Andy Wacker, 14:16.48; 16. Aric Van Halen, 14:30.91; 21. Blake Theroux, 14:55.21
Women's 5,000-Meters (finals): 1. Jessica Tebo, 16:03.70; 5. Shalaya Kipp, 16:23.32; 13. Katie Cumming, 16:51.84; 25. Catrina McAlister, 17:59.90
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (finals): (1. Amaechi Morton, SU, 48.95) 6. Kyle MacIntosh, 52.38; 7. Adam Salzmann, 52.48; 8. Tyler Baker, 53.59
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay: (1. ASU, 3:06.00) 4. CU, Reimer, Morris, Salzmann, MacIntosh, 3:09.64
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay: (1. UA, 3:31.85) 5. CU, Mattson, Gehring, Beemer, Sweeney, 3:40.30
Men's Hammer Throw: (1.Alec Faldermeyer, UCLA, 219-09) 6. Alex Kizirian, 191-03; 11. Cameron Hutchins, 169-0; 13. Niklas Cederstrom, 161-02
Men's Discus Throw: (1. Matthew Kosecki, UCLA, 193-8) 5. Brady Rutt, 168-04; 12. Alex Kizirian, 149-08
Women's High Jump: (1. Brigetta Barrett, UA, 6-04.25) t4. Alyssa Frank, 5-08.50; t10.Kelsey English, 5-04.50; t10. Katie Dreher, 5-04.50; 16. Genny Mayden, 5-04.50
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