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By: Rod Commons
Freshman Jaron Thomas finished third in the 400 meter hurdles on Sunday.
Thomas Finishes Third In 400M Hurdles; Buffs 10th Overall
Release: May 18, 2014
By: Andrew Green, Assistant SID

PULLMAN, Wash. – University of Colorado freshman Jaron Thomas recorded the Buffaloes highest finish on day two of the Pac-12 Championships with a third place tally in the 400 meter hurdles, then added a sixth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles, Sunday afternoon at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Wash.

Both CU men’s and women’s teams finished in 10th place overall in their respective final standings. Both Oregon teams dominated the first day events, then kept its momentum on day two winning both team titles. On the women’s side, the Ducks finished with 176 points, followed by USC (145), Arizona State and Stanford (75) tying for third, with Arizona fifth (74).

UCLA was sixth with 68 points, followed by Washington (53), Washington State (46.5), Cal (44.5), CU, Utah (23) and Oregon State (2).

The final men’s scoring wasn’t even close as Oregon took first place honors with 163.25 points with USC in second with 99. Arizona was third (83), Arizona State (80.75), and Washington (75.25) in fifth place. Stanford (71) was sixth, followed by UCLA (68.25), California (67), Washington State (66.50), and CU.

Thomas ran to a team and a personal-best 51.24 in 400 meter hurdles, just missing the top spot from overall winner, Washington State’s CJ Allen with a 51.14 time.

“Jaron had an excellent day; he really stepped up and didn’t compete like a freshman,” said assistant coach Drew Morano. “He competed like he’s been around a lot longer than that. Jaron came into the meet a little dinged up, so we weren’t 100 percent sure he was able to go, but he stepped up and ran through it.

“We were happy with the 110 hurdles given the work he put into it last week; and in the 400 hurdles, he ran a flawless race. Coach (Lex) Butler and I couldn’t be happier with the race he put together, the way he fought, the way he finished, everything.”

Thomas, also scored team points for the Buffs in the 100 meter hurdles with a sixth place tally and a 14.29 time. It was third best time for CU this season in the event.

“Jaron had the highest point scorer for the men, scoring in two events,” said CU head coach Mark Wetmore. “Both of which are new to him; they don’t run the 400 hurdles in high school and they run higher 110s in college, so a real nice transition to college racing for Jaron. He’s going to be big for our future.”

CU saw a pair of fourth place finishes on the day as senior Emily Hunsucker, ranked number one of all Pac-12 hammer throwers was fourth with a 62.44 meter (204.10) toss. Despite finishing fourth overall, all four women bettered the Mooberry Track & Field record of 62.40 meters set in 2008.

Freshman Ben Saarel showed a strong presence for the future in the 1500 meter run, finishing fourth with a 3:43.38 time.

“Not a brilliant weekend for us, maybe about where the points should have fallen in the form charts (speculative performance chart), but not a weekend of everybody rising up in which you kind of hope for,” Wetmore said.

“Standing from a far, I would say, maybe our men’s sprinters had the best weekend, (assistant coach) Drew (Morano) did good work with them. I think they brought home more points in the form chart than expected. Not thrilled with the overall performance with the distance runners who were supposed to do the bulk of the work for our team. While there were highlights with Shalaya (Kipp) and Ben (Saarel), there were some people that should have been higher up than they were, so I’m not sure what’s wrong with that, but that’s on me.

"Now we come home and see who qualifies for regionals and we’ll know by Monday or Tuesday who goes on. We’ll have a couple weeks of work and then try to have a better weekend in two weeks.”

CU also saw some stellar performances individually even though they didn’t record any points in the team standings. In the women’s discus, junior Sophie Hallam-Eames tossed a personal-best 45.07m (147-10) besting her previous throw of 42.40m (139.1). Also in the women’s discus, freshman Makenzie Kline PR’d with 39.87m (130-9) topping her previous throw of 39.34m (129-01).

Junior Jake Hurysz placed sixth in the 5,000 meter run with a season-best 13:55.57, and in the women’s 4x400m relay, the quartet of Lindsy Mattson, Brittany Lewis, Elizabeth Tremblay, Alexandra Haskell registered a season-best 3:42.80, finishing seventh overall.

2014 Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships
Mooberry Track & Field Complex
Pullman, Wash.
May 18, 2014

FIELD EVENTS (FINALS)   
Women’s Hammer
1. Jillian Weir (Oregon), 67.43 (221-2); 4. Emily Hunsucker, 62.44m (204.10); 14. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 50.14m (164-6).

Men’s Discus
1. Julian Wruck (UCLA), 64.25m (210-9); 15. Alex Kizirian, 47.98m (157-5).

Men’s High Jump
1. Nick Ross (Arizona), 2.25m (7-4.5); 12. Brock Emory, 2.01m (6-7); Jason DeWitt, no height.

Women’s Discus
1. Alexandra Collatz (USC), 56.17m (184-3); 10. Sophie Hallam-Eames, 45.07m (147-10); 13. Makenzie Kline, 39.87m (130-9).

RUNNING EVENTS (FINALS)
Women’s 4x1000m Relay
1. USC, 43.21; 8. Colorado, 47.80 (Mia Holland, Lindsy Mattson, Brittany Lewis, Alexandra Haskell).

Men’s 4x100m Relay
1. USC, 39.43; 6. Colorado, 41.38 (Blake Berens, Shaw Gifford, Garrett Losty, Austin Mitsch).

Men’s 1500m
1. Lawi Lalang (Arizona), 3:36.34; 4. Ben Saarel, 3:43.38.

Men’s 110m Hurdles
1. Aleec Harris (USC), 13.35; 6. Jaron Thomas, 14.29.

Men’s 400m IH
1. CJ Allen (Washington State), 51.14; 3. Jaron Thomas, 51.24.

Women’s 5000m
1. Shelby Houlihan (Arizona State), 16:11.63; 9. Carrie Verdon, 16:40.45; 10. Maddie Alm, 16:45.03; 18. Jenny DeSouchet, 17:09.07; 26. Courtney Bouchet, 17:39.81; Abby Levene, DNS; Melanie Nun, DNS.

Men’s 5000m
1. Lawi Lalang (Arizona), 13:41.44; 6. Jake Hurysz, 13:55.57; 9. Pierce Murphy, 14:10.17; 10. Connor Winter, 14:11.82;  24. Dillon Shije, 15:03.26; 27. Morgan Pearson, 15:11.03; Ammar Moussa, DNS; Joe Bosshard, DNS; Blake Theroux, DNS.

Women’s 4x400m Relay
1. USC, 3:34.72; 7. Colorado, 3:42.80 (Lindsy Mattson, Brittany Lewis, Elizabeth Tremblay, Alexandra Haskell).

Men’s 4x400m Relay
1. Arizona State, 3:07.10; 6. Colorado, 3:14.35 (Garrett Losty, Shaw Gifford, Erik Gaytan, Tyler Baker).

FINAL TEAM SCORING (Women)
1. Oregon (176 points)
2. USC (145)
3. Arizona State (75)
3. Stanford (75)
5. Arizona (74)
6. UCLA (68)
7. Washington (53)
8. Washington State (46.5)
9. California (44.5)
10. Colorado (33)
11. Utah (23)
12. Oregon State (2)

FINAL TEAM SCORING (Men)
1. Oregon (163.25)
2. USC (99)
3. Arizona (83)
4. Arizona State (80.75)
5. Washington (75.25)
6. Stanford (71)
7. UCLA (68.25)
8. California (67)
9. Washington State (66.50)
10. Colorado (44)

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