EUGENE, Ore.-Shalaya Kipp stamped her name in the record book on Saturday afternoon as she became the first University of Colorado athlete to win an individual Pac-12 Track & Field Championship, taking top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Kipp won the race in 9 minutes, 57.39 seconds at Hayward Field; defeating Oregon's Kimber Mattox who finished in 10:08.23.
"It's exciting," Kipp said about winning her first conference title. "It's a nice accomplishment to have. I'm looking forward to prelims in Austin and then hopefully nationals in Des Moines in June."
The junior from Salt Lake City, Utah ran a great race, moving to the front of the pack within the first 250 meters. From that point she would add to her lead every lap until she had a 25 meter gap between her and Mattox. Kipp's win is the fourth straight conference steeplechase win for the Buffs (CU won the previous three Big 12 titles) and is the fifth title in six seasons by a female Buff.
"We were perfectly happy with her race," Colorado coach Mark Wetmore said. "It wasn't a blistering time, but a matter of taking care of business. Congratulations to her for her first win and our first win of the weekend."
The men also had a solid showing in the steeplechase as junior Aric Van Halen took second place and freshman Hugh Dowdy placed fourth. Van Halen led for the first four and a half laps before Cal's Collin Jarvis took the lead from him and would eventually win in 8:48.05. Stanford's Benjamin Johnson, who ended up third, challenged Van Halen in the final lap but he was able to hang on to second and finished in 8:50.09. (Johnson recorded a time of 8:52.56.)
Dowdy steadily moved up during the race and was in fourth with three laps remaining. He held on to finish in 8:56.19; less than a second ahead of UCLA's Kent Morikawa (8:57.02).
"Aric led the conference coming into the race, so finishing second was probably a little disappointing to him," Wetmore said. "He's new to this level of running and being the favorite, and in the end it was still a pretty good race for him. And it was a good race for Hugh. To come in and get fourth as a redshirt freshman in really his first year of the event was very good."
Senior Christian Thompson also picked up some big points for the Buffs as he came away with a third-place finish in the 10,000. Junior Martin Medina took eighth in the race.
They both started in the back of the 15-men field and gradually moved up. Thompson moved into fourth with 1,600-meters remaining, but dropped to seventh the following lap. He kicked it into high gear in the final lap, pulling away from the pack of five to secure six points for the Buffs. Thompson had a 20 meter lead on the field and was able to finish third safely in 29:46.76. Medina recorded a time of 30:12.72 with his finish.
"Christian absolutely wasn't anywhere on the form chart to get third," Wetmore said. "He's a senior and is a total blue collar guy who has been grinding it out year after year. He moved up very well through the race and gunned down some very good runners with a very courageous last lap and I couldn't be more pleased."
Several Buffs advanced to the finals on Sunday in their respective events. Jessica Tebo won the second heat of the 1,500 to automatically qualify for the finals in 4:21.25. Katie Cumming also advanced to the finals, although she earned her way in with a time of 4:25.61. Cumming finished the second heat sixth. The men will also be represented in the 1,500 as Matt Biegner finished 10th with a time of 3:47.59.
"Jessica did what she was supposed to do," Wetmore said. "She ran a very controlled race and should be very high up tomorrow. Katie was on the edge on whether she would make it through or not and indeed nipped in, so now it is a matter of trying to outfox some people and use the conditions to get a point for us."
Joe Morris had a great Saturday, advancing to the finals in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He was fifth in the 100 (10.40) and placed sixth in the 200 (20.94).
"According to the performance list, Joe did what he was supposed to do, but in the sprints, if you make one little mistake and stagger or stumble, the form chart goes out the window," Wetmore explained. "For him to get through in both events was our optimistic aspiration."
Three Buffs advanced to the finals in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Adam Salzmann led the trio, crossing the finish with the fifth best time of 52.08. Kyle MacIntosh placed seventh (52.60) and Tyler Baker took eighth (52.76).
"One of the two exciting stories of the day was the three guys getting through in the 400 hurdles," Wetmore said. "I don't think we were supposed to get anyone through according to the form chart, so to get three was a very nice surprise."
2012 Pac-12 TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Team Scores (Day 1):
Men: 1. UCLA, 45; 2. Oregon, 44; 3. Arizona, 43; 4. Washington, 41; 5. Arizona State, 33.50; 6. Cal, 27; 7. Colorado, 26; 8. Stanford, 24; 9. Washington State, 20.50; 10. USC, 5; 11. Oregon State, 3
(Utah doesn't have a men's track and field program)
Women: 1. Oregon, 46; 2. Stanford, 40; 2. USC, 40; 4. Arizona State, 38; 5. Arizona, 35; 6. Colorado, 21; 7. UCLA, 17; 8. Washington State, 16; 9. Washington, 9; 10. Utah, 6; 11. Cal, 5; Oregon State, NTS.
Men's 100-Meters (trials): (1. Aaron Brown, USC, 10.27) 5. Joe Morris, 10.40q
Men's 200-Meters (trials): (1. Aaron Brown, USC, 22.55) 6. Joe Morris, 20.94; 19. Blake Berens, 21.93
Men's 400-Meters (trials): (1. Bryshon Nellum, USC, 45.98) 13. Blake Reimer, 48.54, 14. Blake Berens, 49.48
Women's 400-Meters (trials): (1. Phyllis Francis, UO, 52.39) 15. Eileen Gehring, 55.37; 19. Bridget Sweeney, 56.02; 21. Lindsy Mattson, 56.58
Women's 800-Meters (trials): (1. Claudia Francis, UO, 2:04.88) 24. Liz Tremblay, 2:15.67
Men's 1,500-Meters (trials): (1. Lawi Lalang, UA, 3:44.62) 10. Matt Biegner, 3:47.59q
Women's 1,500-Meters (trials): (1. Anne Kesselring, UO, 4:20.83) 2. Jessica Tebo, 4:21.25Q; 11. Cumming, 4:25.61q; 18. Catrina McAlister, 4:37.80
Men's 10,000-Meters (finals): (1. Stephen Sambu, UA, 29:20.19) 3. Christian Thompson, 29:46.76; 8. Martin Medina; 30:12.72
Women's 10,000-Meters (finals): (1. Alex Kosinski, UO, 34:19.67) 9. Jana Stolting, 35:16.35; 12. Camille Logan, 35:46.80; 15. Rachel Viger, 36:24.08
Men's 110-Meter Hurdles (trials): (1. Johnathn Cabral, UO, 13.69) 12. Adam Salzmann, 14.79
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (trials): (1. Amaechi Morton, SU, 50.17) 5. Adam Salzmann, 52.08q; 7. Kyle MacIntosh, 52.60q; 8. Tyler Baker, 52.76q
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (trials): (1. Georganne Moline, UA, 55.64) 10. Brianne Beemer, 59.90; 21. Brittany Lewis, 1:03.96; 23. Lindsey Hubbard, 1:05.01
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (finals): (1. Collin Jarvis, Cal, 8:48.05) 2. Aric Van Halen, 8:50.09; 4. Hugh Dowdy, 8:56. 19; 13. Blake Theroux, 9:12.59; 20. Cameron Clayton, 9:45.96
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (finals): 1. Shalaya Kipp, 9:57.39; 10. Courtney Bouchet, 10:30.06; 14. Diana George, 10:41.04
Q automatically qualified for the finals
q qualified by time for the finals
Women's Hammer Throw: (1.Marissa Minderler, USC, 220-11) 15. Kellie Lind, 144-00
Women's Long Jump: (1. Constance Ezugha, ASU, 21-02) 10. Brittany Lewis, 18-10.75; 12. Genny Mayden, 18-07.25
Women's Javelin: (1. Brianna Bain, SU, 175-09) 16. Genny Mayden, 119-11)
Men's High Jump: (1. Nick Ross, 7-02.50) t12. Mark Jones, 6-09; 18. Jason DeWitt, 6-07