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PAC 10 Championships (javelin) (May 17th 2009, 5:13pm)
Pac-10 Predictions - Men (May 14th 2009, 4:18am)
Pac-10 predictions - women (May 14th 2009, 2:18am)



Pac-10 predictions - women

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100 and 200 - ASU and USC will dominate the sprints with '08 NCAA comp and double pac-10 champ Charonda Williams going against last year's 2nd place finisher in the 100 and 200, Cherelle Garrett of Cal and the typically strong USC sprint squad with freshman sensation Aareon Payne of USC.  Amber Purvis of ORegon will challenge in the 100 meters.

400 - Nicole Leach of UCLA will move from the 400 hurdles for this meet to go against defending champion Keshia Baker of Oregon.  Olear of USC, Lacy of UCLA and Benjamin of ASU have NCAA relay experience and are close challengers.

800 - Zoe Buckman of Oregon was fourth at last year's NCAA meet but has not shown the form yet that she exhibited last year although she does lead the conference this year.  Anna Layman of Washington State was eighth in that race last year but also has not shown the form.  Curry of UCLA and Pierce of Cal are consistent challengers and may get their shot to win the title this year. 

1500 - Lauren Centrowitz of Stanford has looked very good this year and after two year's of being runner-up has her best shot to win in her senior year.  Defending champ Follett of Washington and teammate Campbell will challenge along with Ducks Blood and Kosinski

Steeple - Freshman Husky sensation Marie Lawrence will try to get her first conference title against '08 NCAA 9th place finisher and USC sophomore Zsofia Erdelyi, Stanford's Emilie Amaro and two-time defending champ Sara Trane of WSU

5,000 - Nicole Blood of Oregon will try to defend her title against freshman sensation Laurynne Chatelat of Stanford as both times are so close and done in different races that who knows who can go how much faster. Three Huskies Follett, Campbell and Lawrence are close behind with senior transfer Scherf of the Ducks in there but with an up-and-down season.   Of major note is the fact that Chetelat is the only one not expected to double 

10,000 - Junior MAttie Bridgmon of Oregon has had an incredible season and has had prs throughout the season, indoors and outdoors.  She has shown a great amount of fight and competitiveness and maybe will get credit for the first time with a Pac-10 title.  She faces tough, veteran competitors in Anita Campbell of Washington and Ali Kielty of ASU.  She also faces 2008 NCAA third place finisher Alex Gits of Stanford who just ran her first race since last year by running a 5k at the PAyton Jordan Invite so she is a dangerous wild card. 

100 hur - Kimyon Broom of Cal is the defending champion and top seed but did not make the NCAA meet last year but USC teammates Shalina Clarke (8th) and Nia Ali (semis) did.  This shoud be fun to watch as fortunes always change rapidly during a 100 meter hurdles race.     

400 hurdles - 2007 NCAA champ and '08 runner-up Nicole Leach of UCLA must have thought she needed more competition in the 400 after only one Pac-10 competitor even made it into the NCAA heats last year.  Freshman sensation Dalilah Muhammad of USC should make a run at the NCAA meet and is far ahead of the competition. 

HJ - Defending NCAA and Pac-10 champion Elizabeth Patterson of Arizona had had a 3 1/2" pr and should dominate here.  NCAA veterans and teammate Jasmin Day and California's Inika McPherson will head the rest unless talented Rhonda Watkins of UCLA overcomes her regular injuries. 

PV - No one of this highly successful group has dominated or regularly succeeded.  This is the most unpredictable of any of the events anyway and more so with the changing and sometimes heavy winds of Hayward Field who knows.  Katie Morgan of Cal won the NCAA champ with the lowest height since 2002, Gabriela Duclos of Arizona was the 2007 Pac-10 champ, and they along with Melissa Gergel of Oregon, Katy Viuf, Tori Pena and Tori Anthony of UCLA have been NCAA all-Americans or competitors.  Gergel does have more experience with these conditions and that will help. 

LJ - 2x 2007 NCAA champ Rhonda Watkins of UCLA is hoping to get back to that form.  Anything close and she is a cinch to win this meet.  Stanford's Arantxa King and Oregon's Jameesha Youngblood should lead the rest. 

TJ - Arantxa King of Stanford will take of the mantle given to her by former teammate and four-time PAc-10 champion Erica McClain.   She is joined by teammates Jordan Merback and Whitney Liehr who will challenge her as will Cal's Artensia Young and former high school sensation Ke'Nyia Richardson of UCLA. 

SP and Discus - Sarah Stevens of ASU has been one of the top collegian and American shot putters since her freshman year and will attempt to win her third title.  She will be a heavy favoritein both throws

Hammer Throw - Defending NCAA champion senior Eva Orban has not finished lower than third at the NCAA meet but will be looking for just her second NCAA title.  Sarah Stevens of Arizona State upset her last year and will attempt to again in a tough women's team overall race. 

Javelin Throw - Senior Rachel Yurkovich will try to be the second javelin thrower to win four consecutive Pac-10 titles (joining Inga Stasiulionyte of USC '01-'04) but more interestingly will try to be one of four in any event joining legendary athletes Amy Acuff of UCLA in the high jump ('94-'97) and Sheena Johnson of UCLA in the 400 hurdles ('01-'04).  Young star sophomore Marissa Tschida and freshman Courtney Kirkwood of Washington State will try to derail Yurkovich's plans.

Oregon 137, USC 126, ASU 115, Stanford 114



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