EUGENE, Ore. – Jerry Schumacher has been named the Pac-12 Women’s Coach of the Year with league honors announced Friday morning. The UO women won their second-consecutive team title at the Pac-12 Championships last weekend in Walnut, Calif. The year-end honor is the first for Schumacher.
In a show of their across-the-board depth, the Women of Oregon won seven individual titles and scored in 19 of 21 events on their way to 158.5 points and the team win. The seven event titles are their highest total since the 2017 conference meet.
Jadyn Mays won the 100 meters for her first individual Pac-12 title, and fourth overall. She was also part of the victorious 4×100-meter relay with Lily Jones, Shaniya Hall and Ella Clayton; good for the program’s third-consecutive title in the event. Shana Grebo made history as the first UO woman to take top honors in the 400-meter hurdles.
Jorinde van Klinken was a double winner in her first season at Oregon, taking first place in the shot put and discus. Lexi Ellis won a second-consecutive title in the triple jump while Shelby Moran secured the team’s first win of the weekend with her performance in the hammer.
The UO women are up to 13 Pac-12 titles (1991-92, 2009-17, 2022-23) and within two of the most titles in conference history—UCLA, 15. Individually, Mays earned women’s Athlete of the Week honors as the high-point scorer (20.5). She was also runner-up in the 200 to go along with wins in the 100 and 4×100.
2023 Pac-12 Track and Field Awards
Track Athlete of the Year: Udodi Onwuzurike, Stanford
Field Athlete of the Year: Jordan Geist, Arizona
Freshman of the Year: William Jones, USC
Coach of the Year: Andy Powell, Washington
Track Athlete of the Year: Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Oregon State
Field Athlete of the Year: Allie Jones, USC
Freshman of the Year: Juliette Whittaker, Stanford
Coach of the Year: Jerry Schumacher, Oregon
All conference honors were selected by a coaches’ vote.
The Ducks’ postseason continues with the 2023 NCAA West Preliminary (May 24-27) in Sacramento. The team is sending 43 qualifiers to the opening rounds of the national meet. The top 12 in each event move on to the NCAA Championships (June 7-10) in Austin.
The Women of Oregon are up to a season-high No. 3 ranking in this week’s USTFCCCA national poll.
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