USC Conference Champions
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
USC’s first competition in track and field was in 1893, the first annual field day meet of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SCIAA). Member schools were Chaffey, Occidental, Pomona, and USC. Also at this same time (1893) the Intercollegiate Football Association of Southern California (IFASC) was formed and member schools were USC, Occidental, Throop Institute (now Cal Tech), and Chaffey.
There’s still some missing details (confusion??) as to where Track&Field fits into these associations. The IFASC is considered the forerunner of the SCIAC yet there’s no information about the status of the SCIAA. We know the SCIAA conducted a field day meet from 1893 to 1898 (no meet was held in 1899 because of a disagreement between Pomona College and USC), but after 1899 it is difficult to follow the complete status of the SCIAA’s governance in track and field as it garnered little mention in the news of the time.
In 1915 the IFASC would become the SCIAC, but nothing is mentioned about the SCIAA. To add to this mystery, USC competes in the SCIAC conference meet on 5/9/1915 against Whittier, Pomona, Redlands and Occidental. All SCIAC teams.
We’ve also discovered USC’s participation in the Pacific Coast Conference Meet (1912 to 1915) which is prior to the PCC being officially founded and prior to USC’s membership in the PCC.
PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
The Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded in Portland, Ore in 1915 but the first official Pacific Coast Conference track meet was held in 1919 with California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. The meet continued uninterrupted through 1928.
Idaho and Montana became conference members with the 1922 meet. USC joined the PCC in the fall of 1922 but its first competition in the conference track meet was 1926. The Trojans did not compete in the 1928 meet. UCLA joined the conference for the 1927 meet.
From 1929 until 1936 there was no conference meet. The Southern schools (USC, UCLA, California and Stanford) competed in the California Intercollegiate meet (sometimes called Southern Division) from 1929 through 1932, then 1935. There were no meets in 1933 and 1934. The California Intercollegiate was renewed in 1944 and 1945.
The Northwest schools competed in the PCC Northern Division track meet in 1920-21, 1927, 1929-43, 1946-73. The meet, sometimes known as the Far West championships, became a relay meet in 1974 without scoring and ran through 1976. There was also a Far West Relays meet from 1958 through 1964.
(World War II curtailed intercollegiate athletic competition to a minimum from 1943-45)
The Pacific Coast Conference competed as a 10-member league until 1950 when Montana resigned from the Conference. The PCC would continue as a nine-team Conference through 1958.
Following recruiting scandals at California, USC, UCLA and Washington, the PCC was dissolved in 1959 and the Athletic Association of Western Universities was formed. The original AAWU members were California, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Washington (popularly known as the Big Five). Washington State joined the membership in 1962 (known now as the Big Six), while Oregon and Oregon State joined in 1964. Unofficially calling itself as the Pacific Athletic Conference (or PAC-8), the AAWU formally renamed itself the Pacific-8 Conference (PAC-8) in 1968.
In 1978, University of Arizona and Arizona State University were admitted to the league becoming the Pacific-10 Conference (PAC-10). In 1986-87, the league expanded to include 10 women’s sports.
In June of 2010, the Pac-10 became the Pac-12 with the addition of the University of Colorado and the University of Utah.
Women's Track & Field
In 1974, women’s T&F would join the SCWIAC* (Southern California Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Member schools were Cal. St. LA, Cal. St. Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO, Cal. St. Fullerton, Long Beach St., Redlands, San Diego St., UCLA. USC would be in this conference for 3 years when it would move into the WCAA in 1976.
In 1976-77, conference affiliation for the women changed with the founding of the Western Collegiate Athletic Association˚ (WCAA). Charter members were Arizona, Arizona State, Cal. St. Fullerton, Long Beach State, San Diego State, UCLA, and USC. (Stanford joined in 1982)
This conference functioned until 1985 when it was renamed the Pacific West˚ (PacWest) Conference for a final academic year (1985–86). In the summer of 1986, the PacWest and the Northern Pacific Conferences were retired and united and brought into the PAC-10 when the PAC-10 added women’s sports to the conference.
* - (these women's conference results are included with the PAC results here)
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