Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week (4/8)

April 8, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. -


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 1-8:

MEN'S TRACK - Charles Ryan, UCLA. Ryan clocked a season-best and Pac-10 leading time of 13.67w to win the 110m hurdles at the CA/AZ Challenge on Saturday. The NCAA automatic qualifying time was the second-best (wind-aided) mark of his career. Ryan is a sophomore from Richmond, Calif.

MEN'S FIELD - John Stiegeler, OREGON. In only his second meet of the season, Stiegeler finished with an NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 242-11 in the javelin. It was his second automatic qualification in the event--on March 16 he qualified with a season-best 247-0. Stiegeler is currently the top-ranked collegian by over six feet and the top-ranked American by over five feet. He is a junior from Coos Bay, Ore.

WOMEN'S TRACK - Randi Smith, WASHINGTON STATE. Smith ran a season-best time of 57.88 in the 400m hurdles en route to a third-place finish at the 2002 Texas Relays. Her time is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and the second-best time on this week's Pac-10 list. Smith also ran the third leg of the women's 1600m relay, which set a school record time of 3:37.23. Smith is a senior from Valencia, Calif.

WOMEN'S FIELD - L'Orangerie Crawford, USC. At Cal State Northridge, Crawford posted a personal best hammer throw of 205-5, an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The mark ranks second on the all-time USC hammer list and fifth on the all-time Pac-10 chart. Crawford is a sophomore from Los Angeles, Calif.

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