This Week In Pac-10 Outdoor Track And Field

April 11, 2005

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 4-10:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week: JOHN RANKIN, UCLA (Sr., Spring Valley, Calif.). Rankin broke the 4-minute mile at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Inviational on Saturday, by running a lifetime-best 3:57.89. He's the third Bruin all-time to break the 4-minute barrier, and the first since 1980. His time is the fastest in the world this season.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week: TREVELL QUINLEY, Arizona State (Sr., Tracy, Calif.). In his first outdoor meet of the season, won the long jump at the Texas Relays with a leap of 26-9 3/4 (8.17m). It's the nation's best mark this season and he's the only collegian to break the 8-meter barrier. Quinley was the national runner-up indoors this season and ranks second on the ASU all-time list behind 2004 Olympic champion Dwight Philips' 26-11 1/4 (8.21m).

Women's Track Athlete of the Week: VIRGINIA POWELL, USC (Jr., Seattle, Wash). Powell posted a personal-best time of 12.70 in the 100-meter hurdles to place second at the Texas Relays. Her time established a USC record and is second all-time on the Pac-10 list.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week: DIANA PICKLER, Washington State (So., Sachse, Texas). Pickler won the heptathlon at the Texas Relays with an NCAA PQ and personal-best 5492 points. Her point total leads the nation and is the second-best mark by an American woman this year. She had the top mark in four of the seven events, including a personal-best in the 200m (24.61), an NCAA RQ in the 100m hurdles (13.74), and a personal-best in the javelin (130-8/39.82).

2005 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN'S TRACK - April 11 - John Rankin, UCLA (Mile).

MEN'S FIELD - April 11 - Trevell Quinley, ASU (LJ).

WOMEN'S TRACK - April 11 - Virginia Powell, USC (100MH).

WOMEN'S FIELD - April 11 - Diana Pickler, WSU (Heptathlon).

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