This Week in Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field
April 9, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 2-8:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: PHIL ALEXANDER, OREGON (Jr., Keizer, Ore.). The first-year sprinter played a part on two wins and two more runner-up finishes last weekend in the men's team victory in the Pepsi Team Invitational. Individually, he won the 100m (10.40W, w:4.7), then ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay (first, 40.47) that scored a season best and regional qualifying mark. He came back with a regional mark and season best in the 200m (second, 21.07, w:1.2) just off his personal best (21.00), and also ran on the runner-up 4x400m relay (3:11.91).
Men's Field Co-Athletes of the Week: ADAM KUEHL, ARIZONA (Sr., Monmouth, N.J.). Kuehl won the discus competition at the 2007 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and also finished third in the shot put. In the discus, five throwers bettered 60 meters, with Kuehl doing so on all five of his fair throws. Any one of his throws would have been good enough to win; his best was 204-4 (62.29m) and his 'worst' was 201-3 (61.34m). In the shot put, he registered a mark of 58-1 (17.70m) during Saturday's rain-filled competition to claim third. NOAH BRYANT, USC (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.). Won the men's shot at the Pepsi Team Invitational with a throw of 66-2 ¼ (20.17m). That mark is a new outdoor PR, the top outdoor mark this season and second-farthest in USC history.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: DIANA PICKLER, WASHINGTON STATE (Sr., Sachse, Texas). Won the Texas Relays heptathlon with a school and Pac-10 record 6,205 points. She broke school record in 100m hurdles for third straight week with time of 13.28 seconds. Set PRs in running events - 200m (NCAA RQ 23.69w) and 800m (2:19.08). Also set PRs in high jump (NCAA RQ 1.84m/6-0 1/2) and long jump (NCAA RQ 6.15m/20-2 1/4). The heptathlon mark, which is the fourth-best collegiate mark all-time, was also US National Meet A qualifier.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: RHONDA WATKINS, UCLA (So., Port of Spain, Trinidad). Watkins, the 2007 NCAA Indoor long jump champion and No. 1-ranked jumper in the world, leaped out to another top world mark with her win in the 'A' section of the long jump on Friday at the Texas Relays. Watkins posted a wind-aided mark of 22-0.25 (6.71m/+3.0 wind) to win the event, out-distancing her nearest competitor by nearly two feet. The mark also set a new Myers Stadium record and Texas Relays meet record. She now holds the top wind-aided mark and non-wind-aided mark in the world this year. She also ran on UCLA's 4x100m relay team in the middle of her competition.
2007 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
MEN'S TRACK - April 9 - Phil Alexander, ORE (100M/200M).
MEN'S FIELD - April 9 - Adam Kuehl, ARIZ (DT) and Noah Bryant, USC (SP).
WOMEN'S TRACK - April 9 - Diana Pickler, WSU (Hept).
WOMEN'S FIELD - April 9 - Rhonda Watkins, UCLA (LJ).