This Week In Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field

April 23, 2007

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PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 26-22:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week: GALEN RUPP, OREGON (Jr., Portland, Ore.). Last weekend in the Oregon Invitational, Rupp charged from behind to win the 5,000m by .05 seconds (13:30.49) at the finish line over Wisconsin senior and three-time NCAA champion Chris Solinsky (second, 13:30.54). Rupp's time was a 29.78-second season best and 7.42-second personal best that rewrote his prior PR (13:37.91) from his post-prep summer European jaunt in 2004. Rupp's time was the fastest by a Duck since 1982 when Bill McChesney Jr. (13:14.80) and Jim Hill (13:30.52) ran times that still rank them first and sixth in school history. Rupp's clocking Friday met the Olympic Trials A standard (13:33.00), and moved him to third among collegians in the nation this year.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week: RYAN WHITING, ARIZONA STATE (Fr., Harrisburg, Pa.). Whiting took over the national lead in the shot put with his winning mark of 20.27m (66-06.00) at the UCSD Triton Invitational over the weekend and moved into second on the all-time Arizona State list in the process. In just his second outdoor shot put competition with the Sun Devils, Whiting became just the third Sun Devil to ever record a 66-foot throw or better and currently ranks seventh on the world lists.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week: REBEKAH NOBLE, OREGON (So., Spokane, Wash.). The returning NCAA 800m champion logged a 1.52-second season best (2:03.22) in her win in the Oregon Invitational in Eugene last Saturday - a time that only one other collegian had run slightly faster than (Katie Erdman, Michigan, 2:02.99) this season.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week: SARAH STEVENS, ARIZONA STATE (So., Ft. Collins, Colo.). Stevens continued to dominate and improve on her personal best mark in the shot put over the weekend at the UCSD Triton Invitational as she recorded a school-record toss of 18.40m (60-04.50). Her mark is an over one-foot improvement from last week's school record Currently, Stevens has the top collegiate mark in the nation, ranks second in the history of the Pac-10 Conference and stands fifth on the current world lists.

2007 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN'S TRACK - April 9 - Phil Alexander, ORE (100M/200M). April 16 - Domenik Peterson, ASU (200M/400M). April 23 - Galen Rupp, ORE (5,000M).

MEN'S FIELD - April 9 - Adam Kuehl, ARIZ (DT) and Noah Bryant, USC (SP). April 16 - Ryan Brandel, ORE (JT). April 23 - Ryan Whiting, ASU (SP).

WOMEN'S TRACK - April 9 - Diana Pickler, WSU (Hept). April 16 - Latosha Wallace, ASU (400MH). April 23 - Rebekah Noble, ORE (800M).

WOMEN'S FIELD - April 9 - Rhonda Watkins, UCLA (LJ). April 16 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP/DT/HT). April 23 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP).

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