This Week In Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field
May 1, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 23-29:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: GALEN RUPP, OREGON (Jr., Portland, Ore.). In the Cardinal Invitational Sunday night, Rupp became the fastest American collegian ever in the 10,000m and smashed UO's school record by 17 seconds. Rupp won the race (27:33.48) over Mexican Olympian David Galvan (second, 27:33.96) and was 19 seconds ahead of the next American, Jorge Torres (fifth, 27:42.91). According to a race report, Rupp took the lead with 1,200m en route to 2:05 last 800m and 60-second final 400m splits to break the former Duck record owned by Bill McChesney, Jr. (27:50.82, 1982). Rupp's time moved him to seventh all-time in U.S history.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week: NOAH BRYANT, USC (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.). Won the USC-UCLA dual meet with a shot of 67-5 1/2 (20.56) to set a new school record. Beat Doug Lane's mark of 66-11 1/4 (20.40m) which had stood since 1972. It is the top NCAA mark and the sixth in the world this season.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: NICOLE LEACH, UCLA (So., West Philadelphia, Pa.). Led the Bruin women to victory against USC for the 15th straight season as she put on an impressive performance in three events. Leach started off the day in the 400m, running a lifetime-best and No. 5 mark in the country of 51.97. She then came back to run the No. 2 time in the World, Nation and NCAA in the 400m hurdles in her season debut with a time of 55.60. That mark broke the USC Stadium and Dual meet records (previously set by Olympic Gold Medalist Joanna Hayes). Leach then returned to anchor the Bruin 4x400m relay team victory and a season-best time of 3:36.55 (53.4 split)
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: McKENZIE GARBERG, WASHINGTON STATE (Jr., Benton City, Wash.). Won all three throws events she competed in at the WSU-UW Dual. It was the second consecutive week she has won three events. Improved NCAA Regional Qualifying in shot put and discus. Won the shot put with a PR of 14.91m/48-11, won the discus with a PR toss of 51.58m/169-3 - fifth-best in WSU history - and won the hammer with a meet record and NCAA regional qualifying mark of 58.99m/193-6 (she has already thrown 59.37m/194-9, second best hammer in WSU women's history, previously this season). Scored 15 points of WSU women's winning total of 102 points.
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). April 30 - Galen Rupp, ORE (10,000M).
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). April 30 - Noah Bryant, USC (SP).
WOMEN'S TRACK - April 9 - Diana Pickler, WSU (Hept). April 16 - Latosha Wallace, ASU (400MH). April 23 - Rebekah Noble, ORE (800M). April 30 - Nicole Leach, UCLA (400MH).
WOMEN'S FIELD - April 9 - Rhonda Watkins, UCLA (LJ). April 16 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP/DT/HT). April 23 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP). McKenzie Garber, WSU (SP/DT/HT).