Pac-10 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

May 10, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pacific-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of May 3-9, 2010:

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: CORY PRIMM, UCLA (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.). On Saturday at the Oxy Invitational, junior distance runner Cory Primm supplanted himself as the No. 1 800m runner in the NCAA as he ran 1:46.63 in the two lap event to win. Primm came into the meet ranked fifth in the NCAA after running a lifetime-best of 1:47.56 in the dual meet with USC last weekend. His time of 1:46.63 moved him from fifth to second all-time in UCLA history and also ranks second on the 2010 USA Track and Field outdoor 800m list.

Men’s Field Athletes of the Week: ASHTON EATON, OREGON (Sr., Bend, Ore.). Eaton successfully defended his Pac-10 decathlon title, with a career legal-best 8,124 points to capture the multi-events crown at Berkeley, Calif., last weekend. He won seven of the 10 events, including a PR of 16-10.75 in the pole vault and a time of 13.79 in the 110 meter hurdles. Eaton is one of three Pac-10 student-athletes all-time to capture three Pac-10 decathlon titles, joining Oregon’s Craig Brigham (1973-75) and Washington’s Mike Ramos (1983-84, 86).

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: TURQUOISE THOMPSON, UCLA (Fr., Lakewood, Calif.). After her 400m hurdles debut was dashed by a technical error last week in the dual with USC, Thompson came out hard at the Oxy Invitational, posting the No. 7 time in the NCAA this season. Thompson ran away with the race as she won by over two seconds, crossing the finish line with a new lifetime best of 57.11 (old best from high school, 57.67). That mark moves her into UCLA's all-time top 10 at the No. 10 spot and is the top mark for a freshman in the NCAA this season.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: BRIANNE THEISEN, OREGON (Jr., Humboldt, Sask.). Theisen defended her Pac-10 title in the heptathlon by posting 5,917 points, which was nearly 500 points over her nearest competitor. On the final day of competition, she won the javelin with a throw of 134-11, then posted a mark of 18-7 in the long jump and finished with a time of 2:15.13 in the 800 meters.

2010 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN'S TRACK
April 12 - Ashton Eaton, ORE (110m hurdles/long jump/4x100)
April 19 - Jeshua Anderson, WSU (400m hurdles)
April 26 - Mac Fleet, ORE (DM relay, Four-mile relay, 4x800 meter relay)
May 3 - Andrew Wheating, ORE (800m/1500m)
May 10 - Cory Primm, UCLA (800m)

MEN'S FIELD
April 12 - Ryan Whiting, ASU  (SP)
April 19 - Alex Wolff, ORE (JT)
April 26 - Stephan Scott-Ellis, WSU (LJ)
May 3 - Cyrus Hostetler, ORE (JT)
May 10 - Ashton Eaton, ORE (Decathlon)

WOMEN'S TRACK
April 12 - Amber Purvis, ORE (100m/200m/4x100)
April 19 - Katie Follett, WASH (1500m)
April 26 - 4x400 Meter Relay, ORE (Jamesha Youngblood, Keshia Baker, Michele Williams, Amber Purvis). May 3 - Judith Onypunuka, USC (110m/200m/4x100m relay)
May 10 - Turquoise Thompson, UCLA (400m hurdles)

WOMEN'S FIELD
April 12 - Brooke Pighin, WASH (JT)
April 19 - Lauren Chambers, USC (HT)
April 26 - Kjirsten Jensen, WSU (HT)
May 3 - Brysun Stately, USC (PV)
May 10 - Brianne Theisen, ORE (Heptathlon)

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