Track and Field Athletes of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for April 25-May 1, 2011:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: Stephen Sambu, ARIZONA (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya)
Sambu broke the Arizona school record in the 10,000 meters by 38 seconds at the Payton Jordan Invitational. His time of 27:28.64 ranks ninth in the world this year and bested Arizona Olympian Abdi Abdirahman's 12-year old record. Sambu finished seventh overall in a race where he was one of only two collegiate competitors amongst a group of professional athletes. His run was over 45 seconds faster than the top NCAA time heading into the weekend.
Also Nominated: Ryan Milus, ASU; Maxwell Dyce, UCLA; Maurice McNeal, WASH; Jeshua Anderson, WSU
Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Viktor Fajoyomi, USC (Fr., Budapest, Hungary)
Fajoyomi won both the men's high jump (7-0.25/2.14m) and long jump (24-4.50/7.43m) and placed second in the triple jump (50-1.75/15.28m) against UCLA, all with season bests. Both his long jump and triple jump marks rank ninth in the conference this season.
Also Nominated: Jonathan Clark, UCLA; Joe Zimmerman, WASH; Joe Bartlett, WSU
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: Jordan Hasay, OREGON (So., Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Hasay took the collegiate lead in the 1,500 meters by running 4:10.28 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Her time was the second-best in Pac-10 history and the fourth-fastest in Oregon history. Hasay, who finished fourth behind professional athletes, clocked the best time by a Duck in 27 years.
Also Nominiated: Jasmine Chaney, ASU; Laura Carlyle, OSU; Turquoise Thompson, UCLA; Jessica Davis, USC; Jordan Carlson, WASH
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Marissa Tschida, WASHINGTON STATE (Sr., Missoula, Mont.)
Tschida won the javelin at the Washington-Washington State dual meet for the fourth-consecutive year. Her winning throw of 178-11 (54.54m) was a season best and ranks second nationally this year.
Also Nominated: Julie Labonte, ARIZ; Christabel Nettey, ASU; Tory Anthony, UCLA; Jenny Ozorai, USC; Logan Miller, WASH
2011 Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Men's Track: Apr. 11 - James Alaka, So., WASH; Apr. 18 - Lawi Lalang, Fr., ARIZ; Apr. 25 - Ryan Milus, RS Fr., ASU; May 2 - Stephen Sambu, Jr., ARIZ?
Men's Field: Apr. 11 - Mike Morrison, RS Sr., CAL; Apr. 18 - Scott Roth, Sr., WASH; Apr. 25 - Trey Henderson, Sr., USC; May 2 - Viktor Fajoyomi, Fr., USC
Women's Track: Apr. 11 - English Gardner, Fr., ORE; Apr. 18 - Jasmine Chaney, Sr., ASU; Apr. 25 - Anne Kesselring, So., ORE; May 2 - Jordan Hasay, So., ORE
Women's Field: Apr. 11 - Julie Labonte, So., ARIZ; Apr. 18 - Brigetta Barrett, So., ARIZ; Apr. 25 - Julie Labonte, So., ARIZ; May 2 - Marissa Tschida, Sr., WSU
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