Track and Field Athletes of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for May 2-8, 2011:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: Cory Primm, UCLA (Sr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Primm won the top section of the 800 meters on Saturday at the Oxy Invitational with the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season. Primm's time of 1:46.20 knocked nearly two seconds off his previous season-best mark.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Jeremy Taiwo, WASHINGTON (Jr., Renton, Wash.)
Taiwo captured the 2011 Pac-10 Decathlon Championship over the weekend, scoring a career-best 7,742 points despite competing with an elbow injury that caused him to throw the javelin with his non-dominant left hand. Taiwo went five-for-five on personal-bests on Friday, with wins in the high jump (6-11) and 400 meters (48.49) as he posted a first-day PR of 4,215 points. He is the first Husky to capture the decathlon title since 1986.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: Ashlea McLaughlin, UCLA (Sr., Uniondale, N.Y.)
McLaughlin ran a lifetime-best in the 400 meters on Saturday at the Oxy Invitational. She finished second overall and was the top collegiate finisher with her PR of 52.95. McLaughlin's time ranks 13th in the NCAA this season.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Samantha Henderson, ARIZONA STATE (Sr., Mesa, Ariz.)
Henderson captured her first Pac-10 title by winning the heptathlon title over the weekend with a personal-best score of 5,470 points. She improved on her 2010 score by 344 points. The second Sun Devil to win the heptathlon, Henderson's score ranks third all-time in ASU history and currently seventh in the NCAA. Henderson won the high jump (5-07.75) and the shot put (41-07.25) in the seven-event competition.
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; May 9 - Cory Primm, Sr., UCLA?
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; May 9 - Jeremy Taiwo, Jr., WASH
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; May 9 - Ashlea McLaughlin, Sr., UCLA
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; May 9 - Samantha Henderson, Sr., ASU