Pac-12 track and field athletes of the week announced
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the the week of March 24-30:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: MILAN RISTIC, CALIFORNIA (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia.). Senior transfer Milan Ristic set a new legal personal best at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last week in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 13.71 in the prelims, qualifying third. His time was just one hundredth off of the Serbian national record and shattered his previous personal best of 13.88 set in 2012. The time is also the fourth-fastest in collegiate track this season and the second-fastest in the Pac-12. He went on to finish third in the 110-meter hurdles final, posting a wind-aided (+2.1) time of 13.59. Additionally, Ristic was a key contributor to Cal’s 4x100 relay that qualified ninth among a field of 36 teams with a time of 40.24 (17th in the country), the fastest run by any Cal team this season. He then helped the team to a sixth-place finish in the event final with a time of 40.31.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: JENNA PRANDINI, OREGON (R-So., Clovis, Calif.). Sophomore Jenna Prandini began her 2014 outdoor season in spectacular fashion by winning the 200 in a meet-record time of 22.98 at the Aztec Invitational. The mark, which is the fastest time in the world this year, is a personal best and moved her up to fourth on the Oregon all-time list. Prandini joined Jasmine Todd, Marybeth Sant and Phyllis Francis in the 4x100 relay which cruised to a victory by more than two seconds and set a meet record of 43.74. The time is .01 seconds off Oregon’s best mark from 2013, ranks fourth in school history and No. 3 in the NCAA this season.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: VIKTOR FAJOYOMI, USC (Sr., Budapest, Hungary.). Senior Viktor Fajoyomi won the decathlon at the Aztec Invitational with 7,439 points which moved him from fifth to fourth on USC’s all-time list in the event and is among the top-10 in the country among collegiates this season. He set four personal bests during the two-day competition, including three on the final day to secure the victory. Fajoyomi is the second-straight Trojan to be named the Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: JULIE LABONTÉ, ARIZONA (R-Sr., Sainte-Justine, Quebec). For the second-straight week, senior Julie Labonté has posted the top mark in the country in the women’s shot put. Her season-best toss of 56-6.75 (17.24m) was good for first place overall at the ASU Invitational on Saturday. Her mark is over a foot farther than the second-best toss in the country this year. She also threw the discus and had a personal-best toss of 186-6 (56.84m), good for first place overall at the meet. That mark is No. 4 in Wildcat history and No. 4 in the country this year. She defeated defending NCAA Champion and ASU’s Anna Jelmini as well.
2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men’s Track: March 25 - Nick Hartle, UCLA; Milan Ristic, CAL.
Women’s Track: March 25 - Jessica Davis, USC; Jenna Prandini, ORE.
Men’s Field: March 25 - Remington Conatser, USC; Viktor Fajoyomi, USC.
Women’s Field: March 25 - Emily Hunsucker, COLO; Julie Labonté, ARIZ.