Pac-12 announces outdoor track & field athletes of the week

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of March 23-29:

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: HARRISON WILLIAMS, STANFORD (Fr., Memphis, Tenn.). Freshman Harrison Williams made his collegiate decathlon debut, and came within 74 points of matching the school’s oldest and most legendary track and field record – that of Bob Mathias in his gold-medal winning effort (7,592 points ac-cording to revised scoring tables) at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Williams scored a Stanford freshman rec-ord 7,518 points, the No. 3 score in school history, to finish second overall and first among collegians at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Among those he beat were three competitors from the heptathlon at the recent NCAA indoor championships, including two top-10 finishers.  Williams, the defending U.S. junior champ, moved to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. junior list and registered the top collegiate decathlon score in the nation and No. 3 score in the world this year. Also nominated: Collins Kibet, ARIZONA; Adam Peterman, COLORADO; Jesse Jorgensen, WASHINGTON STATE. 

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: SHELBY HOULIHAN, ARIZONA STATE (Sr., Sioux City, Iowa). Houlihan made her 2015 outdoor debut on Saturday, March 28, breaking the Arizona Invite meet record in the 1500m run with her winning time of 4:14.35. The previous meet record, 4:19.53, was set by Oregon Track Club’s Jemma Simpson in 2007. Houlihan’s time in the 1500m run is the top time in both the NCAA West and the combined list, nearly five seconds faster than the No. 2 mark (combined) and six seconds faster than the No. 2 West time. Just two weeks after completing a courageous double at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the mile and 3000m run (earned First Team All-America honors in both events), Houlihan also competed as part of ASU’s 4x400m relay team, completing the third leg in 55 seconds and holding the lead en route to the team’s win in a season-best time of 3:38.61. The relay team currently sits at No. 7 in the NCAA West Region and No. 11 in the combined list. Also Nominated: Ana Holland, COLORADO; Liz Harper, WASHINGTON STATE. 

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: NICHOLAS SCARVELIS, UCLA (Jr., Santa Barbara, Calif.). Scarvelis won his two shot put competitions this past week. The reigning Pac-12 champion opened his outdoor campaign with a winning mark of 64-1 at the Jim Bush Team Invitational. Over the weekend at the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational, Scarvelis equaled his personal best with the Invitational’s top throw of 64-4.50. That mark currently ranks third in the nation and leads the conference. On top of his shot put efforts he also helped the Bruins to a team victory at the Jim Bush Team Invitational by placing second in the discus with a throw of 173-3. Also Nominated: Mark Jones, Colorado; Adam Rondema, STANFORD; Brad Stevens, WASHINGTON STATE. 

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: ABRIANNA TORRES, COLORADO (Jr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.). Torres recorded an eighth-place finish at the Texas Relays in a competitive field of NCAA athletes with 5,321 points. The mark is also eighth in the nation and was just 36 points shy of her personal best. Her shot put throw (44-0.50/13.42m) ranks first in CU heptathlon history. Also Nominated: Kara Hallock, OREGON STATE; Valarie Allman, STANFORD; Kristine Felix, WASHINGTON STATE.

2015 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men’s Track:
March 24 – BeeJay Lee, USC. March 30 – Harrison Williams, STAN. 

Women’s Track: March 24 – Amalie Iuel, USC. March 30 – Shelby Houlihan, ASU.

Men’s Field: March 24 – Jax Thoirs, WASH. March 30 – Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA.

Women’s Field: March 24 – Tera Novy, USC. March 30 – Abrianna Torres, COLO.

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