Pac-12 outdoor track and field athletes of the week
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 11-April 17:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: Devon Allen, Oregon (RS-So., Yuma, Ariz.). Redshirt-sophomore Devon Allen won four events at the Oregon Relays over the weekend, beginning with the 200-meter on Friday, moving up to fifth all-time on Oregon’s list, turning in a time of 20.68. Allen went on to win three events the following day as part of the 4x100-meter team, and individually in both hurdles races. His time of 51.32 in the 400-meter hurdles was a season best and is No. 23 in the NCAA. Already owning the fastest time in the nation in the 110-hurdles, he posted a time of 13.48 to win the event, as well. It is the second time this season Allen has been voted the Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: Hannah Cunliffe, OREGON (So., Federal Way, Wash.). Sophomore Hannah Cunliffe competed in three events at the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend, going up against top collegians and some of the world’s greatest professionals. She was a member of the women’s 4x100-meter team that won in a school-record time of 42.68, also the third-fastest school in NCAA history and a Pac-12 record. Cunliffe then competed in open events, taking second in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. The Federal Way, Wash., native finished in a personal-best time of 10.99 in the 100 meters, the third-fastest time in school history and eighth in NCAA history. In the 200 meters, she crossed the finish line in 22.71 only behind her teammate Deajah Stevens. The 100-meter time is the fastest in the NCAA this season while the 200-meter time is fourth. Cunliffe is the second Duck to win the women’s track weekly honor this season after teammate Annie Leblanc earned the award on March 22.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.). UCLA senior All-American Nicholas Scarvelis made his outdoor season shot put debut in impressive fashion as he uncorked the best mark in the nation. The back-to-back Pac-12 Champion launched a personal-best throw of 67-0 (20.42m) to easily win the event against top-ranked Texas A&M in a dual meet at home. His throw ranks fifth all-time on the prestigious UCLA list that includes former World Champion and Olympian John Godina. He also came back to win the discus with a throw of 187-1 (57.03m).
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: TERA NOVY, USC (Sr., Montesano, Wash.). Senior Tera Novy took second in the women’s discus throw competition at the CSULA Twilight Meet, first among collegians, with a school-record toss of 200-5 (61.10). She entered the day as USC’s record-holder at 196-6 and passed that in her first throw with a mark of 200-1 (61.00m), which also met the Olympic qualifying A standard. In the fifth round, 2014 USA Outdoor discus throw runner-up Liz Podominick jump ahead of Novy, so Novy responded with a new personal-best, school-record and NCAA- leading mark of 200-5 to finish second. The mark also ranks fourth all-time in Pac-12 history with only the top-four throws hitting the 200-0 mark or better. Novy has four throws over 196-0 feet this season (three at this competition).
2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men’s Track: March 22 — Devon Allen, ORE; March 29 — Ricky Morgan, USC; April 5 — Aaron Nelson, WASH; April 12 — Colby Gilbert, WASH; April 19 — Devon Allen, ORE.
Women’s Track: March 22 — Annie Leblanc, ORE; March 29 — Jaide Stepter, USC; April 5 — Erin Clark, STAN; April 12 — Sage Watson, ARIZ; April 19 — Hannah Cunliffe, ORE.
Men’s Field: March 22 — Cody Danielson, ORE; March 29 — Adoree’ Jackson, USC; April 5 — Harrison Williams, STAN; April 12 — Pau Tonnesen, ARIZ; April 19 — Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA.
Women’s Field: March 22 — Valarie Allman, STAN; March 29 — Maggie Ewen, ASU; April 5 — Tera Novy, USC; April 12 — Valarie Allman, STAN; April 19 — Tera Novy, USC.