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 18-24:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: JACKSON SHUMWAY, STANFORD (Sr., Deerfield, Mass.). Senior Jackson Shumway anchored the 4x400-meter relay team to a school-record 3:05.59 to place third out of 19 at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas. Shumway ran a 45.3 split to help break one of the school’s oldest records, the 1978 mark of 3:06.6 that was set by a relay-team anchored by NFL Hall of Famer James Lofton. Earlier in the day, Shumway ran a lifetime-best 51.39 in the 400-meter hurdles, placing third of 27. That time stands seventh in the Stanford record book.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: NNENYA HAILEY, ARIZONA (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.). Senior Nnenya Hailey ran a 54.98 in the 400-meter hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold Classic in Baton Rouge, La. Her time leads the nation in the event and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 all-time and second in Wildcat history behind Olympian Georganne Moline (53.72). Hailey also ran in the 4x400-meter relay that posted a time of 3:46.42.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Nicholas Scarvelis, UCLA (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.). Senior Nicholas Scarvelis recorded a personal best for the second-straight week, posting a 67-7.50 in the shot put over the weekend at the Triton Invitational, finishing only behind world leader Joe Kovacs. Scarvelis’ mark not only leads the NCAA but is also an Olympic qualifying standard. He also moves up to fourth all-time in the UCLA record book, a list that includes former World Champion and Olympian John Godina. Scarvelis’ honor this week is the second in a row.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: VALARIE ALLMAN, STANFORD (Jr., Longmont, Colo.). Defending Pac-12 discus champion Valarie Allman set lifetime bests in both the discus and the hammer at Baylor’s Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas. Allman was second in the discus to two-time defending NCAA Champion Shelbi Vaughan of Texas A&M, but threw 190-11 (58.19m) for the No. 6 collegiate throw this year, which strengthens her spot at No. 2 in Stanford history. Allman won the hammer at 199-5 (60.78), a lifetime best of more than 10 feet – to jump to No. 3 all-time at Stanford. It was the seventh-consecutive meet in which Allman has set a lifetime best in the hammer or the event’s cousin, the indoor 20-pound weight throw. It is the second time in three weeks Allman has won the weekly field honor.
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; April 16 — Jackson Shumway, STAN.
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; April 26 — Nnenya Hailey, ARIZ.
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; April 26 — 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; April 26 — Valarie Allman, STAN.
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