Pac-12 announces outdoor track & field athletes of the week
The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 10-16:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Colby Gilbert, Washington
The defending Pac-12 5,000-meter individual champion made his outdoor season debut in the invitational section of the 5k at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday. Gilbert took third overall in 13:38.68, just three seconds off his school record. That time is the fastest in the Pac-12 this season and ranks fourth in the NCAA.
ALSO NOMINATED: Tyler Brendel, California; Isaiah Oliver, Colorado; Kyree King, Oregon; Just'N Thymes, USC; CJ Allen, Washington State
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Raevyn Rogers, Oregon
Rogers was also named the USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week after she bested a field of mostly professionals and broke a 27-year-old collegiate record to win the 800 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in 1:59.10. The time moves her from fourth to third on the Pac-12 all-time 800m list, and is the fifth collegiate record of the season for the No. 1 nationally ranked Oregon women's team. Rogers also ran the anchor leg for the victorious 4x400 relay, which posted the fifth-fastest time in Oregon history (3:27.98) and eighth-fastest in Pac-12 history.
ALSO NOMINATED: Sage Watson, Arizona; Chelsey Albertson, Arizona State; Maja Whichhart-Donzo, Colorado; Venessa D'Arpino, Oregon State
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Eric Sloan, USC
Sloan repeats as Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week after winning the men's triple jump at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach with a best mark of 53-10.75/16.42m (+1.7). That jump moves him from seventh to fifth on USC's all-time list, ranks second among all collegians this season, and is the best jump by a Pac-12 athlete by more than two feet. Taking second in the event was 2016 Olympian Chris Bernard and third was Omar Craddock, former U.S. triple jump champion. Sloan now has the top long jump and triple jump in the Pac-12 this season.
ALSO NOMINATED: Aaron Castle, Arizona; Cole Walsh, Oregon
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Margaux Jones, USC
Jones placed third overall and was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump at Long Beach State's Beach Invitational with leap of 20-8.50/6.31m (+0.0). It is the 15th-best jump in the country this season and top jump among Pac-12 athletes by six inches.
ALSO NOMINATED: Kara Hallock, Oregon State; Onyie Chibuogwu, Washington; Kiana Davis, Washington State
2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men's Track: March 21 - Ashtyn Davis, CAL; March 28 - Rai Benjamin, UCLA; April 4 - Just'N Thymes, USC; April 11 - Arturo Sotomayor, UCLA; April 18 - Colby Gilbert, WASH
Women's Track: March 21 - Chelsey Albertson, ASU; March 28 - Deanna Hill, USC; April 4 - Amy-Eloise Neale, WASH; April 11 - Kendall Ellis, USC; April 18 - Raevyn Rogers, ORE
Men's Field: March 21 - Nick Ponzio, USC; March 28 - Brock Eager, WSU; April 4 - Casey Burns, WASH; April 11 - Eric Sloan, USC; April 18 - Eric Sloan, USC
Women's Field: March 21 - Maggie Ewen, ASU; March 28 - Maggie Ewen, ASU; April 4 - Mackenzie Little, STAN; April 11 - Lisanne Hagens, ARIZ; April 18 - Margaux Jones, USC
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