This Week In Pac-10 Track And Field

April 14, 2004


This list contains no less than the top 20 performances in each event, while all qualifiers for the 2004 Pac-10 Championships (May 14-15, Tucson, Ariz. -- combined events May 7-8) are above the underlined mark in each event. Marks in parentheses after each event heading are (in order) Pac-10 and NCAA regional qualifying marks. All Pac-10 champions will automatically be invited to the NCAA West Region Championships (May 28-29, Northridge, Calif.). The top five finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships (June 9-12, Austin, Texas). Another six to eight athletes nationally per event will be invited by the NCAA Championships selection committee based on a season performance list as long as that athlete competed in the regional. Qualifying marks must be made between March 1 and May 16.

List marks in parentheses for the races of 200 meters and under are not accepted as NCAA qualifying efforts, as they were not recorded in automatic (track) or metric (field) form. For the Pac-10 Championships, hand times are allowed, but field events still must be measured in metric units. Indoor marks (from January 1) and wind-aided marks of greater than 4.0 mps will be accepted for the Pac-10 Championships, but not for the NCAA Championships. Wind-aided marks of 2.0 - 4.0 mps will be accepted for NCAA Championships.

Date of performance is listed after each entry. For distances of one lap and below, hand times are converted for placing using IAAF charts (+0.24 seconds for below one lap, +0.14 seconds for one lap and up).

Symbols: # - NCAA regional qualifier; ! - School record; i - indoor mark; (A) - altitude over 1000 meters; y - yards; *** - freshman; ** - sophomore; * - junior; no asterisk - senior.

Note: Both the 10,000 meters and decathlon events continue to use NCAA automatic and provisional qualifying standards for the NCAA Championships. & - Denotes NCAA automatic, % - NCAA provisional.

Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week

Track Athlete of the Week: DOMENIK PETERSON, Arizona State (Fr., Jefferson City, Mo.). Peterson posted the fastest outdoor time in the nation this season with a 20.62 clocking to win the 200 meters at the Sun Angel Classic. The school's indoor record holder (20.57i), moved into the No. 8 spot on the ASU all-time list. He also competed on the 4x400m relay team that won the meet event at 3:03.97 - the same relay team that established the collegiate indoor record earlier this year.

Field Athlete of the Week: DAN AMES, UCLA (Sr., Lakeside, Calif.). Ames was the top collegian, second overall behind Olympian John Godina, with a personal-best mark of 66-1 in the shot put at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. It's the fifth best mark in UCLA history and is currently the collegiate leader this season. Ames also placed second in the hammer with a toss of 199-11, and fifth in the discus with a throw of 189-10.

Previous Track winners: April 13 - Domenik Peterson, ASU (200M).

Previous Field winners: April 13 - Dan Ames, UCLA (SP/DT/HT).

Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week

Track Athlete of the Week: SOFIE ABILDTRUP, Oregon (Jr., Fredericksberg, Denmark). Abildtrup helped lead the Ducks to the Pepsi Team Invitational title with wins over Washington, Minnesota and Colorado. She took top honors in the 400 meters (54.49) - the ninth best time in Oregon history, the 200 meters (23.94) - seventh best time in Oregon history, and sealed the win for the Ducks with a 54.40-second split in leading the team to a 3:46.92 clocking in the 4x400m relay.

Field Athlete of the Week: SHEENA GORDON, UCLA (So., Erie, Pa.). Gordon won the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational high jump with a personal-best leap of 6-1 1/4. The mark ties her for the third best in UCLA history.

Previous Track winners: April 13 - Sofie Abildtrup, ORE (200M/400M).

Previous Field winners: April 13 - Sheena Gordon, UCLA (HJ).

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