Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Week: May 3-10
May 11, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Paciﬁc-10 Conference track and ﬁeld athlete of the week honors for the week of May 3-10:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: 4 x 1-MILE RELAY, OREGON (Matthew Centrowitz, Fr., Arnold, Md.; Andrew Wheating, Jr., Norwich, Vt.; Shadrack Biwott, Sr., Eldoret, Kenya; Galen Rupp, Sr., Portland, Ore.) - Oregon broke the collegiate and Hayward Field records in the four-mile relay, running 16:03.24 Saturday night at the Twilight Meet. The Ducks broke Michigan's 2005 collegiate record of 16:04.54 and the 1968 Hayward Field record of 16:05.0, set by Oregon Track Club. Oregon opened the record attempt with Matthew Centrowitz, who ran 3:59.53. Then 2008 Olympian Andrew Wheating took the baton for a 3:59.60 second leg. Shadrack Biwott clocked a 4:05.21 third leg before handing off to four-time NCAA champion Galen Rupp, who brought the record home with a 3:58.93 ﬁnal leg.
Men's Field Athletes of the Week: ASHTON EATON, OREGON (Jr., Bend, Ore.) - Eaton defended his Pac-10 decathlon title by scoring 8,091 points - the fourth straight decathlon that he has gone over 8,000 points - to lead a 1-2-8 Oregon ﬁnish in the event. He won all ﬁve ﬁrst day events, including a PR of 10.49 in the 100 meters. His day two highlight was a win in the 110 hurdles, where he set a personal best in 14.01 seconds. That was the eighth-fastest 110 hurdle time in school history.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: BRIANNE THEISEN, OREGON (So., Humboldt, Sask.) - Theisen set personal bests in all three running events in scoring a personal-best 5,986 points to become just the second Pac-10 heptathlon champion from Oregon, joining Kelly Blair who won in 1993 and 1994. Her score leads the NCAA in 2009 and was the sixth-best in Pac-10 history. Her running event PR's included 13.86 in the 100 meter hurdles, 24.02 in the 200 meters and 2:14.57 in the 800 meters, as well as her shot put of 39-0.25. Theisen also won the high jump (5-10).
Women's Field Athlete of the Week: ALLISON STOKKE, CALIFORNIA (So., Newport Beach, Calif.) - Stokke recorded a personal best on Saturday at the Sacramento Open when she won the pole vault. Stokke surpassed her previous personal best by four inches with her ﬁrst-place mark of 13-9.75 (4.21m). Her mark ranks second all-time in Cal history, behind senior Katie Morgan who took second in the meet. Stokke's mark is tied for ninth best in the nation.
2009 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK:
MEN'S TRACK - April 8 - Jeshua Anderson, WSU (400m Hurdles/110m Hurdles). April 13 - Jeshua Anderson, WSU (400m Hurdles/110m Hurdles). April 20 - Brandon Bethke, ASU (5,000m). April 27 - Michael Coe, CAL (Mile). May 4 - Matthew Centrowitz, ORE (1,500m). May 11 - Matthew Centrowitz, Andrew Wheating, Shadrack Biwott, Galen Rupp, OREGON (4x1-Mile Relay).
MEN'S FIELD - April 8 - Cyrus Hostetler, ORE (JT). April 13 - Ryan Young, CAL (JT). April 20 - Trent Arrivey, WSU (HJ). April 27 - Ashton Eaton, ORE (Dec). May 4 - Ryan Whiting, ASU (DT/SP). May 11 - Ashton Eaton, ORE (Decathlon).
WOMEN'S TRACK - April 8 - Amber Purvis, ORE (100m/200m/4x100). April 13 - Charonda Williams, ASU (100m/200m). April 20 - Anita Campbell, WASH (5,000m). April 27 - Kimyon Broom, CAL (100m Hurdles). May 4 - Nicole Leach, UCLA (400m/400m Hurdles). May 11 - Brianne Theisen, ORE (Heptathlon).
WOMEN'S FIELD - April 8 - Jamesha Youngblood, ORE (LJ). April 13 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP/DT/HT). April 20 - Marissa Tschida, WSU (JT). April 27 - Rachel Yurkovich, ORE (JT). May 4 - Eva Orban, USC (HT). May 11 - Allison Stokke, CAL (PV).