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 opening week of outdoor track & field season:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: DEVON ALLEN, OREGON (RS-So., Phoenix, Ariz.). Redshirt sophomore Devon Allen finished off a strong weekend for the dual-sport star winning three individual races at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. After winning the 200-meter race in a time of 20.79 on Friday, the sixth-fastest time in school history, Allen handily won the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday, running 13.40 into a headwind. He then finished the day by winning the open 100 meters in a time of 10.36 which ranks 10th on the Oregon all-time list. The hurdles time for Allen is also the early leader in the NCAA.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: ANNIE LEBLANC, OREGON (Sr., Repentigny, Quebec). Senior Annie Leblanc won two events for the Ducks at the Willie Williams Classic, first the 1,500 meters on Friday before running a solid opening time in the 800-meter race. Leblanc dominated the field in the 1,500 meters, winning by more than seven seconds with a time of 4:27.55. Her 800-meter time of 2:04.38 ranks first in the NCAA after the first week of competition.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: CODY DANIELSON, OREGON (Jr., Newberg, Ore.). Junior transfer Cody Danielson had an impressive showing during his debut as a Duck. The redshirt junior launched a winning mark of 251-9 (76.74m) in the javelin to win the competition at the Willie Williams Classic by 40 feet. The distance is the fourth longest in Oregon history and also puts him at No. 4 on the NCAA list so far this season.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: VALARIE ALLMAN, STANFORD (Jr., Longmont, Colo.). Defending Pac-12 Champion Valarie Allman unleashed a lifetime best in the discus of 190-7 (58.09m) in her outdoor season opener Saturday at the Hornet Invitational. It was the second-longest by a collegian this year and the third-longest by an American. Allman was second to Stephanie Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, who threw 196-0 (59.75m). Allman overtook Summer Pierson ‘00 (190-0) for No. 2 on Stanford’s all-time performers’ list and trails only Olympian Carol Cady (207-8, 1983).
2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Men’s Track: March 22 – Devon Allen, ORE.
Women’s Track: March 22 – Annie Leblanc, ORE.
Men’s Field: March 22 – Cody Danielson, ORE.
Women’s Field: March 22 – Valarie Allman, STAN.