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 3-9:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Arturo Sotomayor, UCLA
Sotomayor ran the fifth fastest 1,500-meters in the country to win the event at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. The Roseville, Calif., native used a nearly nine second personal best to clock a 3:42.60. With that time, the UCLA 1,500m squad ranks first in the country as an event group according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Squad Rankings.
ALSO NOMINATED: Ashtyn Davis, California; Jaron Thomas, Colorado; Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Stanford; Ricky Morgan Jr., USC
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Kendall Ellis, USC
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ellis won the 400-meter dash at the Battle on the Bayou featuring LSU, Penn State and Purdue with a meet-record time of 50.98. Her time is the collegiate leader and moves her from sixth to second on USC's all-time list in the event. It is an impressive early-season time as it would have taken third at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
ALSO NOMINATED: Sage Watson, Arizona; Rajon O'Quinn, Colorado; Kara Hallock, Oregon State; Olivia Baker, Stanford
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Eric Sloan, USC
Sloan won the men's long jump at the Battle on the Bayou with a legal jump of 25-4.50/7.73m (+1.2). He won the event by nearly a foot and now has the top two long jumps in the conference, having posted a 25-7.50/7.81m mark last week, which ranks fifth in the country.
ALSO NOMINATED: Viktor Gardenkrans, Arizona; Garrett Starkey, Arizona State; Duane McClurkin Jr., Colorado; Michael Painter, Stanford
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Lisanne Hagens, Arizona
Hagens matched her personal-best and won the high jump at the Jim Click Shootout with a mark of 6-0.75/1.85m, which is tied for the best in the Pac-12 and third in the nation so far this season.
ALSO NOMINATED: Delaney Hall, Colorado; McKenzie Byrd, Oregon State; Lena Giger, Stanford; Brittany Mann, USC; Ann Wingeleth, Utah
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
Women's Track: March 21 - Chelsey Albertson, ASU; March 28 - Deanna Hill, USC; April 4 - Amy-Eloise Neale, WASH; April 11 - Kendall Ellis, USC
Men's Field: March 21 - Nick Ponzio, USC; March 28 - Brock Eager, WSU; April 4 - Casey Burns, WASH; April 11 - 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