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 17-23:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Grant Fisher, Stanford
Grand Blanc, Mich.
Fisher won the invitational section of the 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Classic on Friday in 13:37.77, the No. 3 outdoor time in NCAA Division I this year. This was the first 5,000 for Fisher since last July's U.S. Olympic Trials and the second-fastest of his life. He is a returning first-team outdoor All-America in that event.
ALSO NOMINATED: Ben Saarel, Colorado; Robert Ford, USC; Ryan Croson, Washington
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Elise Cranny, Stanford
Cranny won the 1,500 meters at the Cardinal Classic in 4:11.46, the fastest collegiate time this year by more than a second, the No. 1 outdoor time in the country, and the No. 2 outdoor time in the world. In 2016, Cranny won the Pac-12 title and was the NCAA runner-up in this event.
ALSO NOMINATED: Dani Jones, Colorado; Venessa D'Arpino, Oregon State; Laura Anuakpado, Washington
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Dotun Ogundeji, UCLA
San Diego, Calif.
Ogundeji launched a foot over his personal best in the shot put. His throw of 20.19 meters (66'-3") currently ranks No. 5 in the country and is seventh all-time on the prestigious UCLA shot put list. He also won the discus with a personal-best throw of 57.04 meters (187'-1"). He currently has the top shot put mark in the Pac-12 and the third-best in the discus this season.
ALSO NOMINATED: Peter Simon, California; Michael Painter, Stanford
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Lena Giger, Stanford
Giger won the shot put at the Cardinal Classic in 16.77 meters (55'-0 1/4"). This was her sixth meet this year, including indoors, that she has exceeded 16 meters after doing so only twice before. Giger is No. 3 all-time at Stanford and No. 14 in NCAA Division I this year. She also was third in the hammer this weekend with a mark of 55.95 meters (183'-6 3/4").
ALSO NOMINATED: Ashley Anderson, California; Helen Ann Haun, Oregon 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; April 25 - Grant Fisher, Stanford
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; April 25 - Elise Cranny, Stanford
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; April 25 - Dotun Ogundeji, UCLA
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; April 25 - Lena Giger, Stanford
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