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Pac-12 announces outdoor track & field athletes of the week

Apr 17, 2018

The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of April 9-15:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Riley Kelly, UCLA
Brisbane, Australia

Kelly set a new personal-best in the 800-meter run (1:49.41) en route to a third-place finish at UCLA's Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. That mark ranks fourth-best in the Pac-12, 17th-best in the West Region and 37th nationally.


Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Mesa Weidle, UTAH
Rock Springs, Wyo.

Weidle posted a season-best 400-meter dash time of 57.28 seconds to place second at the Mark Faldmo Invitational. The time was the best 400 by a Pac-12 runner over the weekend and ranks 23rd in the league this season. It marks the second Pac-12 weekly honor for a Utah athlete this season following Grayson Murphy's award on April 3. 


Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Jordan Geist, ARIZONA
Saxonburg, Pa.

Geist, who repeats as Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week, set an outdoor personal-best in the shot put with a mark of 20.04 meters (65-9) to finish as the top collegian and fourth overall in a field of Olympians and professionals at Triton Invitational in San Diego. The throw moved Geist into the top spot in the Pac-12 and West Region and No. 3 mark overall in the NCAA so far this season.

ALSO NOMINATED: Gunner Rigsby, COLORADO; Marian Spannowsky, UCLA; Nathan Bultman, USC.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Lena Giger, STANFORD
Highland, Ill.

Giger climbed to No. 2 on the national collegiate list with a personal-best shot put throw of 18.09 meters (59-4.25) in the invitational section of the Triton Invitational in San Diego. Giger's effort moved the Pac-12 into the top three spots on the NCAA event leaderboard so far this season - Maggie Ewen, ASU; Giger; Ashlie Blake, UCLA. The throw also moved her into eighth on the Pac-12 all-time top 10 list. It is Giger's second carer Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week honor after earning her first accolade last April 25.

ALSO NOMINATED: Elisa Grandemange, COLORADO; Alyssa Wilson, UCLA.

Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings (April 16)

Men's Top 25: #6 Oregon, #7 USC, #24 Stanford

Stanford climbed one spot while Oregon and USC stayed in place in the third week of rankings.

Women's Top 25: #4 Oregon, #6 USC, #10 Stanford, #13 Arizona State, #16 Colorado

Stanford joined Oregon and USC in the top 10 while ASU and Colorado remained steady as the Pac-12's five teams continue to rank second-best nationally.

Pac-12 on The Bowerman Watch List

Men's Post-Indoor: Rai Benjamin, USC; Michael Norman, USC.

Women's Post-Indoor: Kendall Ellis, USC; Maggie Ewen, ARIZONA STATE.

2018 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week

  Men's Track Women's Track Men's Field Women's Field
March 20 Ricky Morgan Jr., USC Karolina Pahlitzsch, ARIZ Brock Eager, WSU Isabella Marten, CAL
March 27 Michael Norman, USC Twanisha Terry, USC Bryant O'Georgia, ARIZ Maggie Ewen, ASU
April 3 Sean McGorty, STAN Grayson Murphy, UTAH McKay Johnson, CAL Ashlie Blake, UCLA
April 10 Michael Norman, USC Anna Cockrell, USC Jordan Geist, ARIZ Maggie Ewen, ASU
April 17 Riley Kelly, UCLA Mesa Weidle, UTAH Jordan Geist, ARIZ Lena Giger, STAN