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

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The Pac-12 Conference outdoor track and field athlete of the week honors for the week of March 11-17:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Zakee Washington, Arizona
Las Vegas, Nev.

Washington set a personal-best in the 400-meter dash (46.38s) at the Willie Williams Classic against nationally ranked programs BYU and UCLA. The mark is currently No. 1 in the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference, and checked in at No. 10 in Arizona history. The applied humanities major with an emphasis in fashion studies also ran a leg on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that both earned second-place finishes. The 4x400 relay recorded a time of 3:10.18 to set the No. 6 mark in the NCAA.

ALSO NOMINATED: Paramveer Chohan, CALIFORNIA; Cameron Stone, UCLA; Omotade Ojora, USC; Kemuel Santana, WASHINGTON.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
TeeTee Terry, USC
Miami, Fla.

Terry won the 200-meter dash at the Trojan Invitational with a time of 23.00 seconds into a headwind (-1.1). Her time is the fastest wind-legal mark this season and second in the country overall. Terry, who is majoring in communications with a minor in forensics and criminality, also anchored USC's 4x100 relay team which won at the Trojan Invite with a nation-leading time of 43.35, a mark that is also tied for ninth on USC's all-time list.

It is the third career Pac-12 weekly honor for Terry, who won the award twice en route to being named the Conference Freshman of the Year in 2018.

ALSO NOMINATED: Mina Anglero, CALIFORNIA; Ashlan Best, STANFORD; Suzie Acolatse, UCLA; Sarah Newton, UTAH; Darhian Mills, WASHINGTON.

Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Matthew Katnik, USC
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Katnik won the shot put at the Trojan Invitational by more than five feet with a PR of 19.46 meters (63-10.25). The throw is the top mark in the country as only two other athletes have a mark over 19 meters this season. His throw also moves the business administration major to seventh on USC's all-time shot put list.

ALSO NOMINATED: Grayson Fleming, ARIZONA; Hakim McMorris, CALIFORNIA; Liam Christensen, STANFORD; Simon Litzell, UCLA; Chase Smith, WASHINGTON.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Mackenzie Little, Stanford
Roseville, NSW, Australia

Also named the USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week, defending NCAA javelin champion Little won the event at the Hornet Invitational with a toss of 59.20 meters (194-2), the second-longest throw of her lifetime. The throw would register third on the Pac-12's all-time performance list if Little didn't already own the Conference's record of 60.36 meters (198-0). Little is seeking to become the fifth four-time javelin champion in league history (Men's: Sam Crouser - ORE; Women's: Inga Stasiulionyte - USC; Rachel Yurkovich - ORE; Brianna Bain - STAN).

Little, a human biology major, is one of an NCAA-leading five Pac-12 women athletes named to the Post-Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman. It is Little's second Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honor (4/4/17).

ALSO NOMINATED: Karla Teran, ARIZONA; Samantha Noennig, ARIZONA STATE; Elleyse Garrett, UCLA; Isabella Marten, USC; Eliza Hansen, UTAH.

Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings (March 18)

Men's Top 25: #7 Oregon, #15 Arizona, #16 Stanford, #17 UCLA

The Pac-12's four men's top 25 teams is tied for the second-most nationally, trailing only the SEC's 10. 

Women's Top 25: #1 USC, #5 Oregon, #9 Colorado, #11 Stanford, #20 Washington, #22 UCLA

The reigning NCAA outdoor champion and indoor runner-up Trojans top the preseason rating index, leading a pack of six Pac-12 programs in the top 25 - the second-most nationally behind only the SEC's eight.

Pac-12 on The Bowerman Watch List

Men's Post-Indoor: Grant Fisher, STANFORD.

Women's Post-Indoor: Jessica Hull, OREGON; Mackenzie Little, STANFORD; Chanel Brissett, USC; Kaelin Roberts, USC; Olivia Gruver, WASHINGTON.

2019 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week

  Men's Track Women's Track Men's Field Women's Field
March 19 Zakee Washington, ARIZ TeeTee Terry, USC Matthew Katnik, USC Mackenzie Little, STAN
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