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 18-24:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Cravon Gillespie, Oregon
Pasadena, Calif.

Gillespie opened his outdoor season with an NCAA-leading effort in the 100-meter dash at the SDSU Aztec Invitational, clocking in at a wind-aided 10.04 seconds (+2.2), just two hundredths of a second off his all-conditions best at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Based on times entering the weekend, the mark also ranks third in the world under all conditions. Gillespie was a double winner at the Aztec Invite, running the second leg of the victorious 4x100 relay which finished in 39.33, fourth-best in both the NCAA this season and the Oregon records book.

ALSO NOMINATED: Duane McClurkin Jr., COLORADO; Isaiah Jewett, USC.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Alyssa Brewer, USC
Miami, Fla.

Brewer won a loaded women's 800-meter run at the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge in Miami, Fla., with a personal-best and NCAA-leading time of 2:04.93. The top three times in the country were run in the race with Brewer edging Ohio State's Julia Rizk (2:05.56) and teammate Jemima Russell (2:06.09). Brewer moved into seventh on USC's all-time 800 list and posted the fastest time by a Trojan in the event since 2001. The biological sciences major also anchored USC's 4x400m relay which had a season-best time of 3:39.71, good for 12th in the country.

ALSO NOMINATED: Karolina Pahlitzsch, ARIZONA; Eriana Henderson, COLORADO.

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

Katnik repeats as Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Week after extending his NCAA lead in the shot put en route to an event victory at the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge in Miami. Katnik, who threw 19.46 meters (63-10.25) the week prior, unleashed a personal-best toss of 19.67 meters (64-6.50) to win the Challenge event by more than a foot and a half. His mark moved the business administration major from seventh to fifth on USC's all-time list and was the farthest by a Trojan since Noah Bryant set the school record in 2007. Katnik is one of only two NCAA athletes to break 64 feet this season.

ALSO NOMINATED: Justice Summerset, ARIZONA; Nate Esparza, UCLA; Brock Eager, WASHINGTON STATE.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Beatrice Llano, Arizona State
Bergen, Norway

Also named the USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week, Llano made a splash in her 2019 outdoor debut by launching the seventh-best hammer throw in NCAA history and second-best in Pac-12 history at the ASU Invitational on Friday. Llano's mark of 71.43 meters (234-4) broke the Norwegian record and qualified the redshirt sophomore for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Only former Sun Devils' teammate and two-time Bowerman finalist Maggie Ewen has recorded a farther hammer throw in Conference history than the interdisciplinary studies major.

ALSO NOMINATED: Alyssa Wilson, UCLA; Isabella Marten, USC; Kolbi Sims, UTAH; Molly Scharmann, WASHINGTON STATE.

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 USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week

Mackenzie Little, STANFORD - March 19
Beatrice Llano, ARIZONA STATE - March 26

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
March 26 Cravon Gillespie, ORE Alyssa Brewer, USC Matthew Katnik, USC Beatrice Llano, ASU
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