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 April 8-14:

Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Tyler Janes, UCLA
Sophomore
Riverside, Calif. 

The Bruin sophomore posted a personal-best in the 1,500-meter run to win the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a time of 3:46.92. Janes is a History major.

ALSO NOMINATED: No other nominations.

Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Meleni Rodney, UCLA 
Senior
Grenada, Calif.

Rodney made the most of her senior day meet at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, posting a winning lifetime-best of 53.01 seconds in the 400 meters. The Sociology major was 1.36 seconds faster than the second-place finisher, and her time was the fastest by a Bruin this season by over two seconds.

ALSO NOMINATED: No other nominations.

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

Geist captured the shot title in a field of 14 at the Triton Invitational with a throw of 21.59 meters (70-10). He set an Arizona record with his personal-best throw that is currently the No. 1 mark in the NCAA and No. 3 in the world. He capped back-to-back weekly field honors with a third-place throw in the discus with a mark of 55.54 meters (182-3). The sophomore majoring in business has now won five Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week honors.

ALSO NOMINATED: Don Ogundeji, UCLA.

Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Alyssa Wilson, UCLA
Sophomore
Jackson, N.J.

Wilson set a Drake Stadium record in the hammer, one of three event victories for the sophomore, at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. Wilson’s mark of 70.63m (231-9) not only broke her own school record, but also currently ranks second in the country. She is only one of two athletes in the country to reach the 70-foot threshold. The Psychology major’s  top mark broke Jessica Crosby’s previous record of 231 feet and five inches, set in 2009. Wilson also finished first in the discus (56.39m; 185-0) and shot put (17.10m; 56-1.25).

ALSO NOMINATED: Alyssa Wilson, ARIZONA STATE; Karlee Freeman, USC; Kolbi Sims, UTAH.

Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings (April 15)

Men's Top 25: #7 Oregon, #14 Arizona, #15 Stanford, #20 UCLA

The Pac-12 maintained four teams in the Week 3 men's poll, with UCLA jumping up five spots to check in at No. 20 this week.

Women's Top 25: #1 USC, #5 Oregon, #13 Stanford, #14 Colorado, #17 Washington, #23 UCLA

Arizona State nearly became the seventh Pac-12 program in the women's top 25 with its strong performances at the Triton and Texas A&M Invitationals. The Sun Devils checked in at No. 26 this week. Stanford, Colorado and Washington each moved up one spot in the rankings. 

Pac-12 USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week

Mackenzie Little, STANFORD - March 19
Beatrice Llano, ARIZONA STATE - March 26
Olivia Gruver, WASHINGTON - April 2
Mackenzie Little, STANFORD; Jordan Geist, ARIZONA - April 9

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
April 2 William Paulson, ASU Jessica Hull, ORE Jonah Wilson, WASH Olivia Gruver, WASH
April 9 Joe Klecker, COLO Chanel Brissett, USC Jordan Geist, ARIZ Mackenzie Little, STAN
April 16 Tyler Janes, UCLA Meleni Rodney, UCLA Jordan Geist, ARIZ Alyssa Wilson, UCLA
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