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 15-21:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Grant Fisher, STANFORD
Grand Blanc, Mich.
Bowerman candidate Fisher became the American and collegiate leader when he won the invitational 5,000-meter run at the Cardinal Classic in 13:29.52. The time was a lifetime best for the electrical engineering major and 2017 NCAA outdoor 5,000 champion and the fourth-fastest in the world this year.
ALSO NOMINATED: Carlos Villareal, ARIZONA; Robert Brandt, UCLA; Isaiah Jewett, USC; Julius Diehr, WASHINGTON; Nick Johnson, WASHINGTON STATE.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Angie Annelus, USC
Annelus won the women's invitational 200-meter dash - her outdoor season debut in the race - at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 22.81 (-0.5). That time is tops in the conference and tied for fourth-best in the nation this season. The communications major also ran the second leg of USC's victorious 4x100 meter relay which ran 42.93, the second-fastest time in the world this year.
ALSO NOMINATED: Tatum Waggoner, ARIZONA; Gabby Scott, COLORADO; Greta Van Calcar, OREGON STATE; Jessica Lawson, STANFORD; Christina Rice, UCLA; Sarah Feeny, UTAH; Izzi Batt-Doyle, WASHINGTON; Zorana Grujic, WASHINGTON STATE.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Ayden Owens, USC
Owens won the decathlon at the Bryan Clay Invitational with a USC record, NCAA and world-leading total of 8,130 points. The 8,130 points also established a Puerto Rico national record - Owens competed in the 2018 IAAF World Junior and U20 Championships under the flag of his mother's family heritage. The biomedial engineering major set seven personal bests during the decathlon and ran down the event's runner-up - defending Pac-12 champion Harrison Williams - down the stretch in the 1,500-meter run to secure the title. He also moved into seventh on the Pac-12 all-time list in the event.
ALSO NOMINATED: Tuomas Kaukolahti, CALIFORNIA; Harrison Williams, STANFORD; Justin Stafford, UCLA; Elijah Mason, WASHINGTON; Brock Eager, WASHINGTON STATE.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Alyssa Wilson, UCLA
Wilson repeats as Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week after she became the second Bruin ever to launch 18 meters in the shot put, posting the top mark in the NCAA at 18.02 meters (59-1.50) at the Beach Invitational. The only other Bruin to achieve 18 meters was Valeyta Althouse, who threw 18.87 meters (61-10.75) at the Pac-10 Championships in 1995. Wilson's incredible afternoon didn't end there as the psycholog major set a personal best in the discus with a mark of 56.63 meters (185-9), which ranks 13th in the country and No. 10 in the Bruin record books.
ALSO NOMINATED: Camryn Rogers, CALIFORNIA; Keely McLaughlin, OREGON STATE; Jenna Gray, STANFORD; Alexa Harmon-Thomas, USC; Hannah Rusnak, WASHINGTON; Molly Scharmann, WASHINGTON STATE.
Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings (April 22)
Men's Top 25: #8 USC, #9 Stanford, #14 Arizona, #18 Oregon, #21 UCLA
The USC men made the biggest jump in the nation, climbing 28 spots to a Pac-12 leading No. 8 in the country and giving the Conference five teams in the top 25 for the first time this season. No. 9 Stanford improved six spots to move into the top 10.
Women's Top 25: #4 USC, #10 Oregon, #19 Colorado, #20 Stanford, #22 Washington, #23 Arizona State, #24 UCLA
Arizona State broke into the top 25 for the first time this season to give the Pac-12 seven teams in the rankings for the first time this season.
Pac-12 USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week
Pac-12 on The Bowerman Watch List
Men's Mid-Outdoor: Grant Fisher, STANFORD.
Women's Mid-Outdoor: Jessica Hull, OREGON; Mackenzie Little, STANFORD; Chanel Brissett, USC; Kaelin Roberts, USC; Olivia Gruver, WASHINGTON.
2019 Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week