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 22-28:
Men's Track Athlete of the Week
Cravon Gillespie, OREGON
Gillespie broke the Oregon school record in the 200-meter dash to cap a three-win Saturday at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. He crossed in a time of 20.23 to replace the previous mark of 20.27 set by Kyree King in 2017. Gillespie's 200 time is No. 1 in the Pac-12 and ranks fourth in the NCAA this year. He also won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.11 to establish a new wind-legal personal best. Gillespie was also part of the Ducks' victorious 4x100-meter relay with Rieker Daniel, Oraine Palmer and Spenser Schmidt that posted a season-best 39.02, good for the No. 2 relay performance in school history. That time is also tops in the conference and No. 5 in the nation. The award is Gillespie's second of the season along with recognition on March 26.
ALSO NOMINATED: Zakee Washington, ARIZONA; Andrew Burkhardt, CALIFORNIA; Julian Body, STANFORD; Munir Kabbara, UCLA; Brendon Stewart, USC; Ja'Maun Charles, WASHINGTON STATE.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week
TeeTee Terry, USC
Terry ran an NCAA-leading 10.99 (+2.1w) to win the USC-UCLA Dual Meet 100-meter dash on Sunday, the lone sub-11.00 time in the nation this season. Terry also anchored USC's winning 4x100-meter relay which won with a time of 42.77 - the fastest in the world so far this season, second on USC's all-time list and fourth in Conference history. Terry also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 22.95 (+0.4), which ranks 14th in the country and 10th among wind-legal times. It marks the second Pac-12 weekly award this season and fourth of her career for the commuications major with a minor in forensics and criminality.
ALSO NOMINATED: Karolina Pahlitzsch, ARIZONA; Josephine Anokye, ARIZONA STATE; Zion Corrales Nelson, CALIFORNIA; Dani Jones, COLORADO; Haley Wolf, OREGON STATE; Meleni Rodney, UCLA; Charisma Taylor, WASHINGTON STATE.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Justice Summerset, ARIZONA
Summerset set a personal best in the high jump with a clearance of 2.25 meters (7-4.5) to win the event at the Wildcats' Desert Heat Classic. The general studies, social behavior and human understanding major's clearance is good for the No. 5 mark in Arizona school history and ranks first in the Conference and No. 2 on the NCAA list this season.
ALSO NOMINATED: Liam Christensen, STANFORD; Harrison Schrage, UCLA; Denham Patricelli, WASHINGTON; Brock Eager, WASHINGTON STATE.
Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Samantha Noennig, ARIZONA STATE
Noennig, the reigning NCAA indoor shot put champion, enjoyed a sterling day at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson by setting two personal bests and winning both the shot put and discus. In the shot, Noennig bested 2016 Olympian and three-time NCAA champion Raven Saunders to win the event with a throw of 17.91 meters (58-9.25), 10th in Conference history and equaling her indoor personal best which captured the national title earlier this year. In the disccus, the health sciences major topped her PR and moved to 21st in the NCAA in the event with a toss of 55.06 meters (180-8).
ALSO NOMINATED: Ann Wingeleth, OREGON STATE; Kaitlyn Merritt, STANFORD; Ilaria Casarotto, UCLA; Isabella Marten, USC; Aoife Martin, WASHINGTON STATE.
Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings (April 29)
Men's Top 25: #8 USC, #9 Oregon, #10 Stanford, #12 Arizona, #20 UCLA
Oregon climbed nine positions to No. 9 to give the Pac-12 three programs in the top 10 between No. 8 USC and No. 10 Stanford - the first time since the end of the 2010 campaign the league had as many top-10 teams. Upcoming Pac-12 Championships host Arizona improved two spots to No. 12, its highest national ranking since placing seventh at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Women's Top 25: #3 USC, #8 Oregon, #13 Colorado, #19 Stanford, #20 Arizona State, #21 UCLA, #25 Washington
The Pac-12 boasted seven ranked programs for the second consecutive week. Colorado made the second-largest jump within the top-25 poll, improving six spots to No. 13.
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