Anderson Named Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week
San Francisco, Calif. – Redshirt sophomore sprinter/hurdler Shae Anderson has been named the Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, the Conference office announced Wednesday. Anderson was awarded weekly honors following her performance at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (April 8-9) at Drake Stadium.
Anderson notched a stellar performance in the 400m hurdle competition, clocking a winning time of 56.45 in her first collegiate appearance in the event. It's the second-fastest collegiate time in the nation and moves Anderson into eighth place all-time on UCLA's performance list in the event. The Norco, Calif., native also won the women's 100m competition, crossing the line at 11.50 for a lifetime-best time.
This is the second Conference weekly honor of the season for Anderson, who secured accolades on March 31 following her 2021 outdoor debut at the Bob Larsen Track Meet at Drake Stadium (March 27). She flew to a win in the 400m with a time of 51.84, the sixth-fastest time in UCLA outdoor history. It was also the fastest time by a Bruin since Nicole Leach went 51.69 in May 2008. Anderson went on to earn the double with a victory in the 200m, crossing the line with a career-best time of 23.32.
UCLA is splitting squad for the upcoming West Coast Classic (April 17), to be hosted in Eugene, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz. Distance runners and throwers are headed to Oregon while sprinters, hurdlers, and the rest of the Bruins' field team are slated for the Arizona events.
The Bruins will then return home to square off against USC in a dual meet on Sunday, May 2 at Drake Stadium. It will be the first dual meet between the programs since 2019, as the 2020 competition was canceled due to COVID-19.