Blockburger and Noennig Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors
TUCSON, Ariz. – Coming off of a successful showing at the Jim Click Shootout on April 10, Johnnie Blockburger and Samantha Noennig have earned Pac-12 weekly track and field honors.
On Saturday, freshman Johnnie Blockburger broke the Arizona all-time 400m record, clocking 44.71 to win the event. He previously broke the freshman record at the Willie Williams Classic with a time of 45.83. His performance makes him the first Wildcat to run the 400m under 45 seconds and replaces Bobby McCoy's record from 2008. His time currently ranks second in the country and in the world. Blockburger also competed as a part of the Wildcats' winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays that rank 19th and 13th in the NCAA respectively.
This is Blockburger's second time earning Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week this season.
On the women's side, Samantha Noennig earned Women's Field Athlete of the Week. On Saturday, Noennig won the shot put contest, throwing for 18.14m (59-6.25). This gives her the NCAA-leading mark and ranks her fourth in school history. She also finished second in the discus with a mark of 53.18m (174-5).
Blockburger and Noennig will be back in action on April 17 for the West Coast Classic. A complete recap of the meet will be posted to ArizonaWildcats.com. You can also follow @ArizonaTrack on twitter throughout the day for live updates.
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