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De Klerk Earns Pac-12 Weekly Honor

Mar 29, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Powered by a pair of top-12 national performances at the SDSU Aztec Invitational, UO freshman Mine De Klerk has been named the Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week. She becomes the first UO woman to win the league's weekly field athlete honor since Chaquinn Cook in 2018.
 
In her first event last Saturday, De Klerk bettered her own South African U20 record in the discus with a toss of 54.22m/177-10 in the first round. With that mark, De Klerk moved to No. 5 on the program's top-10 list and currently ranked 12th in the NCAA.
 
The Welkom, South Africa, native then added a measure of 17.04m/55-11 to win the shot put. The effort made De Klerk the No. 2 performer in Oregon history, trailing only school-record holder Brittany Mann. The throw also puts De Klerk at No. 4 in the NCAA heading into April. In the same event, teammate Jaida Ross established a new lifetime best of 16.80m/55-1.5 to jump to third on UO top-10 list and 11th in the country.
 
The Ducks open their 2022 home schedule next weekend with the Hayward Premiere (April 1-2). Single-meet and season tickets for the Oregon home schedule, and all-session tickets for the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships are currently available for purchase, click HERE or call 800-WEBFOOT (932-3668).
 
Through their first two weekends of the 2022 outdoor campaign, the UO men and women have posted 17 top-25 national marks including an NCAA-leading performance by Jadyn Mays in the 200 meters.
 
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