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Pac-12 Track & Field Weekly Awards - March 29, 2022

Mar 29, 2022

Men’s Track Athlete of the Week: Brian Fay, Sr., Washington (Dublin, Ireland)

  • Broke the Washington school record in the 10,000m by nine seconds at the Raleigh Relays, going to No. 4 in the NCAA this season in 28:22.31.
  • His third school record of the year after breaking the Husky indoor 5,000m mark and running on the record-setting distance medley relay team.

ALSO NOMINATED: Munir Kabbara, UCLA; Tade Ojora, USC; Micah Williams, ORE; Trayvion White-Austin, ARIZ.       

Women’s Track Athlete of the Week: Celera Barnes, Gr., USC (Ventura, Calif.)

  • Won the 100m dash title at the Texas Relays with a wind-aided PR of 10.82 (+2.8), the fifth-fastest, any-condition time ever run by a collegian and this season's NCAA leader.
  • Ran a wind-legal 11.07 (+1.2) in the first round, which was also an NCAA-leading time at that point and just one-hundredth of a second shy of the Pac-12's all-time top-10 performance list.
  • Also ran the leadoff leg for USC's 4x100m relay which placed sixth with a time of 44.0 after qualifying with a time of 43.96.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ezinne Abba, CAL; Talie Bonds, ARIZ; Anna Gibson, WASH; Jadyn Mays, ORE; Emma Tavella, UCLA.

Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Mykolas Alekna, Fr., California (Vilnius, Lithuania)

  • Won the discus at the Aztec Invitational with a personal-best throw of 218-10 (66.70m), which shattered a 30-year-old school record by nearly eight feet.
  • The mark broke the U20 world record, the NCAA freshman record and the Lithuanian U23 record.
  • Now No. 2 on the Pac-12's all-time performance list, his throw is currently No. 3 in the world this year and third on the NCAA all-time bests list compiled by the USTFCCCA.

ALSO NOMINATED: Tate Curran, UCLA; Ty Hampton, ORE; Earnest Sears III, USC.

Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Mine De Klerk, Fr., Oregon (Welkom, South Africa)

  • Improved upon her own South African U20 record in the discus with a toss of 177-10 (54.22m) at the Aztec Invitational, a mark that ranks 12th in the NCAA this season and is No. 5 on the program's top-10 list.
  • Currently ranked fourth in the NCAA in the shot put with winning toss of 55-11 (17.04m) to also become the No. 2 performer in program history.

ALSO NOMINATED: Amelia Flynt, CAL; Avery McMullen, COLO; Mackenna Orie, ARIZ; Lyvante Su'emai, UCLA.

Pac-12 in the USTFCCCA National Rating Index (March 28)

Men’s Top 25: #4 USC, #7 Arizona State, #9 Washington, #18 California, #25 Oregon
Women’s Top 25: #7 Oregon, #9 USC, #18 Arizona, #20 California, #25 Washington

Pac-12 USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week

Mykolas Alekna, California – March 22

Pac-12 on The Bowerman Watch List

Men's Post-NCAA Indoor: Emmanuel Ihemeje, ORE; Turner Washington, ASU.
Women's Post-NCAA Indoor: Camryn Rogers, CAL; Jorinde van Klinken, ASU.

Pac-12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week

  Men's Track Women's Track Men's Field Women's Field
March 22 Jamar Marshall Jr., ASU Micaela De Mello, WSU Mykolas Alekna, CAL Beatrice Llano, ASU
March 29 Brian Fay, WASH Celera Barnes, USC Mykolas Alekna, CAL Mine De Klerk, ORE