Frosh Earn Weekly Honors
STANFORD, Calif. -- A pair of freshmen, sprinter Udodi Onwuzurike and pole vaulter Garrett Brown, were named Pac-12 Athletes of the Week, giving Stanford a sweep of the men's honors.
Onwuzurike and Brown were recognized after their winning performances at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Onwuzurike was named Track Athlete of the Week and Brown earned Field honors. This is the first such award for either.
Onwuzurike broke the school and meet records in his collegiate 100-meter debut on Friday. He 10.14 in the prelims and topped that with a 10.07 in the final, which is No. 2 in the country this year. The Stanford record was 10.39 by Wopamo Osaisai in 2005 and the meet record was 10.18 by Washington's Ja'Warren Hooker in 2000.
On Saturday, Onwuzurike came from behind on the anchor to edge Cal for the 4x100 relay win in 40.10, which is No. 9 in Stanford history. Later in the afternoon, he earned his third victory of the meet by running the second-fastest 200 time in school history. His 20.38 is second only to Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton's 20.33 from 1978 and ranks No. 7 in in the country this season. Onwuzurike broke the Stanford freshmen records in both the 100 and 200.
Brown won the pole vault with a lifetime best of 17-5 (5.31m) for his first collegiate victory. In leading a 1-2-3 Stanford sweep, Brown moved into the Cardinal's all-time outdoor top-10 list at No. 6 and is No. 3 among Cardinal freshmen all-time. On Stanford's absolute list, including indoors and outdoors, Brown is No. 7 all-time.