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Three Ducks Earn Weekly Pac-12 Honors

Apr 26, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – On the heels of their standout efforts at last weekend's Oregon Relays, Reed Brown, Aneta Konieczek and Ty Hampton have collected Pac-12 Athlete of the Week accolades as announced Tuesday morning by the league office. Reed and Konieczek swept the men's and women's track honors while Hampton was named the top men's field performer.
Coupled with Mine De Klerk's recognition as Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week in the March 29 release, this marks the first time the Ducks have won all four awards in a single season since 2012.
Brown knocked more than two seconds off his lifetime best with a time of 3:36.44 in the invitational section of the 1500 meters at the Oregon Relays. That showing makes him the Pac-12 leader by more than a second and moves him to No. 3 in the NCAA this season.
Additionally, Brown becomes the fifth-fastest performer in Oregon history and now ranks No. 18 on the all-time collegiate list at the distance. The Grapevine, Texas, native also turned in a 3:59.15 opening split the next day as part of the Oregon squad that took part in the 4xMile world-best attempt.
In winning the steeplechase on the opening night of the Oregon Relays, Konieczek stopped the clock in 9:44.72 to establish a new Pac-12 leader and the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. She held off Grace Fetherstonhaugh (9:44.76) in a stride-for-stride battle to the line and led a group of four women under 9:55 in the race.
Friday's steeplechase was the first for Konieczek since representing Poland at last summer's Olympics in Tokyo. Konieczek is the reigning Pac-12 champion in the event. Oregon teammate Malia Pivec posted a time of 10:13.22 in the same race to tie her personal best and currently ranks sixth in the conference.
This is the second time Konieczek has won Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Week during her UO career. She was previously honored last season after a lifetime-best showing in the 800 meters at the Oregon Twilight meet.
Hampton unleashed a conference-leading 77.08m/252-10 in the javelin at the Oregon Relays, a mark that is currently ranked fifth in the NCAA this season. He also moves to No. 3 on the Oregon all-time list with the program's longest throw since 2012.
The North Bend, Ore., native added 17+ feet to his previous lifetime best that he established just the week prior at the Mt. SAC Relays. His final three throws during Friday's series were all beyond the 75-meter mark. The field also featured pros Cameron McEntyre and Curtis Thompson. Hampton finished fourth overall and second among collegians.
The Ducks will split for two meets this weekend, the OSU High Performance in Corvallis and the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The team is back at Hayward Field on May 6 for the Oregon Twilight.
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