Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 25 men’s track and field team received another honor from the Pac-12 on Tuesday. Senior Nick Ross was named Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. He previously earned the honor on April 15, 2014.
On Saturday, May 3 at the UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual, Ross set a new school record in the men’s high jump competition with his clearance of 7-6.5 (2.30m). The previous school record of 7-6 (2.29m) was set by James Frazier in Tucson on May 10, 1980. He also set a facility record for Roy P. Drachman Stadium, the previous record of 7-5 (2.26m) was also set by Frazier on May 9, 1981. That mark is No. 1 in the country and is No. 5 in the world this year.
“It was a big relief,” Ross said. “It’s a big weight off my shoulders, I’ve been working so hard and training so hard. I’ve been jumping at the school record in multiple meets now but it was nice to finally get it today. At our home stadium, it’s my last meet here, my family was here, the crowd was amazing so I couldn’t have asked for better conditions.”
Ross had a season-best mark of 24-5 (7.44m, 1.1 wind) and took second place overall in the men’s long jump competition. That mark is No. 5 in the Pac-12 and No. 36 in the west region. He also won the triple jump competition with a season-best mark of 51-1.75 (15.59m, 0.0 wind). That mark is No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 13 in the west region this year.
The Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Week was Aisling Cuffe (Stanford). The Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Week was Aaron Brown (USC). The Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week was Mary Barnett (Washington State).
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