Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field teams received more accolades from the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday. It was announced that seniors Nick Ross and Julie Labonté were named Pac-12 Field Athletes of the Week.
For Labonté, it is her second time claiming the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week in the past three weeks. Labonté threw 57-1 (17.40m) in the shot put at Saturday’s Jim Click Shootout. It is the third time this year she has thrown better than 56-0. Labonté’s season-best mark is the No. 3 toss in the country this year and No. 2 in the west region. It is also the top throw in the Pac-12 by nearly four feet. Labonté threw the discus as well on Saturday and threw over 180-0 for the second-time this year. Her mark of 180-9 (55.09m) was good for first place overall. She is tied for the No. 4 mark in the country in the discus with her personal-best toss of 186-6 (56.84m).
For the second-straight week, the Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Week belongs to a Wildcat. Redshirt senior Nick Ross won the men’s high jump competition for the second-straight week, this one coming at the Jim Click Shootout. As opposed to jumping from his normal 10-step approach, his training regimen called for him to jump from an eight-step approach. This did not seem to phase him one bit as he cleared 7-4.5 (2.25m), the No. 2 mark in the country this year. His mark is also No. 1 in the west region and No. 1 in the Pac-12 on the season.
The latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings were released on Tuesday morning as well. The UA men slid two spots to No. 19 while the women’s climbed one spot to No. 10 in the country. The Wildcats will be split between two meets this week, the Mt. SAC Relays for the distance runners and the LSU Alumni Gold Classic for the sprinters, jumpers and throwers.
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