Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WSU's Brock Eager named Pac-12 Field Event Athlete of the Week, plus stuff we've missed...

After taking a few days off to recover from a long weekend of announcing the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson as well as catching up with work-related items, glad to say I’m back.


The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday that Renton native Brock Eager (above/photo illustration courtesy WSU Athletics) of Washington State was named the conference’s field event athlete of the week for his efforts at the USC Invitational last weekend.

Eager, the defending Pac-12 hammer champion, opened his 2018 outdoor season with a throw of 66.50 meters (218-2) to win the hammer at the USC Trojan Invitational. Eager's mark currently leads the Pac-12 and is fifth-best in NCAA Division I.

This is the second time in his WSU career that Eager has been tabbed for conference's Athlete of the Week honors, earning the accolade in the Spring of 2017.

Also named by the conference for their efforts last weekend were: Ricky Morgan of USC (men’s track); Karolina Pahlitzsch of Arizona (women’s track); and Isabella Marten of Cal (women’s field).

Also on Tuesday, the USTFCCCA released its first NCAA Division II national rankings, and Central Washington, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington’s women’s squads are all ranked in the top 25.

Central Washington is ranked number eight, while Seattle Pacific is ranked number 12, and Western Washington is ranked number 17.

The nation’s top five Division II women’s teams are San Francisco State, Angelo State, Fresno Pacific, Chico State and Academy of Art.

No Washington schools made the national top 25 on the men’s side.

In NCAA Division I, no Washington schools are in the national top 25 pre-season outdoor rankings, with the Washington Huskies the closest to the top 25 at #43 on the women’s side and #47 on the men’s side.

On Saturday, former Renton resident Devon Allen won the 100 meter dash at the Sydney Grand Prix meet at the Sydney Olympic Part Athletics Centre in Australia.

Allen easily won in a time of 10.26.

Thursday and Friday, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga and Washington State will have athletes competing at the Sam Adams Classic hosted by Whitworth University in Spokane.

Thursday’s schedule includes day 1 of the decathlon and heptathlon, with the hammers, javelins, and 5000s contested.  All other events will be run on Friday.

The meet schedule for the Sam Adams meet is available here.  Host Whitworth has not posted an entry list as of yet.

NOTE:  The Pac-12, USTFCCCA. and the sports information offices oF Washington State, and Whitworth University contributed to this report.                         

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