April 20, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior distance standout Anita Campbell was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week today for the week of April 13-19. Campbell is the first Husky woman to win the weekly award in four years.
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Campbell ran her first 5,000-meters outdoors since the 2007 season this past Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays, and crossed the line in 15-minutes, 45.85-seconds, the second-fastest time in Washington history. The time was a 15-second personal best.
Campbell now ranks fourth in the NCAA at the 5k, in addition to ranking sixth at 10,000-meters. The only Husky to run a faster 5k was Regina Joyce who went 15:35.60 in 1982. Campbell already set the indoor school record earlier this year in a time of 16:09.26 and went on to place 13th at NCAA Indoors. She was also a First Team All-Pac-10 honoree in cross country in the fall, helping lead the Huskies to the national championship.
Campbell is the first Husky woman to earn Pac-10 Athlete of the Week recognition since five-time All-American sprinter and hurdler Ashley Lodree won the honor on April 25, 2005. Three-time Olympian Aretha (Hill) Thurmond is the only other UW woman to win the award. A total of fourteen Huskies have combined to win the award on nineteen occasions, with senior sprinter Jordan Boase the most recent recipient in 2008.
2009 PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
MEN'S TRACK - April 8 - Jeshua Anderson, WSU (400m Hurdles/110m Hurdles). April 13 - Jeshua Anderson,WSU (400m Hurdles/110m Hurdles). April 20 - Brandon Bethke, ASU (5,000m).
MEN'S FIELD - April 8 - Cyrus Hostetler, ORE (JT). April 13 - Ryan Young, CAL (JT). April 20 - Trent Arrivey, WSU (HJ).
WOMEN'S TRACK - April 8 - Amber Purvis, ORE (100m/200m/4x100). April 13 - Charonda Williams, ASU (100m/200m). April 20 - Anita Campbell, WASH (5,000m).
WOMEN'S FIELD - April 8 - Jamesha Youngblood, ORE (LJ). April 13 - Sarah Stevens, ASU (SP/DT/HT). April 20 - Marissa Tschida, WSU (JT)