A Look Back At Track AOWs
With Brooke Pighin winning the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week award earlier this week, it marked the first time in twelve years that a Husky women's field athlete earned the conference honor.
Such a drought seems hard to figure, considering the Huskies have had their share of great field event athletes in that time, including 2005 NCAA pole vault champion Kate Soma. But it just goes to show how competitive the Pac-10 honors really are, as you can generally count on the winners to have set some sort of NCAA-leading mark or school record. The men's track winner this week, for example, was Oregon's Ashton Eaton, who is the world record-holder in the indoor heptathlon.
But Pighin's clear-cut victory in the javelin throw at the Pepsi Team Invitational last Saturday, with a throw of 166-6 that ranks sixth in the NCAA thus far, was strong enough for the honor this week.
Here is a look at the other Husky women who have won the Pac-10 weekly award on the track or in the field. It's a very select group.
Brooke Pighin: Women's Field; Javelin; April 12, 2010
Anita Campbell: Women's Track; 5,000m; April 20, 2009
Ashley Lodree: Women's Track; 400m Hurdles/4x400m Relay; April 25, 2005
Aretha Hill: Women's Field; Discus/Shot Put; April 6, 1998
Aretha Hill: Women's Field; Discus/Shot Put; April 29, 1996
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