Four Schools Represented in Final Track and Field Athlete of the Week Awards
Four different schools earned representation on the final list of Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week award winners for the 2016 season.
UC Santa Barbara senior Shyan Vaziri (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS) captured his second Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor this season as he set a new personal best in the 800 meters. Vaziri ran 1:48.70 at the Oxy Invitational, and held off former Gaucho All-American Ryan Martin in the race. Vaziri’s time ranks No. 1 in the Big West and No. 20 in the West Region.
Cal State Fullerton junior Janaya Shorty (Victorville, Calif./Bellflower HS) earned Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week recognition as she fared well in three different races at the Oxy Invitational. She was the third-fastest collegian in the 400 meters, crossing the line in a seasonal best 54.86 seconds. The Big West leader in the 200 meters, Shorty missed her season-best by a smidgin, finishing second among collegians in 24.02. Shorty also anchored the Titan winning 4x100 relay team which posted a season-best time of 45.74.
Finishing fifth overall and third among college competitiors in the shot put, UC Riverside junior Carl Nahigian (Lodi, Calif./St. Mary’s HS) secured Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades. He heaved the shot put a distance of 56 feet, 5.75 inches to finish behind a pair of BYU throwers. Nahigian continues to lead the Big West in the event with a top mark that is one, eight inches better than his closest competitor.
UC Davis junior Michaela Mundt (Paradise, Calif./Paradise HS) nearly established a career-best in the hammer throw at the Sacramento State Open, notching Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors. Mundt, who finished fifth in the event, turned in a throw of 185-5.
She just missed her top mark of 185-10 that she set at the 2015 Big West Championships. She is ranked No. 5 in the Big West in the event, and No. 51 in the West Region.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Cody Jordan (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Rianna Goins (UC Davis); Jenna Hinkle (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Parker Curry (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): None