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2024 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships

May 10-12 | Boulder, CO

Pac-12 announces 2024 track & field postseason awards

May 17, 2024

USC’s Johnnie Blockburger and Jasmine Jones were named Pac-12 Track Athletes of the Year, while California’s Rowan Hamilton and Oregon’s Jaida Ross were named Pac-12 Field Athletes of the year in a vote of Conference coaches announced on Thursday.

USC’s Racquil Broderick and Madison Whyte were named Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Freshman of the Year, respectively. For the second year in a row, Washington’s Andy Powell and Oregon’s Jerry Schumacher were named Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, respectively. 

PAC-12 MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Johnnie Blockburger, USC

Johnnie Blockburger earned Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Year honors after an impressive collection of performances at the Conference Meet in Boulder last weekend. The senior from Tucson secured Athlete of the Meet honors after winning the men’s 200m and 400m competitions and anchoring the Trojans to a victory in the 4x100m relay. Blockburger ran a converted time of 44.62 in the 400m, the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year. 

It’s Blockburger’s first Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Year honor after winning Freshman of the Year acclaim while competing for Arizona in 2019. It’s the 15 all-time Men’s Track Athlete of the Year award for USC and first since Isaiah Jewett in 2021.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jasmine Jones, USC

Jasmine Jones was named Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Year after doubling as the league champion in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles last weekend in Boulder. Jones truly dominated the 400m hurdles, clocking a world-leading time of 53.87 for the win. The performance was good for a meet record and the sixth-fastest time in Pac-12 history, as she became only the sixth woman in Conference history to duck under 54 seconds in the event. Following her victory in the 60m hurdles at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships, Jones has won all three of her 400m hurdle finals in the outdoor campaign.

It’s the seventh all-time Track Athlete of the Year award for the USC women and first since Twanisha Terry secured the honor in 2021, capping a three-peat for the Trojans in the award (2019 – Anglerne Annelus, 2018 – Kendall Ellis).

PAC-12 MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Rowan Hamilton, California

Rowan Hamilton was named Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Year in his first year with the Cal program. The sixth-year student from British Columbia won the men’s hammer throw competition at the Pac-12 Meet with a mark of 76.53m (251-1), the best performance at the championship meet since USC’s Balazs Kiss set the meet record in 1995 (81.94m, 268-10). Hamilton broke Cal’s school record in the event at the Mt. SAC Relays earlier in the year, going 77.16m (253-2) for the top performance in the NCAA this year. 

Hamilton becomes just the second Golden Bear to win Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, joining Mykolas Alekna in 2022.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jaida Ross, Oregon

Oregon’s Jaida Ross earned her first-career Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year after a sensational outdoor campaign through the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships last weekend. The junior from Medford, Ore., doubled with wins in the shot put and discus at the Conference Meet, matching the effort from Jorinde van Klinken who also earned victories in the two events in 2023. Ross is undefeated in three appearances in the shot put outdoors this year. Ross also made history earlier in the season, setting the collegiate record in the shot put with a toss of 19.71m (64-08.00) at the Triton Invite which she then matched with the same mark at the Desert Heat Classic (April 27). 

She’s just the fourth Oregon student-athlete to win the Field Athlete of the Year award, joining Brianne Theisen (2010, 2012), Jenna Prandini (2014), and Jamsine Todd (2015). 

PAC-12 MEN’S TRACK & FIELD FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Racquil Broderick, USC

USC thrower Racquil Broderick was named Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field Freshman of the Year after notching the win in the discus at the Pac-12 Championships last weekend. He took the win with a throw of 58.65m (192-5) and became the first Trojan to win the event since Gordon Hovey in 1999. Broderick also owns the fifth-best discus mark in the NCAA this year, going 62.34m (204-6) at the Beach Opener on March 1. 

The Trojans have now won the Men’s Freshman of the Year award in back-to-back years (William Jones, 2023).

PAC-12 WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Madison Whyte, USC

Madison Whyte earned Pac-12 Women’s Track & Field Freshman of the Year honors after a busy weekend at the Pac-12 Championships, appearing in four events for the Trojans across six preliminary/final performances in Boulder. Whyte picked up third-place finishes in the women’s 200m and 400m competitions and contributed to USC’s third place 4x400m squad, as well as ran a leg on the Trojans’ winning 4x100m relay. She is the second-ranked freshman in the 200m and fourth-ranked freshman in the 400m in the NCAA this year.

It’s the seventh all-time Freshman of the Year honor for the USC women and first since Lanae-Tava Thomas in 2019, which capped a three-peat for the Trojans in the award (2018 – Twanisha Terry, 2017 – Anna Cockrell).

PAC-12 TRACK & FIELD COACH OF THE YEAR: Andy Powell, Washington

Andy Powell was named Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year for the second-straight year after leading the Huskies to their second-straight team title at the Pac-12 Championships. Washington nearly matched its winning point total in 2023 (151 pts) with 150 in 2024, fending off the Trojans and clinching the league championships with a fifth-place finish from Leo Daschbach in the 5000m on Sunday. Under Powell’s direction, the Huskies have won back-to-back Conference titles after a streak of 15-straight titles from Oregon ahead of the 2023 Conference Meet.

Notably, Powell becomes just the fifth coach in Pac-12 Men’s Track & Field history to repeat as Coach of the Year after winning the award for the first time, joining Bill Dellinger (Oregon – 1978-79), Bob Larsen (UCLA, 1987-90), Vin Lananna (Stanford, 2000-01), and Robert Johnson (Oregon, 2013-14). It’s the fourth all-time Men’s Coach of the Year award for the Washington program.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD COACH OF THE YEAR: Jerry Schumacher, Oregon

Jerry Schumacher repeated as Pac-12 Women’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Ducks to their second-straight Conference title under his direction (third-straight overall). Oregon scored 150 points to win the league title last week in Boulder, holding off a charge from USC (136 pts), ultimately clinching the Conference crown with the Ducks’ victory in the 4x400m relay. Notably, Oregon set a new meet record with its winning time of 3:27.34. 

It’s the 12th all-time Coach of the Year honor for the Oregon women’s program. Schumacher has guided the Oregon women to the No. 3 national ranking ahead of the NCAA West Preliminary Round.