Lalang and Ross Named Pac-12 Track and Field Athletes of the Year

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Arizona Athletics June 25, 2014

Senior Lawi Lalang is the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Track Athlete of the Year while senior Nick Ross is the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.

At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Lawi Lalang won the men’s 5K at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second straight year. His time of 13:18.36 was good for a first-place finish and his eighth career NCAA title. That time is the third-best mark of Lalang's career and his fastest in a collegiate race. (Photo by Eric Evans)

At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Lawi Lalang won the men’s 5K at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second straight year. His time of 13:18.36 was good for a first-place finish and his eighth career NCAA title. That time is the third-best mark of Lalang's career and his fastest in a collegiate race. (Photo by Eric Evans)

Nick Ross earned first-team All-America accolades in the men's high jump competition all four years of his career, the first Wildcat to ever accomplish that feat. He is the only NCAA High Jump Champion in UA history, winning the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship. (Photo credit: Eric Evans)

Nick Ross earned first-team All-America accolades in the men's high jump competition all four years of his career, the first Wildcat to ever accomplish that feat. He is the only NCAA High Jump Champion in UA history, winning the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship. (Photo credit: Eric Evans)

The University of Arizona Wildcat No. 7 men's track and field team has claimed two individual honors.

UA senior Lawi Lalang was named the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Year last week, while senior Nick Ross was named the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Lalang was also named the 2014 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for his work on the track and in the classroom.

Lalang won his fifth and sixth conference championships at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, clocking a season-best time of 3:36.34 to edge out Edward Cheserek of University of Oregon. That time remained the No. 1 time in the country on the year and the second-best time of Lalang's career.

Also, Lalang is the fourth athlete in conference history to win three titles in the men's 1,500-meter race. He also broke his own Pac-12 Championship record; he previously set the record of 3:38.53 in 2013. His time is a facility record as well, beating Jim Hill of the University of Oregon, who had a time of 3:42.29 in 1984.

Lalang ran the men's 5,000-meter race and clocked a winning time of 13:41.44. With that victory, Lalang garnered six conference championships over the course of his track and field career. He won three in the 1,500 meters, two in the 5K and one in the 10K. The only person in conference history with more individual titles than Lalang is UA alumnus Robert Cheseret, who won eight. Lalang and three other athletes have won six.

For Ross, it is the second straight year that he has been the Pac-12 Men's Field Athlete of the Year.

Ross was also the 2014 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Men's West Region Field Athlete of the Year – for the second straight year. Ross won the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.28 meters and, with Dick Fosbury, is one of only two athletes in conference history to win three high jump titles.

Ross also competed in the triple jump before and after he performed the high jump, taking third place. It was the second straight conference championship in which Ross earned all-conference accolades in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He is the only athlete in UA history to do it even once.

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