Local athlete earns track honor

Cal Poly Pomona’s Connor Birtwhistle has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for Mar. 11-17.

The Lodi native set a personal-best and hit a provisional qualifying mark of 6,738 points in the decathlon at the Cal State Northridge Multi meet this past weekend.

Birtwhistle shined in the high jump and pole vault, taking first in both events.  On Thursday he leaped 6’3.5″ in the high jump to collect a total of 731 points, followed by a 14’3.25″ mark in the pole vault to secure 716 points for that event.

The senior recorded a second-place finish in the Javelin, posting a distance of 183’2″.

The women’s weekly honor went to high jumper Tiana Wills of San Francisco State.

CCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Zach Nagengast (UC San Diego)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: J P Smith (Chico State)
Mar. 4 – 10: Nash Howe (UC San Diego)
Mar. 11 – 17: Connor Birtwhistle (Cal Poly Pomona)