Caicedo earns Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honors

Caicedo earns Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honors

SAN FRANCISCO —Washington State track and field student-athlete, Maribel Caicedo, captured her first career weekly conference award as she was named Pac-12 Women’s Track Athlete of the Week as announced by the league office Tuesday.  Caicedo won the women’s 100m hurdles at last weekend’s Arizona Spring Break Fiesta in a time of 13.09, the third-best in Division I and tops in the Pac-12 so far this season.

In the Cougars’ outdoor season-opening trip to Arizona last weekend, she also ran the opening leg of the women’s 4x100m relay team that captured a fourth-place finish in a time of 44.94, the eighth-best mark all-time in WSU women’s track history.

With the award, Caicedo is only the second athlete since 2018 to earn weekly conference honors, joining her relay teammate and hurdles counterpart, Micaela De Mello, who won Pac-12 Athlete of the Week following week one of the 2022 outdoor season.

Caicedo, a fifth-year graduate student from Guayaquil, Ecuador, set the Cougars’ program record last indoor season in the women’s 60m hurdles (7.99) at the Don Kirby Elite, a time that qualified her for the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships and indoor all-America status.  After sitting out the 2023 outdoor season due to injury, Caicedo has returned to full health as she looks ahead to the remainder of a promising outdoor season for the Cougs.  A transfer from UTEP, Caicedo was a two-time first team all-Conference USA selection and is a three-time NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round qualifier (2019-22).

The Cougars will compete in Spokane this next weekend at the Buc Scoring Invite (Mar. 21-22), before the outdoor season’s first major split weekend the next week at the Texas Relays (Mar. 27-30) and Stanford Invitational (Mar. 29-30).  Caicedo will not be among those listed on this week’s entries as she prepares for the upcoming travel week.

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