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Mangum, Turner Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors

Mangum, Turner Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors



Mason Mangum and Amari Turner both posted event wins at the Hornet Invitational and recorded new personal bests.


Both Rank Top 2 Nationwide In Their Respective Events


California track & field’s Mason Mangum and Amari Turner have been named the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, respectively, as announced by the conference Tuesday.
 
This is the first career weekly award for Mangum, who won the long jump at the Hornet Invitational on Saturday with a massive wind-aided personal best of 7.86m (25-9.5). That mark is currently the best in Division I this outdoor season. He also sprinted to a wind-legal PR of 10.59 in the 100m, good for sixth place, and ran the third leg of Cal’s second-place 4x100m relay team that posted a time of 39.98. Mangum is the first Golden Bear male jumper to earn the award since Hammed Suleman in 2013.
 

“Mason is a hard worker and is a true student of his event – he really does put in the work and wants to be better,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Robyne Johnson, who leads the horizontal jumps, said. “This is very exciting, and he deserves it.”
 
Turner, a pole vaulter, has earned Pac-12 weekly honors once before, having clinched the award on March 21, 2023, for her meet record-setting performance at that year’s Cardinal Classic. At the 2024 Hornet Invitational, she cleared her highest bar yet to win the competition at 4.32m (14-2), seizing control of the all-time program record and moving into No. 2 in Division I this year.
 
“I am really proud of Amari and how she jumped a lifetime best in her first outdoor meet this year,” assistant coach Dan Lefever, who coaches the vertical jumps, said. “She took her first jump two-and-a-half hours after the competition began – it was a challenge to jump high in such a large field, but she responded very well.”
 
The Golden Bears have not had multiple athletes win Pac-12 weekly honors since April 12, 2022, when Ezinne Abba, Mykolas Alekna and Camryn Rogers were all recognized by the conference.
 

Cal track & field will be back in action on March 22-23 at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.
 
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