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Arizona high jumper receives national award

Arizona high jumper Nick Ross was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Men’s National Athlete of the Week.

The senior broke his own school record on Jan. 24, clearing 7-7 (2.31m) and earning a first-place finish at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational.

Ross’ previous best was 7-6.5 (2.30m), which he set on Jan. 17 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

His new mark is No. 1 in the country and is tied for No. 5 in the world for this year.

The Wildcats men’s track and field team is currently ranked No. 17 in the NCAA. Its next meet is Friday at the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle.