The indoor season ended last week and the outdoor season started up right away. It’s a low-key weekend, but athletes still did some great things. Let’s get to it!
Athlete of the Week: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M
At Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo Invitational, Humphreys threw the javelin 78.19 meters (256′ 6″). His mark broke his own school record by nearly 15 feet and got an Olympic Trials ‘A’ qualifier. He missed the Olympic ‘B’ qualifier by just 1.21 meters (about 4 feet). Only three collegians threw 78 meters last year.
Honorable mention: Charles Silmon, TCU
At the TCU Invitational, Silmon ran 10.18 for 100 meters, a new PR and an ‘A’ qualifier for both the Olympic Trials and Olympics.
Team player: Akeem Williams, Grambling
At the Texas Southern Relays, Williams ran legs on the Tigers’ winning 4×100, 4×200 and sprint medley relays as well as the runner-up 4×400 squad.
Small program, big mark: Jamil Dudley, Lake Erie
Dudley, a sophomore from Massillon, Ohio, jumped a big 2.25 meters (7′ 4½”) to win the Wake Forest Open, a height that would have won at last week’s NCAA Indoor Championships – the Division I meet, that is. Lake Erie, located in the Cleveland exurb of Painesville, is relatively new to Division II, having made the jump from D-III in 2009.
Athlete of the Week: Amber Henry, Weber State
Henry ran a nice double at San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational, winning the invitational section of the 1500 in 4:24.84 and the steeplechase in 10:12.00. Both were the fastest times of the weekend, and both were personal records. Sort of—this was Henry’s first-ever steeplechase. Her time is an Olympic Trials ‘B’ qualifier, and is unusually fast for a debut. Only six collegians broke 10:00 last year.
Honorable mention: Lara Asimakis, Texas A&M
At Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo Invitaitonal, Asimakis threw the javelin 51.93 meters (170′ 4″). It’s a PR by 1.50 meters (nearly 5 feet) and is an Olympic Trials ‘B’ qualifier. Only four returning collegians threw further last year.
Team Player: Paige McCutcheon, Stephen F. Austin
In a winning effort in the annual dual meet against archrival Sam Houston State, McCutcheon won four events: the 100 (12.23) and 200 (24.52, a PR) and led off the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays.