Each week I’ll make selections for College Athletes of the Week. Every conference does it, but I’m not aware of any national honors like this. If no one else is doing it, I will.
Men’s Athlete of the Week
Andre Walsh, Maryland-Eastern Shore
At UMES’s own Coach O Invitational, Walsh won the 60, 200, and ran the third leg on the winning 4×400 relay. His 200 time of 21.35 on UMES’ flat track is only 0.32 off the NCAA Championships automatic qualifying standard, the closest anyone has come so far this season, and his 60 time of 6.79 is only 0.01 off his PR. Walsh, from Jamaica’s famous St. Jago High School, is a 400 hurdles specialist in the outdoor season.
Women’s Athlete of the Week
Mahogany Jones, Penn State
Jones won three events at the Penn State Relays. Her 200 time of 23.68 is the national leader, and her 60 time of 7.41 is third on the national list. Jones, from Cleveland’s Rhodes High School (Drew Carey’s alma mater), also led off the winning 4×400 relay.
Suddenly famous: Matt VanDenHengel, Gwynedd Mercy College
Five minutes before race time at the Metro Coaches Invitational at Manhattan’s Armory, the senior half-miler found out that American record holder Alan Webb was going to be in his heat. So he went out, ran an indoor PR, and notched only the second individual win of his college career. Enjoy your fifteen minutes, they’re almost over.
Team player: Iris Campbell, Western Michigan
The junior won four events (60, 60 hurdles, 200, long jump) in a dual meet win over Toledo.