Yesterday I posted my men’s awards, today we go to the women’s awards. This was the Conference Championship weekend, and virtually everyone was competing and going all-out.
Let’s get to it!
Athlete of the Week Awards
Sprint/hurdle athlete of the week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Duncan swept the 60 and 200 meters at the SEC Championships, in 7.24 seconds and 22.54 seconds respectively. The time in the 200 meters is a world leader and makes her the 5th-fastest indoor sprinter in NCAA history.
Honorable mention goes to Brianna Rollins, who won the 60 meter hurdles and took second in the 200 meters at the ACC Championships. Her time in the 60 hurdles, 7.90 seconds, is tied for the fourth-fastest run in collegiate history.
Distance athlete of the week: Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth
D’Agostino won the mile and the 5000 meters at the Heptagonal (Ivy League) Championships with stunning ease, the mile by over eight seconds and the 5000 by more than nine seconds. Both were by far the best times of the conference championship weekend.
Honorable mention goes to Iowa State’s Betsy Saina, for her triple win (mile/3000/5000) at the Big 12 Championships.
Field event athlete of the week: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas
Alcide won the pentathlon at the SEC Championships with a collegiate-record total of 4569 points. She also placed fourth in the individual high jump, but would have tied for first had she been able to reproduce her pentathlon effort.
Honorable mention goes to Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks, who won the shot put at the Big 12 Championships by nearly three feet. Her winning distance, 60′ 9¼” (18.52m), hasn’t been bettered by a collegian in the last three years—except, of course, by Brooks herself.
Division II athlete of the week: Katie Nageotte, Ashland
Nageotte won the pole vault at the GLIAC Championships with a height of 14′ 2½” (4.33 meters), one of the best marks in D-II history and tied for fifth on the 2013 all-division college list.
Honorable mention goes to Barbara Szabo of Western State, who won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference high jump with a height of 6′ 2¾” (1.90 meters), the best of the weekend across all divisions–even better than that of Brigetta Barrett, the Olympic silver medalist.
Division III athlete of the week: Melissa Norville, Illinois College
Norville won the long jump, triple jump and 60 meter hurdles at the Midwest Conference. Her winning distance in the long jump, 21′ ½” (6.41m), established a new D-III indoor record. In the triple jump, her distance of 41′ 7″ (12.67m) is #2 in D-III history, and her 8.61 in the hurdles ties her for #4 in D-III history.
Honorable mention goes to Mary Mahoney of Mount Union, who won the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters (in D-III leading time) and anchored the winning 4×200 relay at the Ohio Athletic Conference championships.
CIS athlete of the week: Emma Nuttall, Trinity Western
Nuttall won the high jump at the Canada West Championships with a height of 1.85 metres (6′ ¾”), which broke a 28-year-old meet record and ties her for 12th best among all North American collegians.
Honorable mention goes to Laval’s Mélanie Blouin, who won the pole vault at the Quebec Student Sports Federation (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) Championships with a height of 4.25 metres (13′ 11¼”). While not her best height of the year, it would still rank her in the top ten among all North American collegians.
Team of the Week: Oregon Ducks
Oregon won the Mountain Pacific championship meet while significantly holding back. Star sprinter English Gardner ran just the 60 meters and skipped the 200. Star distance runner Jordan Hasay only ran as a pacemaker. There were other ways in which the Ducks left points on the table. Yet they won one of the deepest and toughest conferences by sixteen points.
Honorable mention goes to Arkansas, which pulled out a victory at the SEC on the final event.
Team Player: Shauna-Kay Creary, University of the District of Columbia
I’ll let Tom Lewis tell the story. From the USTFCCCA’s weekly awards:
Competing in the inaugural East Coast Conference Championship, Creary (Kingston, Jamaica) played a key role in ensuring District of Columbia came away winners of the team title. She individually scored 42 of the team’s 151 points in five events. She claimed the victory in the long jump on her final attempt (18-11/5.77m) while simultaneously competing in the high jump for the first time this season, which she won at 5-6 (1.68m). She then rushed from the high jump mat straight to the 60 trials and would secure her place in the 60 finals. Back to the pit she went, competing in the triple jump with tired legs, but pulling out all the stops to finish runner-up with a mark of 37-11¼ (11.56m). She had a short rest before heading back to the finals of the 60 where she finished third with a time of 7.85 seconds, narrowly missing the win with the runner-up running 7.84 and the winner running 7.83. Her whirlwind of a day ended in the 200 where she finished runner-up in a time of 25.86 seconds.
Fantastic Finish: The SEC Championships came down to the 4×400 relay, with Arkansas holding a slim 1-point lead going into that final event. The Razorback foursome responded in a big way, winning the event and the championship and running a world-leading time to boot.
Fantastic Finish, part 2: At the Big Ten Championships, Nebraska led Illinois by three points going into the 4×400 relay. The Illini were heavily favored in that event, as their anchor leg is the reigning 400 meter World Junior Champion, but the Huskers could still win the title if they finished second or third. They ended up fifth, and Illinois took home the trophy.
All she does is win: As pointed out by the Indianapolis Star’s David Woods, Illinois head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey has won Big Ten championships as an athlete, both as an individual and part of a champion team, and has coached a champion team. He’s not sure if anyone else in Big Ten history has pulled off this triple crown. But I suppose she was going to learn about winning since her high school’s home track is located on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.
Canadians in America: At the Mid-American Conference Championships, Eastern Michigan freshman Alysha Newman broke the Canadian indoor junior pole vault record with a 4.23 metre (13′ 10½”) clearance. And who held the old record? Ariane Beamont-Courteau…who competes for Akron and took second place behind Newman. Another Canadian junior pole vault record holder was at that meet, as Akron’s Shawn Barber won the men’s competition.
The Week’s Top Marks 60 meters Aurieyall Scott, UCF 7.13 C-USA Octavious Freeman, UCF 7.22 C-USA English Gardner, Oregon 7.24 MPSF Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU 7.24 SEC Ashley Collier, Texas A&M 7.26 SEC Dezerea Bryant, Clemson 7.27 ACC Morolake Akinosun, Illinois 7.32 Big Ten Stormy Kendrick, Clemson 7.33 ACC 200 meters Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU 22.54 SEC Ashton Purvis, Texas A&M 22.70 SEC Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M 22.73 SEC Aurieyall Scott, UCF 22.91 C-USA Regina George, Arkansas 23.00 SEC Ashley Collier, Texas A&M 23.14 SEC Paris Daniels, Kansas 23.15 Big 12 Dezerea Bryant, Clemson 23.22 ACC 400 meters Regina George, Arkansas 51.40 SEC Phyllis Francis, Oregon 52.03 MPSF Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M 52.16 SEC Ashley Spencer, Illinois 52.17 Big Ten Shaunae Miller, Georgia 52.21 SEC Erika Rucker, South Carolina 52.22 SEC Ebony Eutsey, Florida 52.48 SEC Diamond Dixon, Kansas 52.52 Big 12 800 meters Charlene Lipsey, LSU 2:02.48 SEC Natoya Goule, LSU 2:03.08 SEC Vanessa McLeod, Purdue 2:05.21 Big Ten Anne Kesselring, Oregon 2:05.29 MPSF Samantha Murphy, Illinois 2:05.51 Big Ten Jillian Smith, Michigan 2:05.70 Big Ten Nijgia Snapp, Tennessee 2:05.97 SEC Alaine Tate, Miami 2:06.09 ACC Mile Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth 4:32.42 Heps Cory McGee, Florida 4:35.33 SEC Laura Roxberg, Missouri 4:36.02 SEC Agata Strausa, Florida 4:38.03 SEC Emily Sisson, Providence 4:38.49 NEIC4A Amanda Eccleston, Michigan 4:40.66 Big Ten Erin Gillingham, Columbia 4:40.72 Heps Emily Shearer, Cornell 4:41.02 Heps 3000 meters Alexi Pappas, Oregon 9:07.97 MPSF Amanda Winslow, Florida State 9:08.13 ACC Megan Goethals, Washington 9:09.74 MPSF Christine Babcock, Washington 9:11.02 MPSF Colleen Quigley, Florida State 9:13.79 ACC Betsy Saina, Iowa State 9:14.45 Big 12 Cally Macumber, Kentucky 9:15.66 MPSF Cory McGee, Florida 9:15.67 SEC 5000 meters Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth 15:47.02 Heps Rachel Sorna, Cornell 15:56.63 Heps Megan Goethals, Washington 15:58.62 MPSF Kathy Kroeger, Stanford 16:00.29 MPSF Jennifer Bergman, Arizona 16:00.66 MPSF Katie Kellner, Cornell 16:07.19 Heps Betsy Saina, Iowa State 16:07.19 Big 12 Meaghan Nelson, Iowa State 16:10.64 Big 12 60m Hurdles Brianna Rollins, Clemson 7.90 ACC Jasmin Stowers, LSU 8.06 SEC Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor 8.12 Big 12 Kendra Harrison, Clemson 8.13 ACC Janice Jackson, UTEP 8.17 C-USA Lutisha Bowen, UCF 8.18 C-USA Katie Grimes, Texas Tech 8.18 Big 12 Breeana Coleman, Illinois 8.20 Big Ten Donique’ Flemings, Texas A&M 8.20 SEC 4x400m Relay George, McKnight, Flowers, Williams Arkansas 3:29.60 SEC Thomas, Akinosun, Golliday, Spencer Illinois 3:33.30 Big Ten Dowie, Nelson, Chambers, Okolo Texas 3:33.54 Big 12 Rucker, Beckles, Brockington, Green South Carolina 3:33.68 SEC Gardner, Roesler, Okodogbe, Francis Oregon 3:34.67 MPSF Goule, Duncan, Herbert, Green LSU 3:35.01 SEC Geren, Herring, Pinnick, Tate Arizona State 3:35.17 MPSF Bellille, Mayungbe, Brown, Ekpon? Texas A&M 3:35.33 SEC Distance Medley Winslow, Watson, Peel, Quigley Florida State 10:57.41 ACC Flood, Stueckle, Mires, Babcock Washington 11:08.09 MPSF Osika, Bellino, Smith, Addison Michigan 11:11.41 Big Ten Perkins, Bryant, Strausa, McGee Florida 11:13.45 SEC Heymsfield, Kemp, Borge, Wood Arkansas 11:14.41 SEC McFarlane, Bodenbach, Lampman, O’Connor Michigan State 11:15.21 Big Ten Sutherland, Nelson, Chambers, Hall Texas 11:15.90 Big 12 Aufmann, Hollingsworth, Schmidt, Porada Illinois 11:16.03 Big Ten High Jump Barbara Szabo, Western State 6′ 2¾” / 1.90m RMAC Brigetta Barrett, Arizona 6′ 2″ / 1.88m MPSF Jeanelle Scheper, South Carolina 6′ 1½” / 1.87m SEC Makeba Alcide, Arkansas 6′ 1½” / 1.87m SEC J’Lynn Ledesma, Wichita State 6′ 1¼” / 1.86m MVC Emma Nuttall, Trinity Western 6′ 0¾” / 1.85m CanWest Krystle Schade, Alabama 6′ ½” / 1.84m SEC Taylor Burke, Florida 6′ ½” / 1.84m SEC Allison Barwise, Boston U. 6′ ½” / 1.84m NEIC4A Pole Vault Martina Schultze, Virginia Tech 14′ 7¼” / 4.45m ACC Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas 14′ 2½” / 4.33m Big 12 Katie Nageotte, Ashland 14′ 2½” / 4.33m GLIAC Jade Riebold, Eastern Illinois 14′ 0″ / 4.27m OVC Stephanie Richartz, Illinois 13′ 11¼” / 4.25m Big Ten Mélanie Blouin, Laval 13′ 11¼” / 4.25m RSEQ Alysha Newman, Eastern Michigan 13′ 10½” / 4.23m MAC Natalia Bartnovskaya, Kansas 13′ 10½” / 4.23m Big 12 Kristen Hixson, Grand Valley St. 13′ 10½” / 4.23m GLIAC Long Jump Francine Simpson, Kansas 21′ 7½” / 6.59m Big 12 Andrea Guebelle, Kansas 21′ 4¼” / 6.51m Big 12 Christabel Nettey, Arizona State 21′ 3½” / 6.49m MPSF Karimah Shepherd, North Carolina St. 21′ 2″ / 6.45m ACC Erica Bougard, Miss State 21′ 1¼” / 6.43m SEC Chanice Porter, Georgia 21′ ½” / 6.41m SEC Melissa Norville, Illinois College 21′ ½” / 6.41m Midwest Lorraine Ugen, TCU 20′ 10¾” / 6.37m Big 12 Triple Jump Andrea Guebelle, Kansas 44′ 3¼” / 13.49m Big 12 LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M 44′ 2″ / 13.46m SEC Keri Emanuel, LSU 44′ 2″ / 13.46m SEC Ciarra Brewer, Florida 43′ 9¾” / 13.35m SEC Lynnika Pitts, LSU 43′ 9″ / 13.33m SEC Karimah Shepherd, North Carolina St. 43′ ½” / 13.12m ACC Amanda Ouedraogo, Abilene Christian 43′ ½” / 13.12m Lone Star Mara Griva, Nebraska 42′ 11½” / 13.09m Big Ten Shot Put Tia Brooks, Oklahoma 60′ 9¼” / 18.52m Big 12 Christina Hillman, Iowa State 57′ 9½” / 17.61m Big 12 Julie Labonte, Arizona 57′ 4¾” / 17.49m MPSF Brittany Smith, Illinois State 56′ 9¼” / 17.30m MVC Alyssa Hasslen, Arizona 56′ 4½” / 17.18m MPSF Anna Jelmini, Arizona State 56′ 2″ / 17.12m MPSF Skylar White, Baylor 56′ 0″ / 17.07m Big 12 Alyssa Wisdom, Stanford 55′ 8¼” / 16.97m MPSF Weight Throw Felicia Johnson, Indiana State 74′ ¼” / 22.56m MVC Beth Rohl, Michigan State 72′ 9″ / 22.17m Big Ten Dani Bunch, Purdue 70′ 10¾” / 21.61m Big Ten Brittney Waller, Clemson 70′ 10½” / 21.60m ACC Sam Lockhart, Grand Valley St. 70′ 6½” / 21.50m GLIAC Taylor Smith, Wisconsin 70′ 6½” / 21.50m Big Ten Alanna Krechyk, Kansas 70′ 1¾” / 21.38m
Big 12 Shant’e White, Buffalo 69′ 8″ / 21.23m MAC Pentathlon Makeba Alcide, Arkansas 4569 SEC Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia 4208 SEC Lindsay Vollmer, Kansas 4123 Big 12 Thea LaFond, Maryland 4111 ACC Merryl Mbeng, Kansas State 4090 Big 12 Claire McConnell, Oklahoma 4079 Big 12 Jessica Flax, Wisconsin 4078 Big Ten Marissa Golliday, Illinois 4067 Big Ten