The second full week of the outdoor season just finished up and it’s time to see who wins the weekly awards. Let’s get to it!
Athletes of the week: Bryshon Nellum, Joey Hughes, Reggie Wyatt and Josh Mance, Southern Cal
The foursome finished off the Trojan Invitational with a stunning 3:02.24 in the 4×400 relay. It’s the fourth-fastest time ever run by a college team in the month of March. Mance also led Hughes and Nellum to a Trojan 1-3-4 in the individual 400, Mance running a nice 45.65 to win it. Wyatt won the 400 hurdles with 49.95.
Honorable mention: Conor McCullough, Princeton
The sophomore hammer thrower opened his outdoor season at the UCF Invitational and threw 71.47 meters (234′ 6″), his best ever in a college uniform and only 1.20 meters off his lifetime best. It now makes him the tenth-best US collegian ever in the event.
Team of the week: Texas A&M
As noted elsewhere, the Aggies dominated the Trojan Invitational, even while giving top javelin thrower Sam Humphreys the week off. Honorable mention goes to UCLA for upsetting Texas in a dual meet.
Athlete of the week: Jeneva McCall, Southern Illinois
At the Vanderbilt Invitational, McCall won the hammer throw with a distance of 69.39 meters (227′ 8″), a PR in her first hammer competition of the year. The mark puts her eighth on the all-time collegiate list. McCall also won the shot put and discus; her mark in the shot (17.72m) is the outdoor collegiate leader, and her mark in the discus (55.69m) is third in the NCAA.
Honorable mention: Morgann Leloux, Georgia
Leloux won the pole vault at the Georgia Relays/UGA Alumni Meet with a height of 4.36 meters (14′ 3.5″), the current outdoor collegiate leader.
Team player: Rachel Whitley, Western Michigan
At the Georgia Relays/UGA Alumni Meet, Whitley anchored the winning 4×800 and sprint medley relays, ran on the fifth-place 4×400 relay, and took sixth in the 1500 meters.
Team of the week: Clemson
The Tigers had a great outing at the UCF Invitational. The long sprints, hurdles and relays are their strengths, and it showed. Redshirt senior April Sinkler won the long and triple jumps in her first competitions of the year; she was not available indoors as she had exhausted eligibility. Her return to action makes the Tigers one of the top teams in the country.