As with the men, there wasn’t as much collegiate competition this weekend, but the small quantity still had very high quality. Let’s get to it!
Athletes of the Week
Sprint/hurdle athlete of the week: English Gardner, Oregon
Gardner won the 60 meters at the Millrose Games over such notable professionals as Jeneba Tarmoh and Lauryn Williams. More impressive yet is that it was only her first 60 meter race of the year.
Distance athlete of the week: Emma Coburn, Colorado
Coburn was probably the most-ignored athlete prior to the women’s Wanamaker Mile on Saturday night at the Millrose Games, despite the fact that she was the only U.S. Olympian in the race. Maybe this was because it was her first collegiate race in over 16 months. In any case, she finished fourth, just edging out Abbey D’Agostino as the top collegian. Her time, 4:29.86, makes her the sixth-fastest indoor collegian of all time.
Field event athlete of the week: Felisha Johnson, Indiana State
Johnson won the shot put and the weight throw at the Eastern Illinois University Friday Night Special. Her distance in the weight throw, 23.06 meters (75’ 8”) is the NCAA leader and makes her the fifth-best collegian of all time.
Division II athlete of the week: Katie Nageotte, Ashland
Nageotte won the pole vault at the Kent State Tune-Up. Her height of 4.27 meters (14’ 0”) is the best height of the year in D-II, sixth among all divisions, and rates second-best in the history of D-II pole vaulting, both indoors and out.
Division III athlete of the week: Breann Struppe, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Struppe won the shot put at the Eastbay/Pointer Invitational with a distance of 15.66 meters (51’ 4½”), beating the runner-up by more than eight feet. The distance makes her fifth in the history of D-III indoor shot putting.
NAIA athlete of the week: Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist
Jones won the high jump at the Nebraska Tune-Up with a height of 1.85 meters (6’ ¾”), the best of the year in the NAIA and tied for tenth-best across all divisions.
CIS athlete of the week: Celine Gibb, Windsor
Gibb won the shot put at Guelph’s “last chance” meet with a distance of 14.65 meters (48′ ¾”), the only new CIS leader of the weekend.
Team of the Week
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish won the toughest meet of the week, the Big East Championships, which makes this an easy choice.
The Albany Great Danes merit honorable mention, winning the America East championship by over 100 points.
Team Player: Briahna Chambers, Hanover
Chambers led her Hanover College Panthers to victory at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in a big way. She won the 60 meters and 200 meters (both in conference record time), took third in the long jump, ran on the runner-up 4×200 relay, and anchored the winning 4×400 relay. She has competed in at least three events in every meet so far this season.