Weekly College Awards — Women

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 Awards

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

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One Response to Weekly College Awards — Women

  1. brimel says:

    Got to see an exciting Heps meet over the weekend. D’Agostino very impressive in mile/5K double. Also impressed with a Harvard athlete who was 2nd in the 60H and 6th in the SP. Not a typical double.