ORU's Bain, Talbert May/June Athletes of Month

ORU's Bain, Talbert May/June Athletes of Month

ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts outdoor track & field athletes Andretti Bain (Nassau, Bahamas) and Rachel Talbert (Newton, Kan.) have been named The Summit League Athletes of the Month for May/June.

Bain earns Men's Athlete of the Month honors after winning the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 14, racing to an ORU record and career-best 44.62. He currently holds the fastest time in the nation and fourth-fastest time in the world. Bain won his 10th overall and sixth outdoor Summit League individual title at the league championship May 15-17, winning the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash en route to being named The Summit League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Bain is now a four-time All-American (three indoor and one outdoor) and remains the only athlete in ORU history to win a national championship in any sport.

Talbert earns Female Athlete of the Month honors after placing sixth in the finals of the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a throw of 165-07 to earn All-America honors. She placed fourth in the preliminary round, throwing 170-00, and won the discus at the Midwest Regionals with a throw of 176-00, an ORU school record. It was the fourth time she had broken the discus record this outdoor season. Talbert won her fifth and sixth Summit League titles at the outdoor league meet, winning the discus and javelin titles en route to being named Women's Field Athlete of the Year. Talbert is currently ranked 18th in the country in the discus, 69th in the javelin and 93rd in the shot put.

Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Brandon Knowling, IPFW, baseball; Scott Nei, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field; Mike Craze, Oakland, outdoor track & field; Drew Laidig, Western Illinois, baseball.

Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Crystal Martinez, IPFW, outdoor track & field; Cody Halsey, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field; Amy Zaffino, Western Illinois, outdoor track & field.

2007-08 Athletes of the Month

Month

Male, School, Sport

Female, School, Sport

August/September

Aaron Volanski, Centenary, soccer

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball

October

Mark Currell, Southern Utah, cross country

Faithy Kamangila, Oral Roberts, cross country

November

Ben Woodside, North Dakota State, basketball

Amy Anderson, South Dakota State, volleyball

December

Brett Winkelman, North Dakota State, basketball

Jessica Pike, Oakland, basketball

January

Robert Jarvis, Oral Roberts, basketball

Amy Recht, IPFW, tennis

February

Marcin Unold, Oakland, swimming

Agnes Solan, Oakland, swimming

March

Andretti Bain, Oral Roberts, indoor track & field

Ryan Thacker, Centenary, softball

April

Riley Dolezal, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field

Laura Hermanson, North Dakota State, outdoor track & field

May/June

Andretti Bain, Oral Roberts, indoor track & field

Rachel Talbert, Oral Roberts, outdoor track & field



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