#SummitITF Athletes of the Week

#SummitITF Athletes of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. – For the second-consecutive week, South Dakota's Chris Nilsen was selected as the league's indoor athlete of the week on the men's side while North Dakota State's Maddy Nilles was named the women's athlete of the week.  

Both athletes competed Saturday at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational, where Nilsen regained the nation's No. 1 ranking in the pole vault and Nilles remained on top of the league's weight throw performance list with a season-best toss.  

Maddy Nilles, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

So. // Sherrill, Iowa

  • Competed at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invite Saturday
  • Earned a first-place finish in the weight with a 66-8.00 (20.32m) throw on her first attempt
  • Remains No. 1 on the league's performance list by more than 4-5.00 feet
  • Moved to No. 14 nationally in the weight throw
  • Ranks second all-time in NDSU history in the weight
  • Second-career Athlete of the Week honor

Also nominated: Emma Rafuse (Fort Wayne), Helen Falda (South Dakota), Emily Johnson (Omaha), Krista Steele (South Dakota State)

Previous winners: Aniekeme Etim, Oral Roberts – Dec. 5 // Maddy Nilles, North Dakota State – Dec. 12 // Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State – Jan. 16

Chris Nilsen, SOUTH DAKOTA  

So. // Kansas City, Mo.

  • Competed at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invite Saturday
  • Cleared the bar at 18-6.50 (5.65m) on his second attempt at that height
  • Retook the nation's No. 1 ranking in the pole vault with his performance
  • Remains undefeated in his indoor career, extending his event win streak to 10
  • Seventh-career Summit League Indoor Athlete of the Week title (tied for second-most all-time)

Also nominated: Jonah Warwick (North Dakota State), Bryant Courter (South Dakota State)

Previous winners: Bryant Courter (SDSU) and Corey Reid (USD) – Dec. 5 // Alex Talley, North Dakota State – Dec. 12 // Chris Nilsen, South Dakota – Jan. 16


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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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