A few familiar faces earn weekly honors

A few familiar faces earn weekly honors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Season-bests and outstanding performances have earned four athletes the latest Summit League Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards, released by league officials Tuesday. North Dakota State's Jacob Rodin and South Dakota's Zack Anderson claimed the awards on the men's side while Oral Roberts' Sasha Wells and North Dakota State's Akealy Moton took home the honors for the women.

At the Mark Colligan Memorial, Rodin clocked a 1:19.04 in the 600m dash finishing second in the meet and ranking No. 2 all-time in program history. He also ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay that finished in a time of 3:16.87 to take fourth place at the meet and rank second in the league.

In the field, Anderson cleared 7-03.25 (2.22m) to capture the high jump event at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational and move to seventh in the nation. His winning height is a centimeter shy of his indoor best from a year ago. 

On the women's side, Wells bettered her previous school record to win the 60m hurdles at the Mark Colligan Memorial with a time of 8.30. Her winning time is .11 seconds faster than her previous school record. Wells went on and won her second individual title of the meet clocking a 7.51 in the 60m dash.

Moton launched a near indoor personal-best mark of 55-03.75 (16.86m) in the shot put to win the event at the Mark Colligan Memorial. Her mark ranks her eighth in the nation in the event this season and No. 2 in the league.

Jacob Rodin, North Dakota State
So | Mid-Distance | Kenmare, N.D.

  • Earned his first career athlete of the week honor
  • Placed second in the 600m dash with a time of 1:19.04 at the Mark Colligan Memorial
  • His 600m time ranks No. 2 all-time in program history
  • Currently ranks 22nd in the event this season

Also nominated: Luke Labatte (North Dakota), Lukas Nelson (South Dakota State), Brithton Senior (South Dakota), Kevin Jackson (Oral Roberts) 

Zack Anderson, South Dakota
Sr | Jumps | Parker, S.D.

  • Earned his third career indoor athlete of the week accolade
  • Cleared 7-03.25 to win the high jump at the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational
  • Ranks seventh in the nation in the event

Also nominated: Adam Mehr (North Dakota), Tre Manning (South Dakota State), Alex Talley (North Dakota State), Joshua Tabla (Oral Roberts) 

Sasha Wells, Oral Roberts
Jr | Sprints/Hurdles | Nassau, Bahamas

  • Notched her second career track athlete of the week award
  • Bettered her previous school record to win the 60m hurdles at the Mark Colligan Memorial
  • Won the 60m dash with a time of 7.51
  • Ranks 32nd in the nation in the 60m hurdles

Also nominated: Erica Eades (North Dakota), Ellie Friesen (South Dakota State), Kelby Anderson (North Dakota State), Abby Ripperda (South Dakota) 

Akealy Moton, North Dakota State
So | Throws | West Fargo, N.D.

  • Received her third career field athlete of the week honor
  • Won the shot put with a near indoor personal-best mark of 55-03.75 at the Mark Colligan Memorial
  • Ranks eighth in the nation in the shot put

Also nominated: Amber Hunsaker (North Dakota), Emma Stewart (South Dakota State), Makiah Hunt (South Dakota), Makayla Ayres (Oral Roberts)

2019-20 The Summit League Athletes of the Week
December 10
TM: Nick Wessels, South Dakota State, Hurdles
FM: Trevor Otterdahl, North Dakota State, Throws
TW: Sasha Wells, Oral Roberts, Sprints/Hurdles
FW: Akealy Moton, North Dakota State, Throws

December 17
TM: Nick Derickson, Purdue Fort Wayne, Distance
FM: Luke Beehler, Purdue Fort Wayne, Jumps
TW: Brayden Langdon, Purdue Fort Wayne, Distance
FW: Allyssa Hennessey, Purdue Fort Wayne, Jumps

January 14
TM: Ben Marano, Purdue Fort Wayne, Hurdles
FM: Lane Hawkins, Purdue Fort Wayne, Jumps
TW: Savannah Girolami, Purdue Fort Wayne, Sprints
FW: Naomi Ashley, Purdue Fort Wayne, Jumps

January 21
TM: Kevin Jackson, Oral Roberts, Sprints
FM: Chris Nilsen, South Dakota, Pole Vault
TW: Kelby Anderson, North Dakota State, Distance
FW: Shelby Gunnells, North Dakota State, Throws

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