USD’s Nilsen, SDSU’s Miller Named January Athletes of the Month

USD’s Nilsen, SDSU’s Miller Named January Athletes of the Month
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected South Dakota track & field athlete Chris Nilsen (Kansas City, Mo.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota State basketball player Macy Miller (Mitchell, S.D.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for January.
Nilsen receives the Athlete of the Month award for the first time this season and sixth of his career. The sophomore topped the NCAA charts at the Hawkeye Invitational on Jan. 13, by jumping 18' 4.50" (5.60m). At the Jim Emmerich Alumni Invitational on Jan. 20, he went 18' 6.50" (5.65m) and followed that with a vault of 18' 9.25" (5.72m) at the Jack Johnson Classic, which ranks 10th all-time in NCAA history, to close out the month. A three-time January Athlete of the Week, Nilsen broke three facility records (Iowa, South Dakota State, Minnesota) during the month and remains undefeated in his indoor collegiate career with 11 meet titles.
Miller captures her first career Athlete of the Month honor after guiding South Dakota State to a 7-1 overall record and 6-1 mark in league play in January. The junior guard had four 20-plus point efforts during the month including highs of 31 points (tied career-high), eight rebounds and four steals in a win over defending champion Western Illinois on Jan. 20. She also added 26 points with seven rebounds and four assists in a Jan. 13, win at Oral Roberts. For the month, Miller shot 52.9 percent (63-of-119) from the field, 42.1 percent (16-of-38) from three and 88.9 percent (16-of-18) at the line, while averaging 19.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals per game with a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio. A two-time January Player of the Week, Miller is the only player ranked in the league top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists and shooting percentage on the year.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Bryson Scott, Fort Wayne, basketball; Paul Miller, North Dakota State, basketball; Zach Jackson, Omaha, basketball; Emmanuel Nzekwesi, Oral Roberts, basketball; Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball; Kobe Webster, Western Illinois, basketball
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Lauren Whyte, Denver, golf; Maddy Nilles, North Dakota State, track & field; Aniekeme Etim, Oral Roberts, track & field; Shanice Cannigan, South Dakota, track & field; Emily Clemens, Western Illinois, basketball

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 website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.