Greggmar Swift, Katie Wise, and Mary Theisesn of Indiana State, Josh Freeman of Southern Illinois, and Robiann Broomfield of Missouri State have been named MVC Athletes of the Week. For more information, including schedules, results, and other notable performances, please see the linked PDF release.
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Greggmar Swift - Sr. - Indiana State (Bridgetown, Barbados)
Swift started off the 2014 Outdoor season with a victory in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.03. Swift battled cold and windy conditions, as well as a strong push from Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Durell Busby to get the victory. He currently ranks 22nd in the nation after his opener.
Other Notable Performances: Chase Coffey (Bradley); Fabian Norgrove (Illinois State); Chris Strup (Loyola); Brandon Carnes (UNI); Zach Dahleen (Southern Illinois); Kelvin Busienei (Wichita State)
Missouri Valley Conference Men's Field Athletes of the Week
Josh Freeman - So. - Southern Illinois (Fox River Grove, Ill.)
Sophomore Josh Freeman did it again at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic on Saturday, toppling two more all-time shot put records en route to an event victory. Freeman, who broke the all-time SIU indoor shot put record in January and reset his own mark three weeks later, toppled SIU throws coach John Smith’s 30-year old mark in his first outdoor attempt in 2014. He threw 19.12m (62-08.75) for the record, which also registers as the Missouri Valley Conference all-time outdoor record -- reclaiming it for SIU after UNI’s Justin Romero broke Smith’s mark in 2012. Entering Saturday, Freeman already ranked fifth all-time at SIU. Currently, he ranks sixth nationally and fourth in the NCAA West Region.
Other Notable Performances: Akil Mills (Illinois State); Matt Schiffer (UNI)
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Track Athletes of the Week
Katie Wise - So. - Indiana State (Morgantown, Ind.)
Wise started off the 2014 outdoor season after placing fifth in the nation indoor at 60 meters with a bang. On a day when temperatures were cold and windy, Wise was able to run 11.41 seconds for the 100 meter dash to get the victory at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic Invitational. Her time ranks her 7th nationally and 3rd in the East Region.
Other Notable Performances: Kristen Busch (Bradley); Kristen Zilmer (Illinois State); Alyvia Clark (Loyola); Shavonne Husbands (Missouri State); Alex Wilson (UNI); Alyssa Allison (Southern Illinois); Natalie Morerod (Wichita State)
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Mary Theisen - Sr. - Indiana State (Fall Creek, Wis.)
Theisen had a great season debut at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic Invitational, fresh off a fourth place finish at indoor nationals. She was able to win the discus (161 feet 8 inches) and shot put (50 feet 9.25 inches), while placing third in the hammer throw (176 feet 4 inches). Theisen currently ranks 23rd nationally in the shot put and 40th nationally in the discus. She ranks among the top 48 in all three events in the East Region.
Robiann Broomfield - So. - Missouri State (Clarendon, Jamaica)
Missouri State sophomore Robiann Broomfield won the long jump (5.65 meters) and was second in the triple jump (12.25 at the season-opening Tulsa Duels on March 22. MSU went 5-1 in the dual meet with wins over host Tulsa, UMKC, South Dakota, Oral Roberts and Nebraska Omaha with its only loss coming against Big 12 power Oklahoma State. She then won the triple jump on the first day of the Vanderbilt Black & Gold on Friday in 12.53 meters, a mark that is ranked seventh in the west region according to the USTFCCCA.
Other Notable Performances: Jianna Williams (Illinois State); Alison Szykowny (Loyola); Jamie Lindstrom (UNI); Sophia Lozano (Southern Illinois); Cara Detmer (Wichita State)