Greggmar Swift, Katie Wise, and Mary Theisen of Indiana State, Curt Jensen of Illinois State, and Austin Bahner of Wichita 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)
Greggmar Swift faced off against Vanier Joseph of Illinois for one of the best head to head competitions in the nation this week. This resulted in the two fastest 110 Meter Hurdles times run in 2014, as Joseph won in a time of 13.41 and Swift followed closely behind in 13.43. Swift ranks second nationally with his performance, first in the Missouri Valley Conference and first in the NCAA East Region.
Other Notable Performances: Eric Delvo (Bradley); Travis Marsh (Drake); Anderson Devonish (Illinois State); Sam Penzenstadler (Loyol); Brandon (UNI); Jonathon Duvall (Wichita State)
Missouri Valley Conference Men's Field Athletes of the Week
Curt Jensen - Sr. - Illinois State (Colona, Ill.)
Competing in three events this past weekend, Jensen captured two top-five finishes, including a personal-best mark in the men’s discus invitational at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Jensen threw a mark of 53.42m (175-03) in the discus to place fifth in a field made up of Travis Bailey from host school Tennessee who threw 60.73m and Antonio James of Michigan State who tossed a mark of 57.72m. Bailey currently sits at the No. 4 spot on the NCAA leaderboard. Jensen also earned a third-place finish with a toss of 19.25m (63-02.00) to open up his 2014 outdoor shot put campaign, breaking his own record set in 2012. The Colona, Ill., native also threw a mark of 55.97m (183-07) to finish 12th in the men’s hammer competition.
Austin Bahner - Sr. - Wichita State (Wichita, Kan.)
Austin Bahner won the men’s decathlon competition at the KT Woodman Classic this past weekend. Bahner compiled a score of 7,331 points, which tops the MVC during the outdoor season and ranks No. 11 in the nation with that point total. Bahner put together a consistent decathlon and was right where he expected to be in most of the events.
Other Notable Performances: Jonathon Osifuye (Drake); Byron Ferrell (Indiana State); Matt Shiffer (UNI); Kyle Landon (Southern Illinois);
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Katie Wise - So. - Indiana State (Morgantown, Ind.)
Wise took full advantage of the elements at the Illinois Twilight meet, as she blazed a time of 11.25 seconds in the 100 meter dash to easily win the race. She also won the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.51 seconds and ran a leg of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team that won in a time of 45.24 seconds. Her 100 meter time ranks her sixth in the nation, first in the Missouri Valley Conference and fourth in the very tough NCAA East Region. She also ranks 31st in the nation in the 200 meter dash and leads the Missouri Valley Conference.
Other Notable Performances: Casey Kramer (Bradley); Sarah Yeager (Drake); Jenna Combs (Illinois State); Krista Kuss (Loyola); Althia Maximilien (Missouri State); Alyssa Allison (Southern Illinois); Nikki Larch-Miller (Wichita State)
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Mary Theisen - Sr. - Indiana State (Fall Creek, Wis.)
Theisen had a dominant meet at the Illinois Twilight meet, as she won the shot put and placed second in the discus. Her win in the shot put was part of a 1-2-3 sweep by the Sycamores in the event, as Theisen threw 54 feet 11.25 inches. That throw ranks her eighth nationally, first in the Missouri Valley Conference, and fourth in the NCAA East Region. She placed second in the discus to Nike’s Gia Lewis-Smallwood, who won the event with a throw of 204 feet 7 inches. Theisen placed second with a throw of 174 feet 10 inches to easily earn 10 points as the first collegiate. Theisen’s throw ranks her 18th nationally, first in the Missouri Valley Conference and seventh in the NCAA East Region.
Other Notable Performances: Kayla Bell (Drake); Jianna Williams (Illinois State); Alison Szykowny (Loyola); Robiann Broomfield (Missouri State); Shanice Andrews (Wichita State)