KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mauro Parnell of Doane (Neb.) has been named NAIA National Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and Monte Larsen of Morningside (Iowa) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Parnell and Larsen were selected based on their performances from Jan. 21 - 27.
Parnell, a senior and Omaha, Neb., native, took first place in the triple jump at the Concorida (Neb.) Classic on Jan. 27. Parnell jumped 15.21 meters (49-11), hitting the NAIA "A" qualifying standard and breaking the Doane's school record. Additionally, he set the field house and meet record at Concordia Classic. Parnell's leap leads the NAIA by 1-foot -9-inches and is the farthest by a Great Plains Athletic Conference triple jumper by 2-feet-1- inch.
Larsen, a senior from Neola, Iowa, defeated 22 athletes, on his way to winning the 800-meter with a time of 1:50.28 at the Buena Vista (Iowa) Open on Jan. 26. This time set a Morningside school record by great than two seconds. His time is the fastest in the NAIA by more than two seconds and would be the top time in NCAA Division's II and III and National Junior College Athletic Association. Larsen also anchored the Mustangs to victory in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays.
The next Athletes of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 6. For the complete Athlete of the week calendar, click here.
Field Nominees: Ryan Gimbel, Dakota State (S.D.); Andy Dougherty, Morningside (Iowa); Ben Lehmkuhl, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.); Artrail Skipper, Southwestern (Kan.); Kohl Gregory, Clarke (Iowa); Seth Thompson, William Woods (Mo.); Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Caleb Neal, Oklahoma Baptist; Hakera Hardy, Midland (Neb.); Bryce Adger, Grand View (Iowa); Frederick Pannell, William Penn (Iowa); Ryin Brandt, Ottawa (Kan.); Phil Rizzo, St. Francis (Ill.); Alvaro Romero, Aquinas (Mich.); Ray Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Darien Moore, Valley City State (N.D.); Matt Huseman, Northwestern (Iowa); Mike Edwards, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Bryce Harshman, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Bo Johnson, Concordia (Ore.).
Track Nominees: Seth Boomsma, Dakota State (S.D.); Jordan Umscheid , Friends (Kan.); Nick Hampton, College of Idaho; Reid Echelmeier, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.); Dontaey Paige, Indiana Tech; Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Gabriel Dos Santos, William Woods (Mo.); Jeremy Bryan, Baker (Kan.); Adam Godwin, Oklahoma Baptist; Charles VanBuern, Midland (Neb.); Alex Edwards, William Penn (Iowa); Wes Hammer, Grand View (Iowa); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Isaac Placencia, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Nathan Brown, Grace (Ind.); John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Hans Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Sam Housh, Doane (Neb.); Pierre Banks, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Alec Hernandez, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Skyler Giddings, Northwestern (Iowa); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Colin Morrissey, Concordia (Neb.); Andre Washington, Concordia (Ore.).
2013 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1: Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Cordell Baker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2: Raymond Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Doug Benson, Eastern Oregon
Week 3: Mauro Parnell, Doane (Neb.); Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa)