By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jacob Connealy of Benedictine (Kan.) has been named NAIA National Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and Nathan Martin of Spring Arbor (Mich.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Connealy and Martin were selected based on their performances from Feb. 11 - 17.
Connealy, a sophomore from Bellevue, Neb., earned two individual conference championships in the high jump and heptathlon at the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championships Feb. 15 - 16. His 2.00 meters (6-6 ¾) in the high jump was a national qualifying mark and point total of 4,722 points in the heptathlon qualified him for the indoor national championships. In three events in the heptathlon, Connealy set three personal best. He was named the HAAC Indoor Track & Field MVP.
Martin, a senior from Three Rivers, Mich., won both the 5,000 and 3,000-meter runs at the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships Feb. 15 - 16. He also set two championship records with a time of 8:17.16 in the 3,000 meters and a clocking of 14:41.17 in the 5,000 meters. Martin earned the Championship Athlete of the Meet honors.
This is the final award for the 2013 indoor season. For the complete Athlete of the week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Marshall Hawn, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Troy Solly, Carroll (Mont.); Travis Hinton, Oklahoma Baptist; Peyton Wade, Friends (Kan.); Demetryione Singleton, Ashford (Iowa); Colin Morrissey, Concordia (Neb.); Ryan Meyer, William Woods (Mo.); Doug Dawson, Siena Heights (Mich.); Conner Drendel, Southwestern (Kan.); Shawn Peden, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Ka'imi Scott, Warner Pacific (Ore.); D'Artist Williams, Dakota State (S.D.); Sam Taylor, William Penn (Iowa); Claude Nelson, Loyola (La.); Jake GunderKline, Goshen (Ind.); Alex Alvarez, Grand View (Iowa); Louis Falland , Cornerstone (Mich.); Ignacio Franco, Missouri Valley; Seth Booker, Grace (Ind.); Hunter Swink, Oklahoma City; Dewayne Booker, Wayland Baptist (Texas); DeMarcus Jackson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Doug Benson, Eastern Oregon; Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Alec Hernandez, Embry-Riddle (Fla.).
Field Nominees: Lucas Limberg, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Easton Padden, Carroll (Mont.); Blaine Bassler, Oklahoma Baptist; Mike Malone, Ashford (Iowa); Darryl Marlow, Indiana Tech; Seth Thompson, William Woods (Mo.); Richard DePalma, Siena Heights (Mich.); Artrail Skipper, Southwestern (Kan.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.); Lance Maxwell, Grand View (Iowa); Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.); Andrew Longboy, Missouri Valley; Rob Keeney, Doane (Neb.); Dilan Simmons, Central Methodist (Mo.); Trevor Barrett, Eastern Oregon; Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Mike Edwards, Embry-Riddle (Fla.).
2013 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1 (Jan. 16): Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Cordell Baker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2 (Jan. 23): Raymond Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Doug Benson, Eastern Oregon
Week 3 (Jan. 30): Mauro Parnell, Doane (Neb.); Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 4 (Feb. 6): Augustus Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); David Walters, Langston (Okla.)
Week 5 (Feb. 13): Darien Moore, Valley City State (N.D.), Gregory Turner, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 6 (Feb. 20): Jacob Connealy, Benedictine (Kan.); Nathan Martin, Spring Arbor (Mich.)