By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John Darmody of St. Ambrose (Iowa) has been named NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and Willy Irwin of Concordia (Ore.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Darmody and Irwin were selected based on their performances from March 18 – 24.
Darmody, a senior from Everett, Wash., established a new meet record in the 1,500 meter at the Viking Olympics hosted by NCAA Division III Augustana (Ill.) on March 23. He won the event with a time of 3:54.84. That is also “A” standard time in the 1,500 meter.
Irwin, a sophomore from Clovis, Calif., is a repeat winner of this award after winning it last week. He finished first in both shot put and discus at NCAA Division III Lewis & Clark (Ore.) Spring Break Open on March 23. Irwin popped an 18.65 meters (61-2 ¼) in the shot put to win the event. He followed by breaking the school record in the discus by recording a throw of 54.81 meters (179-10). The previous school record was set by Eric Whalen, who was the 2012 national champion in the discus.
For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Troy Jones, Texas Wesleyan; Kyle Hall, Indiana East; Johnny Watson, Wiley (Texas); Chase Carlson, Grand View (Iowa); Nick Zink , William Woods (Mo.); Eric Phillips, Cumberlands (Ky.); Nickola Shingles, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Hilary Cheruiyot, Tennessee Wesleyan; Joash Osoro, William Carey (Miss.); Taylor Shiverly, Clarke (Iowa); Bernard Graham , Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Sullivan Stevens, Southern Oregon; Alex Xavier, Warner (Fla.); Jon Leonard, Missouri Valley; Vincent Bett, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Paul Freese, Loyola (La.); Pierre Banks, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jevonte Ezzard, Dillard (La.); Ka'imi Scott, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Eurodge Bargblor, Campbellsville (Ky.); Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
Field Nominees: David Sanders, Indiana East; Lance Maxwell, Grand View (Iowa); Kevin Ping, Cumberlands (Ky.); Joshua Gregory, Tennessee Wesleyan; Ernie Triplett, William Carey (Miss.); Charlie Mullennex, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Mike Malone, Ashford (Iowa); Danny Parks, Southern Oregon; Adam Holdsworth, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); John McBride, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Devontra Flemming, Warner (Fla.); Dewayne Williams, Missouri Valley; Frantzy Sejour, Union (Ky.); Robertson Jordan, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Dan Medrano, Midland (Neb.); Conner Carpenter, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jordan Hatfield, Corban (Ore.); Timmy Pardue, Campbellsville (Ky.).
2013 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 20): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Dontaey Paige, Indiana Tech
Week 2 (March 27): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa)