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2014 NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week - No. 6

April 23, 2014
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By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matthew Clowes of Concordia (Ore.) has been selected as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and Kale Wolken of Doane (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Clowes and Wolken were selected based on their performances from April 14-20.

Clowes, a junior from Stoke-on-Trent, England, earned his second-straight NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award after breaking the school record and recording an NAIA-best mark in the 800 meters at the 20th Annual Beach Invitational on April 19 in Norwalk, Calif. His time of 1:50.16 narrowly surpassed the previous school record of 1:50.57 and Southern Oregon runner Eric Avila’s prior NAIA-best time of 1:50.89. Clowes finished second among the 132-man field at the Beach Invitational to Nathanael Litwiller of NCAA Division I Sacramento State (Calif.), who ran a 1:50.04. Clowes also recorded a 3:45.35 in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays on April 18 in Walnut, Calif.—just over a second off of his newly-minted school record of 3:44.14 in the event. The time was good enough for third in the event behind Martin Casse (3:44.92) of NCAA Division I Texas-Pan American and Matthew Fayers (3:45.09) of NCAA Division I Oklahoma State.

With Clowes’ second-straight selection as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the Cavaliers have now had an award winner in each of the first six weeks of the season.

Wolken, a sophomore from Tecumseh, Neb., posted the NAIA’s top mark in the decathlon, while also setting a school record in the event, at the Doane Relays on April 19 in Crete, Neb. Wolken’s 7,204 points bested the 16-man field and surpassed the previous school record of 7,195 set by 2013 NAIA champion Rob Keeney. To achieve the score, Wolken posted the fastest time or top mark in 8-of-10 events including the 100 meters (11.21), 400 meters, (49.98), 110 meter hurdles (15.32), high jump (1.93 meters, 6.33 feet), long jump (7.14 meters, 23.43 feet), shot put (12.47 meters, 40.91 feet), discus throw (35.95 meters, 111.38 feet) and javelin throw (55.35 meters, 181.59 feet). Wolken finished second in the pole vault (4.57 meters, 14.99) and fourth in the 1,500 meters (5:08.93).

For the complete Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.

Track Nominees: Christian Hoffman, Park (Mo.); Nick Zink , William Woods (Mo.); Cameron Hampton, Missouri Baptist; Christian Brewer, Milligan (Tenn.); Hans Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Wes Jones, Evergreen (Wash.); Brady Heinsoo, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Jonathan Ferguson, Northwest (Wash.); Jared Reed, Taylor (Ind.); Jake Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Colton Wood, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Troy Solly, Carroll (Mont.); Miguel Flores, Great Falls (Mont.); Jeriah Dunk, Northwestern (Iowa); Jonathon Becker, Concordia (Neb.); Garret Ehlers, Morningside (Iowa); Nickola Shingles, Central Methodist (Mo.); Spencer Head, Missouri Valley; Luc Bruchet, British Columbia; Brandon Sherier, McPherson (Kan.); Lewis Taylor, Friends (Kan.); Eric Anders, Southwestern (Kan.); Joe Magana, Sterling (Kan.); Robyn Haynes, Bethany (Kan.); Tarrance O'Connor, Berea (Ky.); Steven Johnson, Cumberlands (Ky.); Demytreius Gipson, Campbellsville (Ky.); Austin Childress, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Brad Liston, Shawnee State (Ohio); Keonte White, Grand View (Iowa); Alex Edwards, William Penn (Iowa); Mark Moeller, Dakota State (S.D.); Trent Roemmich, Jamestown (N.D.); Durawn Howard, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Chris Lowery, Oklahoma City; Michael Corso, Loyola (La.); Thorburn McGee, Belhaven (Miss.); Sam Frens, Davenport (Mich.); Louis Falland, Cornerstone (Mich.); John Broaden, Indiana Tech.

Field Nominees: Alonzo Findley , William Woods (Mo.); Brian Wickham, Eastern Oregon; Nate Moses, Concordia (Ore.); Markus Sanders, Southern Oregon; Jalmer Ludwig, College of Idaho; Matt Stewart, Calumet (Ind.); Drew Perrin, Grace (Ind.); Ken Higgins, Taylor (Ind.); Jacob Henry, Great Falls (Mont.); Beaugh Meyer, Carroll (Mont.); Tommie Bardsley, Nebraska Wesleyan; Justin Roberts, Hastings (Neb.); Zach Lurz, Concordia (Neb.); Zane Petersen, Hastings (Neb.); Emory Nash, Dillard (La.); Will Wallace, Benedictine (Kan.); Byron Evans, Missouri Valley; Paul Rotering, McPherson (Kan.); Xavier Caldwell, Bethel (Kan.); Emmanuel Aceves, Friends (Kan.); Tyler Entz, Tabor (Kan.); Cameron Smoak, Cumberlands (Ky.); Tim Perdue, Campbellsville (Ky.); Derek Seddon, William Penn (Iowa); Lance Maxwell, Grand View (Iowa); Kohl Gregory, Clarke (Iowa); Garrett Tenney, Jamestown (N.D.); Wayne Northover, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Caleb Neal, Oklahoma Baptist; Christian Lynch, Loyola (La.); Ross Raymond, Cornerstone (Mich.); Isaiah Lintz, Indiana Tech.

2014 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 19): Nate Moses, Concordia (Ore.); Brad Liston, Shawnee State (Ohio)
Week 2 (March 26): Darien Moore, Concordia (Ore.); Justin Scruggs, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 3 (April 2) : Jordan Reeher, Concordia (Ore.); Kenny Combs, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 4 (April 9): Darien Moore, Concordia (Ore.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon
Week 5 (April 16): Wayne Northover, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 6 (April 23): Kale Wolken, Doane (Neb.); Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)