By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jura Levy of Oklahoma Baptist has been named NAIA National Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Larissa Wilden of Mount Mercy (Iowa) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Levy and Wilden were selected based on their performances from Jan. 28 - Feb. 3.
For the second time this year, Levy is recognized nationally for her efforts in track events. A senior from Trelawny, Jamaica, finished with a NAIA top time of 23.62 in the 200 meters. Hosted by NCAA Division I Nebraska, she beat sprinters from Florida, Kentucky, Illinois and Baylor at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Feb. 1-2. She finished second in the 60 meters (7.33), improving on the NAIA's No. 2 mark. Levy teamed up with Stacy Warrior, Taylor Moore and Aspen Marical to take top medal honors in the 4x400 relay with a clocking of 3:50.19. That effort is the top time in the NAIA this season.
Wilden, a senior from Clinton, Iowa, set two school records and a pair of personal bests at the Hilltop Invitational, hosted by NCAA Division III Cornell (Iowa) Feb. 2. She improved on her NAIA leading mark in the high jump with a record leap of 1.72 meters (65-4 ¼) to finish first overall. She also won the 60-meter hurdles with another school and personal record of 9.12 seconds. That time hit the NAIA "B" qualifying mark. In the 200 meters, she took third (27.59) and was a big reason the Mustangs took home a team victory.
The next Athlete of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 13. For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Field Nominees: Taylor Mayes, Cumberlands (Ky.); Brianna Betts, Ottawa (Kan.); Lenzey Stidham, Siena Heights (Mich.); Hannah Lentz, College of Idaho; Tessa Gryzen, Davenport (Mich.); Dawn Caffery, Ashford (Iowa); Stacia Murray, Indiana Tech; Callie Walker, Midland (Neb.); Arryana Barton, McPherson (Kan.); Jamie Crouse, Concordia (Neb.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Jillian Ourada, Doane (Neb.); Lexi Wilt, Central Methodist (Mo.); Stephanie Nelson, Baker (Kan.); Meaghan Foster, William Penn (Iowa); Naomi Patrnchak, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Ashleigh Nalty, Missouri Baptist; Brittany Brisco, Missouri Valley; Jessica Sosnowski, Eastern Oregon; Tina Huffman, Indiana Wesleyan; Kenney Meigs, Oklahoma Baptist; Lindsay Lipa, Cornerstone (Mich.); Kaycee Harris, Tennessee Wesleyan; Christa Hicks, Union (Ky.).
Track Nominees: Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Sarah Daines, Ottawa (Kan.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho; Jessica Davis , Texas Wesleyan; Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.); Nichole Johnson, Ashford (Iowa); Katelyn Lewis, Indiana Tech; Skyler Barger, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Whitney Dooley, Midland (Neb.); Cassie Hollenback, Southwestern (Kan.); Larissa Wilden, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Rachel Renken, Friends (Kan.); Breanna Mathes, Morningside (Iowa); Kim Wood, Concordia (Neb.); Held Cheryl, William Woods (Mo.); Jessa Sughroue, Doane (Neb.); Megan Rosa, Baker (Kan.); Kaitlyn Loeffler, Central Methodist (Mo.); Allie McFayden, Grand View (Iowa); Sarah Niemeir, Missouri Valley; Michelle Leichleiter, Hastings (Neb.); Gortia Ferguson, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kate O'Halloran, Oklahoma City; Taylor Tacha, Nebraska Wesleyan; Kadie Booth, Eastern Oregon; Angel Gaesser, Indiana Wesleyan; Lindsey McDonald, Park (Mo.); Rachel Hull, Tennessee Wesleyan.
2013 Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1: Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.), Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2: Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Adella King, Indiana Tech
Week 3: Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 4: Larissa Wilden, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist