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Athlete of the Week - No. 2

January 18, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Monte Larsen of Morningside (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Raheem Cowan of Briar Cliff (Iowa) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Larsen and Cowan were selected based on their performances from Jan. 9 – 15.

Larsen, a senior and Neola, Iowa, native, won two individual events and was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that also took first place at the Dordt Invitational in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Jan. 14. Larsen ran a time of 2:28.71 to claim the 1,000-meter run and then clocked a time of 1:20.52 in winning the 600-meter run. The Mustang 1,600-meter relay team, led by Larsen, posted a time of 3:22.43 at the event.

Cowan, a native of Hartwell, Ga., also starred at the Dordt Invitational, which was his first meet as a collegiate athlete. The freshman set school records in both the triple jump and the long jump on his way to a first-place finish in both categories. His long jump mark of 22’ 7” topped the next competitor by almost a foot and nearly trumped the provisional mark. His triple jump mark of 49’ 3 ½” measured in three feet better than the second-place finisher and ranks best in the nation this season.

The next Athletes of the Week will be announced on Jan. 25.

Track Nominees: Doug Dawson, Siena Heights (Mich.); Gabriel Green, William Penn (Iowa); Matt Fideler, Dakota State (S.D.); Kennedy Kithuka, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Samuel Frens, Davenport (Mich.); Jared Carl, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Chris Busby, Doane (Neb.); Rumeal McKinney, Aquinas (Mich.); Andre Moodie, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Brian Meyer, Ashford (Iowa); Pete Westerkamp, Grand View (Iowa); Jasen Brown, Concordia (Ore.); Jarann Johnson, Jamestown (N.D.); Adam Godwin, Oklahoma Baptist; Matt Trampe, Concordia (Neb.).

Field Nominees: Ray Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Jalen Wilson, William Penn (Iowa); Jason Cogswell, Davenport (Mich.); Joe Reisinger, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Ryan Helminiak, Aquinas (Mich.); Justin Ludwikowski, Ashford (Iowa); Andy Simons, Morningside (Iowa); Tyler Wells, Grand View (Iowa); Bo Johnson, Concordia (Ore.); Joseph Torres, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Gabe Wickham, Hastings (Neb.); Jeff Lewis, Oklahoma Baptist; Derik Fossum, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); John Kersenbrock, Nebraska Wesleyan; Matt Huseman, Northwestern (Iowa).

2012 Composite Award Winners (Track; Field) (Schedule)
Week 1: Edwin Ronoh, Doane (Neb.); Rob Keeney, Doane (Neb.)
Week 2: Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa); Raheem Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa)