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2013 NAIA Menís Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week - No. 6

April 24, 2013
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alvaro Romero of Aquinas (Mich.) has been named NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Kenneth Combs of Oklahoma Baptist has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Romero and Combs were selected based on their performances from April 15 – 21.

Ramero, a senior from Lima, Peru, won the long jump at the Al Owens Classic hosted by NCAA Division II Grand Valley State (Mich.) on April 20. Ramero recorded the longest jump in the NAIA this outdoor season as he went 7.44 meters (24- ¾) to take first out of 25 athletes competing. His leap ranks him third on the all-time list at Aquinas.

Combs, a freshman from Midwest City, Okla., finished first in the 100-meter and 200-meter run at the Sooner Athletic Conference Challenge on April 20. Combs ran a time of 10.42 in the 100-meters to win the event. His time is the fastest in the NAIA this outdoor track season. He was also victorious in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.31, third fastest in outdoor track this year.

For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.

Track Nominees: Jonathan Gears, Cumberlands (Ky.); Brandon Sherier, McPherson (Kan.); Wes Jones, Evergreen (Wash.); Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Claude Nelson, Loyola (La.); Johnny Watson, Wiley (Texas); Tj Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Johannes Riemann, Bethany (Kan.); Seth Boomsma, Dakota State (S.D.); Jonathan Melton, Northwest (Wash.); Logan Moore, Siena Heights (Mich.); Benjamin Hinckfoot, Concordia (Neb.); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Tyler Powell, Berea (Ky.); John Trimble, Corban (Ore.); John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Luc Bruchet, British Columbia; Cedrique Smith, Sterling (Kan.); Ryan Meyer , William Woods (Mo.); Tre Porter, Grand View (Iowa); Joel Allen, Tabor (Kan.); Jonz Olander, Southern Oregon; T.j. Harris, Great Falls (Mont.); Michael Gurley, Friends (Kan.); Caleb Teachout, Aquinas (Mich.); Corbin Slater, Taylor (Ind.); Jeremy Anderson, Shawnee State (Ohio); Kevin Mowatt, Milligan (Tenn.); Kenneth Kimani, Oklahoma City; Tyler Soderberg, Midland (Neb.); Andy Reidsma, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Brandyn Willard, Southwestern (Kan.); Greg Montgomery, College of Idaho; DeMarcus Jackson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Andy Lipiec, Indiana Wesleyan; Lorenzo Dolphus, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Ka'imi Scott, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Tim Sigmon, Bryan (Tenn.); Jordan Reeher, Concordia (Ore.); Ryan Booth, Eastern Oregon; Dan Medina, Calumet (Ind.); Daniel Tubei, Park (Mo.); John Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Field Nominees: Albert Huntley, Cumberlands (Ky.); Garrett Sharp, McPherson (Kan.); Andy Peffer, Oklahoma Baptist; Joe Reisinger, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Josh Murray, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Easton Padden, Carroll (Mont.); Gauge Aebersold, Siena Heights (Mich.); Dane Walker, Corban (Ore.); Andy White, British Columbia; Anthony Stockton , William Woods (Mo.); Bryce Adger, Grand View (Iowa); Michael Klaassen, Tabor (Kan.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.); T.j. Harris, Great Falls (Mont.); Derek Racette, Friends (Kan.); Robert Watson, Shawnee State (Ohio); Shaka Andrew, Milligan (Tenn.); Jon Leonard, Missouri Valley; Dan Medrano, Midland (Neb.); Cody Viergever, Baker (Kan.); James Allen, Indiana Wesleyan; Clay Pagels, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Josh Reznick, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Connor Carpenter, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Rob Keeney, Doane (Neb.); Aaron Baker, Indiana Tech; Brian Wickham, Eastern Oregon; Adam Riddle, Concordia (Ore.); Josh Kles, Lindsey Wilson (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)
Week 3 (April 3): Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.), John Gilbertson, The Master’s (Calif.)
Week 4 (April 10): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Derik Douglas, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (April 17): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 6 (April 24): Alvaro Romero, Aquinas (Mich.), Kenneth Combs, Oklahoma Baptist