By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Damian Flores of Eastern Oregon has been named NAIA National Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Anthony Stockton of William Woods (Mo.) has been selected as the NAIA National Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Flores and Stockton were selected based on their performances from Jan. 20 - 26.
Flores, a senior from Gardena, Calif., recorded two NAIA "A" standards and was a part of a school record-breaking effort in the 4x400 relay. At the NCAA Division I Boise State University (Idaho) Jacksons Invitational from Jan. 24-25, Flores finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:34.25. His effort, which was six seconds faster than the "A" standard, was the best by a collegiate athlete as he finished behind an Unattached runner. In the Mile run, Flores earned an "A" standard and took seventh overall (4:16.63) behind a pack of six runners from NCAA Division I institutions. Also, Flores ran the second leg of the 4x400-relay team which established a new school standard (3:24.53). Overall, the squad finished third in the event.
Stockton, a senior from Franklin, Ky., collected a pair of first-place finishes at the NCAA Division III Illinois College Snowbird Open on Jan. 25. He heaved the shot a distance of 50-10 (15.49 meters) to defeat 23 other competitors. In the weight throw. In the weight throw, Stockton moved to No. 1 in the nation with his mark of 62-5 1/4 (19.03 meters).
The next Athletes of the Week will be announced on Feb. 5. For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Cameron Hampton, Missouri Baptist; Taylor Whitmore, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Wes Jones, Evergreen (Wash.); Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Dylan Reyes, St. Francis (Ill.); David Thor, Carroll (Mont.); Rafael Reyes, Great Falls (Mont.); Shawn Peden, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); John Cartier, Concordia (Neb.); Taylor Bodin, Northwestern (Iowa); Alex Moreland, Midland (Neb.); DeMarcus Jackson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Vincent Tadokoro, Baker (Kan.); Phillip Cheriyout, Missouri Valley; Akim Muhammad, McPherson (Kan.); Anthony Perry, Ottawa (Kan.); Brooks Ballou, Saint Mary (Kan.); Max Burley, Friends (Kan.); Colton McNinch, Southwestern (Kan.); Alex Edwards, William Penn (Iowa); Kaz Johnson, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Seth Boomsma, Dakota State (S.D.); Kaleb Garcia, Jamestown (N.D.); Durawn Howard, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kenneth Combs, Oklahoma Baptist; Chris Lowery, Oklahoma City; Paul McKenna, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Andre Ernest, Northwood (Fla.); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Caleb Teachout, Aquinas (Mich.); Alex Blehm, Davenport (Mich.); Matt Adair, Indiana Tech.
Field Nominees: Anthony Johnson, Evergreen (Wash.); Travis Simpson, Eastern Oregon; Elisha DeRamus, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Easten Padden, Carroll (Mont.); Jacob Henry, Great Falls (Mont.); Tyler Rathke, Hastings (Neb.); Logan Holmer, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Byron Evans, Missouri Valley; Maurice Coon, Central Methodist (Mo.); Ben Carpenter, Baker (Kan.); Paul Rotering, McPherson (Kan.); Chris Paddock, Southwestern (Kan.); Dylan Biedron, Friends (Kan.); Kohl Gregory, Clarke (Iowa); Packy Mahoney, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Derek Seddon, William Penn (Iowa); Kenny Simmons, Grand View (Iowa); Ryan Gimbel, Dakota State (S.D.); Garrett Tenney, Jamestown (N.D.); Wayne Northover, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Richard Maku, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Carlos Fernandez, Northwood (Fla.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.); Calvin Sullins, Siena Heights (Mich.); Alex Rowe, Indiana Tech.
2014 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1 (Jan. 22): Raheem Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 2 (Jan. 29): Anthony Stockton, William Woods (Mo.); Damian Flores, Eastern Oregon