By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Adella King of Indiana Tech has been named the NAIA National Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of The Week and Evan Shimanek of Oklahoma Baptist has been honored as the NAIA National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of The Week, the national office announced Wednesday. King and Shimanek were selected based on their performances from March 26 - April 1. This award is the second of the year for King, as she was honored on March 21.
King, a junior from Detroit, Mich., took home three "A" standards at the NCAA Division I North Carolina State Raleigh Relays on March 31. She shattered her own school record with a prelim time of 11.26 in the 100-meters. She eventually finished second out of 76 runners. Her prelim time also put her in the top10 for the fastest time in the world this year. In her second event, she ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that tied for first and set a school season-best. Finally, King would cap off her weekend with a 23.35 wind legal 200-meter clocking as she cruised to victory. Her 200 time set the Olympic B standard in the event and should qualify her for the USA Olympic trials.
Shimanek, a junior from Hennessey, Okla., reached the NAIA's top height in the pole vault this year. She (pictured top right) set a personal best mark of 12' 1 ¾" to finish first at the Bison Invitational on March 31. She defeated the second-place performer by more than five inches.
Track Nominees: Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist; Kelsa Klingler, Indiana East; Rachael Estabrook, Corban (Ore.); Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Jordan Arnold, Friends (Kan.); Diamond Mitchell, College of Idaho; Ayana Walker, Shorter (Ga.); Kristen Ostrem, Evangel (Mo.); Paige DeLapp, Northwest (Wash.); Emily Painter, Concordia (Ore.); Alyssa Garrett, Oklahoma Christian; Sadie Fisher, Grand View (Iowa); Amy VanEns, Davenport (Mich.); Hillary Callaway, Kansas Wesleyan; Mallory Souder, Jamestown (N.D.); Hailee Heitkamp, Morningside (Iowa); Myelle Vann, Ashford (Iowa); Kimmy Moore, Eastern Oregon; Breanna Newton, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Dearra McNeal, Langston (Okla.); Elaine Schmeltz, Taylor (Ind.); Cayce Bryan, Lee (Tenn.); Elisha Overpeck, Georgetown (Ky.); Ellie Staker, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Cheryl Held, William Woods (Mo.); Manolitha Joseph, Warner (Fla.); Tamika Irvin, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Sharon Ronoh, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Brenda Felipe, Rogers State (Okla.); Jennyffer Ortega, Great Falls (Mont.); Brittany Petersen, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Sonny Jenkins, St. Francis (Ill.); Karen Hutson, Northwestern (Iowa); Kendra De Jong, Northwestern (Iowa); Nathalie Zetrenne, Campbellsville (Ky.).
Field Nominees: Andrea Brower, Indiana East; Megan McDermed, Sterling (Kan.); Eliya Kohl, Corban (Ore.); Alexxa Shelton, Texas Wesleyan; Tina Clausen, Friends (Kan.); Courtney Harris, Ottawa (Kan.); Cadie Kneip, Northwest (Wash.); Emily Post, Tabor (Kan.); Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.); Katie Ostlund, Oklahoma Christian; Megan Higgins, Grand View (Iowa); Bethany Chew, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Kayla Roemmich, Jamestown (N.D.); Esme Walls, Langston (Okla.); Jennifer Strugeon, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Phoenix Duncan, Siena Heights (Mich.); Whitney Burton, William Woods (Mo.); Courtni Fryer, Indiana Wesleyan; Joane Petithomme, Warner (Fla.); Alyssa McDowell, Doane (Neb.); Ida Gregersen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Chelsea Rimington, St. Francis (Ill.); Milika Tuivanuavou, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Tiosha Beasley, Campbellsville (Ky.).
2012 Composite Award Winners (Outdoor Track / Outdoor Field)
Week 1: Adella King, Indiana Tech / Stacia Murray; Indiana Tech
Week 2: Leandria Lee, Wayland Baptist (Texas) / Sharayah Kenady, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 3: Evan Shimanek, Oklahoma Baptist / Adella King, Indiana Tech