KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Reta Woodard of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been named NAIA National Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and Adella King of Indiana Tech has been tabbed as the NAIA National Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Woodard and King were selected based on their performances from Jan. 14 - 20.
Woodard, a native of Spring Hill, Fla., hit the NAIA "A" qualifying standard at the Gator Invitational hosted by NCAA Division I Florida on Jan. 17. She posted a toss of 17.93 meters (58-10) in the weight throw, taking third place. Three days later, Woodard again hit the NAIA "A" Qualifying Standard and won the weight throw at the Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Indoor/Outdoor Challenge. She recorded a throw of 19.24 meters (63-1 ½), taking first place and breaking her own school record. Woodard also won the Discus Throw with a toss of 42.89 meters (140-8).
King, a native of Detroit, Mich., took first and second in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash in the Tiffin University (Ohio) Carnival on Jan. 19. King defeated 40 other athletes, some from the NCAA Division I ranks, to take first place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.48. She took second in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 24.67. King ranks first in the NAIA in the 200-meter dash and second in the 60-meter dash.
The next Athlete of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 30. For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Field Nominees: Evan Shimanek, Oklahoma Baptist; Phoenix Duncan, Siena Heights (Mich.); Shykilia Sheppard, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Hailey Bull, College of Idaho; Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Callie Walker, Midland (Neb.); Brittany Demmer, Clarke (Iowa); Mwale Kapande, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Austina Smith, Indiana Tech; Meghan Foster, William Penn (Iowa); Trineisha Gray, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Kate Fulton, Central Methodist (Mo.); Tara Cockerill, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Taylor Brown, Jamestown (N.D.); Whitney Burton, William Woods (Mo.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Alyssa McDowell, Doane (Neb.).
Track Nominees: Stacy Warrior, Oklahoma Baptist; Jalesia Johnson, Siena Heights (Mich.); Angie Quiah, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jasmine Sibert, College of Idaho; Nirvana Zalba, Missouri Baptist; Karen Graves, Midland (Neb.); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.); Kristine Schissel, Clarke (Iowa); Khadijah Lane, Baker (Kan.); Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Megan Byrne, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Lindsey Martin, Columbia (Mo.); Julie Oostrerhouse, Cornerstone (Mich.); Kortney Ellingboe, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Kaitlyn Loeffler, Central Methodist (Mo.); Breanna Mathes, Morningside (Iowa); Sydney Holtmeier, Doane (Neb.); Dominica Prokup, William Woods (Mo.); Karina Coelho, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Carissa Hudson, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Hilary Halford, St. Francis (Ill.); Katie Bonnema, Dordt (Iowa).
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