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Athlete of the Week No. 6

February 15, 2012
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Obsie Birru of Grand View (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Mandy Streu of St. Ambrose (Iowa) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced on Wednesday. Birru and Streu were selected based on their performances from Feb. 6 – 12.

Birru, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, starred at the Midwest Collegiate Conference 2012 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 11. She played a key role in Grand View’s team title, recording individual first-place finishes in the 800-meter dash (2:23.42), mile run (5:17.59), 3,000-meter run (10:18.55) and 5,000-meter run (17:55.04), before running the final leg of the Viking’s top finishing 4x800-meter relay team (10:07.53). Birru’s time in the 3,000 meters set a meet record and qualifies the senior for the NAIA championships.

Streu, a senior from Marengo, Ill., beat out 22 other athletes to claim her fifth individual shot put title of the season with a throw of 44 – 2 ¾ at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 11. Additionally, she posted a season-best and national qualifying mark of 50 – 11 in the women’s weight throw, which earned her third place in the event. Streu currently leads the nation in the women’s shot put, while ranking 24th in the weight throw, respectively.

For a complete listing of all the national event leaders, click here.

The final Athletes of the Week will be announced on Feb. 22.

Track Nominees: Alexandria Ortiz, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Verone Chambers, Oklahoma Baptist; Erin Sesemann, Oklahoma Christian; Jessica Weborg, Morningside (Iowa); Cathy Lowry, McPherson (Kan.); Alma Garcilazo, Eastern Oregon; Janelle Redhead, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Rhea Rollins, Southwestern (Kan.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho; Carissa Hudson, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Beka Bentle, Indiana Wesleyan; Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Danielle Brenon, Houghton (N.Y.); Abby Niederklein, Hastings (Neb.); Cherie Gaines, Indiana Tech; Carrie Zubke, Siena Heights (Mich.); Julie Oosterhouse, Cornerstone (Mich.); Gabby Nystrom, Judson (Ill.); NyEma Sims, Concordia (Ore.); Cecilia Burley, Friends (Kan.); Samantha Moser, Concordia (Calif.); Sam DeStefano, Aquinas (Mich.); Erin Suttman, St. Francis (Ill.); Jessa Sughroue, Doane (Neb.); Courtney Gallardo, Bethany (Kan.); Teresa Kerkvliet, Northwestern (Iowa).

Field Nominees: Rachel Carman, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Janada Acree, Cumberlands (Ky.); Evan Shimanek, Oklahoma Baptist; Megan Glisar, Morningside (Iowa); Dekota Lundy, Ottawa (Kan.); Megan Pohlmann, McPherson (Kan.); Courtni Fryer, Indiana Wesleyan; Carly Lerner, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Lenzey Stidham, Siena Heights (Mich.); Emaryne Watt, Indiana Tech; Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.); Sarah Dede, Judson (Ill.); NyEma Sims, Concordia (Ore.); Emily Smith, Aquinas (Mich.); Chelsea Rimington, St. Francis (Ill.); Whitney Collins, Doane (Neb.); Megan Vanwinkle, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Briana Vander Woude, Dordt (Iowa).

2012 Composite Award Winners (Track; Field) (Schedule)
Week 1: Mariah Toussaint, Midland (Neb.); Tamala Daley, Shorter (Ga.)
Week 2: Verone Chambers, Oklahoma Baptist; Megan Gilsar, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 3: Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist; Katie Thurbon, Baker (Kan.)
Week 4: Adella King, Indiana Tech; Emily Smith, Aquinas (Mich.)
Week 5: Janelle Redhead, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Milika Tuivanuavou, Fresno Pacific (Calif.)
Week 6: Obsie Birru, Grand View (Iowa); Mandy Streu, St. Ambrose (Iowa)