By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tiosha Beasley of Campbellsville (Ky.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of The Week and Verone Chambers of Oklahoma Baptist has been honored as the NAIA National Women's Track Athlete of The Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Beasley and Chambers were selected based on their performances from April 9 - 15. Chambers is the third-straight Bison to win the award this year.
Beasley, a junior from Bowling Green, Ky., earned two "A" standards and shattered a pair of Campbellsville records at the NCAA Division I Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Relays on April 14. Taking second in the long jump with a distance of 19' 11", Beasley's mark is tops in the NAIA this year by more than one foot and the best in the last three seasons. Her triple jump leap of 39' was good for third overall and stands No. 2 in the NAIA this year. The former school records were previously held by Beasley and accomplished on April 7.
Chambers, a senior from Clarendon, Jamaica, established a NAIA season-high in the 400-meters at the John Jacobs Invitational hosted by NCAA Division I University of Oklahoma on April 14. She finished first in the event with a clocking of 52.71. She also ran a leg in the 4x100 relay team (45.44), which is listed No. 1 on the NAIA national list. Also, the first-place showing in the 4x400 relay took first-place and is an automatic qualifying mark.
Track Nominees: Rachel Renken, Friends (Kan.); Alyssa Sanders, Jamestown (N.D.); Lindsey Wagner, Northwest (Wash.); Bianca Grant, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Obsie Birru, Grand View (Iowa); Rachel Morman, St. Francis (Ill.); Samantha Francois, Clarke (Iowa); Alyssa Garrett, Oklahoma Christian; Alexandria Ortiz, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Rachael Estabrook, Corban (Ore.); Jenna Higgins, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Jessie Rozario, Southern Oregon; Lauren Moran, Concordia (Ore.); Henrietta Carey, Taylor (Ind.); Nathelie Zetrenne, Campbellsville (Ky.); Adriana Henderson, Langston (Okla.); Gillian Giffen, Milligan (Tenn.); Danielle Buford, Georgetown (Ky.); Baleigh Hyatt, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Zalika Dixon, Indiana Tech; Kamara Cox, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Cassie Keeping, Siena Heights (Mich.); Katie Mock, South Carolina Beaufort; Sora Klopfenstein, College of Idaho; Ayana Walker, Shorter (Ga.); Tyler Lucero, Great Falls (Mont.); Allix Miller, Indiana Wesleyan; Sharon Ronoh , Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Rebeca Barajas, Central Methodist (Mo.); Katie Bonnema, Dordt (Iowa).
Field Nominees: Erinn Shaugnessy, Oklahoma Baptist; Megan Glisar, Morningside (Iowa); Chelsea Rimington, St. Francis (Ill.); Vanessa Legg, Indiana East; Makenzie Brown, Oklahoma Christian; Larissa Widlen, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Hannah Mason, Southern Oregon; Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.); Kate Fulton, Central Methodist (Mo.); Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Devon Jensen, Grand View (Iowa); Janada Acree, Cumberlands (Ky.); Helen Weber, Union (Ky.); Cora Tatum, Indiana Tech; Bethany Chew, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Phoenix Duncan, Siena Heights (Mich.); Ty'Chelle Freeman, South Carolina Beaufort; Jessica Aguilar, College of Idaho; Victoria Lee, Indiana Wesleyan; Milika Tuivanuavou, Fresno Pacific (Calif.).
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
Week 4: Stacy Warrior, Oklahoma Baptist / Kimmy Moore, Eastern Oregon
Week 5: Verone Chambers, Oklahoma Baptist / Tiosha Beasley, Campbellsville (Ky.)