By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hillary Holt of College of Idaho has been named NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and Evan Shimanek of Oklahoma Baptist has been tabbed as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Holt and Shimanek were selected based on their performances from March 25 – 31.
Holt, a junior from Meridian, Idaho, established two new school records during the NCAA Division I Stanford (Calif.) Invitational on March 29 and 30. Holt was victorious in both of her events at the meet winning the 1,500-meter run, in a time of 4:18.32 and clocked a 2:09.37 in the 800-meter run. Her 1,500-meter time is the fourth fastest in any college division this season and is the fastest in the NAIA by nearly 19 seconds.
Shimanek, a senior from Hennessey, Okla., established the top height this season in the pole vault. At the Oklahoma Baptist Open on March 30, Shimanek defeated 10 other competitors en route to winning the pole vault with a height of 3.81 meters (12-6). This is the top height in the NAIA.
For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Alexandra Rudd, Southern Oregon; Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Lauren Corbitt, Langston (Okla.); Amber Beaverson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Kearstin McDaniel, Indiana East; Sophie Tonneau, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Austyn Thier, Clarke (Iowa); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Ragan Duax, Grand View (Iowa); Stacey Baron, Davenport (Mich.); Brittney LiPira, Shawnee State (Ohio); Micaila Rice, Aquinas (Mich.); Taylor Sisneros, Southwestern (Kan.); Sarah Neimeier, Missouri Valley; Brielle Lund, Tabor (Kan.); Abby Dunn, Goshen (Ind.); Breanna Goring, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Cayce Bryan , Lee (Tenn.); Tamika Irvin, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Tyler Sloan, Baker (Kan.); Jewel Thomas, Indiana Tech; Sarah White, Bryan (Tenn.); Katrina Nolan, Oklahoma City; Mackenzie Patten, Milligan (Tenn.); Erin Price, Taylor (Ind.); Karen Hutson, Northwestern (Iowa); Cynthia Kinnamont, Berea (Ky.); Donna Aslakson, St. Francis (Ill.); Jillian Ourada, Doane (Neb.); Shakena Clark, Calumet (Ind.); Stacy Warrior, Oklahoma Baptist; Natasha Gay, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Christiana Harris, Campbellsville (Ky.); Keisha Chiles, Campbellsville (Ky.); Lauren Opp, Dordt (Iowa).
Field Nominees: Taylor Mayes, Cumberlands (Ky.); Lauren Corbitt, Langston (Okla.); Holland McCoy, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Kate Fulton, Central Methodist (Mo.); Bea Cameron, Georgetown (Ky.); Kait Ervin, Indiana East; Katie Hartney, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jamie Crouse, Concordia (Neb.); Devon Jensen, Grand View (Iowa); Hannah Payne, Davenport (Mich.); Emily Smith, Aquinas (Mich.); Allyssa Zentner, Southwestern (Kan.); Sabrina Whitaker, Grace (Ind.); Brianna Nordby, Siena Heights (Mich.); Gabby Lovelace, Missouri Valley; Kayse Cornett, Union (Ky.); Emily Post, Tabor (Kan.); Evanna Ramirez, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Stephanie Nelson, Baker (Kan.); Austina Smith, Indiana Tech; Liz Luke, Taylor (Ind.); Janie Smith, Milligan (Tenn.); Tara Cockerill, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Alyssa McDowell, Doane (Neb.); Joelle Swanson, Oregon Tech.
2013 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 20): Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Adella King, Indiana Tech
Week 2 (March 27): Kassi Conditt, Oregon Tech, Zahri Jackson, Xavier (La.)
Week 3 (April 3): Evan Shimanek, Oklahoma Baptist, Hillary Holt, College of Idaho