By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Emma Buchholz of Concordia (Ore.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Ellie Staker of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Buchholz and Staker were selected based on their performances from March 17 – 23. This is the second award of the 2014 outdoor season.
Buchholz, a junior from Sheridan, Ore., put herself on the top of the NAIA performance list in the javelin throw at the NCAA Division III Lewis & Clark (Wash.) Spring Break Open on March 22. She took medalist honors with an effort of 154-8 (47.15-meters) and is now a full 11-feet farther than the next NAIA competitor on the season chart.
Staker (pictured), a senior from Seattle, Wash., finished first overall in both the 800-meters and 1,500-meters at the NCAA Division I Florida State Relays from March 21-22. The three-time 2014 NAIA Indoor All-American also posted two school records in the process and established championship qualifying standards. She finished in a time of 2:07.38 in the 800 and 4:29.52 in the 1,500.
For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Aliyah Reams, Missouri Baptist; Beth Sexton, Tennessee Wesleyan; Kadie Booth, Eastern Oregon; Amelia Maguin, Southern Oregon; Jasmine Hurd, College of Idaho; Michelle Fletcher, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Daryll Rodriguez, St. Francis (Ill.); Elaine Schmeltz, Taylor (Ind.); Alyssa Foss, Indiana Wesleyan; Janna Langrell, Hope International (Calif.); Briana Zumwalt, Central Methodist (Mo.); Kimberly Garrett, Sterling (Kan.); Angie Vailas, Friends (Kan.); Cynthia Kinnamont, Berea (Ky.); Morgan Stanley, Indiana East; Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Halle Richards, Shawnee State (Ohio); Kelsey Carbajo, Grand View (Iowa); Megan Lehmkuhl, Clarke (Iowa); Alexis Browner, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Olamide Sokunbi, Brenau (Ga.); Tisa Smith, William Carey (Miss.); Olivia Bush, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Gregria Higgs , Florida Memorial; Joyce Miller, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Nicolette Marsh, Northwood (Fla.).
Field Nominees: Tali Fagen, Eastern Oregon; Deborah O'Dell, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Jabria Stainback, St. Francis (Ill.); Naomi Grablowski, Taylor (Ind.); Christy Schultz, Indiana Wesleyan; Katelyn Wolken, Baker (Kan.); Jessica Jones, Central Methodist (Mo.); Xannie Quiring, Sterling (Kan.); Miranda Burton, Bethany (Kan.); Brooke Doerksen, Friends (Kan.); Breanna Sims, Berea (Ky.); Alexis Brasier, Indiana East; Chanel Roberts, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Sam Profitt, Cumberlands (Ky.); Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Tasha Pratt, William Carey (Miss.); Kehtura Merrick, Northwood (Fla.); Kiounnie Blanchard, Florida Memorial.
2014 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 19): Jessica Mattos, Concordia (Ore.); Lexi Mitzel, Corban (Ore.)
Week 2 (March 26): Emma Buchholz, Concordia (Ore.) , Ellie Staker, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)