KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Augustus Cowan of Briar Cliff (Iowa) has been named NAIA National Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and David Walters of Langston (Okla.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Cowan and Walters were selected based on their performances from Jan. 28 - Feb. 3.
Cowan, a sophomore and Hartwell, Ga., native, took first place in the triple jump at the Dennis Young Classic hosted by NCAA Division III Buena Vista (Iowa) on Feb. 2. Cowan jumped 15.54 meters (51-0), breaking Briar Cliff's school record and is the farthest mark by a Great Plains Athletic Conference triple jumper this season. Cowan out-jumped his nearest competitor by five feet. Cowan also competed in the long jump, where he finished third with a personal best leap of 6.89 meters (22-7 ¼).
Walters, a senior from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, defeated 41 athletes, including NCAA Division I and Division II runners in the 60-meter. He won that event with a time of 6.66 at the NCAA Division I New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Feb. 2. He broke the Langston school record, which Walters had set last week. His mark is the fastest 60-meter time in the NAIA so far this season.
The next Athletes of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 13. For the complete Athlete of the week calendar, click here.
Field Nominees: Zak Kemp, Cumberlands (Ky.); Ray Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Caleb Neal, Oklahoma Baptist; Conner Stroud, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.); Mike Malone, Ashford (Iowa); Darryl Marlow, Indiana Tech; Darien Moore, Valley City State (N.D.); Artrail Skipper, Southwestern (Kan.); Nick Harvey, Midland (Neb.); Derrick Toney, McPherson (Kan.); Kohl Gregory, Clarke (Iowa); Thompson Seth, William Woods (Mo.); Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Kyle Jones, Central Methodist (Mo.); Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Jalen Wilson, William Penn (Iowa); Robert Cole, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Lance Maxwell, Grand View (Iowa); Nathan Brown, Grace (Ind.); Tyler Davis, Missouri Valley; Chris Smith, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Carson Hendryx, Eastern Oregon; Kyle Abney, Indiana Wesleyan; Keith Lester, Oregon Tech; Zach Sherrill, Tennessee Wesleyan.
Track Nominees: Aundreas Lopez, Cumberlands (Ky.); Anthony Perry, Ottawa (Kan.); Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Cordell Baker, Oklahoma Baptist; Dominic Bolin, College of Idaho; Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Alex Blehm, Davenport (Mich.); Jeremy Miller, Ashford (Iowa); Nick Radionoff, Indiana Tech; Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Tyler Soderberg, Midland (Neb.); Carlos Cox, Friends (Kan.); Johannes Riemann, Bethany (Kan.); Taylor Chapman, Morningside (Iowa); Colin Morrissey, Concordia (Neb.); Terrell Shannon, William Woods (Mo.); Sam Housh, Doane (Neb.); Colby Lapresi, Central Methodist (Mo.); Aaron Caldwell, Baker (Kan.); Gabriel Green, William Penn (Iowa); John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Keonte White, Grand View (Iowa); Ignacio Franco, Missouri Valley; Dewayne Booker, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Hunter Swink, Oklahoma City; Johnny Rutford, Nebraska Wesleyan; Hans Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Ka'imi Scott, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Jeriah Dunk, Northwestern (Iowa); Andrew Albert, Indiana Wesleyan; Darren Vest, Park (Mo.); Kirby Garlitz, Oregon Tech; Hilary Cheruiyot, Tennessee Wesleyan; Eric Kinman, Union (Ky.); Alex Stephens, Bryan (Tenn.).
2013 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1: Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Cordell Baker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2: Raymond Carney, Siena Heights (Mich.); Doug Benson, Eastern Oregon
Week 3: Mauro Parnell, Doane (Neb.); Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 4: Augustus Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); David Walters, Langston (Okla.)