By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Willy Irwin of Concordia (Ore.) has been named NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Monte Larsen of Morningside (Iowa) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Irwin and Larsen were selected based on their performances from April 8 – 14.
Irwin, a junior from Clovis, Calif., claimed his fourth field athlete of the week this season after winning the shot put and finishing second in the discus at the John Knight Twilight hosted by NCAA Division II Western Oregon. For the second-straight week, Irwin recorded a stadium record in the shot put. He tossed the shot put 19.05 meters (62-6) to win the shot put event. Irwin added a season-best in the discus with a throw of 57.46 meters (188-8) eo earn second place. That distance is the second-best mark in the NAIA this season.
Larsen, a senior from Sioux City, Iowa, finished first in the 800-meter run, sprint relay, 1,600-meter relay, 3,200-meter relay and second in the 400-meter hurdles at the Sioux City Relays on April 13. Larsen clocked a time of 1:52.02 in the 800-meter, the fourth fastest time in the NAIA this season. Larsen anchored the Mustangs to victories in each of the three relays. In the 400-meter hurdles, Larsen finished second with a time of 52.53. Larsen was named Sioux City Relays most valuable player for the Men’s Collegiate division.
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Track Nominees: Derik Douglas, Oklahoma Baptist; Pauric McLaughlin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Seth Boomsma, Dakota State (S.D.); TJ Mosbach, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Jordan Reeher, Concordia (Ore.); Albert Huntley, Cumberlands (Ky.); Jordan Travis, Spring Hill (Ala.); Perry Joseph, McPherson (Kan.); Troy Solly, Carroll (Mont.); Seth Prince, Indiana East; Jeremiah Gerardy, Bethany (Kan.); Jared Carl, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Rigoberto Jimenez, Great Falls (Mont.); Cedrique Smith, Sterling (Kan.); Alex Edwards, William Penn (Iowa); Bryce Adger, Grand View (Iowa); Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Carlos Cox , Friends (Kan.); Stephen Broadhurst, Oklahoma City; Dayshawn Berndt, Baker (Kan.); Zach Speckman, Grace (Ind.); Warren Jim, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Warith Fennoy, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Mike Walker, Lee (Tenn.); Brandyn Willard, Southwestern (Kan.); Thomas Potok, Tennessee Wesleyan; Michael Russell, William Carey (Miss.); Taiheem Pleasant, Concordia (Neb.); Frantzy Sejour, Union (Ky.); Hans Roelle, Eastern Oregon; Jon Leonard, Missouri Valley; Chase White, Midland (Neb.); Austin Houchens, Berea (Ky.); Auston Willis, Philander Smith (Ark.); Kevin Mowatt, Milligan (Tenn.); Jason McLeod, Bryan (Tenn.); Hernandez Alec, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jeremy Cutshaw, Taylor (Ind.); Tevin Hopkins, St. Francis (Ill.); Piero Ramirez, Loyola (La.); Aaron Jones, Evergreen (Wash.); Kwame Jackson, Xavier (La.); Andrew Albert, Indiana Wesleyan; Paul Adams, Oregon Tech; Lorenzo Dolphus, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jourdon Redmond, Campbellsville (Ky.); Jevonte Ezzard, Dillard (La.).
Field Nominees: Jacob Ybarra, Corban (Ore.); Josh Carpenter, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Easton Padden, Carroll (Mont.); Joe Reisinger, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Frederick Pannell, William Penn (Iowa); Danny Parks, Southern Oregon; Cy Williams, Grand View (Iowa); Matthew Chapman, South Carolina Beaufort; Avery Parker, Baker (Kan.); Derek Racette, Friends (Kan.); Zach Sherrill, Tennessee Wesleyan; Samuel Dorismond, Florida Memorial; Tyler Davis, Missouri Valley; William White, Union (Ky.); Hakera Hardy, Midland (Neb.); David Orr, Berea (Ky.); Shaka Andrew, Milligan (Tenn.); Mike Edwards, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Auston Willis, Philander Smith (Ark.); Trak Myers, St. Francis (Ill.); Devontra Flemming, Warner (Fla.); Pagels Clay, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Artrail Skipper, Southwestern (Kan.); Michael Moffitt, Indiana Wesleyan; Keith Lester, Oregon Tech; Matt Huseman, Northwestern (Iowa); Connor Carpenter, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Brian Wickham, Eastern Oregon; Robert Watson, Shawnee State (Ohio); Warith Fennoy, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Chris Brown, Campbellsville (Ky.); Joshua Kles, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
2013 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 20): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Dontaey Paige, Indiana Tech
Week 2 (March 27): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), John Darmody, St. Ambrose (Iowa)
Week 3 (April 3): Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.), John Gilbertson, The Master’s (Calif.)
Week 4 (April 10): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Derik Douglas, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (April 17): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.), Monte Larsen, Morningside (Iowa)