KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amy Blucker of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Zalika Dixon of Indiana Tech has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Blucker and Dixon were chosen based on their performances from April 7 – 13.
Blucker, a native of Galesburg, Ill., set school records in the shot put, hammer throw and discus at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, hosted by Western Illinois University, April 10 – 12 in Macomb, Ill. The sophomore’s shot put of 14.95m (49’-0.75”) not only bested a field of 19 athletes that included three NCAA Division I schools, but also is the top mark in the NAIA so far this season. Blucker also won an individual title in the discus with a season-best 45.14m (148’-1”) – eighth-best in the NAIA – and finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.16m (174’-5”) – fourth-best in the NAIA. All three of the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field All-American’s performances were automatic qualifiers for outdoor nationals.
Dixon, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., shined with three ‘A’ standard times at the Mason Spring Invitational, hosted by NCAA Division I George Mason (Va.), on April 12. She was the top collegiate finisher – second overall – in the 400-meter hurdles with an NAIA top-time of 58.34. Dixon also posted a second-place finish and a NAIA-best mark of 3:44.14 as a member of the Warriors’ 4x400-meter relay team. She finished the day with a lifetime best 14.31 – the fourth fastest time in the NAIA this season – in the 100-meter hurdles to place fifth.
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For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Emily Schultz, Columbia (Mo.); Lee Anna Sanders , William Woods (Mo.); Aliyah Reams, Missouri Baptist; Beth Sexton, Tennessee Wesleyan; Hannah Segrave, Milligan (Tenn.); Jessica Shepherd, Union (Ky.); Amelia Maguin, Southern Oregon; Ericka McDaniel , Northwest (Wash.); Kadie Booth, Eastern Oregon; Shea Vallaire, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Brianna Keane, Concordia (Ore.); Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Daryll Rodriguez, St. Francis (Ill.); Sarah Ray, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Lexi McDermid, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Jane Hawks, Taylor (Ind.); Avante Newsome-Gunn, Bethel (Ind.); Kayla Ewert, Indiana Wesleyan; Jo Boren, Grace (Ind.); Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Rhianna Grossman, Carroll (Mont.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Sandrae Farquharson, Doane (Neb.); Kim Wood, Concordia (Neb.); Ashton Steckelberg, Nebraska Wesleyan; Karen Hutson, Northwestern (Iowa); Devinn Rolland, Xavier (La.); Billi Pipes, Baker (Kan.); Sarah Niemeier, Missouri Valley; Stephanie Atkinson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Angie Vailas, Friends (Kan.); Valarie Segay, Kansas Wesleyan; Jordan Calderwood, Ottawa (Kan.); Jazmine Alexander, McPherson (Kan.); Cynthia Kinnamont, Berea (Ky.); Bryanna Graat, Indiana East; Sarah Pollmann, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Tayler Godar, Georgetown (Ky.); Sarah Biehl, Shawnee State (Ohio); Reini Brickson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Austyn Thier, Clarke (Iowa); Hannah Stouffer, Grand View (Iowa); Aleona Reyes, Jamestown (N.D.); Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist; Rileigh Darby-McClure, Oklahoma City; Asia Wilson, Texas Wesleyan; Alexis Browner, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jess Maggio, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Annie Cooks, William Carey (Miss.); Emma Larson, Loyola (La.); Zuwena Carr , Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Halle Green-Anderson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Mariah Johnson, Northwood (Fla.); Britta Ebels, Davenport (Mich.).
Field Nominees: Kaylee Ferrier, William Woods (Mo.); Mikayla Westgerdes, Milligan (Tenn.); Emma Buchholz, Concordia (Ore.); Joelle Swanson, Oregon Tech; Kameo Dela Cuadra, Evergreen (Wash.); Harley McBride, Eastern Oregon; Sarah Taylor, Corban (Ore.); Holly Haga, Southern Oregon; Chelsea Rimington, St. Francis (Ill.); Emily Stearns, Indiana Wesleyan; Sabrina Whitaker, Grace (Ind.); Latecia Howell, Carroll (Mont.); Mallory Nelson, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); McKayla Gowen, Hastings (Neb.); Katelyn Shoup, Concordia (Neb.); Lauren Baird, Doane (Neb.); Devinn Rolland, Xavier (La.); Paige Rockers, Baker (Kan.); Brittany Brisco, Missouri Valley; Kaitlyn Keck, Friends (Kan.); Sharica Pleasant, McPherson (Kan.); Amber (Breanna) Sims, Berea (Ky.); Bethany Chew, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Courtney Rhodes, Cumberlands (Ky.); Katie Hartney, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Meaghan Foster, William Penn (Iowa); Micki Glass, Jamestown (N.D.); Ashley Currey, Dakota State (S.D.); Ceara O'Donnell, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Ongelic Hill, Texas Wesleyan; Olivia Bush, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Mechelle Adams, William Carey (Miss.); Kehtura Merrick, Northwood (Fla.); Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Taylor Byron, Siena Heights (Mich.); Darice Bowie, Indiana Tech; Tessa Gryzen, Davenport (Mich.).
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.)
Week 3 (April 2): Jennifer Maag, Hastings (Neb.); Stacy Warrior, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 4 (April 9): Becky Collier, Westmont (Calif.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 5 (April 16): Amy Blucker, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Zalika Dixon, Indiana Tech