By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Robbie Haynie of Eastern Oregon has been honored as the NAIA National Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of The Week and Gregory Turner of Wayland Baptist (Texas) has been named the NAIA National Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of The Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Haynie and Turner were selected based on their performances from April 9 - 15. Haynie gathers his second-straight award and third in 2012 after he notched an indoor honor on Jan. 25.
Haynie, a senior from Nampa, Idaho, became the first NAIA athlete this season to clear seven feet in the high jump. He posted a leap of 7' ½" at the Eastern Oregon Open on April 14 to finish first overall. He took medalist honors in the long jump with a distance of 22' 9 ¼". He now owns the top pole vault and high jump marks in the NAIA. In a track event, Haynie set a personal-high in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32.
Turner, a junior from West Sacramento, Calif., posted the NAIA's best times and established two school records in the 100- and 200-meters at the NCAA Division I Texas Tech Open on April 14. He finished second overall among over 35 competitors in both the 100-meters (10.21) and 200-meters (20.26). In addition, he ran a leg on the 4x400-meter relay team which also turned in the NAIA's top time of the season at 3:09.05. The previous school mark in the 100-meters (10.24) was set back in 1988, while the old record in the 200-meters (20.51) was established in 2003.
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Track Nominees: Michael Gurley, Friends (Kan.); Ethan Gallagher, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Nathan Christensen, Jamestown (N.D.); Philiph Tonui, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Clarence Anderson, Ottawa (Kan.); Matt Fideler, Dakota State (S.D.); Pete Westerkamp, Grand View (Iowa); Sean Smith, St. Francis (Ill.); Geoffrey Njonjo, Oklahoma Christian; Ben Foubert, Concordia (Ore.); Nathan Swanson, Corban (Ore.); Matt Battaglia, Southern Oregon; Gabriel Green, William Penn (Iowa); Julius Koger, Langston (Okla.); Fitzroy Harris, Milligan (Tenn.); P.j. Randles, Campbellsville (Ky.); Brett Galloway, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Nick Thelen, Aquinas (Mich.); Carey Nolan, Central Methodist (Mo.); Brendan Kelly, Cumberlands (Ky.); Dredame Carter , Florida Memorial; Dontaey Paige, Indiana Tech; David Baker, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Dominic Bolin, College of Idaho; Anthony Vecchio, South Carolina Beaufort; Kyle VanEerden, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Logan Moore, Siena Heights (Mich.); Bryson Harper, Bryan (Tenn.); Andy Lipiec, Indiana Wesleyan; Adika Smith, Shorter (Ga.); Ryan O'Neil, Great Falls (Mont.); Erico Smith, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Nic Pfeifle, Dordt (Iowa); Sam Acheampong, Briar Cliff (Iowa).
Field Nominees: Blaine Bassler, Oklahoma Baptist; Nathan Nonhof, Friends (Kan.); Marcus Reynolds, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Jacbo Chambers, Morningside (Iowa); Max Brown, Ottawa (Kan.); Tyler Wells, Grand View (Iowa); Josiah Lemons, Indiana East; Zack Lindsley, Doane (Neb.); Max Perry, Southern Oregon; Emanuel Wiley, Bacone (Okla.); Julius Koger, Langston (Okla.); Ryan Helminiak, Aquinas (Mich.); P.j. Randles, Campbellsville (Ky.); Marvin Demby, Cumberlands (Ky.); Adam Szablowski, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jordan Kukal, Central Methodist (Mo.); Andrew Johnston, Union (Ky.); Alec Daily, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Kyle Abney, Indiana Wesleyan; Prashant Robinson, South Carolina Beaufort; Andre Archer, College of Idaho; Richard DePalma, Siena Heights (Mich.); Robert Harvey, Shorter (Ga.); Tyler Burnes, Great Falls (Mont.); Eric Whalen, Concordia (Ore.); Joshua Kles, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Raheem Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa).
2012 Composite Award Winners (Outdoor Track / Outdoor Field)
Week 1: Leon Robinson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) / Brandon Jackson, Oklahoma Christian
Week 2: Kennedy Kithuka, Wayland Baptist (Texas) / Nate Moses, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 3: Jordan Reeher, Concordia (Ore.) / Quentin Benning, Friends (Kan.)
Week 4: B.J. Lawrence, Doane (Neb.) / Robbie Haynie, Eastern Oregon
Week 5: Gregory Turner, Wayland Baptist (Texas) / Robbie Haynie, Eastern Oregon