By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Quentin Benning of Friends (Kan.) has been honored as the NAIA National Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of The Week and Jordan Reeher of Concordia (Ore.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of The Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Benning and Reeher were selected based on their performances from March 26 - April 1.
Benning, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, earned medalist honors in three events and second-place status in the discus throw (143' 7"). At the Friends University Enduro Classic from March 30 - 31, his toss of 52' 1 ¾" took first among 15 competitors and also placed him eighth on the NAIA season chart. In the javelin, Benning (pictured top right) hit a mark of 180' 6" for top honors and also was first in the hammer (128' 11").
Reeher, a freshman from Prineville, Ore., was part of a record-breaking effort at the NCAA Division III Willamette (Ore.) Invite on March 31. He was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team that smashed a 32-year old Charles Bowles Track stadium record (3:17.09), while winning the event. That effort also set a school record by more than two full seconds. He also automatically qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with a first-place time of 53.35. That mark is good for second on the NAIA season list and third in Concordia's record book.
Track Nominees: Ross Harlan, Oklahoma Baptist; Trevor Tucker, Indiana East; Nathan Swanson, Corban (Ore.); Ramiro Garcia, Texas Wesleyan; Adrian Porter, Friends (Kan.); Clarence Anderson, Ottawa (Kan.); Nick Hampton, College of Idaho; Kirk Wilson, Shorter (Ga.); Austin Jacobs, Evangel (Mo.); Matt Porter, Northwest (Wash.); Dominick Eastman, Tabor (Kan.); Silas Kisorio, Oklahoma Christian; Alex Alvarex, Grand View (Iowa); Gregory Turner, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Trent Roemmich, Jamestown (N.D.); David Baker, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Chase Wiedel, Kansas Wesleyan; Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Jamal Murphy, Bacone (Okla.); Garret Ehlers, Morningside (Iowa); Gabriel Green, William Penn (Iowa); Brian Bragg, Eastern Oregon; Philiph Tonui, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Clyde Young, Langston (Okla.); Ryan Meyer, William Woods (Mo.); Evans Kirwa, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Grant Curran, Georgetown (Ky.); Brandon Reynard, Indiana Tech; Ethan Naylor, Indiana Wesleyan; Zach Widner, Siena Heights (Mich.); Alex Xavier, Warner (Fla.); Avery Singleton, South Carolina Beaufort; Sam Housh, Doane (Neb.); Takudzwa Mhlanga, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Garrett South, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Travis Price, Great Falls (Mont.); Sean Smith, St. Francis (Ill.); Sam Acheampong, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Eric Kinman, Union (Ky.); John Gilbertson , The Master's (Calif.); P.j. Randles, Campbellsville (Ky.).
Field Nominees: Andy Peffer, Oklahoma Baptist; Josiah Lemons, Indiana East; Jacob Ybarra, Corban (Ore.); Lawrence Pope, Texas Wesleyan; Max Brown, Ottawa (Kan.); Andre Archer, College of Idaho; Trebor Holmes, Shorter (Ga.); Luke Fischer, Northwest (Wash.); Matt Webster, Concordia (Ore.); Brandon Jackson, Oklahoma Christian; Brian Pankey, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Robert Nelson, Jamestown (N.D.); Jason Cogswell, Davenport (Mich.); Emanuel Wiley, Bacone (Okla.); Kevin Ellingson, Oregon Tech; Cody Hill, William Penn (Iowa); Justin Ludwikowski, Ashford (Iowa); Santigo Jackson, Langston (Okla.); Keith Arutoff, Georgetown (Ky.); Monte Willett, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); John Anderson, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Anthony Stockton, William Woods (Mo.); Darrian Mikell, Indiana Wesleyan; Kj Meyer, Siena Heights (Mich.); Herb Gary, Indiana Tech; Cody Stephens, Warner (Fla.); Prashant Robinson, South Carolina Beaufort; Joshua Kles, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Mauro Parnell, Doane (Neb.); Logan Norton, Cornerstone (Mich.); Josh Barry, St. Francis (Ill.); Andrew Johnston, Union (Ky.); Raheem Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Ethan DeJongh, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Matt Huseman, Northwestern (Iowa); P.j. Randles, Campbellsville (Ky.).
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.)