By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Willy Irwin of Concordia (Ore.) has been named NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Dontaey Paige of Indiana Tech has been tabbed as the NAIA National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Irwin and Paige were selected based on their performances from March 11 – 17.
Irwin, a sophomore from Clovis, Calif., dominated the competition at the NCAA Division III Linfield Wildcat Open March 16. In his outdoor debut, he recorded first-place marks in the shot put with a toss of 18.29 meters (60-0 ¼) and the discus with a mark of 52.26 meters (171-5). The 2013 NAIA Indoor shot put national champion, Irwin’s totals were more than 15-feet better than the next closest competitor. Both of his efforts rank No. 1 thus far in the NAIA.
Paige, a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., broke the school record in the 100-meters en route to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invite March 16. He finished behind two runners from NCAA Division I schools with a time of 10.55. He was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team, which also set a new school standard (41.39). In his third event, he took eighth in the 200-meters with a clocking of 21.67.
This is the first award for the 2013 outdoor season. For the complete Athlete of the week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: David Swiatocha, Texas Wesleyan; Peyton Wade, Friends (Kan.); Alex Grier, Tabor (Kan.); Jevonte Ezzard, Dillard (La.); Frank Adelman, Southwestern (Kan.); Albert Huntley , Cumberlands (Ky.); Cedrique Smith, Sterling (Kan.); Eric Avila, Southern Oregon; Ryan Booth, Eastern Oregon; Derek Freeman, Central Methodist (Mo.); Hunter Gibson, Shawnee State (Ohio); Alex Dori, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Domonique Harris, South Carolina Beaufort; Claude Nelson, Loyola (La.).
Field Nominees: Derek Racette, Friends (Kan.); Artrail Skipper, Southwestern (Kan.); Darryl Marlow, Indiana Tech; Paul Rotering, McPherson (Kan.); Paul Rotering, McPherson (Kan.); Francisco Saldana, Eastern Oregon; Jordan Kukal, Central Methodist (Mo.); Corey Chaffin, Cumberlands (Ky.); Michael Cassidy, Warner (Fla.); Ben Lehmkuhl, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Adam Holdsworth, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Josh Roper, South Carolina Beaufort.
2013 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1 (March 20): Willy Irwin, Concordia (Ore.); Dontaey Paige, Indiana Tech