By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Akela Jones of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and Brianna Woods of Indiana Tech has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Jones and Woods were selected based on their performances from Feb. 17 – 23. This is the final award of the 2014 indoor season.
Jones is recognized with her third national weekly award of 2014, with mentions on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. The sophomore from St. Michael, Barbados, recorded the top height in the NAIA in the high jump this season, breaking her own personal best and previous NAIA high. Her leap of 1.87 meters at the NCAA Division I University of Nebraska Tune-Up on Feb. 21 defeated the other 14 athletes. She also holds the Barbados indoor high jump record. In the track category, Jones established the fastest time in the NAIA for the 60-meter hurdles (8.30) in the same meet.
Woods, a freshman from Huber Heights, Ohio, had an impressive Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championships debut as she was named WHAC Newcomer of the Year and took home outstanding women's performer honors on Feb. 22. Woods won the 200 meters in a WHAC-record time of 24.41, which is currently tops in the NAIA. As part of the medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team, Woods and her teammates finished in an automatic qualifying time (3:55.42), which is fifth best in the NAIA. Also, Woods ended the 60-meters (7.52) with a second-place finish and auto qualifying mark.
For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Michelle Snider, Northwest (Wash.); Christi Avery, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Ronieka Robinson, Eastern Oregon; Christa Collmer, Concordia (Ore.); Anna Bos, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Jo Boren, Grace (Ind.); Alyssa Foss, Indiana Wesleyan; Rhianna Grossman, Carroll (Mont.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Kim Wood, Concordia (Neb.); Billi Pipes, Baker (Kan.); Dorothy Adams, Missouri Valley; 4x400 Relay Team, Southwestern (Kan.); Angie Vailas, Friends (Kan.); Amber Burgess, Sterling (Kan.); Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Emmanuela Meneide, William Penn (Iowa); Austyn Thier, Clarke (Iowa); Christa Lysne, Jamestown (N.D.); Monica Madavi, Valley City State (N.D.); Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist; Alexis Browner, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jess Maggio, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Jessy Scarpone, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Mariah Johnson, Northwood (Fla.); Halle Green-Anderson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Julie Oosterhouse, Cornerstone (Mich.); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.).
Field Nominees: Madeline Emme , William Woods (Mo.); Jessica Mattos, Concordia (Ore.); Harley McBride, Eastern Oregon; Chelsea Rimington, St. Francis (Ill.); Allison Trevithick, Indiana Wesleyan; Kaytlyn Coleman, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Marisa Arneson, Carroll (Mont.); Courtney Mills, Hastings (Neb.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Jamie Crouse, Concordia (Neb.); Samantha Garrison, Midland (Neb.); Erin DeVries, Doane (Neb.); Valerie Schirmer, Baker (Kan.); Brittany Brisco, Missouri Valley; Ashley Stanford, Sterling (Kan.); Connor Reh, Friends (Kan.); Sam Profitt, Cumberlands (Ky.); Meaghan Foster, William Penn (Iowa); Jena Krebs, Grand View (Iowa); Micki Glass, Jamestown (N.D.); Jessica Meland, Valley City State (N.D.); Caitlin McKnight, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Amber King, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Kehtura Merrick, Northwood (Fla.); Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Darcie Bowie, Indiana Tech; Brittany Green, Cornerstone (Mich.); Taylor Byron, Siena Heights (Mich.).
2014 Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (Jan. 22): Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 2 (Jan. 29): Brittany Green, Cornerstone (Mich.); Shani Adams, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 3 (Feb. 5): Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Avante Newsome-Gunn, Bethel (Ind.)
Week 4 (Feb. 12): Kaytlyn Coleman, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Gabi Jenkins, Nebraska Wesleyan
Week 5 (Feb. 19): Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 6 (Feb. 26): Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Brianna Woods, Indiana Tech