By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kassi Conditt of Oregon Tech has been named NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and Zahri Jackson of Xavier (La.) has been tabbed as the NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Conditt and Jackson were selected based on their performances from March 18 – 24.
Conditt, a junior from La Pine, Ore., established a meet record in the shot put at the NCAA Division I Chico State (Calif.) Wildcat Invitational on March 23. Her toss of 13.63 meters (44-8 ¾) was the best in the history of the invitational and broke the Oregon Tech school record by four inches. That mark also was an “A” standard and earned her first-place status among 17 competitors.
Conditt was also All-Cascade Collegiate Conference First Team in women’s basketball averaging a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Jackson, a sophomore from Kingwood, Texas, earned the No. 1 mark in the 800-meters in the NAIA thus far. At the NCAA Division I LSU (La.) Relays on March 22 – 23, Jackson (photo top left, courtesy of Herman Shelton) ran the 800 in 2:12.01 to take fifth place among 30 other runners. She is the only athlete to meet the A- or B-qualifying standards in that event. She also ran the second leg on the 1,600 relay squad, which recorded the NAIA's fastest time at 3:54.13. The relay time is Xavier's fastest since reviving its track and field program in 2010. In her final event, she was part of the third-place 1,600-medley relay team (4:03.36).
Track Nominees: Jessica Davis, Texas Wesleyan; Kearstin McDaniel, Indiana East; Jessica Shepherd, Wiley (Texas); Allie McFayden, Grand View (Iowa); Ashley Campos, Cumberlands (Ky.); Beth Sexton, Tennessee Wesleyan; Tisa Smith, William Carey (Miss.); Sharon Ronoh, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Nichole Johnson, Ashford (Iowa); Mikayla Garrard, Southern Oregon; Nicole Wager, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Breanna Goring, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Brianna Clark, Warner (Fla.); Skyler Barger, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Sarah Niemeir, Missouri Valley; Elizabeth Gienger, Loyola (La.); Grace Noble, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Sabrina Whitaker, Grace (Ind.); Chyna Calloway, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Keisha Chiles, Campbellsville (Ky.); Kelsey Klettke, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
Field Nominees: Kait Ervin, Indiana East; Devinn Rolland, Xavier (La.); Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.); Taylor Mayes, Cumberlands (Ky.); Holland McCoy, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); LeighAnn McAfee, Tennessee Wesleyan; Tisa Smith, William Carey (Miss.); Katie Hartney, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Stephanie Techler, Southern Oregon; Megan Atkinson, South Carolina Beaufort; Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Aprell Williams, Warner (Fla.); Gabby Lovelace, Missouri Valley; Christa Hicks, Union (Ky.); Christina Guzman, Loyola (La.); Kamara Cox, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Julia Hauser, Midland (Neb.); Erin Adams, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Eliya Kohl, Corban (Ore.); Tiosha Beasley, Campbellsville (Ky.); Kaytlyn Coleman, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
2013 Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field, Track)
Week 1 (March 20): Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Adella King, Indiana Tech
Week 2: (March 27): Kassi Conditt, Oregon Tech, Zahri Jackson, Xavier (La.)