By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Katie Bonnema of Dordt (Iowa) has been named NAIA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and Gabriella Dixson has been tabbed as the National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Bonnema and Dixson were selected based on their performances from April 15 – 21.
Bonnema, a junior from Ireton, Iowa, posted a championship-qualifying time in the 400-meters at the Doane (Neb.) Relays April 20. Her clocking of 56.05 was good for first at the event and set a new Doane Relays record. That mark is currently fifth on the NAIA season list. Bonnema (photo, top right, courtesy of Mike Brynes) also ran a :56 split while anchoring the 4x400-meter relay team to a second-place time of 3:58.24.
Dixson, a senior from Battle Ground, Wash., defeated numerous NCAA Division I athletes in the shot put at the Long Beach State (Calif.) Invitational April 20. She finished first overall among 65 other throwers with a heave of 15.31 meters (50-2 ¾). The addition bettered Dixson's previous season best of 49-7 3/4 and sets her apart as the lone NAIA thrower over 50 feet in the discipline. She stands No. 1 in that event in the NAIA. The next closest NAIA competitor trails her mark by over 15 inches. Dixson also was third at the Mt. SAC (Calif.) Relays April 19 with a toss of 15.30 (50-2 ½).
The final women’s outdoor track and field Athlete of the Week will be announced May 1. For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Danielle Hoop, Cumberlands (Ky.); Aspen Frey, McPherson (Kan.); Aspen Marical, Oklahoma Baptist; Treasurie Hatten, Wiley (Texas); Bailey Hughes, Carroll (Mont.); Cecilee Russell, Corban (Ore.); Brianna Cecil, Berea (Ky.); Layne Callow, Berea (Ky.); Sarah Tortorich, Loyola (La.); Nicole Wager, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Devinn Rolland, Xavier (La.); Joy Spear Chief-Morris, British Columbia; Courtney Henderson , William Woods (Mo.); Breanna Mathes, Morningside (Iowa); Kristen Harris, Tabor (Kan.); Taylor Lucero, Great Falls (Mont.); Cecilia Burley, Friends (Kan.); Britta Patterson, Aquinas (Mich.); Mackenzie Holladay, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Tayler Godar, Georgetown (Ky.); Halle Richards, Shawnee State (Ohio); Meagan Wright, Milligan (Tenn.); Erin Price, Taylor (Ind.); Raechel Brown, Oklahoma City; Whiteny Dooley, Midland (Neb.); Christine Sheppard, Southwestern (Kan.); Megan Rosa, Baker (Kan.); Shelby Garrigus, Central Methodist (Mo.); Alexis Davis, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Hillary Holt, College of Idaho; Lexis Lange, College of Idaho; Jessica Stockton, Bryan (Tenn.); Natasha Gay, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Christina Sandberg, Indiana Wesleyan; Christi Avery, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Kristen Garwood, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Jameka Matchingtouch, Bethel (Tenn.); Jewel Thomas, Indiana Tech; Irene Olivo, Eastern Oregon; Mikel Elliott, Concordia (Ore.); Karis Frankian, The Master's (Calif.).
Field Nominees: Sara Meadors, Cumberlands (Ky.); Megan Pohlmann, McPherson (Kan.); Erinn Shaughnessey, Oklahoma Baptist; Kaytlyn Coleman, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Jenna Higgins, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Latecia Howell, Carroll (Mont.); Eliya Kohl, Corban (Ore.); Elizabeth King, Concordia (Neb.); Val Veiock, Grand View (Iowa); Emily Post, Tabor (Kan.); Lindsey Karpowicz, Aquinas (Mich.); Haley Cox, Milligan (Tenn.); Bailey Soucie, Nebraska Wesleyan; Karen Liekhus, Midland (Neb.); Courtney Samuido, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Daneka Brown, Missouri Valley; Stephanie Nelson, Baker (Kan.); Caitlin McPherson, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Paige Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Paige Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Jillian Ourada, Doane (Neb.); Janelle Durrough, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kassi Conditt, Oregon Tech; Jeslyn Zimmerly, Indiana Tech; Brooke Randall, Eastern Oregon; Katie Hartney, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
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.)
Week 3 (April 3): Evan Shimanek, Oklahoma Baptist; Hillary Holt, College of Idaho
Week 4 (April 10): Emily Post, Tabor (Kan.); Stacy Warrior, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (April 17): Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Katrina Nolan, Oklahoma City
Week 6 (April 24): Gabriella Dixson, Concordia (Ore.); Katie Bonnema, Dordt (Iowa)