By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Hillary Holt of College of Idaho has been named the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Val Veiock of Grand View (Iowa) has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Holt and Veiock were selected based on their performances from Feb. 10 – 16.
Holt, a senior from Meridian, Idaho, closed out the indoor season with two strong performances in the Mile Run and 3,000-meters. She placed sixth in an elite field of professional and NCAA Division I athletes of the Mile Run at the Division I Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 15. She recorded the fastest mark (4:36.96) in the NAIA by 20 seconds and crushed the Coyote school record, while hitting the championship qualifying time. The next day at the Division I UW Open in Seattle, Holt won the 3,000-meters among 31 other competitors. She broke her own school record (9:27.25) and finished with the second-fastest time in the NAIA this year. The defending two-time NAIA Women's Cross Country National Champion has now qualified for the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships in five events.
Veiock, a junior from West Des Moines, Iowa, earned Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Co-Field Athlete of the Year after her performance on Feb. 14. At the MCC Indoor Championships, Veiock won the Shot Put and Weight Throw events. Her toss of 44-11 3/4 (13.71 meters) in the shot broke the Viking school record and earned her a championship automatic qualifying mark. In the Weight Throw, her effort of 54-11 1/2 (16.75 meters) was a career-best and also gave her a qualifying mark.
The final Women's Indoor Track & Field weekly awards will be announced on Feb. 26. For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Lindsey Martin, Columbia (Mo.); Ericka McDaniel , Northwest (Wash.); Kadie Booth, Eastern Oregon; Amelia Maguin, Southern Oregon; Elle' Nelson, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Hilary Halford, St. Francis (Ill.); Elaine Schmeltz, Taylor (Ind.); Sarah McBeath, Indiana Wesleyan; Rachel Cundy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Kim Wood, Concordia (Neb.); Courtney Mills, Hastings (Neb.); Marissa Moore, Doane (Neb.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Katie Bonnema, Dordt (Iowa); Sarah Niemeier, Missouri Valley; Rea Samuels, McPherson (Kan.); Darcy Mascotti, Cumberlands (Ky.); Ashlee Wermy, Haskell (Kan.); Hannah Stouffer, Grand View (Iowa); Aleona Reyes, Jamestown (N.D.); Hannah Helker, Oklahoma Baptist; Alexis Browner, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Katrina Nolan, Oklahoma City; Kirsten Flake, Indiana Tech; Julie Oosterhouse, Cornerstone (Mich.); Kelsee VanderBaan, Davenport (Mich.).
Field Nominees: Tali Fagen, Eastern Oregon; Deb O'Dell, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Vanessa Rogers, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Jo Boren, Grace (Ind.); Cinnamon Green, Bethel (Ind.); Tina Huffman, Indiana Wesleyan; Carly Henry, Doane (Neb.); Neeia Cooperwood, Morningside (Iowa); Courtney Mills, Hastings (Neb.); Megan Hoesing, Midland (Neb.); Stephanie Nelson, Baker (Kan.); Stephanie Atkinson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Brittany Brisco, Missouri Valley; Arryana Barton, McPherson (Kan.); Sam Profitt, Cumberlands (Ky.); Trineisha Gray, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Ashley Currey, Dakota State (S.D.); Taylor Brown, Jamestown (N.D.); Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist; Brianna Nordby, Siena Heights (Mich.); Darcie Bowie, Indiana Tech; Tess Odegard, Cornerstone (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