By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Louis Falland of Cornerstone (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week and Kale Wolken of Doane (Neb.) has been selected as the NAIA National Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Falland and Wolken were selected based on their performances from Feb. 17 – 23. This is the final selection of the 2014 indoor season.
Falland, a senior from Noriootpa, Australia, broke the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) meet record in the mile at the WHAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 22. His clocking of 4:15.95 put him first in a field of 14 other mile runners. Falland also easily won the 1,000 (2:30.40) and 3,000 meters (8:49.77). For his 30 points, he was awarded the WHAC Performer of the Meet as the top scorer. Falland also won the same three events at the 2012 event.
Wolken, a sophomore from Tecumseh, Neb., was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Male Athlete of the Year and the GPAC Championship Male Outstanding Athlete after recording the top point total of all individual athletes on Feb. 22. He won the heptathlon (5,135 points) and long jump (7.29 meters), while also earning points in the pole vault (4.55 meters) and high jump (1.91 meters). He broke three meet records while competing within the heptathlon. In the heptathlon, he posted a "B" standard in the high jump to move into 16th in the NAIA. He hit the "A" standard in both the long jump and in the heptathlon's long jump. Currently, Wolken's heptathlon total ranks third in the NAIA. Wolken helped Doane to a runner-up team finish.
For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.
Track Nominees: Cameron Hampton, Missouri Baptist; Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.); Andy Reidsma, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Ryan Smith, Goshen (Ind.); Jake Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Troy Solly, Carroll (Mont.); Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); John Cartier, Concordia (Neb.); Spencer Head, Missouri Valley; Jeremy Gathright, Baker (Kan.); Brock Nooney, Friends (Kan.); Brooks Ballou, Saint Mary (Kan.); Colton McNinch, Southwestern (Kan.); Donnie Gay, Cumberlands (Ky.); Keonte White, Grand View (Iowa); Seth Boomsma, Dakota State (S.D.); Malik Jackson, Valley City State (N.D.); Connor Doppler, Jamestown (N.D.); Durawn Howard, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Csaba Matko, Oklahoma City; Travis Hinton, Oklahoma Baptist; Keith Johnson, Southern Wesleyan (S.C.); Tyler Hollimon, Northwood (Fla.); Paul McKenna, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Chris Rolle, Siena Heights (Mich.).
Field Nominees: Stephen Emere, Missouri Baptist; Travis Simpson, Eastern Oregon; Darien Moore, Concordia (Ore.); Zach Gordon, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Nathan Brown, Grace (Ind.); Casey Gauss, Indiana Wesleyan; Beaugh Meyer, Carroll (Mont.); Justin Roberts, Hastings (Neb.); Harkera Hardy, Midland (Neb.); Jacob Connealy, Benedictine (Kan.); Jeff Crouch, Missouri Valley; Josh Peck, Baker (Kan.); Cayd Bloomquist, Southwestern (Kan.); Steven James, Sterling (Kan.); Dylan Biedron, Friends (Kan.); A.j. Dickson, Cumberlands (Ky.); Derek Seddon, William Penn (Iowa); Kenny Simmons, Grand View (Iowa); Garrett Tenney, Jamestown (N.D.); Ryan Gimbel, Dakota State (S.D.); Wayne Northover, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jonathan Moody, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Angel Parra, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Carlos Fernandez, Northwood (Fla.); Darryl Marlow, Indiana Tech; Gauge Aebersold, Siena Heights (Mich.); Tori Brooks, Davenport (Mich.).
2014 Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week (Field; Track)
Week 1 (Jan. 22): Raheem Cowan, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Matthew Clowes, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 2 (Jan. 29): Anthony Stockton, William Woods (Mo.); Damian Flores, Eastern Oregon
Week 3 (Feb. 5): Austin Basterrechea, College of Idaho; Clay Shepperson, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 4 (Feb. 12): Calvin Sullins, Siena Heights (Mich.); Mike Malone, Ashford (Iowa)
Week 5 (Feb. 19): Darien Moore, Concordia (Ore.); John Broaden, Indiana Tech
Week 6 (Feb. 26): Kale Wolken, Doane (Neb.); Louis Falland, Cornerstone (Mich.)