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2016 Menís Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week Ė No. 6 (Feb. 24)

February 24, 2016
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kale Wolken of Doane (Neb.) has been selected as the NAIA National Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and DeShawn Woods of Indiana Tech has been named NAIA National Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Wolken and Woods were selected based on their performances from Feb. 15 – 21.

Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week:
Kale Wolken, Doane (Neb.)
Sr., Tecumseh, Neb.

• Recorded three first-place finishes, a third-place finish and a fourth place finish at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Championships on Feb. 20.
• Finished first among 14 athletes in the heptathlon with 5134 points and currently leads the NAIA in the event.
• The 2016 GPAC Male Athlete of the Year turned in a first-place time of 8.43 in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles and 8.42 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles.
• He took third-place in the long jump with a distance of 7.04 meters (23-1 ¼ feet) and fourth-place in the pole vault with a vault of 4.80 meters (15-9 feet).
• This is his fourth career National Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week award – Feb. 26, 2014, Feb. 4 2015 and Feb. 25, 2015.

Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week:
DeShawn Woods, Indiana Tech
Jr., Norfolk, Va.

• Logged two first-place finishes, one second-place finish and one fourth-place finish at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championships on Feb. 20.
• Ran a career-best 8.18 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles to finish second in the event.
• Finished first out of 20 athletes in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.17. This time is the third fastest time in the NAIA.
• Ran the third leg of the 4X400-meter relay team that took first (3:17.23).
• Took home MVP honors from the WHAC Championships.
• This is his first career National Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week award.

For the complete Athlete of the Week calendar, click here.

Track Nominees: Gabriel Dos Santos, William Woods (Mo.); Tommy Skosky, Columbia (Mo.); Joel Hartman, Bethel (Ind.); Josh Neideck, Indiana Wesleyan; Josh Richardson, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Cameron Johnson, Grace (Ind.); Joshua Smith, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Leslie Romer, Taylor (Ind.); Sam Atkin, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Benson Koech, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Cj Muller, Concordia (Neb.); Payton Busch, William Penn (Iowa); Clint Swanson, Indiana East; Desmond Marow, Point Park (Pa.); John-Paul Williamson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Matt Young, Jamestown (N.D.); Oraine Wint, Texas Wesleyan; James Faison, Mobile (Ala.); Dominic Muessig, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Field Nominees: Adam Smith, William Woods (Mo.); Zeb Hoffman, Evergreen (Wash.); Kyle Mitchell, St. Francis (Ill.); Delano Harris-Samuels, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Sam Nordquist, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Kevin Smith, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Michael Moffitt, Indiana Wesleyan; Kody Pritt, Taylor (Ind.); Jake Nash, Huntington (Ind.); Erik Escobedo, Bethel (Ind.); Beaugh Meyer, Carroll (Mont.); Zach Lurz, Concordia (Neb.); Logan Holmer, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Art Hop, McPherson (Kan.); Shaun Berry, Point Park (Pa.); Levi Dunahee, Indiana East; Anthony Thompson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Ty Malone, Dickinson State (N.D.); Adam Koch, Concordia (Mich.); Alain Dixon, Indiana Tech; Richard DePalma, Siena Heights (Mich.)

2015-16 Men's Indoor T&F Composite Award Winners (Field, Track)

Week 1 (January 20): Beaugh Meyer, Carroll (Mont.) , John Broaden, Indiana Tech
Week 2 (January 27): Zach Lurz, Concordia (Neb.) , Kabroderan Handsborough, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 3 (February 03): Cody Boellstorff, Concordia (Neb.) , Kabroderan Handsborough, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 4 (February 10): Richard DePalma, Siena Heights (Mich.) , Tre Hinds, Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Week 5 (February 17): Richard DePalma, Siena Heights (Mich.), Kyle Anderson, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 6 (February 24): Kale Wolken, Doane (Neb.) , DeShawn Woods, Indiana Tech