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2017-18 Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

Distance/Middle Distance Sprints/Hurdles Field Events
February 26th
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Emily Brown, Ohio Wesleyan
(New Concord, OH/John Glenn) 

Ohio Wesleyan senior Emily Brown became the first Bishop to win the NCAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field pentathlon since 2012 after accumulating 3,135 points in the event last weekend at Denison.

February 19th


Shannon Wargo, Oberlin 
(LaGrange, OH/Keystone) 

Oberlin sophomore Shannon Wargo earned a second-place finish in the mile at The Buckeye Tune-Up last Friday. Wargo crossed the line in 5:09.68. Wargo has the best time in the conference this season of 5:09.58. 

Imani Cook-Gist, Oberlin
(Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) 

Oberlin junior  Imani Cook-Gist placed first in both the 60- and 200-meter events at Mount Union last Saturday. Cook-Gist finished the 60-meter race in 7.92 seconds and crossed the line in 26.56 in the 200. Her time in the 60 is first in the conference and in the 200 she ranks second. 


Ana Richardson, Oberlin
(Eugene, OR/South Eugene) 

Oberlin senior Ana Richardson had a strong showing at the Buckeye Tune-Up last Friday. Facing mostly Division I athletes, Richardson set the school record in the weight throw with a heave of 18.41 meters to finish fourth overall. Her mark is the best in the NCAC and is the second best mark in Division III.


February 12th


Morgan Smith, Ohio Wesleyan 
(Tiffin, OH/Calvert) 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Morgan Smith won the 800-meters at the All-Ohio Championships, breaking the tape in 2:17.23. Smith also ran a leg on the Bishops’ 4x400-meter relay squad that finished second with 4:04.72. 


Alyssa Acevedo, Ohio Wesleyan
(Medina, OH/Medina) 

Ohio Wesleyan junior Alyssa Acevedo won the 60-meter hurdles at the All-Ohio Championships with a time of 9.18 seconds. 

Devron Martin, Kenyon
(Mill Valley, CA/Marin Academy) 

Kenyon senior Devron Martin won the triple jump in a program record leap of 10.94m at the All-Ohio Championships. That measurement broke the old Kenyon record of 10.66m, which she shared with Krissann Mueller.


February 5th


Emily Forner, Allegheny 
(Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) 

Allegheny junior Emily Forner had a big day for the Gators at the Jim Wuske Invitational. Forner topped a field of 30 in the mile run with a time of 5:10.52, 14 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and establishing a new Wuske Invitational meet record. She then finished second in a field of 29 in the 800 with a time of 2:22.75.

Imani Cook-Gist, Oberlin
(Santa Monica, CA/Harvard Westlake) 

Oberlin junior Imani Cook-Gist had a strong day for the Yeowomen at the Cedarville Collegiate Invite. Cook-Gist placed second in the 60-meter dash with a season-best finish of 8.03. The junior’s time in the event is the fastest in the conference this season. Cook-Gist also was the second leg in the 4x200-meter relay that finished second with a time of 1:50.72.

Annie Goodridge, Oberlin
(Boston, MA/Winsor School) 

Oberlin senior Annie Goodridge had a pair of season-best performances at the Cedarville Collegiate Invite last weekend. The senior jumper won the long jump (5.39m) and placed third in the triple jump (10.46m). Goodridge’s mark in the long jump is the best in the NCAC this year.

January 29th


Oona Jung-Beeman, Oberlin 
(Wilmette, IL/New Trier) 

Oberlin’s Oona Jung-Beeman earned a pair of sixth place finishes at the Findlay Classic & Elite Throws. The sophomore runner earned a career best-time of 5:20.58 in the mile and stopped the clock at the 2:22.77 mark in the 800. Jung-Beeman’s time in the mile is the best in the conference this season and she also owns the top time in the 800.

Samantha Mitchell, Wittenberg
(Solon, OH/Solon) 

Wittenberg junior Samantha Mitchell was a double-winner to help lead the Tigers to a first-place finish at the Fighting Scot Invite. Mitchell won the 60-and 200-meter dashes in 8.29 and 27.62, respectively. Mitchell also ran a leg on the winning 4x200 relay that turned in a time of 1:49.46.

Elizabeth Obi, Wooster
(Solon, OH/Solon) 

Wooster senior Elizabeth Obi turned in the conference’s top mark on TFFRS this weekend in the triple jump at 10.52m. Obi’s now won the triple jump in both meets this winter, and her mark is the second-best in the league. She also added a third-place showing in the high jump, clearing 1.55m.

January 22nd


Emily Forner, Allegheny 
(Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) 

Allegheny junior Emily Forner placed sixth overall in a field of 54, while leading all Division III competitors, with a career-best time of 10:18.56 in the 3,000-meters at the Youngstown State Invitational. It is the fastest time in the event this season by an NCAC woman, while it also ranks in the top-30 nationally.

Jonah Edwards, Kenyon
(Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) 

Kenyon senior Jonah Edwards captured an event win in the 60-meter dash, breaking the tape in 8.13 at the Wooster Quad meet. Edwards’ time is currently the second fastest in the NCAC.


Megan Sievers, Ohio Wesleyan
(Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Megan Sievers helped lead the Bishops to a first-place finish at the Wooster Quad after winning the long jump with a mark of 5.33 meters. 


December 11th


Linnea Halsten, Oberlin 
(Madison WI/Madison East) 

Oberlin junior Linnea Halsten set the Oberlin record in the 5,000-meter with her time of 17:01.00. Halsten finished first on day one of the Golden Flash Gala and bested the school record time of 17:02.46 set by Joanna Johnson at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Halsten’s time is currently third in Division III.

Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Oberlin
(Melrose, MA/Melrose) 

Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson set a school record in the 400-meter at the Golden Flash Gala. Drafts-Johnson bested her own time of 57.12 seconds set back at the All-Ohio Championships last year, with a finish of 57.01. Drafts-Johnson’s time is the best in Division III.

Ana Richardson, Oberlin
(Eugene, OR/South Eugene) 

Oberlin senior Ana Richardson led the Yeowomen throwers with a sixth place finish in the weight throw at the Golden Flash Gala. Richardson hit a season best mark of 17.45 meters on Friday, which is currently the fourth best in the nation. 

December 4th


No Nominees


Tori Valachovic, Allegheny
(McDonald, PA/South Fayette) 

Allegheny sophomore Tori Valachovic got her season off to a strong start at the Case Western Reserve Holiday Classic. Valachovic took gold in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.36 seconds, tying her own personal record for the fourth-fastest mark in program history. She picked up the win by a half-second margin in the finals. Valachovic also added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.54.


Monique Newton, Oberlin
(Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) 

Oberlin senior Monique Newton helped lead the Yeowomen to a first-place finish at the Case Western Reserve Holiday Classic to open up the 2017-18 season. Newton won both the shot put and the weight throw with marks of 14.70m and 17.61m respectively. The winning tosses currently rank best in all of Division III.