The Missouri Valley Conference recognizes six outstanding performances this week in Indoor Track and Field, including Leeann Michl's fastest time in the nation in the 800 meters.
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athletes of the Week
Greggmar Smith - Indiana State, Zach Dahleen - Southern Illinois
Greggmar Smith - Indiana State junior Greggmar Swift continued his dominating performance in the 60 meter hurdles as he won for the second straight time during this indoor season as he won the event with a time of 7.78 in the finals at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup, a dual meet between Indiana State and Illinois State which was held at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday. Swift leads the Valley and ranks.
Zach Dahleen - After taking the MVC’s indoor title in the mile run in 2012, senior Zach Dahleen started 2013 off on the right foot with yet another mile victory at the Saluki Open this past weekend. The Orland Park native finished four seconds ahead of second place to secure one of Southern’s eight event titles at the Saluki Open.
Other Notable Performances: Coty Kramer, Illinois State; Tomas Cotter, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Leeann Michl, Indiana State, Sr., Newton, Ill.
The Indiana State senior has the fastest time in the nation and leads the Missouri Valley Conference after winning the 800 meters at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup, a dual meet between Indiana State and Illinois State which was held Saturday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Michl dominated the event with a winning time of 2:10.34 on the 200 meter track, defeating Illinois State’s Kristen Zillmer by five seconds (2:15:28) and six seconds better than Sycamore teammate Shelby Higginbottom (2:16.13). Michl’s converted time of 2:08.85 is the fastest time in the nation after this weekend’s events and is the top time in the Valley. She also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay team that finished first in 3:49.14. The converted time of 3:46.14 is the best in the Valley to date and ranks 30th in the nation.
Other Notable Performances: Kyela Specht, Bradley; Sade Sealy, Illinois State; Shavonne Husbands, Missouri State; Natalie Morerod, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Field Athletes of the Week
Chris Fields - Indiana State, Dougie Palacious - Southern Illinois
Chris Fields - Indiana State junior Chris Fields was a double winner at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup, a dual meet between Indiana State and Illinois State which was held Saturday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Fields won the shot put with a distance of 53-feet-9-inches (16.38 meters) and also took the weight throw with a distance of 62-feet-2.25-inches (18.95 meters). Fields ranks fifth in the Valley in the shot put and second in the weight throw.
Dougie Palacious - After the Saluki Fast Start on Dec. 8 and this past weekend’s Saluki Open, junior Dougie Palacious has two triple jumps titles to his credits. This past weekend at the Saluki Open, Palacious’ 14.99m mark was nearly a meter better than the second place finisher. In two meets, Palacious has beaten second place by an average of over half a meter at .62m.
Other Notable Performances: Luke Wielgopolan, Illinois State; Jeff Conner, Wichita State
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Brittany Smith, Sr., Illinois State, Oak Park, Ill.
After finishing a junior campaign that included two NCAA Division I Runner-up performances out the outdoor championships and a third-place finish at the indoor championships, six-time All-American Brittany Smith kicked-off the 2012-13 indoor track & field season in record-setting fashion. On her first attempt of the weight throw competition at the Redbird Open (Dec. 8), Smith launched the implement a staggering 70-07.00 (21.51m), one foot, three inches further than her previous career- and school-record mark of 69-04.00 (21.13m) and claiming first on the day. She later followed with another first-place finish in the shot put, with a mark of 54-06.00 (16.61m), the furthest season-opener of her career. Those marks rank her second in the nation in the weight throw, and eighth in the nation in the shot put, while holding the No. 2 spot in the Valley in both events.
Other Notable Performances: Kimyana Rudolph, Indiana State; Kimsue Grant, Missouri State; Kenya Culmer, Southern Illinois; J’Lynn Ledesma, Wichita State