Valley Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week (Apr. 9)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Max Tuttle, Jr., Indiana State, Bloomington, Ind.

Junior Max Tuttle ran a career best 52.28 seconds to win the second heat and finish third overall (second collegian) in the 400 meter hurdles at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic Saturday. The time is the sixth fastest in Indiana State history. Tuttle finished just behind former Auburn star and professional athlete Reuben McCoy who won the event in 51.19 and Louisville sophomore Calvin Arsenault (51.90) who entered the competition ranked 19th in the nation. Indiana State teammate Jonathan Jackson was fourth (52.45) with Illinois’ Cam Viney fifth (52.47). Tuttle leads the Missouri Valley Conference in the event, ranks 14th in the East and 37th in the nation. The junior also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay that finished seventh in 3:15.12 which is the top time in the Valley this season.

Other Notable Performances: Travis Marsh, Drake; Nikolai Gall, Southern Illinois; Tomas Cotter, Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

Stacia Weatherford, Sr., Indiana State, Indianapolis, Ind.

Senior Stacia Weatherford had another outstanding hurdles competition at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic on Saturday as she placed eighth (fourth collegian) in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.80 and fifth (third collegian) in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.11. Clemson’s Kendra Harrison, who entered the meet ranked 22nd in the nation for the 100 meter hurdles, won the event (12.87) with Purdue’s Ciana Tabb the second collegian (13.67), and West Virginia’s Chene Townsend the third collegian (13.75). Clemson’s Kendra Harrison was the top collegian in the 400 meter hurdles (57.20) with Coastal Carolina’s Jessica Gelibert the second collegian (58.64). Nigerian Ajoke Odumosu, who placed eighth in the 400 hurdles at the London Olympics, won the event in 56.24. Weatherford leads the Valley in the 400 meter hurdles, ranks 11th in the East, and 22nd in the nation. The senior is second in the Valley for the 100 meter hurdles, 35th in the East, and 63rd nationally. Weatherford also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay that finished fourth in 3:40.31 which is the third fastest time in school history. The 4x400 relay leads the Valley, ranks 20th in the East, and 39th in the nation.

Other Notable Performances: Sarah Yeager, Drake; Laquitsha Bejoile-Hayes, Southern Illinois; Shamoya Pruitt, Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Field Athletes of the Week

Dougie Palacious, Jr., Southern Illinois, Nassau, Bahamas

Junior Dougie Palacious won his third straight triple jump title of the outdoor season this past weekend at the Joey Haines Invitational at Southeast Missouri State with an MVC-best jump of 15.64m (51-03.75) -- a mark that currently ranks as the 15th-best triple jump in the country. Impressively, that mark is still six inches off his personal best set at the 2012 MVC Outdoor Championships. Palacious also finished third in the long jump at SEMO with a wind-aided leap 7.36m (24-01.75), which is tied for 38th nationally and ranks second in the Missouri Valley.

Other Notable Performances: Isaac Twombly, Drake; Maurice Lyke, Indiana State; Jon Rizzo, Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

Mariah Garcia, Fr., Wichita State, Yukon, Okla.

For the second consecutive week, freshman Mariah Garcia earned a first place finish and shattered the Wichita State discus record.  Competing in just her second collegiate meet, Garcia threw a mark of 179-3 (54.65m) to win the discus throw at Skechers SFA Alumni Invitational, defeating the field by over 11 feet. With this throw, Garcia ranks first in the Valley, leading her closest competition in the conference by almost three feet. Garcia’s performance currently stands fifth in the nation and is the second farthest throw by a freshman this year. Garcia improved her own school record, set last week, by 3.75 feet, en route to her second victory of the season.

Other Notable Performances: Kayla Bell, Drake; Kimyana Rudolph, Indiana State; Kenya Culmer, Southern Illinois