Rob McCann of Drake, Katie Wise, and Mary Theisen of Indiana State, and Curt Jensen and Ryan Rutherford of Illinois State have been named MVC Athletes of the Week. For more information, including schedules, results, and other notable performances, please see the linked PDF release.
Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Rob McCann - So. - Drake (Mississauga, Ontario)
Finished second in the Olympic development elite heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays. His time of 8:51.84 was the second fastest time in school history and the fastest by a Bulldog in 34 years. He also sits atop the MVC performance list in the event and is in the top 20 nationally.
Ryan Rutherford - Jr. - Illinois State (Bloomington, Ill.)
Illinois State junior Ryan Rutherford captured his second-consecutive ISU record with a time of 13:49.99 in the men’s 5,000-meter showcase race to finish second at the Jesse Owens Classic Friday evening. Rutherford bested the former Redbird record set by Dave Irion in 1980 by seven seconds, finishing second to ISU track and field and cross country graduate assistant Lex Williams who ran unattached. Williams finished with a 5K time of 13:45.11, breaking the meet record of 14:01.62 he previously set while running at Michigan. The next collegiate runner to finish was Eastern Michigan’s Harry Dixon who ran 14:12.65 to place seventh. His 5K time of 13:49.99 currently sits in the No. 25 slot on the NCAA leaderboard.
Other Notable Performances: Chase Coffey (Bradley); John Mascari (Indiana State); Kevin Glastetter (Loyola); Brandon Carnes (UNI); Matthew Benes (Southern Illinois)
Missouri Valley Conference Men's Field Athletes of the Week
Curt Jensen - Sr. - Illinois State (Colona, Ill.)
Curt Jensen broke his own record in the shot put, tossing 20.21-meters (66-03.75) Saturday evening at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Classic. Jensen earned a personal-best, tossing the winning mark on his final attempt. The Colona, Ill., native threw past 66-feet for a second time, after throwing 20.13 meters on his third attempt, for his final throw to break his own record. With that throw, he currently sits in the No. 2 spot on the NCAA leaderboard in the shot put right behind Ryan Crouser of Texas. Jensen also tossed a mark of 57.17-meters (187-07) in the hammer throw to finish 16th in a competitive field. His throw also broke the MVC record.
Other Notable Performances: Byron Ferrell (Indiana State); Antwon James (Loyola); Adam McDonnell (UNI); Kyle Landon (Southern Illinois)
Missouri Valley Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Katie Wise - So. - Indiana State (Morgantown, Ind.)
Wise continued her dominant season by winning the Jesse Owens Track Classic title in the 100 meter dash against several Big Ten Conference powers Ohio State and Michigan State. Wise won the sprint in a time of 11.52 seconds over Ashlee Abraham of Ohio State, who finished second in 11.65 seconds. Wise ranks seventh nationally in the event with her time of 11.25 seconds from last week’s Illinois Twilight meet. Wise also ran a key relay leg of the Sycamores 4 x 100 Meter Relay team that placed second in a time of 46.20 seconds, behind Ohio State’s winning time of 44.56 seconds. Her 4 x 100 meter relay squad ranks 21st nationally and leads the Missouri Valley Conference.
Other Notable Performances: Emily Delvo (Bradley); Sarah Mussallem (Illinois State); Megan Janezic (Loyola); Oarabile Babolayi (Missouri State); Alex Wilson (UNI); Natalie Morerod (Wichita State)
Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Mary Theisen - Sr. - Indiana State (Fall Creek, Wis.)
Theisen proved just how tough she can be in the throws this past weekend at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, as she won the shot put, placed third in the discus and placed fifth in the hammer throw in a tough field to move up the national list. Her throw of 53 feet 3 inches was enough to win the shot put by nearly foot over Danniel Thomas of Kent State. Her throw of 176 feet 7 inches in the discus placed her third, but moved Theisen up to 20th in the nation. Theisen’s fifth place showing in the hammer throw saw her throw 187 feet 9 inches, but moved her up to 63rd in the nation in the event.
Other Notable Performances: Julia Ott (Illinois State); Alison Szykowny (Loyola); Robiann Broomfield (Missouri State); Sydney Rabon (UNI); Ashley Gaston (Southern Illinois); Breanne Borman (Wichita State)