NCAA DIII ITF National Athletes of the Week (March 5)

NEW ORLEANS – NCAA Division III athletes were busy bettering their marks this past weekend to either improve their seeding to – or to gain entry into – the NCAA Championships this upcoming weekend in Boston.

Here are two athletes who stood out from the rest and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Find out more about these athletes by scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the one NJCAA division that sponsors indoor track & field).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN – Andrew Jarrett, UW-La Crosse

Junior | Throws
Logan, Wisconsin

Andrew Jarrett has been an absolute terror on the record book this season.

Entering the final meet of the regular season this past weekend, Jarrett had recorded five marks that registered in the all-time top-20 of the weight throw at the NCAA DIII level. Well, he added another.

Jarrett launched the weight 21.71m (71-2¾), which improved his billing as the second best performer with the second best performance in NCAA DIII history. He is now less than two inches away from breaking the four-year-old NCAA DIII record set by Sean Donnelly in 2015.

This is the first time that an athlete from UW-La Crosse has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.

NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN – Chelsea Yang, Rhode Island College

Sophomore | Throws
Warwick, Rhode Island

Chelsea Yang made the most of the last regular season meet this past weekend.

Yang etched her name into the NCAA DIII record book with a heave of 19.41m (63-8¼) in the weight throw. That made Yang the ninth best performer in NCAA DIII history.

This is the first time that an athlete from Rhode Island College has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.