NCAA & NJCAA OTF National Athletes of the Week (April 16)
NEW ORLEANS – Another weekend of competition is done and in the books which means its time to announce the latest winners of the NCAA & NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Athletes of the Week, which was done by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.
The honorees included national leaders, all-time best performers and four programs who picked up the national award for the first time in school history.
Here are 10 athletes who stood out from their peers and were named National Athletes of the Week:
- NCAA Division I Men – Quincy Hall, South Carolina
- NCAA Division I Women – Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word
- NCAA Division II Men – Devon Moore, Carson-Newman
- NCAA Division II Women – Rene Medley, Lincoln (Mo.)
- NCAA Division III Men – Jordan Leverette, Baldwin Wallace
- NCAA Division III Women – Sarah King, George Fox
- NJCAA Division I Men – Kenny Bednarek, Indian Hills (Iowa)
- NJCAA Division I Women – Monique Grant, New Mexico JC
- NJCAA Division III Men – Zenron Chance, Kingsborough CC
- NJCAA Division III Women – Nyeira Gordon, Kingsborough CC
Find out more about each of these athletes by clicking their names or by scrolling to the blurbs below.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to 10 collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the two NJCAA divisions that sponsor outdoor 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.
Junior | Sprints and Hurdles
Kansas City, Missouri
Quincy Hall is a National Athlete of the Week selection after superb performances in both the 400 and the 4×400 this past weekend at the Gamecock Invitational.
Hall put on a show for the home fans as he posted a time of 44.53 to win the 400 at the meet, the new top time in the nation by over 1.2 seconds. He wasn’t done there as he also contributed a leg of the 4×400 unit that ranks third in the nation after running a 3:03.33 to place third overall at the invite.
The junior is just the second athlete and first male to win the national award in program history during outdoors, joining Jeannelle Scheper who captured the honor in 2015.
Redshirt Senior | Jumps and Hurdles
San Antonio, Texas
Sarea Alexander was the choice for National Athlete of the Week after tying for the national lead in the long jump at the UIW Invitational.
The redshirt senior leaped a best wind-unassisted mark of 6.60m (21-8) to take the top prize at the meet and into a tie for best in the country. On top of that she also posted the sixth-best mark in DI this season with a 13.42m (44-0.5) in the triple jump. She won the event by almost three meters.
It is the first time in program history that an athlete has won a National Athlete of the Week award during outdoors.
Sophomore | Sprints
Devon Moore is the choice for National Athlete of the Week after showing up big against a field of NCAA DI athletes at the Tennessee Relays over the weekend.
Moore took over the DII national lead after running a 10.12 in the 100 which also won him the event at the big meet, knocking off some of the top sprinters in the nation in the process. The mark would rank him in sixth-place currently on the DI charts.
The sophomore is the first athlete in program history to win the National Athlete of the Week honor during the outdoor season.
Junior | Sprints
Rene Medley is a deserving National Athlete of the Week selection after blazing the competition at the William Jewell Darryl Invite over the weekend.
The junior ran the best time in the 100 in DII this season with a 11.33 to win the event at the meet. She improved her final time .32 seconds faster than her mark in the prelims.
It is the first time that an athlete from Lincoln (Mo.) has captured a National Athlete of the Week selection during outdoors.
Senior | Sprints
It really was a choice between two teammates as Baldwin Wallace had a standout weekend at the DIII All-Ohio Outdoor Championships but Jordan Leverette ended up earning the nod for the National Athlete of the Week for the Yellow Jackets.
Leverette posted the fastest time in NCAA DII this outdoor season with a 21.07 showing in the 200 which was also the top performance at the meet. He also won the 100 with a 10.55, an event that the senior already leads the country in with the same time.
It is the first time in program history that an athlete has won a National Athlete of the Week award during the outdoor season.
Senior | Sprints
Sarah King is a National Athlete of the Week honoree after posting the top time in the 800 at the Pacific Luau Invitational.
The senior ran a top-mark of 2:09.83 to win the event and take over the DIII national lead. She is also currently ranked first in the nation in the 400, is third in the 200 and 13th in the 100.
It is the second time in three weeks that King has earned the national award. She has won it three times overall in her career during outdoors.
Freshman | Sprints
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Kenny Bednarek posted two incredible times at the Blue Oval Invitational to pick up another National Athlete of the Week honor.
The standout freshman now leads the nation in the 200 after running a 20.12 which is one of the best all-time conditions marks in the event in NJCAA history. It is also the best time ran by a collegiate this season at any level.
Bednarek also ran the fourth-best time in the 100 this season with a 10.22 which would currently place in a tie for 15th at the NCAA DI level. He won both events at the meet.
It is the fourth National Athlete of the Week honor for the Rice Lake, Wis. native this year as he also took home three awards during the indoor season.
Freshman | Jumps and Sprints
Monique Grant is a National Athlete of the Week honoree after posting one of the best marks in the nation in the long jump this outdoor season at the NMJC Ross Black Open.
Grant recorded a best jump of 6.36m (20-10.5) which is good for the national lead along with making her the sixth-best performer of all-time in the event in NJCAA history. If that wasn’t enough the mark was also the seventh-best recorded by any collegiate during outdoors this year.
She also ran a leg of the second-place 4×100 unit and took fifth at the meet in the 100.
Grant is the fourth athlete in program history to win the National Athlete of the Week award.
Sophomore | Sprints and Hurdles
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Zenron Chance is a National Athlete of the Week selection after taking over the NJCAA DIII national lead in the 400H against a field of NCAA DI athletes at the Gamecock Invitational.
Chance ran a 56.21 to finish 16th out of 36 athletes in a talented field at the meet. He also ran an impressive 49.92 in the 400 which ranked him 30 out of 64 in the event at the invitational.
It is the second time in his career that the sophomore has won the National Athlete of the Week award during outdoors as he also did so once during the 2018 season. He is still just the second male athlete in program history to win the honor during outdoors.
Sophomore | Sprints and Hurdles
Nyeira Gordon made it a clean sweep for The Wave as she captured a National Athlete of the Week award on the women’s side after her stellar performance at the Gamecock Invitational.
The sophomore posted the best time in NJCAA DIII this season with a 14.67 in the 100 hurdles against a field of NCAA DI athletes. She also added a 1:07.99 in the 400 hurdles which moved her into second overall at the national level.
The Brooklyn, NY native is also currently ranked No. 1 in the 400 and No. 2 in the 200 in the NJCAA DIII.
Gordon is the fourth female athlete in program history to win that weekly national award during outdoors.