NCAA & NJCAA ITF National Athletes of the Week (Jan. 28)
NEW ORLEANS – Strong performances dotted the national landscape this past weekend.
Here are the eight athletes who stood out the most and were named National Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
- NCAA Division I Men – Tyler Day, Northern Arizona
- NCAA Division I Women – Julien Alfred, Texas
- NCAA Division II Men – Trevor Bassitt, Ashland
- NCAA Division II Women – Bobbie Goodwin, Grand Valley State
- NCAA Division III Men – Andrew Jarrett, UW-La Crosse
- NCAA Division III Women – Terrianna Black, Loras
- NJCAA Men – Davonte Burnett, Barton (Kan.) CC
- NJCAA Women – Joanna Archer, Monroe-New Rochelle
Find out more about each of these runners by clicking their names or 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 as well as the NJCAA).
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.
Senior | Distance
Name the only three collegians to go sub-13:17.00 indoors in the Men’s 5000 Meters.
Here are two: Record holder Lawi Lalang (13:08.28) and Stephen Sambu (13:13.74).
Tyler Day of Northern Arizona became the third this past weekend when he went 13:16.95 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic. In doing so, Day recorded the best time in the event since 2012 when Lalang and Sambu both toppled Galen Rupp’s collegiate record in the same race.
It was a remarkable all-conditions PR for Day as he knocked nearly nine seconds off his previous best, which he set last May at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
This is the first time in program history that an athlete from Northern Arizona has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Sophomore | Sprints
Castries, St. Lucia
Julien Alfred is opening a lot of eyes in her sophomore year.
It just so happens that Alfred etched her name into the collegiate record book this past weekend at the Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The sophomore from Castries, St. Lucia, went 7.10 in the final of the Women’s 60 Meters to become the seventh fastest performer in collegiate history. That also marked the fastest time ever recorded by a collegian in the month of January.
Not long before that, Alfred won her prelim with a time of 7.13, which matched the 11th fastest performer in collegiate history — but she moved up a bit soon after that.
Alfred also clocked the third fastest 200-meter time of the week at 23.50.
This marks the first time in the past four years that a female athlete from Texas has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. Prior to Alfred earning the honor, the last Longhorn to do so was Courtney Okolo on February 9, 2016.
Junior | Sprints/Hurdles
Trevor Bassitt is on a roll.
The junior from Lima, Ohio, ran 7.75 in the finals of the 60 hurdles at the Rod McCravy Memorial to become the 6th fastest performer in NCAA Division II history. His previous best of 7.88 was broken twice this weekend as he also went 7.86 in the prelims. Bassitt also placed second in the 200 in 20.83 to rewrite his own school record he set a week ago.
This marks the second week in a row that Bassitt has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. Bassitt is just the second athlete in NCAA DII history to earn back-to-back honors, joining former teammate Myles Pringle in 2018.
Senior | Throws
South Haven, Michigan
Bobbie Goodwin has dominated the weight throw this season.
The senior from South Haven, Michigan, continued her strong campaign in the event, achieving a seasonal best effort of 20.69m (67-10¾) to place second at the Gladstein Invitational. Goodwin also posted three marks in her series that traveled over 66 feet.
She continues to pull away from the rest of the NCAA DII performance list, throwing over three feet further than the next closest qualifier.
This is the second time this season that a female athlete from Grand Valley State has been named National Athlete of the Week and the fourth overall honor for the Lakers. Allie Ludge earned the honor back on December 10.
Senior | Throws
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Andrew Jarrett isn’t going to wait around to make history.
The senior from La Crosse, Wisconsin, continued his assault on the NCAA Division III record book this past weekend in the weight throw at the UW-Stout Open.
Jarrett launched the implement more than 20.45m (67-1¼) three times, including two that landed in the divisional all-time top-15. His best mark of the afternoon came in at 20.87m (68-5¾), which is good enough for eighth in NCAA DIII history.
When you couple those efforts with those he turned in last year, Jarrett now has five marks in the all-time top-12 performances, including the second best heave in NCAA DIII history of 21.71m (71-2¾) that he let fly at the Wartburg Last Chance.
This marks the first time in program history that a male athlete from UW-La Crosse has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. It is also the fourth time in the past five years that a male athlete from the WIAC has been honored as well.
Senior | Sprints
Terrianna Black is ready to show out as a senior.
The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, felt right at home at the Saint Ambrose Invitational this past weekend as she took over the national lead in the 60 with a huge PR of 7.61. That bettered her previous best in the event by 0.11 seconds.
Black went head-to-head against teammate Gabrielle Noland, who finished runner-up. Noland is the fourth fastest athlete in NCAA DIII history, mind you.
This marks the second year in a row that a female athlete from Loras has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. Noland picked up the honor in December 2018.
Sophomore | Sprints
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Davonte Burnett was almost a blur in Lubbock, Texas.
Burnett, a sophomore from Hyde Park, Massachusetts, sped to a PR 6.66 for third place in the 60 at the Red Raider Invitational to equal the fastest time in the division. Then came his specialty, the 200 – where he blazed a 20.73 to win the event and move to No. 3 on the all-time JUCO list. The 20.73 also makes him the nation’s third-fastest collegian at any level this year. He was runner-up in the event in last year’s national championships.
He is the third male athlete from Barton CC to be named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season – and the first since last year (Tavarius Wright).
Freshman | Sprints
West Bank Demerara, Guyana
Joanna Archer found Boston U’s oval to be plenty fast.
At the John Thomas Terrier Invitational on Friday, Archer, a freshman from West Bank Demerara, Guyana, took the national lead in the 800 with an indoor best of 2:11.85, then doubled back about an hour later with a lifetime best of 55.94 in the 400 to grab nation-leading honors in that event as well. The 800 mark makes her No. 9 on the all-time JUCO list.
Two weeks ago Archer clocked 1:14.21 for 500 meters which converts to a 1:33.51 for 600m – also the fastest in the nation.
She is the third female athlete from Monroe-New Rochelle to be named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season – and the first since 2017 (Zakiya Denoon).