NCAA DIII National Athletes of the Week (May 25)

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes of the Week for May 25 were announced on Sunday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Here are those individuals who earned national honors from the USTFCCCA for their efforts during the continuing outdoor track & field season.

  • NCAA Division III Men – Steven Hermsen, Caroll (Wis.)
  • NCAA Division III Women – Emily Lavarnway, SUNY Geneseo

Find out more about each of 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 10 collegiate indoor track & field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and 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.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN – Steven Hermsen, Caroll (Wis.)

Junior | Throws
DePere, Wisconsin

Steven Hermsen went BIG to extend his national lead in the discus.

Competing at the Augustana College Midwest Twilight Final Qualifier, Hermsen launched the platter 57.20m (187-8) to become the 13th-best performer in NCAA Division III history. It was also the best mark in the event since Sam Elsner hit 58.40m (191-7) three years ago.

Hermsen, who scored 26 points at the CCIW Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to a discus-shot put double and a third-place finish in the hammer, will be making his NCAA Championships debut later this week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is the first time in program history that an athlete from Carroll (Wis.) has been named National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season.

NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN – Emily Lavarnway, SUNY Geneseo

Senior | Combined Events
Ovid, New York

Emily Lavarnway made expert use of her last opportunity to compete before the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships later this week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Competing at the AARTFC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Lavarnway put up two NCAA DIII-leading marks and another that sits second on the Descending Order List. Lavarnway soared 5.97m (19-7) in the long jump to take over the national lead in that event on three-day span that saw the top-4 seasonal marks hit, anchored the nation’s top 4×400 relay squad to a 3:44.48 finish and became the fifth-best seasonal performer in the open 400 with her 55.88 winner in the final.

Don’t forget that Lavarnway is also ranked No. 2 in the heptathlon this season with her 5087 total from April 18.

Lavarnway is the second athlete from SUNY Geneseo to be named National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor campaign (Emily Pomainville on May 4).