NCAA & NJCAA ITF National Athletes of the Week (Jan. 11)
NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to the New Year!
Here are those athletes who stood out the most and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
- NCAA DIVISION I MEN – Anthony Greenhow Jr., South Carolina
- NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Taylor Woods, UConn
- NCAA DIVISION II MEN – Yvan Lopes Ribeiro, American International
- NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN – Raven-Symone Jarrett, American International
- NCAA DIVISION III MEN – Ben Drummey, Southern Maine
- NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN – Alexis Boykin, MIT
- NJCAA MEN – Mohlouwa Koos Molutsi, Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)
- NJCAA WOMEN – Aaliyah Moore, Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)
Find out more about each of these athletes 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 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.
Freshman | Sprints
Anthony Greenhow Jr. quickly showed his championship pedigree.
Running at the Clemson Purple & Orange Elite, Greenhow clocked the nation’s fourth-fastest mark of the young season over 200 meters at 21.18. He also notched two runner-up finishes: the first in the 60 at 6.82; the second as part of the Gamecocks’ 4×400 relay team at 3:15.69.
Greenhow made a name for himself as a high school senior, winning the 200 at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships and capturing the same event title at the AAU Indoor National Championships. He is also the Virginia state record holder in the 60 and 200.
This is the first time in program history that a male or female athlete from South Carolina has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Senior | Jumps
Taylor Woods has something to prove in 2022.
Woods, who fouled out of the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round last outdoor season, came out firing on all cylinders in her season opener this past weekend at the Beantown Challenge. She won the long jump with a leap of 6.26m (20-6½). That moved Woods up to No. 2 on the Descending Order List and was just 7cm shy of an indoor PR set in February of last year.
This is the first time in program history that a male or female athlete from UConn has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Freshman | Sprints/Jumps
Yvan Lopes Ribeiro came back to campus ready to compete.
Ribeiro turned in not only one, but two NCAA provisional standards this past weekend at the West Point Open. He registered the second-fastest time in NCAA Division II this season in the 60H as he clocked 8.01 seconds in the preliminaries. Ribeiro also won the long jump in 7.16m (23-6), which moves him to No. 17 on the Descending Order List. Both efforts were
This is the first time in program history that a male athlete from American International has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Sophomore | Hurdles/Jumps
Raven-Symone Jarrett is finding her rhythm.
Jarrett placed second in the high jump at the West Point Open with an effort of 1.65m (5-5). That moves her into a tie for No. 19 in NCAA Division II this season. It’s been a season of improvement so far for Jarrett, as her effort this past weekend was a PR of more than 1 inch from her indoor opener of 1.61m (5-3.25). She entered the indoor campaign with a collegiate best of 1.58m (5-2.25).
This is the first time in program history that a female athlete from American International has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Sophomore | Pole Vault
Ben Drummey continued to establish himself as a title contender.
Drummey, who finished third in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships last May, cleared 4.95m (16-2¾) to move up to No. 2 on the Descending Order List. He has been nothing short of consistent with his jumps, clearing 4.95m (16-2¾) or better in all of the indoor meets in which he recorded a height since his first collegiate season in 2021.
No one can say Drummey didn’t go for it this past weekend. Drummey cleared 4.70m (15-5) and 4.95m (16-2¾) on his first attempts and then took three shots at 5.20m (17-0¾). A clearance at that height would have moved Drummey into the all-time top-20 in NCAA Division III history.
This marks the first time in program history that a male athlete from Southern Maine has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. Mykala Hoggard took home the first overall honor for the Huskies on December 17, 2020.
Freshman | Throws
Improvement is the name of the game as a freshman.
Alexis Boykin is on the right path after two meets this season.
Boykin, who sat No. 19 on the Descending Order List in the shot put after her first meet, soared all the way to No. 4 with her heave of 12.99m (42-7½). That was a PR of nearly two feet for the freshman who is double majoring in chemistry and biology with a minor in linguistics.
This marks the first time since 2016 that a female athlete from MIT has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season. Maryann Gong earned the honor six years ago on February 2, 2016.
Freshman | Distance
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Mohlouwa Koos Molutsi made his indoor collegiate debut for Monroe College a record-setting one.
Molutsi won the 3000 meters at the Wagner Invitational in 8:29.07, shaving 3.3 seconds off the Mustangs’ school record and clocking the fastest NJCAA time of the season. Molutsi was sixth last year’s NJCAA Outdoor Championships 1500 and 51st in November’s NJCAA Cross Country Championships.
This is the second time a male athlete from Monroe has been named National Athlete of the Week in indoor track & field, and the first since 2016.
Freshman | Mid-Distance
If Aaliyah Moore’s name looks familiar, there’s at least one good reason – this is the second sport in which she’s been named National Athlete of the Week after earning the same honor in cross country on Oct. 25.
Moore took home her current honor after running the fastest NJCAA mile time of the year at the Wagner Invitational in 5:09.01. In the fall, she was third at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships and last year finished fifth in the NJCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800.
Moore is the fourth female athlete from Monroe to be named National Athlete of the Week in indoor track & field, and the first since 2020.