WAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week Announced
DENVER – Idaho’s Hannah Kiser and Utah State’s Chari Hawkins were named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of April 15-21.
Kiser, a junior from Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee H.S.), broke the WAC all-time record and Idaho school record in the 5,000m, Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her time of 15:44.06 smashed the Idaho school record set in 1982 by nearly 26-seconds and broke the WAC record by 17-seconds. Kiser has now set three records this year. She broke the WAC all-time and Idaho school record in the indoor mile (4:37.55) and the 3,000m (9:04.74). He WAC leading 5,000m time ranks fourth in the NCAA West and seventh in the NCAA so far this season.
Hawkins, a sophomore from Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS), shattered the school record in the women’s heptathlon with a point total of 5,441 at the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Combined events ins Azusa, Calif., this past weekend. Hawkins also moved up into fourth-place in the long jump in school history with a leap of 5.95m (19-6.25). Hawkins ranks first in the WAC for the heptathlon and high jump, while also ranking fourth in the long jump. Furthermore, she ranks 11th in the West and 14th overall in the nation for heptathlon, 16th in the West and tied for 48th overall in the country for the high jump, as well as 33rd in the West and tied for 86th overall in the nation for the long jump this season.
Other track nominees included: Louisiana Tech junior Kim Francis, Seattle U sophomore Sophie Curatilo, UT Arlington freshman Katelyn Hayward, UTSA junior Isabel Balbontin and Utah State freshman Tylee Newman.
Other field nominees included: Idaho senior Ellen Rouse, Louisiana Tech senior Marcella LeBlanc, UTSA sophomore Whitney Flannel and Texas State senior Jalisa Hall.