DENVER – NM State's Brooke Wallace and UT Rio Grande Valley's Samariae Bonds have been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 22-28.
Wallace, a junior from Baltimore, Md., posted two first-place finishes at the New Mexico Collegiate Team Invitational. She won the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.56 and ranks tied for sixth in program records. She also helped record the second fastest 4x400 time in school history at 3:43.66. Both of her times lead the WAC so far this season.
Bonds, a freshman from Pflugervile, Texas, tossed a program-record throw in the Shot Put at 15.31 meters. She finished second at the Houston Invitational. Bonds also competed in the Weight Throw recording a mark of 13.74m and finishing in 15th. She is best in the conference in the Shot Put this season.
Other track nominees: Grand Canyon's Knowledge Omovoh finished second in the 400 meter posting another WAC-leading time of 55.85… Sommer Herner of Kansas City notched the fifth-best time in school history in the 1,000 meter at 3:00.74… UT Rio Grande Valley's Ashley Hughes completed the 400 in a time of 56.82, second-fastest in program history… Maria Blad of Utah Valley ran a 8.15 in the 55 meter hurdles for a first-place finish.
Other field nominees: Grand Canyon's Alyson Schwartz recorded the second-best pole vault mark in the WAC at 3.90 meters… Matia Finley of Kansas City placed fifth in the Shot Put throwing 12.47 meters… NM State's Yemisi Oroyinyin posted a personal record and placed first in the weight throw with a mark of 17.68 meters.