Divisions didn’t matter this past weekend in collegiate track & field.
The best in NCAA Division I mixed it up with NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and even the NJCAA at meets across the nation, namely the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Stanford Invitational. Athletes turned in some gutsy and downright historic marks.
Here are those athletes who stood out from the rest and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday, as presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
- NCAA Division I Men — Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana
- NCAA Division I Women — Courtney Smith, Harvard
- NCAA Division II Men — Jeron Robinson, Texas A&M-Kingsville
- NCAA Division II Women — Tia-Adana Belle, Saint Augustine’s
- NCAA Division III Men — Ian LaMere, UW-Platteville
- NCAA Division III Women — Shailah Williams, Rowan
- NJCAA Division I Men — Okeen Williams, South Plains
- NJCAA Division I Women — Angelica Collins, Coffeyville CC
- NJCAA Division III Men — Michael Scott, Montgomery College
- NJCAA Division III Women — Iyanah Hawley, Union CC
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 outdoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and both NJCAA divisions).
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.
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.