Girard, McKenzie Earn Women’s Indoor Weekly Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Allyson Girard and McNeese junior Grace McKenzie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. This is Girard’s second-straight indoor track honor of the season, and second-straight for McNeese as a team after Alanna Arvie earned the award last Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Migle Muraskaite, Lamar; Sashane Hanson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders have a weekend off from competition before heading to the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock from Feb. 9-10. The Cowgirls next head north to take part in Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., from Feb. 2-3. Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie set a new school record while leaping to the No. 1 ranking in the Southland in the pentathlon with 3,880 points to finish first at the Arkansas State Invitational. Of the five events in the multis, she finished first in three of them and second in the other two, setting new personal records in the 800m (2:22.01), 55m hurdles (8.19), and the long jump (18-4.00). Her point total ranks her 17th in the NCAA.center_img Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Dominique Allen, UIW; Alexandria Hackett, Abilene Christian. Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gilbert, Ariz.Girard continued her indoor distance running dominance at the Houston Invitational, taking first place in the 5,000m with a time of 16:40.37. In three meets this indoor season, Girard has earned three wins and three Islander records in three different events. This week’s time ranks third in the conference so far this season and was 38 seconds faster than any other runner at the event. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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