Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week
NCAA athletes climb world rankings list
The collegiate indoor track and field season finished its third weekend of action. Check out our ten honorees who have been named the Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week.
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Sturgis records world's best time in 60-meter dash
Cambrea Sturgis - North Carolina A&T - Sophomore - 60-Meter Dash
Cambrea Sturgis stole the show at the Jim Green Invitational in Lexington, Ky. She ran the 60-meter dash in three different heats and set the meet record in as many times. In the opening round she ran at time of 7.32 before her semifinal time of 7.24. Her finals mark was 7.15 which is currently the fastest 60-meter time in the world for the year. The previous meet record was held by Kentucky's Abby Steiner who ran 7.36 in 2019.
Kirkland rolls to personal best time at Clemson meet
Jayla Kirkland - Florida State - Junior - 60-Meter Dash
The Clemson Orange & Purple Elite meet saw Jayla Kirkland post the second fastest time in the NCAA at 7.17 in the 60-meter dash. This was Kirkland's personal best performance and her first 60-meters indoor win since Jan. 26, 2019 at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge.
Holmes sets meet record and is tops in NCAA in 400-meters
Alexis Holmes - Penn State - Sophomore - 400-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash
Sophomore transfer Alexis Holmes competed in the 400-meter dash for the first time in a Kentucky uniform and did not fall short of the expectations that have been placed upon her. The 2019 Big Ten 400-meter indoor and outdoor champion recorded a time of 52.71 in the Jim Green Invitational which landed her with the top time in the NCAA at the conclusion of the weekend as well as the meet record. Holmes also recorded a fourth place time in the 200-meter dash at 23.87.
Darmofal improves 800-meter run time at Wolverine Invitational
Meg Darmofal - Michigan - Senior - 800-Meter Run
Senior Meg Darmofal ran a personal record time of 2:08.24 at the Wolverine Invitational. The Michigan runner has the fourth fastest time in the world this year after her second place finish. The winner was Barbados native Sonia Gaskin of the York Track Club who has the fastest time in the world at 2:06.35. Last season Darmofal placed fourth at the meet with a time of 2:10.50.
NCAA's top 60-meter hurdles time belongs to NCAT's Salmon
Paula Salmon - North Caroina A&T - Sophomore - 60-Meter Hurdles, High Jump
North Carolina A&T sophomore hurdler and high jumper Paula Salmon set the track on fire at the Jim Green Invitational. Salmon recorded the meet record during the opening round at 8.11. During the finals Salmon placed second with an NCAA best time of 8.09. Puma's Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas won the final round at 8.07. Salmon's 8.09 mark is currently third in the world. Salmon also posted a sixth place finish high jump competiton with a leap of 1.70.
LSU's Mashall runs meet's top time in prelim round
Tonea Marshall - LSU - Senior - 60-Meter Hurdles
At the LSU Purple Tiger meet Tonea Marshall ran a time of 8.10 during the preliminary round. Marshall closed the weekend with the fourth fastest time in the world. She wasn't able to top her performance at the LSU Purple Tiger meet due to a false start in the finals round. Last season she placed third at the NCAA outdoor championship meet in the 100-meter hurdles.
Defending SEC high jump champ O'Donoghue off to hot start
Abigail O'Donoghue - LSU - Junior - High Jump
Abigail O'Donoghue soared to the top of the NCAA high jump list during her performance at the LSU Purple Tiger meet. Her winning jump of 1.84 was the junior's career best. O'Donoghue was the winner of last season's high jump event at SEC indoor championship.
Georgia freshman, Tyler dominates in first meet
Shelby Tyler - Georgia - Freshman - High Jump
Freshman Shelby Tyler kicked off her collegiate career recording the NCAA's third best mark of the season. She won the Clemson Orange & Purple Elite meet at 1.82 which is currently tied for the 21st best mark in the world.
Dec. 15, 2019 National Athletes of the Week
Rene Medley - Lincoln
Jenny Kimbro - Iowa
Megan Grabowski - Indiana
Skyler Blair - Utah
Victoria Abunaw - Cincinnati
Janique Burgher - Kansas State
Leah Moran - Indiana
Essence Thomas - Oklahoma
Marisa Gwinner - Tiffin
Katarina Vlahovic - Iowa State
Dec. 8, 2019 National Athletes of the Week
Julien Alfred - Texas
Celera Barnes - Kentucky
Jahniya Bowers - Youngstown State
Nayoka Clunis - Minnesota
Ellen Ekholm - Kentucky
Tyra Gittens - Texas A&M
DeeNia McMiller - Memphis
Savannah Nevels - Bowling Green
Kayla Thompson - Northern Kentucky
Jehvania Whyte - Northern Illinois