Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week

by Winners Only 5 months ago in culture

Top performers shine in second weekend of NCAA competition

Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week
Clockwise: Essence Thomas, Rene Medley, Jenny Kimbro

The collegiate indoor track and field season finished its second 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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Medley thumps Division I sprinters at Hoosier Open

Rene Medley - Lincoln - Senior - 60-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash

NCAA Division II's number one sprinter Rene Medley traveled to Indiana and throttled seven Division I competitors in the 60-meter dash finals. Medley's time of 7.42 earned her a win over second place Megan Grabowski (7.48) of Indiana. Medley topped Grabowski and the rest of the pack in the 200-meter dash as well with a time of 24.21. Medley is the reigning NCAA Division II outdoor champion in the 100- and 200-meter dash races. Her times from last weekend are the best in the nation on the Division II level.

Kimbro leads the NCAA in 60-meter hurdles at 8.25

Jenny Kimbro - Iowa - Senior - 60-Meter Hurdles, 1,600-Meter Relay, High Jump

The defending Big Ten indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles and 1,600-meter relay, got back to work during her first meet of the season. Jenny Kimbro won both events at the the Jimmy Grant Invite in Iowa City. Her 60-meter hurdles victory was a successful defense of last season's win at the same meet. This year she ran 8.25 seconds in the finals, which landed her in the top spot among NCAA Division I athletes, after the second week of action completed. Along with her two wins, she placed second in the high jump at 1.70 meters.

IU's Grabowski has productive weekend at home meet

Megan Grabowski - Indiana - Senior - 60-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash

The Hoosier Open Classic saw host senior Megan Grabowski set personal best times as she placed second in the 60-meter dash (7.48) and 200-meter dash (24.65) behind Lincoln's Rene Medley. Grabowski improved upon last year's fifth place finish in the 60-meter dash at the Hoosier Open Classic where she ran 7.66 as a junior.

Utah's Blair kicks off second season with first win

Skyler Blair - Utah - Sophomore - 200-Meter Dash, 1,600-Meter Relay

At the Jacksons Open, hosted by Boise State, sophomore Skyler Blair of Utah, ran a career best 200-meter dash time of 25.10. The win was her first individual collegiate victory.

Abunaw victorious in premier performance with Bearcats

Victoria Abunaw - Cincinnati - Sophomore - 60-Meter Hurdles

Cincinnati transfer Victoria Abunaw shined in her debut for her new school with a win in the 60-meter hurdles. The sophomore won at 8.56 which landed her in the nation's top 30 times for the first two weeks of NCAA Division I action.

Freshman Burgher takes K-State Winter Invitational High Jump

Janique Burgher - Kansas State - Freshman - High Jump

Jamaican born Janique Burgher had a dominant win in the high jump at 1.76 meters during her first collegiate meet. Burgher ranked 144th in the world in last week's IAAF rankings. She was fourth in the Jamaican national rankings.

Moran sweeps long jump and triple jump at Hoosier Open

Leah Moran - Indiana - Senior - Long Jump, Triple Jump

Indiana senior Leah Moran began her final season with two wins at the Hoosier Open Classic. The current Big Ten outdoor champ in triple jump topped all competitors with a mark of 13.14 meters. She also won the long jump at 6.09 meters. Moran ended the second weekend of NCAA Division I action with the second best triple jump and sixth best long jump finishes in the country.

Sooners long jumper ranks among nation's best in long jump

Essence Thomas - Oklahoma - Junior - Long Jump

Junior Essence Thomas scored the first long jump victory of her college career at the K-State Winter Invitational. Her 6.09 meter jump finished the second week of action as the sixth best in NCAA Division I.

Gwinner sets new career bar in season opening meet

Marisa Gwinner - Tiffin - Sophomore - High Jump

The Tiffin Alumni Open in Ohio saw NCAA Division II outdoor national champion Marisa Gwinner jump her personal best of 1.76 meters. The sophomore ended the event in a tie with Saginaw Valley freshman Cheyenne Williamson. The two young jumpers finished ahead of two juniors and a senior, all from Tiffin. After the second week of the indoor season Gwinner and Williamson sit atop of the NCAA Division II rankings in high jump competition.

Iowa State's Vlahovic shows promise at Jimmy Grant Invite

Katarina Vlahovic - Iowa State - Sophomore - 60-Meter Hurdles

Second year competitor Katarina Vlahovic ran her personal best of 8.46 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Jimmy Grant Invite. She placed third in the race behind Iowa's Jenny Kimbro (8.25) and Aleenah Marcucci who ran unattached (8.38). Vlahovic's performance is currently tied for 12th best in NCAA Division I competition.

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

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