Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week
Acquah, Ekholm leap to top of NCAA list
The collegiate indoor track and field season finished its fourth weekend of action. Check out our honorees who have been named the Track Stars App National Athletes of the Week.
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Acquah takes over NCAA lead in long jump
Deborah Acquah - Texas A&M - Junior - Long Jump, 60-Meter Dash
Texas A&M's Deborah Acquah thumped 18 other competitors in the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas. She was the only athlete to top the six-meter mark, as her jump of 6.57 claimed the NCAA's number one spot of the season. The day before, she won the 60-meter dash at 7.59. Last season Acquah placed second in the long jump at the NCAA indoor national meet.
Vols' Wilson takes 400 at Virginia Tech Invitational
Britton Wilson - Tennessee - Freshman - 400-Meter Dash
Britton Wilson competed in her second collegiate meet and remained unbeaten in the 400-meter dash. Wilson won at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a time of 54.14. She competed against 15 other competitors with her teammates Brooklyn Broadwater and Vanessa Watson finishing second and third respectively. Wilson's time is currently the ninth fastest in the NCAA.
Freshman Simmons among the nation's best in NCAA Division II
Ja'Cey Simmons - Minnesota State - Freshman - 60-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash
Minnesota State freshman Ja'Cey Simmons raced off to the third best time in all of NCAA Division II this season. Her time of 7.50 at the Minnesota State Invitational earned the sprinter her first collegiate win in the 60-meter dash. Simmons also won her second 200-meter dash competition of the season at 25.03.
Kentucky's Ekholm now tops in NCAA high jump
Ellen Ekholm - Kentucky - Senior - High Jump
For the first time of her storied career, Ellen Ekholm jumped 1.85 meters in the high jump. Her win at the Ted Nelson Invitational placed her ahead of Texas A&M star Tyra Gittens, who finished second. Ekholm now has the top mark in the NCAA. Ekholm continues to build on her resume as she placed sixth in the NCAA outdoor high jump championship in 2019.
Sutton records second best triple jump in NCAA
Alonie Sutton - Tennessee - Sophomore - Triple Jump
Sophomore Alonie Sutton won the triple jump event at the Virginia Tech Invitaional. Her personal best jump of 13.34 is now second in the NCAA and is in the top five in the world. Last season Sutton placed seventh in triple jump at the NCAA indoor finals.
Manson wins first 200 race at South Carolina
Taylor Manson - Florida - Junior - 200-Meter Dash, 400-Meter Dash
Taylor Manson ripped off the best time of her career in the 200-meter dash at the Gamecock Opener. Manson sprinted to a 23.59 finish which is now the fourth best time in the NCAA. The win was her first collegiate victory in the 200-meter dash. Manson also had a second place finish in the 400-meter dash as well as winning the 1,600-meter relay with teammates Nikki Stephens, Brandee Johnson and Doneisha Anderson.
Ohio State's Bussey records first collegiate victory
Nya Bussey - Ohio State - Freshman - 200-Meter Dash, 60-Meter Dash
A week after her first collegiate meet, where she faced some of the best sprinters in the nation, Nya Bussey rolled into the Simmons-Harvey Invitational and left a winner. Bussey won the 200-meter dash at 24.66 beating out the times of senior Jade Harrison (24.83) and freshman Ameia Wilson (25.08) of host and rival Michigan. Bussey also placed fourth in the 60-meter dash final at 7.61.
YSU's Bowers follows up with more wins in second meet
Jahniya Bowers - Youngstown State - Freshman - 60-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash
Jahniya Bowers is the first athlete to be honored on this list two times. The freshman won the 60-meter dash in her first collegiate meet last month. In her second meet (YSU College Invitational) Bowers won both the 60-meters (7.44) and 200-meters (24.86). At the moment she along with teammate Jaliyah Elliott are the only Horizon League sprinters who have finished the 60-meter dash under 7.5 seconds. Bowers is the only freshman to accomlish the feat.
Jan. 12, 2020 National Athletes of the Week
Cambrea Sturgis - North Carolina A&T
Jayla Kirkland - Florida State
Alexis Holmes - Kentucky
Meg Darmofal - Michigan
Paula Salmon - North Carolina A&T
Tonea Marshall - LSU
Abigail O'Donoghue - LSU
Shelby Tyler - Georgia - Freshman - High Jump
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