ESU Pair Earns MIAA Weekly Honors

By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

Men:

Kansas City, Mo. -- Emporia State's Briar Ploude was named the MIAA Men's Field Athlete of the Week while Nebraska-Kearney's Tanner Fruit was named the MIAA Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

MIAA Field Athlete of the Week
Briar Ploude, Jumps, Emporia State
Ploude broke his own Emporia State outdoor record in the high jump with an automatic qualifier of 7-02.25 (2.19m) to finish second to Big Ten runner-up Geoff Davis of Purdue on misses at the 104th Drake Relays. He is currently ranked 4th in the nation as he cleared the same bar as the winner, but had one more miss at that height. The senior high jumper is a native of Meridan, Kan. and competed at Jefferson West High School.

Others nominated: Max Alonso, Fort Hays State; Dustin Green, Missouri Southern; Mark Seeba, Nebraska-Kearney; Zak Thompson, Central Missouri; Riley Williams, Truman.

MIAA Track Athlete of the Week
Tanner Fruit, Distance, Nebraska-Kearney

Fruit broke a 38-year old school record in the 5,000 meter run when he ran a 14:14.58 Thursday at the Drake Relays. His time in the race placed him third in a field of 26 and he was one of six non-D1 runners in the field. His time was provisional qualifier and broke previous UNK record of 14:26.1. The senior distance runner is a native of Ogallaia, Neb. where he competed at Ogallaia High School.

Others nominated: Jeff Fraley, Missouri Southern; Dalton Moberly, Central Missouri; B.J. Smith, Truman.

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Women:

Kansas City, Mo. -- Fort Hays State's Makayla McPhail has been named the MIAA Women's Field Athlete of the Week while Emporia State's Nikki Wetstein has been named the MIAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

MIAA Women's Field Athlete of the Week
Makayla McPhail, Throws, Fort Hays State
McPhail improved upon her automatic national qualifying mark in the javelin at the Ollie Isom Invitational in El Dorado, Kan. She won the event with a throw of 1547". She threw 10 feet longer than the closest competitor and topped a field of 10 athletes. She currently ranks third on the national performance list and has the top mark of any MIAA athlete in this event.The junior javelin thrower is a native of Liberal, Kan. where she competed at Liberal High School.

Others nominated: Kylie Cornman, Missouri Southern; Carmen King, Emporia State; Dimonique McGruder, Truman; Mary Riley, Central Missouri.

MIAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Nikki Wetstein, Hurdles, Emporia State
Wetstein ran a season best 14.15 in the 100m hurdles to finish fourth in a loaded field at the ESU Mid-Week Open. The top five finishers broke the previous meet record. She finished behind 2012 Olympian Jessica Zelinka, who finished 7th in the event in London; All-Big 12 performer Erica Twiss of K-State; and Nike's Bettie Wade. She is third in MIAA and 22nd in the nation in the event. The junior hurdler is a native of Imperial, Mo.

Others nominated: Nikki Douglas, Central Missouri; Sam Szczublewski, Fort Hays State.


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