Kansas City, Mo. -- Pittsburg State's John Talbert was named the MIAA Men's Field Athlete of the Week while Emporia State's Gannon Mack was named the MIAA Track Athlete of the Week.
MIAA Field Athlete of the Week
John Talbert, Throws, Pittsburg State
Talbert posted the top mark in NCAA Division II in the discus Saturday (Apr. 13), capturing the meet title in the discipline at the 5th Annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic. The Newton, Kan., native posted a winning mark of 186 feet, 8 inches. He also placed second overall, tops among collegians, in the hammer throw (183-11), surpassing the provisional qualifying standard in that event. The 6-2 senior thrower was homeschooled prior to coming to Pittsburg State and is a native of Newton, Kan.
Others nominated: Max Alonso, Fort Hays State; Landon Cole, Southwest Baptist; Mitchell Heady, Lindenwood; Michael Juergens, Missouri Southern; Briar Ploude, Emporia State.
MIAA Track Athlete of the Week
Gannon Mack, Hurdles, Emporia State
Mack won the 400m hurdles at the KT Woodman Classic with a provisional qualifier of 52.62 that ranks fourth all-time at Emporia State. He is now ranked 12th in the nation in the event and also finished fifth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.19. He is one of only two MIAA athletes that have provisionally qualified in both the 110m and 400m hurdles and is in the top 12 nationally in both events. The senior hurdler is a native of Houston, Texas.
Others nominated: Jermaine Blake, Lincoln; Joseph Holland, Central Missouri; Mike Reynoso, Lindenwood; Matt Schaefer, Truman.