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This Week in WAC Indoor Track & Field - Jan. 30

This Week in WAC Indoor Track & Field - Jan. 30

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WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN
UT Rio Grande Valley's Omer Almog and Grand Canyon's Trey Johnson have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 22-28.

 
Almog, a senior from Jerusalem, Israel, earned first out of 36 competitors in the Mile Run at the Houston Invitational. Almog crossed at 4:10.65 for his second victory of the season. It was the second fastest time in program history and leads the conference this season.
 
Johnson, a freshman from Tolleson, Ariz., won the Long Jump at the New Mexico Team Challenge with a leap of 7.37 meters. In his first collegiate outing, Johnson posted the second best jump this season in the WAC.
 
Other track nominees: Grand Canyon's William Winfield notched a conference-leading time in the 60 hurdles at 8.08… Josh Sanders of Kansas City recorded the second-best 1,000 meter time in school history… Utah Valley's Brandon Edmondson won the 800 in a time of 1:57.03.
 
Other field nominees: Jamarice Preston of Kansas City posted the fifth-best mark in the WAC in High Jump going 2.04 meters… UT Rio Grande Valley's Christian Hall-Gardner placed seventh in the Shot Put tossing it 14.76 meters and eighth in the Weight Throw at 14.08 meters.
 
WOMEN
NM State's Brooke Wallace and UT Rio Grande Valley's Samariae Bonds have been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 22-28.
 
Wallace, a junior from Baltimore, Md., posted two first-place finishes at the New Mexico Collegiate Team Invitational. She won the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.56 and ranks tied for sixth in program records. She also helped record the second fastest 4x400 time in school history at 3:43.66. Both of her times lead the WAC so far this season.
 
Bonds, a freshman from Pflugervile, Texas, tossed a program-record throw in the Shot Put at 15.31 meters. She finished second at the Houston Invitational. Bonds also competed in the Weight Throw recording a mark of 13.74m and finishing in 15th. She is best in the conference in the Shot Put this season.
 
Other track nominees: Grand Canyon's Knowledge Omovoh finished second in the 400 meter posting another WAC-leading time of 55.85… Sommer Herner of Kansas City notched the fifth-best time in school history in the 1,000 meter at 3:00.74… UT Rio Grande Valley's Ashley Hughes completed the 400 in a time of 56.82, second-fastest in program history… Maria Blad of Utah Valley ran a 8.15 in the 55 meter hurdles for a first-place finish.
 
Other field nominees: Grand Canyon's Alyson Schwartz recorded the second-best pole vault mark in the WAC at 3.90 meters… Matia Finley of Kansas City placed fifth in the Shot Put throwing 12.47 meters… NM State's Yemisi Oroyinyin posted a personal record and placed first in the weight throw with a mark of 17.68 meters.