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This Week in WAC Indoor Track & Field - Feb. 6

This Week in WAC Indoor Track & Field - Feb. 6

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WAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

MEN
UT Rio Grande Valley's Yariel Matute and Grand Canyon's Trey Johnson have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
 
Matute, a senior from Mission, Texas, ran program record-setting times in the 200 and 400 meter dash. He ran the 200 in 21.56 to finish sixth out of 83 competitors and set a new program record. In the 400 he clocked a 48.08 for eighth out of 86 and the second-fastest time in school history. He also helped the 4x400 relay to fourth place and a new program record (3:15.11).
 
Johnson, a freshman from Tolleson, Ariz., won the Long Jump at the Mountain T's Invite with a leap of 7.76 meters. He broke the school record in just his second collegiate meet and ranks tied for 17th in the nation. Johnson is currently best in the WAC.
 
Other track nominees: Grand Canyon's William Winfield placed third in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.99.
 
Other field nominees: Albert MacArthur continued his dominance in the jumps winning the Long Jump and Triple Jump and breaking the previous program records.
 
WOMEN
UT Rio Grande Valley's Ashley Hughes and NM State's Taniya Mitchell have been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
 
Hughes, a junior from Chicago, clocked in at 56.14 in the 400 meter to set a new program record. She finished eighth out of 72. She also took ninth out of 90 in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.81. Her 200 time is the third-fastest in school history. Hughes also ran on the 4x400 who finished sixth and sits second-fastest in program history.
 
Mitchell, a senior from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., set a new program record in the Weight Throw while placing first. She recorded a throw of 18.77 meters to top the NM State record books. She sits best in the conference in the Weight Throw.
 
Other track nominees: NM State's Asjah Wallace recorded a time of 59.71 in the 400 and 8.74 on the 60m hurdles.
 
Other field nominees: Grand Canyon's Madelyn Lundberg notched a personal-best in the pole vault going 4.02 meters and became only the third Lope in school history to jump 4.00 meters or higher.