NCAA & NJCAA ITF National Athletes of the Week (Jan. 18) – U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

NEW ORLEANS – How great was this past weekend!?

Here are those athletes who stood out the most and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Find out more about each of these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate track & field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN – Matthew Boling, Georgia

Sophomore | Sprints/Jumps
Houston, Texas

You know what’s better than one? Two.

What’s even better than that? Doing something that had never been done in world history.

Matthew Boling made headlines this past weekend with his efforts at the Clemson Invitational.

First, Boling soared 8.25m (27-0¾) in the long jump on Friday to record the best January leap by a collegian since current collegiate record holder Miguel Pate back in 2002. That also moved Boling up to No. 15 on the all-time collegiate chart, less than one inch from the all-time top-10.

Then, Boling doubled back with a scintillating 20.49 national-leader in the 200. That matched the time that he ran to qualify second out of the prelims at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships last year and eventually won the national title by 0.01 seconds over Terrance Laird of LSU.

All told, no man in world history has that combination, let alone in the same weekend.

This is the first time since 2017 that male athlete from Georgia has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season (Kendal Williams on February 21, 2017).

NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Grace Stark, Florida

Junior | Hurdles/Sprints
White Lake, Michigan

Grace Stark.

Remember the name.

Stark went 7.86 in the 60 hurdles at the Clemson Invitational this past weekend to move into a tie for third on the all-time collegiate chart with former LSU standout Tonea Marshall. Only collegiate record holder Brianna Rollins (7.78) and Virginia Powell (7.84) sit above them in collegiate lore.

This isn’t Stark’s first brush with history, though.

Stark set a world U20 all-time best in the event last year at the SEC Indoor Championships with her mark of 7.91. She finished second at the meet behind Marshall, who ran 7.89.

This is the first time in program history that a female athlete from Florida has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.

NCAA DIVISION II MEN – Wes Ferguson, Nebraska-Kearney

Redshirt Sophomore | Middle Distance
Fremont, Nebraska

Wes Ferguson is making a name for himself.

The freshman from Fremont, Nebraska won the 1000m at …….

Source: http://www.ustfccca.org/2022/01/featured/ncaa-njcaa-indoor-track-field-national-athletes-of-the-week-january-18

NEW ORLEANS – How great was this past weekend!?

Here are those athletes who stood out the most and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Find out more about each of these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate track & field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are…….

NEW ORLEANS – How great was this past weekend!?

Here are those athletes who stood out the most and were named National Athletes of the Week on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Find out more about each of these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate track & field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are…….

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