McNeese’s McKenzie, Abilene Christian’s Melgar Earn Weekly Track & Field Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Caitlan Lennon, Stephen F. Austin; Tay Nance, Houston Baptist The junior also holds the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, thanks to her 1:00.92 time and race win at the same meet. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie took first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds – a mark that is second-best in the Southland this year, behind her own top mark of 13.63. McKenzie raced to victories in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La., this past weekend. The pair of wins come after last week’s announcement that the Cork, Ireland, native was chosen as the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. Abilene Christian’s Melgar, a Tempe, Ariz., native, thrilled hometown fans over the weekend by winning in the shot put competition with a toss of 16.54 meters (54-feet-0.35 inches), edging teammate Annina Brandenburg (15.44 m/50-08.00). It was the first time the Wildcat competed for Abilene Christian in Tempe. In addition to her win, Melgar finished fifth in the discus premiere with a throw of 172-1 and ninth in the hammer premiere with a 172-5 toss. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Tempe, ArizonaMelgar, a senior, claimed the shot put competition at the Sun Angel Classic. Her winning throw is the 13th-best in the NCAA in 2019 and is tops in the Southland this season. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin The honors are the first weekly awards for either school’s women’s athletes in the outdoor track & field season. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie and Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img