NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island’s Trent Baltzell has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Week for meets held Mar. 31 – April 6, the league announced Monday. La Salle’s Meghan McGlinchey and VCU’s Jaleesa Williams were named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Co-Performers of the Week. Also honored were Rhode Island’s Nick Danner, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Saint Joseph’s’ Courtney Foster, who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week.
Baltzell, a senior from Sutton, Mass., finished first at the UConn Decathlon with a score of 7,002, marking his fourth 7,000 point performance of his career. The mark was the highest Decathlon score in the country this week and currently ranks him 16th nationally and first in the Atlantic 10.
McGlinchey, a senior from West Deptford, N.J., shaved more than thirty seconds off her previous best time as she recorded a time of 33:15.95 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. McGlinchey’s time tops the A-10 by more than a minute and currently ranks fifth nationally.
Williams, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., became the first VCU performer to win an event at the prestigious Florida Relays. Her Discus Throw of 169’6” is a top-20 mark nationally and secured Williams her second consecutive berth to the NCAA East Regionals.
Danner, a freshman from Waterville, Maine, placed first in the Javelin the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational with a distance of 218’11” (66.73m) this past weekend in just his second collegiate event. Danner’s mark currently ranks him 21st in the East Region, 31st nationally and fourth in Rhode Island school history.
Foster, a freshman from Marlton, N.J., ran the lead-off leg for the 1,600m Sprint Medley Relay team that crossed the finish line in 4:04.54 en route to a bronze medal. The performance broke SJU’s 16-year record in the event. Additionally, Foster was also a part of the 4x4 team that posted the second fastest performance in school history with a time of 3:48.34. She also competed in both the 200 meters (25.13) and the 400 meters (57.34).