Indoor Track & Field Awards Announced
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Dayton's Aly Weeman and Fordham's Titi Fagade have been named Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Indoor Track Co-Performers of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. On the men's side, George Mason's Jimi Tele and VCU's Kyle Martin earned Men's Co-Performer honors. Women's Rookie Performer nods went to George Mason's Taylor Sharpe and Saint Joseph's Claudine Andre, while Mason teammate Xavier King, Jr. and Rhode Island's Nigel Hill share the accolades.
Weeman recorded the third-best mark in Dayton program history in the weight throw with a distance of 19.11m at the Akron Invitational last weekend, finishing sixth-place overall in the event. The senior from Wooster, Ohio, recorded a personal best and leads the conference by two meters, besting her 2014 A-10 Championship performance by .11m. Weeman also ranks 44th nationally in the event.
Fagade helped Fordham to a third place finish at the Metropolitan Indoor Championship last week, winning the 500m and running a leg of the first place 4x800 relay. The Rutland, Mass., native ran a season best 1:13.26 in the 500m, ranking first in the A-10 and 14th nationally. The relay squad also ran a season and A-10 leading time of 9:09.49, which also ranks 19th in the nation.
Tele earned a fourth place finish in the triple jump at the Meyo Invitational last week with an indoor personal record of 15.19m, good for first in the conference and 55th nationally. The distance also lands the London, England product at number 10 on the George Mason all-time list.
Martin recorded the first sub-8.00 in the 60m hurdles (7.99), setting the new VCU school record last week at the Akron Invitational, finishing third overall. The Bowie, Md., product ranks first in the A-10 and 52nd nationally.
Sharpe picks up her third Rooke Performer nod after finishing sixth out of 74 at the competitive Meyo Invitational last week, running an indoor personal best in the 400m (54.55) The performance lands the Pickering, Ontario native at number eight on the George Mason all-time list. Sharpe also ran in the 4x400 relay that finished seventh overall with a time of 3:42.58. Both times are second, and first in the A-10, respectively.
Andre posted the top freshman long jump performance in a field of 28 at the Yale Gigengack Invitational, finishing third overall with a mark of 5.58m. The rookie from Upper Darby, Pa., is the top rookie performer in the A-10, and fourth in the league overall.
King, Jr., earns a second straight Rookie performer accolade after recording an indoor personal record of 47.83 in the 400m, landing at number 10 on the all-time list at Mason. From Virginia Beach, Va., King also ran the first leg in the 4x400 that earned fourth place at the Meyo Invitational. Both times are good for first in the A-10.
Hill took first place in the 200m with an adjusted time of 21.42 on a flat track, good for first in the A-10. The rookie from Honey Brook, Pa., also qualified for the finals in the 60m dash, and ran the first leg of the winning 4x400 relay squad at URI's Coaches vs. Domestic Violence Invite.