Hill, Witt, Thibault, Andre Claim Top Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island’s Nigel Hill and Massachusetts’ Lindsay Witt were named Men’s and Women’s Track Performer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, while William Thibault of Rhode Island was announced as the Men’s Field Performers of the Week. Saint Joseph’s Claudine Andre claimed Women’s Field Performer of the Week. Saint Louis’ Alex Oleson and George Mason’s Kiana Stallworth claimed Men’s and Women’s Rookie of the Week, respectively. The awards were based
Hill won the Colonial Relays 200-meter dash in a wind-aided time of 20.88 seconds. The Honey Brook, Pa., native also placed in the 100-meter dash finishing with a time of 10.63 seconds. The 200-meter dash time is the top time in the Atlantic 10 by over half a second and places 18th in the NCAA East Region. It’s the second-fastest time in school history and the fastest time in the Atlantic 10 since 2013.
Witt, a Holden, Mass., product, won two events to help UMass to a first-place finish in the Minuteman Invitational in the team’s outdoor opener last Saturday. The Minutewomen finished ahead of Rhode Island, Vermont, Northeastern and Bryant in the five-team meet. Witt placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.01 seconds, which was good for third all-time in program history. She also won the 200-meter dash in 25.30 seconds.
Thilbault, a senior from Stamford, Conn., finished second in the Colonial Relays pole vault clearing 16 feet for the first time in his career by jumping 4.90m (16’ 0.75”). The mark is currently second in the conference and tied for 10th all-time in school history.
Andre won the high jump with a mark of 1.70m (5’ 7”), edging out UMass-Lowell’s Danielle Poublon (1.65m) and Kerstin Darsney (1.65m) to claim the title in a field of 13. The senior from Upper Darby, Pa., also won the long jump with a collegiate-best mark of 5.91m (19’ 4.75”), edging out Shippensburg’s Dani Sciremammano (5.63m). Both performances met ECAC qualification and her high jump mark leads the Atlantic 10 while her long jump mark ranks second.
Oleson, a freshman from Lenexa, Kan., placed second in the high jump at the Billiken Invitational 1.98m (6’ 6”), helping the SLU men’s team to the team title in the event. His mark was a season best.
Stallworth won the long jump with a leap of 5.98m (19’ 7.50”) at the USC Gamecock Invitational on Saturday. The New Rochelle, N.Y., native, also started the 4x100-meter relay team that took fourth with a time of 46.55. Stallworth currently ranks first in the Atlantic 10 in the long jump.