Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Michon, Grosenheider, Oleson, Taub Named A-10 Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s junior Zach Michon and Saint Louis sophomore Alex Oleson were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week, respectively while Richmond junior Ave Grosenheider and Duquesne senior Shannon Taub were named Women’s Track and Field Performers of the week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Saint Joseph’s Michael Sawed was named Men’s Rookie of the Week while Duquesne’s Amberly Valeriano and Rhode Island’s Nicole Valdez shared Women’s Rookie of the Week honors. The awards are the last for the regular season and are for meets held Feb 11-17.

Michon ran a collegiate-best 1,000-meter time of 2:27.06 to place fourth in a field of 17 at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday evening. The product of Robbinsville, N.J., raced out of the first section as the only attached, collegiate athlete among unattached and club runners. This becomes Michon's third IC4A qualification in open events (1000m, mile, 3000m) this year, and the 1,000-meter time sits second in the Atlantic 10 for the season.

Grosenheider ran the mile at the JDL Invitational for a time of 4:54.39. This was a personal best and an ECAC qualifying run for the Madison, Wis., native. The time also takes the second spot in the A-10 for the indoor season.

Oleson Matched his own school record in the high jump, reaching 6-6.75 at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge at the University of Missouri, a jump that was good for first overall. Oleson’s mark was also the top mark in the high jump this weekend in the A-10.

Taub paced Duquesne with a pair of first-place finishes in the long jump (5.57 meters) and the triple jump (12.10 meters) at the Kent State Tune-Up in the Dukes' final meet of the regular season for two top-five A-10 performances this season.

Szwed pulled in a pair of victories at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational on Friday. In the first 500-meter race of his collegiate career, the Franklinville, N.J., native won the race in 1:05.57, claiming the title in a field of nine for his first collegiate open victory. The time ranks 10th in the A-10 and stands as the top freshman performance. Szwed also anchored the all-freshman 4x400m relay that won the event in a field of nine squads.

Valeriano placed first in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.81 and added a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.43 meters in the Kent State Tune-Up on Saturday in the Dukes' final meet before next weekend's Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship. The Pittsburgh native sits fifth in the A-10 in the 60-meter hurdles this indoor season, including first among freshman.

Nicole Valdez won the weight throw at the Brown Invitational this past Saturday. Her mark of 15.96 meters (52'4.5") was a personal best and also sits fifth in the A-10.

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