RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second women’s and men’s track & field athletes of the weeks for the outdoor season. Harding swept the four awards as Kinga Szarzynska and Liz Fouts earned the women’s honors while Fallou Gaye and Dorian Chaigneau claimed the men’s accolades.
GAC WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kinga Szarzynska, Harding, Sr., Kluczbork, Poland
Szarzynska turned in a winning time in the 800-meter run at the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational as she ran a 2:15.12 and bested the field by more than 13 seconds. Her time paces the GAC and ranks as the seventh fastest time in the NCAA Division II outdoor season.
GAC WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Liz Fouts, Harding, Sr., Searcy, Arkansas
Fouts placed first in the discus at the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational with a throw of 49.60 meters that earned her an NCAA Division II Provisional mark. The throw ranks as the fourth best in the country and it broke her own school record. She also placed second in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw.
GAC MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Fallou Gaye, Harding, Jr., Dakar, Senegal
At the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational, Gaye matched the Harding record in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 52.04 seconds. His time represents the fastest time in NCAA Division II thus far this season. He also ran on the winning 1600-meter relay team.
GAC MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Dorian Chaigneau, Harding, Fr., Fontenay-le-Comte, France
Chaigneau, the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field champion in the pole vault, opened his outdoor season with the top clearance in the country, 5.11 meters. He broke a 41-year school record in the event, held previously by Mike Lynch since 1980. The mark ranks as the third-best vault in league history
Chauncey Blake, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), Kobe Gill, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), D’Kari Smith, Jr. (Southern Nazarene)
Rozlyne Manor, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), Alexis Matlock, Fr. (Southern Arkansas)