AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 26-27, 2018
MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Seger Howell, Jr., Concordia Texas
Concordia University Texas junior Seger Howell (Live Oak, Texas) earned his second Golfer of the Week in a row and eight of this career after winning the ASC Tournament Preview, his second consecutive individual title, with a two-round score of 135 (-9). His scored tied the Tornado school record, claiming his sixth career title. Howell knocked in 14 birdies and one eagle to win the Preview by seven strokes. His performance helped the No. 7 Tornados claim their fifth consecutive tournament.
WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Katelyn Hicken, So., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler sophomore Katelyn Hicken (Frisco, Texas) won Golfer of the Week for the second time this season after winning the ASC Preview at Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin. She fired a 74-73=147 (+3) and led the Patriots to the team title by 34 strokes.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
UT Tyler junior Nicklaus Cuny (Cranberry Township, Pa.) shot a 70-72=142 (-2), placing second at the ASC Tournament Preview in Austin, Texas. It was his first top-five finish as a Patriot.
The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Marissa Langer (Katy, Texas) recorded one of the top 36-hole performances in UTD history as she placed second at the ASC Tournament Preview. She finished the two-day event with a total of 156, matching the fifth lowest 36-hole outing in Comet history. She opened the game with a seven-over 79 on Monday and then recorded a personal best 77 (five-over) in Tuesday’s final round to finish second overall.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Matches: March 20-25, 2018
WEST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Maddie Hammond, Fr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University freshman Maddie Hammond (Midland, Texas) won both of her doubles matches, including the only win against No. 18 Trinity, teaming with Kelsey Doege for a 9-7 win. Hammond went 1-0 at third singles, picking up a 7-5, 6-4 win against Schreiner and had a loss at fourth singles to Trinity.
EAST DIVISION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lauren Kuhn, Jr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior Lauren Kuhn (Carrollton, Texas) earned her third career Player of the Week award after going 2-1 at number two singles and 3-0 in doubles play. Kuhn earned singles victories against Birmingham-Southern and Belhaven. She teamed with Emily Danielson for an 8-4 win at third doubles over No. 28 Millsaps. Kuhn and Savannah Seely notched wins at second doubles against BSC and Belhaven.
WEST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ashwin Vaithianathan, So., UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas sophomore Ashwin Vaithianathan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) did not give up a game in singles or doubles as he was part of a 9-0 win by the Comets over Howard Payne on Wednesday. Vaithianathan and partner Albert Hernandez opened the match with an 8-0 win at number one doubles. He then earned a 6-0, 6-0, win at number four singles.
EAST DIVISION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Vinicio Hadlich, Jr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler junior Vinicio Hadlich (Indaial, Brazil) went 3-0 in both singles and doubles for the No. 30 Patriots. He earned two victories at second singles, including a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 39 Millsaps. Hadlich was also a 6-1, 6-1 winner against Belhaven in the top spot.
OTHER WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau University freshman Katy Hall (Euless, Texas) earned her fourth singles victory of the year, winning at number four with a 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 defeat over UW-Eau Claire.
Concordia University Texas sophomore Genna Ellinwood (Pflugerville, Texas) picked up the lone win for the Tornados in their match against Austin with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at number six singles.
Howard Payne University senior Cheyanne Lovelady (Bangs, Texas) went 2-1 in number six singles and 2-1 in number three doubles for the week. In her number three doubles match versus NCAA Division II opponent Colorado Christian, she teamed with Rosie Candena to win 9-8 (7-1).
East Texas Baptist junior Kaleigh Smith (Greenville, Texas) posted two of the No. 37 Tigers’ four points in a 5-4 loss to No. 40 Caltech. She won the third singles match 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 and her doubles match 8-5. For the week, Smith was 1-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles, with the losses coming to No. 18 Trinity.
OTHER MEN’S PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau sophomore Jimmie Henson (Sunnyvale, Texas) helped earn four of the six points that the YellowJackets won last week in the competition, winning three of his four number one doubles matches with Christian Farris while picking up one win at number two singles.
Concordia Texas junior Hoanh Le (Phan Thiet, Vietnam) would take the line one single win in the Tornados’ match against UW-Eau Claire, winning in straight sets.
East Texas Baptist sophomore Andrew Deutsch (Greenwood, La.) gained the Tigers’ only point in a loss to St. Edward’s. He won at number three singles 7-6 (10-4), 7-5.
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: March 23-24, 2018
MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Hasanai Chanriang, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons University junior Hasanai Chanriang (Mason, Texas) won his second consecutive Athlete of the Week award and third in his career after winning the 400-meter hurdles in 54.58 at the McMurry War Hawks Classic. His time ranks eighth in the nation. Chanriang was also a part of the 4×100 meter relay team that won the event in 42.00 seconds, breaking the school record. The relay time is fourth in the country.
MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Tiyoshi Hopes, So., McMurry
McMurry University sophomore Tiyoshi Hopes (Abilene, Texas) earned his second Athlete of the Week award of the year by winning both the high jump and long jump at the McMurry War Hawks Classic. He broke the 15-year old school record in the high jump, clearing 2.14 meters (7 ft.-.25 in.). Hopes leaped 7.16 meters (23 ft.-6 in.) in the long jump. Both marks lead NCAA Division III.
WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kaila Shelfer, Sr., McMurry
McMurry senior Kaila Shelfer (Alvarado, Texas) took second in the 100-meter dash in 12.48 seconds at the War Hawks Classic. Her time tied for 18th-best in the nation and is the top time in the ASC. She also ran the anchor leg of the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 49.23 and anchored the first-place 4×400 relay in 4:05.28. The 4×400 relay time is 10th in the country, while the 4×100 tied for 14th.
WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kaylee Prather, Sr., UT Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler senior Kaylee Prather (Elysian Fields, Texas) earned her third Athlete of the Week honors of the season by winning the long jump with a leap of 5.80 meters (19 ft.-.5 in.) at the War Hawks Classic. The school-record time ranks second in the nation.
OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
UT Tyler junior Zach Richardson (Waxahachie, Texas) set a new Patriot record with a time of 21.79 seconds to win the 200-meter dash at the War Hawks Classic. He also ran the third leg of the 4×400 relay which finished third. Richardson’s 200 time ranks ninth in the nation.
Concordia University Texas junior Gabriel Spivey (San Antonio, Texas) jumped a season-best distance of 7.11 meters (23 ft.-4 in.) to place second in the long jump at the War Hawks Classic. The span ranks second in the nation in Division III.
Concordia Texas junior Raul Villalpando (San Antonio, Texas) ran a season-best 15.19 in the 110-meter hurdles, placing third. His time ranks 15th in the nation.
LeTourneau University freshman Javaughn Dantzler (Houston, Texas) placed second in the long jump with a mark of 6.49 meters (21 ft. – 3.5 in.) at the Harding Invitational. The target is currently the 30th-best mark in NCAA Division III this year.
LeTourneau freshman Stanley Williams (Longview, Texas) came in seventh-place in the 100-meter dash at the Harding University Invitational, finishing as the best NCAA Division III athlete in the event. His school-record time of 11.08 seconds currently tied for the 40th-best mark among in the nation.
East Texas Baptist University junior Zack Biles (New Caney, Texas) won the pole vault by clearing 4.86 meters (15 ft.-11.25 in.) at the War Hawks Classic. His height is the second-best in the nation.
East Texas Baptist freshman Mack Broussard (Hankamer, Texas) won the 10,000 meters in 43:27.78 and placed sixth in the 800 meters in 2:05.45 at the War Hawks Classic.
University of the Ozarks freshman Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) was the top Division III finisher in the 1,500 meters at the Harding Invitational in 4:09.52, placing seventh.
Belhaven University sophomore Carron Prude (Los Angeles, Calif.) was responsible for 11 of the Blazers’ 46 points at the Falcon Classic in Alabama. He finished third with a shot put of 12.60 meters (41 ft.-4.25 in.) and fourth with a hammer throw of 42.61 meters (139 ft.-9 in.).
OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
McMurry junior Bethany Everett (Stratford, Texas) placed fourth in the hammer throw at the War Hawks Classic with a distance of 49.55 meters (162 ft.-7 in.) which ranks fifth in the country. She also finished sixth with a discus throw of 39.65 meters (130 ft.-1 in.), good for 13th in the nation.
Concordia Texas freshman Bayli Luke (Houston, Texas) recorded a distance of 5.34 meters (17 ft.-6.25 in.) in the long jump, placing fifth at the War Hawks Classic. The mark is the 18th-best in Division III.
Concordia Texas junior Emily Villines (Huntsville, Texas) won the 5,000 meters at the War Hawks Classic with a school record time of 19:15.65.
LeTourneau sophomore Alexis Segura (Austin, Texas) posted the 13th-best time in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast region in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this past week, finishing fourth at the Harding University Invitational with a time of 12:41.03.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore Jessica Eastham (Robinson, Texas) won the 400-meter dash in 1:00.37 and placed third in the 200 in 26.22 at the War Hawks Classic, both of which were personal bests.
East Texas Baptist sophomore Aaryn Honeywood (Paris, Texas) finished second in 1:03.39 in the 400-meter dash at the McMurry War Hawks Classic. She also placed 12th with a 200 time of 27.66 seconds.
Ozarks junior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) placed second overall at the Harding University Invitational running a 5:01.06 in the 1,500 meters. Smith finished ninth in the 800 meters running a 2:30.18.
Belhaven junior Aliah McPhaul (Leesville, La) scored 28 points for the Blazers at the Montevallo Falcon Classic. She won the shot put with a mark of 12.14 meters (39 ft.-10 in.) and the discus at 37.18 meters (122 ft.). McPhaul was also second with a hammer throw of 38.77 meters (127 ft.-2 in.). Her shot put mark is 14th in the nation.
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