NEW ORLEANS – Brianna Rollins of No. 1 Clemson, the new collegiate record holder in the 60 hurdles, highlights the inaugural six winners of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week Award, announced Monday afternoon. With her blistering 7.78 at Clemson’s Tiger Challenge, Rollins’ performance was the most exceptional among the outstanding performances turned in by all six award winners. She joins men’s winner Casimir Loxsom of Penn State as the Division I representatives. Representing Division II are jumpers Johnny Carter of the Academy of Art and Angelo State’s Kearah Danvile, both of whom are not only DII leaders in their respective events, but also within the top five in all of the NCAA. Division III’s awards go to Nick Baatz of UW-Oshkosh and his strong performances in both the shot put and the weight throw, and to Illinois Wesleyan’s Tara Clemens for her narrow runner-up finish in one of the most exciting 800 races of the season.
THE AWARD WINNERS
DIVISION I WOMEN – BRIANNA ROLLINS, CLEMSON (JUNIOR)
Rollins (Miami, Fla.) posted the nation’s strongest performance –regardless of event, division or gender – of the young 2013 season when she blazed to a collegiate-record 7.78 in the 60 hurdles at Friday’s Tiger Challenge. She won the race by nearly half of a second over teammate and current DI No. 2 Jasmine Edgerson, dashing to the world’s 13th-fastest time in the event all-time. With two previous marks of 7.93, Rollins now owns three of the top 10 performances in collegiate women’s 60 hurdles history. Honorable mention: Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth; Kelsey Margey, Villanova; LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M
DIVISION I MEN – CASIMIR LOXSOM, PENN STATE (SENIOR)
Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.) sprinted to first sub-1:47 effort in the 800 meters on a non-oversized track since 2006 when he clocked a 1:46.98 to win the event at the Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday. The time broke the indoor school record of 1:47.32 held by Ryan Foster since 2010 and his own facility record from 2011, 1:47.36. The collegiate leader’s performance puts him 10th among American collegians in collegiate indoor history