ACU’s Gerlach, NSU’s Steels Grab Women’s Indoor Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Briahna Gerlach and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Gerlach took first place in the mile at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend. The junior toppled the 14-woman field with a 4:58.74 pace in order to nab a personal-best performance and her first individual win of the 2020 indoor season.Steels bolstered her already impressive resume with a pair of top-five finishes at the Houston Invitational this past weekend. The senior nailed a 21-02.0 (6.45m) long jump on her fourth attempt of the afternoon, grabbing a gold medal along the way. She also finished fifth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 40-11.5 (12.48m).Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Briahna Gerlach, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Gakona, AlaskaGerlach climbed to No. 2 on the Southland Conference Indoor performance list Saturday after winning the mile event at the Texas Tech Invitational. Gerlach completed the race at 4:58.74 for a personal best in just her second appearance of the season. Honorable Mention: Julie Emmerson, Lamar; Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans; Omo Oboh, Nicholls; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Imani Nave, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Sr. – College Station, TexasSteels took home two top-five performances in the long jump and triple jump events at the Houston Invitational last weekend. Her 21-02.0 long jump is the longest in the Southland by more than 2 feet and ranks second nationally. She also set an indoor personal record in the triple jump with a 40-11.5, moving her to second in the conference and 54th nationally.Honorable Mention: Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian; Kaitlin Smith, Houston Baptist; Nissi Kabongo, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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