A pair of Lewis-Clark State College track and field athletes received athlete of the week honors from the Frontier Conference on Monday, as the Warriors gear up for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships coming later this month.
Sam Atkin was named the Male Track Athlete of the Week and Kaytlyn Coleman was chosen as the Female Field Athlete of the Week.
Atkin, a freshman from Lincolnshire, England, was the only NCAA or professional runner to compete in the 3,000 meters at the Oregon Twilight on Saturday at famed Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Atkin ran a personal-best time of 8 minutes, 9.8 seconds to finish sixth in a field that included two Olympians. It’s his second Athlete of the Week honor of the outdoor campaign.
Coleman, a freshman from Kennewick, Wash., has made the Female Field Athlete of the Week award her own in her first collegiate season, winning it four out of a possible five times.
She took third in the shot put at the Oregon Twilight on Friday, as her throw of 13.94 meters smashed her previous personal best. A day later, competing at a separate meet at Pacific (Ore.) University, Coleman went even further, heaving the shot 14.26 meters.
Atkin, Coleman and the rest of the Warriors will compete at outdoor nationals May 23-25 in Marion, Ind.