Track & Field Honors – April 30
RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2013) – The CAA has announced track and field weekly honors for the week ending April 28. On the men’s side, Northeastern’s Eric Jenkins was named Track Athlete of the Week, while George Mason’s Patrick Dietrick collected Field Athlete of the Week honors. For the women, Mason’s Bethany Sachtleben was tabbed as Track Athlete of the Week and William & Mary’s Natalie Baird was named Field Athlete of the Week.
Jenkins picked up Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors after breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational. The Portsmouth, N.H., native broke the 37-year old record by 38 seconds with a time of 13:18.57. It is the second fastest collegiate time in the nation this season, the 10th fastest collegiate time ever recorded, and the fourth fastest collegiate time for an American ever recorded. Jenkins’ time set a new top mark in the event in the CAA this season by over 35 seconds.
Dietrick collected his first Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award after a seventh place finish in the pole vault at the Penn Relays. The Glen Allen, Va., native posted a season-high jump of 4.80m, which also set a new personal best. The vault punched his ticket to the IC4A championship.
Sachtleben earned her first Women’s Track Athlete Award of the season after winning the 10,000 meters at the Penn Relays in her first time running the event in her collegiate career. The Manassas, Va., native won the race with a time of 34:30.32, which was the second-fastest time in school history. Her time is also the second-fastest recorded in the CAA this season and ranks 23rd in the East Region.Baird received Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors after recording her fourth top-10 finish of the season in the discus at the Penn Relays. The Sterling, Va., native threw a season-best 47.24m (154-11), which is also the fifth-best throw in school history. Baird now owns the 26 best throws ever at W&M and 28 of the top 30.