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Whitt Earns Second Consecutive Summit League Honor

Courtesy: Summit League Media Relations
          Release: 04/03/2012
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ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts' Jack Whitt and South Dakota State's Brooke Garner were named The Summit League's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for their performances March 27-April 2.

MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts
Jr., Norman, Okla./Norman North
Whitt earns his seventh career Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honor and second consecutive of the season after a first-place finish in the pole vault at Texas Relays.  The Norman, Okla., native matched his league-best height of 18'0" (5.50m), which also ties for the third-best mark it nation.  His event title marks his second-straight in as many weeks and second consecutive at the Texas Relays.  Whitt's honor sets the league record for career Athlete of the Week awards at seven.

Also nominated: Spencer Burgin, IUPUI; Ramon Nelson, UMKC; Jesse Morrow, North Dakota State; Casey Shade, South Dakota; Jake Brinkmann, South Dakota State; Julian Robinson, Southern Utah; Nathaniel Marshall, Western Illinois.

Previous Winners: March 20 - Kyle Ballew, South Dakota; March 27 - Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts.

WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK                     
Brooke Garner, South Dakota State
Jr., Rapid City, S.D./Stevens
Garner claims her first career
Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award after setting a school record in the hammer throw and winning the discus at the Wayne State Wildcat Classic.  The junior finished first in the hammer throw with a league-best mark of 197'9" (60.28m), breaking the SDSU record by nearly 10 feet, setting a meet record and recording the 13th-best mark in the nation.  She also won the discus with a distance of 158'00" (48.16m), a meet record and the second-best mark in the league.

Also nominated: Rebecca Downs, IUPUI; Kimoya Harriott, UMKC; Emily Lesser, North Dakota State; Cornesha Wilkerson, Oral Roberts; Emma Ladwig, South Dakota; Kayla Kovar, Southern Utah; Lizzy Jones, Western Illinois.

Previous Winners: March 20 - Bethany Buell, South Dakota; March 27 - Courtney Frerichs, UMKC.

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