ELMHURST, Ill. -- The Summit League has selected South Dakota men’s track & field athlete Teivaskie Lewin (Montego Bay, Jamaica) as the Male Athlete of the Month and North Dakota State women’s track & field athlete Erin Teschuk (Winnipeg, Manitoba) as the Female Athlete of the Month for January.
Lewin earns his first career Athlete of the Month award after recording a pair of top-two finishes in the 60-meter hurdles last month. He first won the hurdles at the SDSU Alumni Invitational meet, clocking a time of 7.98. The junior returned the following week with a runner-up finish at the Minnesota Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 7.79. That mark ranks seventh nationally, leads The Summit League by half a second and breaks a school record, which stood for seven years. Lewin earned Summit League Athlete of the Week for that performance.
Teschuk captures the first Athlete of the Month honor of her career after clocking the fastest time in the mile this season. The junior crossed the finish line with a converted time of 4:32.09 at the Jack Johnson Classic. Her first place time set new school, meet and facility records and ranks eighth among all women in the world this year. Earlier in the month, Teschuk placed first at the Bison Classic with a time of 4:41.19, which was ranked second in the nation at the time. She was named Summit League Athlete of the Week on Jan. 20 and trimmed 16 seconds off her previous personal-best in the mile entering the season.
Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne, basketball; Joey Zielinski, IUPUI, track & field; Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State, basketball; Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts, basketball; Cody Larson, South Dakota State, basketball.
Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne, basketball; Akilah Sims, IUPUI, basketball; Madison Reynolds, Oral Roberts, track & field; Greysen Hertting, South Dakota, swimming & diving.
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In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League’s Front Row app, and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.