ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Matti Mortimore was named The Summit League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, while South Dakota's Emily Grove earned Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award for their performances during the week of March 28-April 3.
MATTI MORTIMORE, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Sr. // Ipswich, Suffolk, England
- Earned his second Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award of the season
- Placed first with a League leading javelin mark of 254' 2" (77.47m) at the Stanford Invitational
- His throw ranks second in the nation and 21st in the world (top British competitor)
- Extended his own school record by 13 inches
Also nominated: Robert Murphy, IUPUI; Jay Cooper, South Dakota; Joel Reichow, South Dakota State
Previous Honorees: March 21 – Matti Mortimore, North Dakota Stata; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota; March 28 – Ryan Enerson, North Dakota State
EMILY GROVE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Sr. // Pontiac, Ill.
- Received her first career Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week accolade
- Placed third in the pole vault clearing a League leading height of 14' 9" (4.50m) at the Texas Relays
- Her pole vault mark ranks t-7th in the world, second in the nation, and leads the NCAA West region
- She was the top collegiate finisher in an event that boasted seven of the nation's top-10 pole vaulters
Also Nominated: Madison Fruchey, Fort Wayne; Katelyn Murphy, IUPUI; Amy Andrushko, North Dakota State; Stephanie Ahrens, Omaha; Rachel King, South Dakota State
Previous Honorees: March 21 – Katelyn Weimerskirch, North Dakota State; Danielle Waldner, South Dakota; March 28 – Rose Jackson, North Dakota State
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Celebrating its 35th season 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 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.