USD’s Nilsen and Grove Named #SummitOTF Athletes of the Week

USD’s Nilsen and Grove Named #SummitOTF Athletes of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota's Chris Nilsen was named The Summit League Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, while teammate Emily Grove earned Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award for their performances during the week of April 18-24.

CHRIS NILSEN, SOUTH DAKOTA
Fr. // Kansas City, Mo.

  • Earned his third Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award on the season
  • Ranks first in the nation and the League after winning the pole vault with a height of 18' 9.5" (5.73m) at the Sioux City Relays
  • His pole vault mark is third in the world and reached the IAAF World Qualifying standard

Also nominated: Robert Murphy, IUPUI; Steffan Stron, North Dakota State; Josh Kirby, Western Illinois

Previous Honorees: March 21 – Matti Mortimore, North Dakota Stata; Chris Nilsen, South Dakota; March 28 – Ryan Enerson, North Dakota State; April 4 – Matti Mortimore, North Dakota State; April 11 – Alex Renner, North Dakota State; April 18 – Chris Nilsen, South Dakota

EMILY GROVE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Sr. // Pontiac, Ill.

  • Earned her second Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award on the season
  • Placed first in the pole vault clearing a League-leading height of 15' 1" (4.59m) at the Sioux City Relays
  • Her pole vault mark ranks fifth in the world, first in the nation
  • Became just the ninth collegiate women's pole vaulter in history to clear the 15-foot barrier

Also Nominated: Lexi O'Connell, Fort Wayne; Amairany Cruz, IUPUI; Mercy Abire, Oral Roberts; Katelyn Weimerskirch, North Dakota State; Alyssa Johnson, Western Illinois

Previous Honorees: March 21 – Katelyn Weimerskirch, North Dakota State; Danielle Waldner, South Dakota; March 28 – Rose Jackson, North Dakota State; April 4 – Emily Grove, South Dakota; April 11 – Alyssa Olin, North Dakota State; April 18 – Taylor Janssen, North Dakota State

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