NDSU’s Levin, USD’s Bray Named Athletes of the Week

NDSU’s Levin, USD’s Bray Named Athletes of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Amanda Levin and South Dakota's Ethan Bray both earned their first Summit League Indoor Athlete of the Week honor after their performances over the weekend.

Levin competed in the pentathlon at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D., where she racked up 3,720 points and a first-place finish—besting the second-place finisher by 322 points. Bray competed in the men's pole vault at the Dakota Reality Alumni Meet in Vermillion, S.D., where he cleared a personal-best height and now ranks 11th nationally.

Amanda Levin, NORTH DAKOTA STATE

Sr. // West Fargo, N.D.

  • Competed at the Bison Open last weekend
  • Finished first in the pentathlon with 3,720 points
  • Won the shot put event with a personal-best 39' 5.75" (12.03m) toss
  • Won the 800-meter event with a 2:21.06 time
  • Recorded a personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles as well (9.21)
  • Also logged marks in the long jump (18' 1" , 5.51m) and high jump (5' 01" , 1.55m) events
  • Ranks 41st in the NCAA this season in the pentathlon  
  • First-career Summit League Athlete of the Week honor

Also nominated: Emma Rafuse (Fort Wayne), Ashley Thompson-Ballew (South Dakota), Anna Edet (Omaha), Michaela Busch (Western Illinois), Rachel King (South Dakota State)

Previous winners: Aniekeme Etim, Oral Roberts – Dec. 5 // Maddy Nilles, North Dakota State – Dec. 12 // Bailey Retzlaff, North Dakota State – Jan. 16 // Maddy Nilles, North Dakota State – Jan. 23 // Megan Billington, South Dakota – Jan. 30

Ethan Bray, SOUTH DAKOTA 

So. // Fishers, Ind.

  • Competed at the Dakota Reality Alumni Meet last Saturday
  • Placed first in the men's pole vault with a personal-best 17' 11.25" (5.47m) mark
  • Improved his PR by 6.25 inches, clearing 5.47m on his final attempt at that height
  • Bested second-place by nearly a foot
  • Moved to second in The Summit League this season behind teammate and NCAA leader Chris Nilsen
  • Currently ranks 11th in the NCAA in the men's pole vault
  • First-career Summit League Athlete of the Week honor

Also nominated: Colton Bender (South Dakota State), Matt Neururer (North Dakota State)

Previous winners: Bryant Courter (SDSU) and Corey Reid (USD) – Dec. 5 // Alex Talley, North Dakota State – Dec. 12 // Chris Nilsen, South Dakota – Jan. 16 // Chris Nilsen, South Dakota – Jan. 23 // Chris Nilsen, South Dakota – Jan. 30


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