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Harding sweeps weekly track and field awards

by From Staff Reports | March 27, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Harding swept all the men's and women's track and field athlete of the week awards in the Great American Conference.

Savian Bush won the men's track athlete of the week award after winning the 100-meter hurdles at the Harding Invitational. He tallied a time of 14.70 seconds, less than one-tenth of a second off his personal best. He also ran the third leg of the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

Jonathan Wall claimed the men's field athlete of the week award. He became the first male GAC athlete to score a provisional mark in any event with his first-place finish in the pole vault. He cleared 4.85 meters, just 0.02 meters away from his personal best at an outdoor meet. His height ranks fourth-best in Division II this season.

Lauren Shell captured the women's track athlete of the week award after winning the heptathlon at the Harding Invitational. She totaled 4,498 points, marking the best total in Division II this season. She was just 12 points away from the provisional mark. She won by more than 700 points.

Anna-Kay Clark won the women's track and field athlete of the week award after earning an NCAA provisional mark in the javelin with a winning distance of 45.90 meters. She won the event, and all six of her throws were better than the second-place finisher. Her mark ranks second in Division II.


RUSSELLVILLE -- Henderson State's Kristina Kozlova won the GAC women's tennis player of the week award.

She tallied singles and doubles wins in HSU's 5-2 win over McKendree. Playing with Mulan Kamoe, the pair won 6-3 at the No. 1 position to improve to 6-1 as a duo this season.

She lost her first set before rallying against Viola Cipriani for a win at No. 2 singles.


RUSSELLVILLE -- Harding's Sam Tandy won the GAC men's golfer of the week award, and Southwestern Oklahoma State's Megan Brown won the women's golfer of the week award.

Tandy tied for third after moving up three spots in the final round at the Broncho Invitational. Harding finished fourth as a team. Tandy tied the tournament lead with 11 birdies and earned his second top-five finish of the season.

Brown tied for sixth in an 81-player field at the Midwest Intercollegiate Invitational. The Bulldogs finished third as a team, and Brown's opening round of 5-over 75 represented the third-best round of the event.


RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas-Monticello's Mason Philley won the pitcher of the week award, and Southeastern Oklahoma State's Damon Burroughs won the player of the week award.

Across two games, Philley earned two wins and struck out 20 batters while only allowing one walk. He struck out 15 batters over 8.2 innings against Oklahoma Baptist, breaking the school's 49-year record for career strikeouts of 285.

Burroughs went 7-for-13 across a series against Henderson State.


RUSSELLVILLE -- Oklahoma Baptist's Adi Reese won the softball player of the week award, and SEOSU's Reese Taylor won the softball pitcher of the week award.

Reese hit .435 during the week, including four home runs and 11 RBIs while scoring seven times. She tallied a multi-home-run game against Southwest Baptist.

Taylor collected wins against East Central and HSU. She pitched a two-hit shutout against the Reddies and registered a complete game victory against East Central. She tallied a 0.48 ERA and held opponents to a .189 average.

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