BAY CITY, Mich. -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced weekly awards following the third weekend of the 2017 outdoor track and field season. In women's competition, Walsh junior Sarah Berger earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week honors, while Hillsdale's Alexandra Whitford captured GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week accolades. On the men's side, Tiffin junior Reginald Thomas earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week distinction, while Grand Valley State sophomore Hunter Weeks captured GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week recognition.
WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Sarah Berger, Walsh
Walsh junior Sarah Berger qualified for the national championships a second time with a first lace finish in the steeplechase at Mount Union on Saturday. She had a time of 10:15.3, the best time in not only the GLIAC, but the nation so far. She was just .03 from a top-10 time in Division II history.
WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Alexandra Whitford, Hillsdale
Hillsdale College’s Alexandra Whitford set a new personal best in the pole vault by clearing 4.13 meters at the Hilltopper Invitational at Western Kentucky University this weekend. Whitford’s mark is an NCAA auto-qualifying height and is currently the second-best in all of NCAA Division II. This is the second time in 2016-17 Whitford has earned GLIAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades.
MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Reginald Thomas, Tiffin
Reggie Thomas had a strong day at the George Glass Invitational hosted by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He hit an NCAA provisional mark in the 100 meters with a blistering time of 10.4 seconds. That time gives him the fastest 100 meter mark in the GLIAC this season and the 6th best time in NCAA Division II during the outdoor season.