Mountain West Announces Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State’s David Elliott has been named Mountain West Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while Air Force’s Taylor Smith earned MW Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of Week honors for meets held January 29-30. It is the second-career MW weekly accolade for Elliott and first for Smith. On the women’s side, Boise State’s Allie Ostrander garnered MW Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, while Nevada’s Nicole Wadden was named the Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week. It is the first-career MW weekly honor for both Ostrander and Wadden.  

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
DAVID ELLIOTT, BOISE STATE 
Senior, Puyallup, Washington/Squalicum HS
Finished first out of 54 competitors in the 3,000 Meter race with a time of 7:53.15 at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on January 30. 
His mark set a new Boise State record and moved him into a tie for fifth place all-time in the Mountain West record book. 
The time is the fastest in the Conference this season and ranks fourth in the country. 

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TAYLOR SMITH, AIR FORCE
Junior, Clovis, California/Buchanan HS
Set a new Air Force record in the High Jump with a clearance of 7’-1.75” to place first in the event at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 30. 
With that height, he is tied for the second-best High Jump mark in MW history. 
The mark is the best in the Conference this season, while ranking sixth in the nation. 

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ALLIE OSTRANDER, BOISE STATE 
Freshman, Kenai, Alaska/Kenai Central HS
Shattered the Mountain West and Boise State all-time record in the 5,000 Meter race with a mark of 15:21.85 at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on January 29. 
Finished second out of 47 runners in the event. 
Her time ranks as the third-fastest in NCAA history in the event on an oversized track. 
It is the second-fastest indoor 5,000 Meter time run by a freshman in NCAA history. 
The mark ranks first in both the MW and the NCAA this season. 
Her time is also below the 2016 United States Olympic Trials qualifying 5,000 Meter time of 15:25.00, making her eligible to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in July.

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
NICOLE WADDEN, NEVADA
Junior, Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada/Lockview HS
Recorded a score of 3,873 in the Pentathlon to finish first among collegiate competitors and fifth overall at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on January 29. 
The mark ranks first in the MW and 15th nationally this season. 
Her effort moved her into third place all-time on Nevada’s indoor Pentathlon record book. 

2015-16 MW Men’s Track Athletes of the Week
Dec. 15 – David Elliott, Sr., Boise State
Jan. 19 – Jamiel Trimble, So., Air Force
Jan. 26 – Patrick Corona, Sr., Air Force
Feb. 2 – David Elliott, Sr., Boise State

2015-16 MW Men’s Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 15 – Dylan Bell, Sr., Air Force
Jan. 19 – John Reynolds, So., Air Force
Jan. 26 – Allan Hamilton, Sr., New Mexico
Feb. 2 – Taylor Smith, Jr., Air Force

2015-16 MW Women’s Track Athletes of the Week
Dec. 15 – Leah Fair, Jr., Colorado State
Jan. 12 – Leah Fair, Jr., Colorado State
Jan. 19 – Micha Auzenne, Jr., San Diego State
Jan. 26 – Leah Fair, Jr., Colorado State
Feb. 2 – Allie Ostrander, Fr., Boise State

2015-16 MW Women’s Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 15 – Emelda Malm-Annan, Fr., Wyoming
Jan. 12 – Shelley Spires, So., Air Force
Jan. 19 – Bonnie Draxler, So., San Diego State
Jan. 26 – Kathryn Tomczak, Fr., Air Force
Feb. 2 – Nicole Wadden, Jr., Nevada 

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