Mountain West Announces Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week - February 5, 2013

Feb. 5, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior Richard York and San Diego State junior Shanieka Thomas have earned Mountain West Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for meets contested from Feb. 1-3. It is the first MW weekly honor this season for York, and the second of his career. It is the second weekly honor in three weeks for Thomas, and third for her career.

York, a native of St. Louis, Mo., finished third in the heptathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 2. His score of 5,538 points set a new personal and school record, besting his old mark by a single point. His score is the highest in the MW this season and ranks 13th in the nation. York also set two other personal records in the long jump and shot put portions of the heptathlon, recording a 23'-5.25'' in the long jump and 42'-8.00'' in the shot put. York's long jump distance ranks third in the MW this season.

Thomas, from St. Andrew, Jamaica, won the triple jump at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 1-2 with a MW and nation-best distance of 44'-4.00''. The mark is the second-best indoor mark in Aztec history, and is more than three feet ahead of the next-closest MW competitor. Thomas also set a new personal record in the 800 meters with a time of 56.85, which was good for sixth-place, and is the eighth-best time in the MW this season. She also placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18'-5.25'', which ranks ninth in the MW this season.

2012-13 Mountain West Men's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 11 - Jordin Andrade, Jr., Boise State
Jan. 15 - Joey Uhle, So., Air Force
Jan. 22 - Dylan Bell, Fr., Air Force
Jan. 29 - Mason Finley, Jr., Wyoming
Feb. 5 - Richard York, Sr., New Mexico

2012-13 Mountain West Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
Dec. 11 - Emma Bates, So., Boise State
Jan. 15 - Amber Menke, Sr., New Mexico
Jan. 22 - Shanieka Thomas, Jr., San Diego State
Jan. 29 - Josephine Moultrie, Sr., New Mexico
Feb. 5 - Shanieka Thomas, Jr., San Diego State