ATLANTA - The SAA released the women's track & field Athletes of the Week for events competed March 13 - 19 and, after voting by the league head coaches, Centre's Serena Gale-Button claimed Track Athlete of the Week while Ashton Sitkowski of Hendrix captured Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
SAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week - Serena Gale-Butto of Centre
Centre's Serena Gale-Butto (pictured at right) had a fabulous meet this past weekend at the Rhodes Invitational. Serena competed in the 5,000 meters where she finished in 7th place out of 68 women of all divisions. Serena ran a new personal best time of 17:25.53 which also beat the Centre school record by 7 seconds held by Division III great Eileen Schilling in 2004. Serena's time ranks her 2nd on the SAA Performance List as well as 4th in all of NCAA Division III.
SAA Women's Field Athlete of the Week - Ashton Sitkowski of Hendrix
Hendrix freshman Ashton Sitkowski broke the Hendrix school record in the high jump by clearing 1.65 meters (5 ft.-5 in.), breaking five-time All-American Elizabeth Krug's four-year old record. Sitkowski, from Russellville, Ark., who won the event against NCAA Division I & II competition, has the top mark in the country.
The Warriors Sitkowski approaches the bar
Other notable performances from around the league:
Oglethorpe freshman sprinter Kayla Trice had multiple tremendous performances at the Emory Invite this past weekend. She anchored the women's 4x100m relay to a new Oglethorpe University School Record time of 49.29. This time currently sits number one in the SAA and 7th in the nation for NCAA DIII. Kayla also finished with a 100m dash time of 12.63 which placed her 14th overall and 2nd among NCAA DIII athletes at the meet. She stands 3rd in the SAA with that mark for the women's 100m dash. For her last event of the day she pulled off a 26.13 in the 200m dash which placed her 9th overall in the meet and 4th among NCAA DIII athletes. Her 200m time currently stands 2nd in the SAA.
Berry sophomore Alexa Bilsky finished 6th out of 16 in the Javelin at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invite on Friday against all DI competition. Her mark of 38.36m leads the SAA and is ranked #5 in the Nation.
Centre's Caitlin Yockey had a wonderful early season outdoor competition at the Rhodes Invitational this past weekend. Caitlin competed in the high jump where she finished 3rd out of 23 women of all divisions. Caitlin's jump of 5'3" was a new personal best for her. Her mark ranks her 2nd on the SAA Performance List as well as 3rd in all of NCAA Division III.