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Mt. Hood Track & Field alum McKenzie Warren Selected For Weekly Honors From the GNAC and USTFCCCA

McKenzie Warren

McKenzie Warren was the NWAC Champion in 2014 in the Shot Put, Discus, and Hammer. She also won the Hammer in 2013 and was runner-up in the Discus. Her 2014 performance earned her "Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet" at the NWAC Championships.

PORTLAND, Ore.- McKenzie Warren grabbed two weekly honors after her performance at the University of Washington Indoor Preview that took place on Saturday, January 14. The senior made a statement in the shot put with a final throw of 54 feet, 8 inches making it Division II's best mark this season in the shot put. She was named as the GNAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week and also picked up national honors as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Division II National Athlete of the Week. 

Read both the USTFCCCA and GNAC press releases below. 

From www.ustfccca.org:

NEW ORLEANS — Another collegiate record fell this past weekend and you better believe one of the National Athletes of the Week had his or her hand in it.

Without further ado, here are those NCAA and NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Athletes of the Week for the week that ended January 14.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to 8 collegiate outdoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NJCAA).

NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN — McKenzie Warren, Concordia (Ore.)

Senior | Throws
Boring, Oregon

McKenzie Warren took firm control of the NCAA DII lead in the shot put this past weekend at the Washington Indoor Preview and made a statement doing so.

Warren beat a field comprised of mostly NCAA DI, NCAA DII athletes when she unleashed a heave of 16.66m (54-8) on her fourth attempt. That throw ended up topping Stanford thrower Lena Giger's runner-up mark by nearly four feet.

One look at the NCAA DII descending order list reveals that she is more than two feet ahead of Ashland's Megan Tomei, who previously held the NCAA DII lead.

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA


From GNACSports.com: 

Monday, January 16, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – Competing against Division I competition brings out the best in athletes, and Western Oregon's David Ribich and Concordia'sMcKenzie Warren made the most of it to lead the list of GNAC Player of the Week honorees.

Competing in a loaded section that included Olympic 1,500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz, Ribich succeeded in setting a Western Oregon record in the 3,000 meters, placing 10th with a time of 8:13.94. The performance, which earned Ribich GNAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors, is also No. 5 on the GNAC all-time list, is a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships and ranks fifth in Division II this season.

Warren picked up where she left off at the end of last year's indoor season, picking up the first Women's Field Athlete of the Week award of the season. She won the shot put at the UW Preview with a mark of 54 feet, 8 inches, a performance that is the best in Division II this season and seventh best at all Division II levels. Warren also placed third in her flight of the weight throw with a mark of 53 feet, 3.75 inches.

Seattle Pacific's Mary Charleson scored a pair of NCAA Championships provisional marks to earn selection as the Women's Track Athlete of the Week. She won section three of the mile at the UW Preview with a time of 4:58.95. The performance, a 12-second indoor personal best, leads the GNAC and is fourth best in Division II. Charleson also won the second section of the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:48.85. It was her first indoor 3,000-meter race and is the sixth best mark in Division II.

Western Washington's Brandon Pless was named the Men's Field Athlete of the Week after he threw two GNAC-leading marks at the UW Preview. He finished with a mark of 50 feet, 5.25 inches in the shot put and then added a mark of 53 feet, 11.25 inches in the weight throw. He was the top Division II competitor in both events.

On the basketball court, Montana State Billings' Preston Beverly picked up his second Men's Basketball Player of the Week award after he led the Yellowjackets to a pair of key wins over the Alaska Schools. He opened with 22 points on 8 of 16 from the field to go along with six rebounds and six assists in MSUB's 69-68 win over Alaska Anchorage on Thursday. He then connected for a career high 28 points in the Yellowjackets' 99-94 win over Alaska. His line included 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks.

Simon Fraser's Meg Wilson gave the Clan its second consecutive Women's Basketball Player of the Week after she scored 35 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a pair of wins. She scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists in Thursday's 71-61 win over Seattle Pacific. Wilson returned to score 21 points on 9 of 12 from the field to go along with six rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 92-61 win over Saint Martin's.

This week's GNAC Player of the Week selections recognize six student-athletes from six different member institutions.


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