NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has honored the Williams Distance Medley Relay team as their athletes of the week for their performance at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Saturday
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions as well as the NJCAA).
Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.
The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.
No team was faster than Williams in the Distance Medley Relay this past weekend at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
And only one team has ran faster than the Ephs in NCAA Division III history.
Williams got the baton around in 9:46.98, which is the second fastest mark in NCAA DIII history behind Middlebury's standard of 9:46.95 set three years ago. It is also the 14th fastest performance across all collegiate divisions this season.
Tristian Colaizzi opened things up with a 3:01.25 over 1200 meters. Kevin LeFleche turned 400 meters in 48.71. Cole O'Flaherty covered 800 meters in 1:52.33. Then Aidan Ryan closed things out with a 1600-meter anchor leg of 4:04.67.
This is the second time this season that the Williams program has taken home a National Athlete of the Week honor during the indoor season. Aidan Ryan won it by himself back on December 10.