Honorees Excel at OXY Invitational
A trio of performers had strong performances at the Oxy Invitational to earn the final Big West Track and Field Athlete awards of 2017.
Cal State Fullerton senior Darion Zimmerman (Oxnard, Calif./Weber State) collected his second Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award this season after finishing fourth overall – and first among collegians – in the 400-meters. He clocked his fastest time of the year, 47.28, which ranks No. 3 in the Big West.
UC Santa Barbara junior Jenna Hinkle (Cottonwood, Calif./West Valley HS) received her third Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award when she placed first in her heat in the 800-meters. Hinkle came with .10 of her personal best as she finished in 2:07.86 to be the fastest collegian of the meet. Hinkle is No. 2 on the Big West best marks list this year.
UC Santa Barbara junior Kiely Gode (Auburn, Calif./Del Oro HS) garnered her first Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honor as she improved her PR in the hammer by six meters. Gode had a breakthrough 177-03 (54.02m) heave to move up to No. 7 in the Big West, and enter the UCSB top-10 all-time list at No. 6.
There were no nominees for the Men's Field Athlete of the Week award.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Carlos Lopez (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): None
Others nominated (Women’s Field): None