NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s junior Zach Michon and Massachusetts senior Emilie Cowan earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Track Performer of the Week accolades, respectively while La Salle junior Darian Alston and George Mason freshman Hannah Robertson earned Field Performer of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday. Rhode Island’s Jack Reichenbach and Richmond’s Rachel Helbling were named Men’s and Women’s Rookies of the Week, respectively. The awards are for meets held Jan. 21-27.
Michon anchored the first-place distance medley relay (DMR) and went on to place seventh in the competitive mile section - both IC4A-qualifying performances - at the unscored Penn State National Invitational this weekend. In a highly-competitive mile invitational field, Michon clocked in at 4:08.46 for seventh overall in the eight-man group on Saturday. The performance qualifies Michon for the upcoming IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. The time leads the Atlantic 10 by over three seconds. SJU's DMR ran a season-best time of 10:13.60, defeating Army West Point (10:24.98) and La Salle (10:25.55) for the victory. That time will stand as SJU's updated seed time for IC4As and sits second in the Atlantic 10.
Cowan won the 500-meter run and was the runner up in the 200-meter dash at the unscored John Thomas Terrier Classic. She posted the top time in a field of 44 competitors to claim first in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:11.28 for the top spot in the A-10 this season and a number two ranking nationally. The Maplewood, N.J., product also took second in the 200-meter dash at 24.75 seconds, a new personal record to improve upon her number two all-time mark in the program's record book.
Alston beat out 17 competitors to claim the triple jump crown at the Penn State National Open over the weekend and set a school record in the process. His leap of 15.02 meters broke a school mark that stood for 21 years, and it is the top mark in the A-10 so far this season.
Robertson won the pole vault at the Patriot Games Invitational on Saturday at George Mason. The native of Springfield, Va., won the event with a mark of 3.80 meters, which is tied for the best mark in the Atlantic 10 this season. It is also tied for the fourth-best mark in program history.
Reichenbach had a career day at the Dr. Sanders Columbia Challenge. On Friday he placed third in the long jump with a career-best 7.28 meters (23' 10.75"). That mark leads the conference in the event and was third all-time in school history. On Saturday he came back to set a personal best in the high jump of 2.04 meters (6' 8.25") qualifying him for the IC4A Championships in both events. He's currently second in the high jump in the A-10.
Helbling won her section of the 400-meter run (56.47) and qualified for ECAC in the event. Her 400-meter time ranks sixth in the A10. She was also the first leg on the Spiders all-Freshman 4x400-meter relay which ran 3:50.80 with a split of 56.91.