SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s Troy Reeder and VMI’s Donovan Walton have been named the Southern Conference men’s outdoor track and field athletes of the week, respectively, while Furman’s Allie Buchalski and VMI’s Bria Anderson earned the respective women’s honors, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Selections were made by panels of the league’s track and field coaches and included all competition from May 2-8. They are the final selections of the 2018 season.
Furman’s Reeder competed at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, California, on Thursday, taking eighth in his section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:51.32. The senior from Fishers, Indiana, is a two-time All-American in the event and posted the top time in the SoCon this season. His mark is also good for fifth in the NCAA East Region and 22nd on the NCAA Division I performance list this season. This is the third outdoor weekly honor of his career.
VMI’s Walton took fifth in the javelin at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier in Lynchburg, Virginia, on May 2, turning in a throw of 55.47 meters (182 feet) to add three meters to his personal record. That mark is third on the SoCon performance list this season and moves the senior from Stephens City, Virginia, into fifth place in school history in the event. This is the first weekly honor of his career.
Furman’s Buchalski also competed at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Thursday, taking first in her section of the 1,500-meter run. The redshirt senior from Johns Creek, Georgia, broke her own school record in the event, turning in a personal-best time of 4:17.73 to knock a second and a half off the old mark. Her time leads the league this season by nearly three seconds and is good for 12th in the NCAA East Region and 28th on the overall NCAA Division I performance list. The weekly award is the seventh of Buchalski’s outdoor career, extending her league record.
VMI’s Anderson won the long jump at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on May 2. The senior from Richmond, Virginia, turned in a leap of 5.85 meters (19 feet, 2.5 inches), a seasonal best for the second straight meet. Her mark lifted her into a three-way tie atop the SoCon performance list this season. The weekly award is the second of Anderson’s outdoor career and first since 2015.
The league’s eight men’s teams and 10 women’s teams return to action Thursday and Friday at the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Cullowhee, North Carolina, at Western Carolina’s Catamount Athletic Complex. Western Carolina is the two-time defending champion on the men’s side and Samford is the defending champion on the women’s side.
Also nominated for men’s track athlete of the week: Malik Diggs (The Citadel).
Also nominated for women’s track athlete of the week: Kerisha Goode (VMI).
2018 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
March 21 Chace Washington-Saunders, Western Carolina
March 28 Emmanuel Tait, Samford
April 4 Simeon Roberts, ETSU
April 11 Emmanuel Tait, Samford
April 18 Dakota Lamont, Western Carolina
April 25 Arsène Guillorel, Samford
May 2 Matt Scarr, ETSU
May 9 Troy Reeder, Furman
March 21 Mateius Brown, Western Carolina
March 28 Ben Johnson, ETSU
April 4 Tray Oates, Samford
April 11 Conrad Heinrich, Wofford
April 18 Tray Oates, Samford
April 25 Ben Johnson, ETSU
May 2 Ben Johnson, ETSU
May 9 Donovan Walton, VMI
March 21 Hannah Steelman, Wofford
March 28 Sarah Sanford, Samford
April 4 Emma Grace Hurley, Furman
April 11 McLeod Dean, Wofford
April 18 Dasha Arnaut, Western Carolina
April 25 Allie Buchalski, Furman
May 2 McLeod Dean, Wofford
May 9 Allie Buchalski, Furman
March 21 Makaila McIntyre, Western Carolina
March 28 Erin Hines, Samford
April 4 Jaelyn Warren, Western Carolina
April 11 Alyssa Whipkey, ETSU
April 18 Simone Williams, Western Carolina
April 25 Alisha Blackmon, Western Carolina
May 2 Alex Williams, Mercer
May 9 Bria Anderson, VMI