SPARTANBURG, S.C. – ETSU’s Ben Varghese and Wofford’s Conrad Heinrich have been named the Southern Conference men’s indoor track and field athletes of the week, respectively, while Wofford’s Hannah Steelman and Samford’s Maggie Johnston claimed the honors on the women’s side, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Selections were made by panels of the league’s track and field coaches and included competition held Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.
ETSU’s Varghese remained undefeated on the year en route to earning his secondly weekly honor of the season. The sophomore from Kingsport, Tennessee, led a 1-2-3-4 ETSU finish in the mile at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, turning in a personal-best and meet-record time of 4:07.30 to earn track athlete of the meet honors. Varghese, who won the event by nearly 5 seconds, was named the SoCon track athlete of the month for January on Monday.
Wofford’s Heinrich finished third in the heptathlon at the Carolina Challenge in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday and Friday. The senior from Sugar Land, Texas, totaled 4,615 points in the event, winning the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.62 seconds and the 1,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 2:44.40. He also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 11.56 meters (37 feet, 11 inches). Heinrich’s overall heptathlon result leads the SoCon this season.
Wofford’s Steelman ran at the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday, finishing sixth overall and second among collegiate athletes in the elite 3,000-meter run. The sophomore from Orono, Maine, turned in a time of 9:07.87 on the flat track, taking 35 seconds off the school record, while her converted time of 9:03.22 is good for the second-best time on the NCAA Division I performance list this season.
Samford’s Johnston competed in the throws at the Jaguar Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, taking fifth in the shot put and ninth in the weight throw. The junior from Macon, Georgia, posted a conference-leading throw of 13.59 meters (44 feet, 7 inches) in the shot put and recorded a heave of 16.28 meters (53 feet, 5 inches) in the weight throw. Both efforts were season bests.
Also nominated for men’s track athlete of the week: Colin Martin (The Citadel), Trini Feggett (Western Carolina) and Joe Harbacevich (Wofford).
Also nominated for men’s field athlete of the week: Sam Blumer (The Citadel).
Also nominated for women’s track athlete of the week: Kiana Davis (ETSU), Shian Mallory (Samford) and Kellsie Whitehead (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for women’s field athlete of the week: Mekayla Brown (ETSU), Victoria Solheim (Western Carolina) and Megan Dunn (Wofford).
2018-19 Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Jan. 17 Ben Varghese, ETSU
Jan. 23 Owen Bailey, Samford
Jan. 30 Chace Washington-Saunders, Western Carolina
Feb. 6 Ben Varghese, ETSU
Jan. 17 Longinus Nnodim, Wofford
Jan. 23 Ben Johnson, ETSU
Jan. 30 Trini Feggett, Western Carolina
Feb. 6 Conrad Heinrich, Wofford
Jan. 17 Karisa Nelson, Samford
Jan. 23 Karisa Nelson, Samford
Jan. 30 Karisa Nelson, Samford
Feb. 6 Hannah Steelman, Wofford
Jan. 17 Jackie Barnes, Samford
Jan. 23 Sarah Leckman, VMI
Jan. 23 Victoria Solheim, Western Carolina
Feb. 6 Maggie Johnston, Samford