Pirates Sweep SCAC Track & Field Athlete-of-the-Week Honors

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Southwestern track & field athletes took all four SCAC Athlete-of-the-Week honors this week after strong showings at the Tarleton Relays. 

Joe Sponsel, a junior from Georgetown, Texas, has been selected the SCAC Men's Track Athlete-of-the-Week for meets conducted through from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10.

In his first season of track & field and running just his second-ever steeplechase event, Sponsel was the top D-III finisher at the Tarleton State Invitational (NCAA D-II) on Thursday.

He placed second overall in the event on a very windy day and is currently listed at the top of the SCAC Performance List. 

Daniel Poole, a junior from Shreveport, La., has been selected the SCAC Men's Field Athlete-of-the-Week for meets conducted from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10.

Poole was the only D-III male athlete to score in the Javelin at the Tarleton State Invitational (NCAA D-II). He placed third of 16 competitors with a throw of 48.76, which is a season-best throw.

Poole is currently ranked first in the Javelin on the SCAC Performance List.

Lilly Duarte, a junior from Streetman, Texas, has been selected the SCAC Women's Track Athlete-of-the-Week for meets conducted from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10.

Duarte was the top NCAA D-III finisher in both the 800 and the 1,500 at the Tarleton State Invitational (NCAA D-II) this past Thursday.

She placed second in the 1,500 with a personal-best time of 4:51.93 and third in the 800 with a season-best time of 2:23.88. Duarte is currently ranked first in the 1,500 and third in the 800 on the SCAC Performance List.

She also ran the second leg on the SU Women's 4x400 meter relay which was a season-best performance of 4:23.41 for the team. This performance brought SU's 4x4 up to second on the SCAC Performance List. 

Molly Campbell, a first-year student-athlete from Littleton, Colo., has been selected the SCAC Women's Field Athlete-of-the-Week for meets conducted from Monday, March 4 through Sunday March 10.

Campbell threw 21.09 in the Discus at the Tarleton State Invitational this past Thursday. She is currently ranked third on the SCAC Performance list in the event. 

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