NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University standouts took three of the four spots in this week's Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards after an outstanding spring debut at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational over the weekend.
Junior middle distance runner Ben Weisel (Nashville, Tenn.) was named OVC Male Track Athlete of the Week, sophomore thrower Jessica Mattsson (Tierp, Sweden) was picked as OVC Female Field Athlete of the Week and freshman thrower Bo Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was selected for the OVC Male Field Athlete of the Week.
Weisel ran to sixth place in a loaded 1,500-meter race at Vanderbilt's track on Friday, but that placing doesn't quite convey his impressive performance. Weisel's time of 3:52.24 is the fastest time in the OVC so far this season and the 23rd best time in the NCAA East Region.
The top 48 marks at the end of the season qualify for the NCAA Championships East Preliminary. Of course, there's a long way to go between now and May 23, the first day of that meet.
Mattsson had a similar performance in the hammer throw Friday. She covered 53.65 meters (176 feet) to reach the event finals and place eighth. No hammer thrower in the conference has a better mark this season.
Making his Belmont debut, Miller placed second in the javelin on Saturday with a throw of 56.79 meters (186-4). Not only is his mark the best in the OVC this spring, he's outdistanced every other competitor in the conference by nearly 6 full meters.
The Bruins will be back on the track and in the field starting Friday. Weisel and Belmont's distance runners are competing in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., while the rest of the Bruins' squad heads to the Joey Haines Invitational at Cape Girardeau, Mo.