Big South Announces Track & Field Athletes of the Week

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Radford's Joseph Betts has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Track Athlete of the Week, while Jessica Whitmire of Winthrop earned the Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Week.  Meanwhile, Winthrop's Mark Britton was tabbed the Men's Field Athlete of the Week, with Brittany Conner of Coastal Carolina earning the Women's Field Athlete of the Week honor, the League announced today.

Betts, a freshman from Lancaster, Va., took first at the Carolina's Cup in the 200-meter event with a time of 21.26.  His time tied the Radford standard in the event as his squad took home the team title.

Whitmire, a freshman from Pendleton, S.C., claimed first-place in the 3,000 meters at the Carolina's Cup over the weekend.  She broke the tape in 10:23.75.

Britton, a freshman from Pennsboro, WVa., posted a school-record mark of 50.40 meters in the discus event at the Carolina's Cup.  His mark was good for first-place in the event.

Conner, a senior from Greenwood, S.C, claimed three top-five finishes over the weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.  She got things going with a season-best throw of 177' to take home first-place in the hammer throw.  She also finished third in the discus with a mark of 138' 9".  She closed the meet out with a mark of 39' 9.25" to finish fourth in the shot put.

Men's Track Honorable Mentions:
Adam Leroux, Winthrop - Took first in the 800-meter event at the Carolina's Cup with a time of 1:51.37.
Russel Kanner, Coastal Carolina - Claimed two first-place finishes over the weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.  He claimed the gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.08 and followed with a career-best time of 54.42 in the 400-meter hurdles to claim first-place.

Men's Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week
March 21 - Vincent Wyatt, Radford
March 28 - Evan Emery, High Point
April 4 - Milan Ristic, UNC Asheville
April 11 - Jacob Smith, High Point
April 18 - Joseph Betts, Radford

Men's Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week
March 21 - Jason Flanagan, Coastal Carolina
March 28 - Carson Sears, Gardner-Webb
April 4 - Jason Flanagan, Coastal Carolina
April 11 - Lavon Allen, Charleston Southern
April 18 - Mark Britton, Winthrop

Women's Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week
March 21 - Letitia Saayman, Coastal Carolina
March 28 - Manika Gamble, High Point
April 4 - Jennifer Klugh, Liberty
April 11 - Erica Peake, Coastal Carolina
April 18 - Jessica Whitmire, Winthrop

Women's Field Athletes of the Week
March 21 - Kierra Gabe, Coastal Carolina
March 28 - Jennifer Sing, VMI
April 4 - Jessica Dunston, Campbell
April 11 - Mychelle Cummings, Liberty
April 18 - Brittany Conner, Coastal Carolina