OGDEN, Utah – For the fourth time this indoor season, Northern Arizona track and field's Brooke Andersen garnered the Big Sky Women's Field Athlete of the week title while sprints athlete Jasmine Malone earned the first AOTW honor of her career. In total, Andersen has claimed four of the seven "WFAOTW" awards doled out in 2017.
With that recognition, Andersen joins an elite group of 10 athletes who have been named a conference athlete of the week at least four times during an indoor season. In fact, Andersen is only the second Lumberjack to ever accomplish the feat, with Ida Nilsson also gathering four AOTW titles during the 2005 indoor track campaign.
"Home sweet dome" is a cliché Andersen has certainly lived by this indoor season, improving her weight throw personal-best at each meet held at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. Last Friday at the NAU Tune-Up was no different, as the Vista, Calif., native trumped her old-Big Sky record set at Mountain T's earlier this season with a 71-0.25 (21.66m) throw on her second attempt from the weight throw circle. Andersen actually surpassed the 20m plateau on five of her six throws Friday, a microcosm of just how consistent and impressive she is this year.
Andersen went onto win the 2017 NAU Tune-Up weight throw event, marking her fourth win of the season and her seventh-career weight throw victory. Not only did she further solidify herself atop the Big Sky all-time rankings, but also managed to move up to No. 9 on the NCAA's performance list this season.
Additionally, the redshirt-junior has eight career wins in the hammer throw event as well. This was Andersen's fifth-career indoor AOTW nod.
Malone also had a great showing at the NAU Tune-Up, where she set new personal-bests in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Leading things off on the track in the 60m event, Malone cruised to a PR time of 7.67@ but missed the finals cut by a mere 0.02 of a second.
Following that performance, Malone was not going to be denied in the 200m event and sped to a 24.44@ career-best time and the first-place finish. It was the second individual career victory for the sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., in the 200m event.
Malone now ranks No. 3 in both event categories this season in the Big Sky, and she leads the conference in the 400m event as well. This is the first such AOTW honor she's earned.