Trhee MVC Track and Field Student-Athletes Receive HAAC Honors

Posted February 17, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (February 17, 2014)- Three Missouri Valley College indoor track and field student-athletes received weekly honors from the Heart of America Athletic Conference for their performances over the weekend at two events.  Junior Sarah Niemeier was named the HAAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.  The men’s team swept the weekly awards as Freshman Phillip Cheriyout (Nairobi, Kenya) was named the HAAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week and Freshman Markell Strickland (Hannibal, Mo.) was named the HAAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.


Niemeier claimed her second-straight weekly HAAC award, and third of the season, after her performances at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., and Tom Hathaway Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.  At the Hoosier Hills Invitational, Niemeier ran against mostly NCAA Division I competition in the 800 meter run and placed No. 8 in a time of 2:20.21, missing a National qualifying time by just .01 of a second.  At the Tom Hathaway Classic, Niemeier won the 800 meter run event in a time of 2:20.90.


Cheriyout earned his first weekly HAAC track award of the season by placing fourth in the 5000 meter run at the Tom Hathaway Classic in a time of 15:03.  Cheriyout’s time was good enough to qualify him for the NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.


Strickland won the field honor by winning the triple jump event at the Tom Hathaway Classic with a distance of 12.64 meters.  He also competed in track events, placing No. 3 in the 60 meter hurdles at the same event with a time of 8.51 seconds, and placed No. 18 in the 60 meter hurdles at the Hoosier Hills Invitational with a time of 8.71 seconds.  This is the first conference honor of the season for Strickland.


The Viking indoor track and field teams will compete at the HAAC Championship at Baker University this Friday and Saturday.


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