first_imgThe honor is the first this year for Keys and second for Alexander (March 27). Honorable Mention: Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Maggie Okul, Stephen F. Austin; Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Deja Keys and Sarea Alexander are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Keys, a junior from Houston, also delivered a Cardinals’ program record in the 100-meter competition, running an 11.60 while finishing second. The time is the third-fastest in the league this year and 108th in the NCAA. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Deja Keys, UIW – Jr. – HoustonDeja sprinted to a race win and new UIW program record in the 200-meter dash, topping the field with a time of 23.80. The mark is the fourth-fastest in the Southland Conference this year and 96th-quickest 200-meter result in the NCAA this season. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Sarea Alexander, UIW – Sr. – San AntonioAlexander smashed a long-standing record while leaping to meet victories in both the triple jump and long jump events on her home track on Senior Day at Benson Stadium.center_img Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Imani Nave, Stephen F. Austin; Grace McKenzie, McNeese The senior’s long jump of 21 feet, 8.0 inches that bested the field at the invitational is the top mark in the NCAA this season. The distance represents the second-best all-time in the conference. The senior’s meet-winning triple jump of 13.42 meters (44 feet, 1/2 inch) obliterated the previous Southland Conference record of 43.04.5 set by UTA’s Lisa Austin in 1993. Alexander’s mark is the sixth-farthest jump in NCAA competition this season. Alexander was named NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Athlete of the Week, voted on by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, on Tuesday. It is the first time a Cardinal earned the honor in women’s track & field. The two Cardinals combined for three wins and one second-place finish in the four events in which they competed at the UIW Invitational this weekend. The efforts of both student-athletes helped fuel the Cardinals team win.last_img