Columbia, Mo. – This morning the AMC announced the men’s and women’s indoor track and field athletes of the week and for the second straight week three Columbia College Cougars were recognized for their great performances. Abby Stricker and Austin Ray were named this week’s AMC Field Athletes of the Week while Tommy Skosky took home the Track Athlete of the Week Award for the week ending on February 5th.
Skosky, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, hit the NAIA “A” Standard in the 5,000 meter run at the Jim Green Invitational, winning the event in a 27-runner field in 14:48. The time qualifies him for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in March.
Ray, a graduate student from Columbia, Missouri, posted two top-five finishes in throwing events at the Jim Green Invitational. He put up a distance of 14.18 meters in the weight throw, finishing fifth out of 39 athletes in the event, and he launched the shot put 13.98 meters, a mark good enough for third out of 41 athletes. His performance helped the Cougars to a third place team finish in the event.
Stricker, a sophomore from Labadie, Missouri, posted a pair of top-finishes for the Cougars at the Jim Green Invite. She won the long jump in a field of 33 athletes, soaring a distance of 5.72 meters. She then added a triple jump win in a field of 22 athletes, posting a distance of 11.36 meters. Both numbers are good enough to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championship in March.
The Cougars are back in action on Friday, February 17th when they travel to Elsah, Illinois, to compete in the AMC Indoor Championships at Principia College.