ASU Track's Sharika Nelvis earns weekly conference nod

From Arkansas State University

Junior Sharika Nelvis of the Arkansas State University women's indoor track and field team has been tabbed this week's (Feb. 13) Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week per release this Wednesday (Feb. 13) by the league office.

The weekly conference honor represents the third time this indoor season in which the sprinter has received such recognition.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Nelvis earned league plaudits for week one (Jan. 9) and week four (Jan. 30).

Nelvis, a 2012 U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Second-Team All-America selection, placed first in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles events at last weekend's (Feb. 8-9) Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.  She clocked a 7.42 time in the 60-meter dash to lead all sprinters and posted a time of 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles en route to a first-place showing.

Nelvis has not only compiled the Sun Belt Conference's best times in the two events (60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles), but also owns the top 200-meter dash time.  Nationally, Nelvis presently ranks tied for 17th place in the 60-meter hurdles and is listed 27th in the 60-meter dash among this season USTFCCCA NCAA Division I rankings as of Feb. 11.

To date for her career, Nelvis has now garnered SBC weekly laurels on seven occasions.  She was a four-time recipient last season, twice in the indoor season(Feb. 8 and 15) and two times in the outdoor campaign (April 19 and 25).

With her selection, an ASU track student-athlete has now been a recipient of a weekly Sun Belt Conference Award six times.

The Red Wolves are idle this weekend in preparation of hosting the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 24-25 at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.