For the second week in a row, two Arkansas State University indoor track and field student-athletes have received acknowledgement from the Sun Belt Conference (SBC).
Sharika Nelvis was chosen as the conference's Women's Track Athlete of the Week this week (Feb. 5) and Kashef Daniel earned Men's Field Athlete of the Week recognition by the league office following the two seniors' noteworthy performances at last weekend's Indiana Relays (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) in Bloomington, Ind.
Nelvis, who received the conference weekly award for the third time (Jan. 15, 22, and Feb. 5) this indoor season, finished first in the Indiana Relays' 60-meter hurdles event by posting an 8.17 time. Her time at the Indiana Relays presently is listed among the top 10 nationally and currently marks the second-fastest time in the Sun Belt Conference this season. Nelvis, a two-time (2012 and 2013) United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has presently produced the conference's top 60-meter hurdles time of 8.15 established at the Kentucky Invitational (Jan. 17).
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Nelvis is currently tied for eighth place among the leading 2014 NCAA-I Qualifiers in the 60-meter hurdles after clocking a time of 8.15 at the Kentucky Invitational (Jan. 17) and ranks eighth in the 60-meter dash following a 7.31 time at the season-opening ASU Kickoff Klassic (Dec. 1). The three-time (2011-13) All-SBC First-Team selection is 17th on the NCAA Qualifying charts in the 200 meters as a result of sprinting a 23.73 time at the A-State Invitational (Jan. 24).
Daniel, who hails from Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago, turned in a conference-leading effort of 7-0.5/2.15m in the high jump at the Indiana Relays to tie a Trinidad and Tobago National Record and represents a NCAA-I qualifying mark. Daniel currently ranks tied for 22nd place among the national indoor qualifiers and has accounted for the conference's three best jumps to date this indoor season.
With the two selections this week, an A-State indoor track athlete has now been awarded a conference weekly honor six times in this indoor track season's four weeks. A week ago (Jan. 29), redshirt junior Kristina Aubert was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week and senior Richard Chavez claimed conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week recognition.
Arkansas State, which is listed 29th nationally for the women and 47th in the nation for the men according to the latest (Feb. 4) USTFCCCA NCAA-I National Team Computer Rankings, is in action this upcoming weekend (Feb. 7-8) at both the Missouri Invitational and at Nebraska's 39th annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.