Sharika Nelvis named Sun Belt Women's Track Athlete of the Week

NEW ORLEANS ( – Senior Sharika Nelvis of the Arkansas State University track and field team has been named the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for this week (April 16) as announced by the league office.

Nelvis claimed first-place honors in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the South Alabama Invitational last Saturday (April 12) in Mobile, Ala., to lead the nationally 41st-place ranked Red Wolves.  She sprinted to an 11.32 time in the 100 meters which was .62 seconds in front of the next sprinter while her personal record time of 23.29 in the 200 meters was also 1.02 faster than the second-place finisher.

Nelvis' 100-meter time at the USA Invitational not only leads the Sun Belt Conference, but is tied for the sixth fastest time among the current 2014 NCAA-I West Preliminary qualifiers and ties for the 10th place best time nationally.  Her time in the 200 meters is currently second best among the conference leaders.

The A-State hurdler-sprinter is a two-time All-America selection in outdoor track having earned second-team laurels in 2012 and 2013 first-team recognition both in the 100-meter hurdles.  She has twice been recognized as the Sun Belt Conference's Most Outstanding Women's Track Athlete (2012 and 2013).

The weekly conference award represents the fifth time in which Nelvis has claimed such honors in her distinguished four-year A-State career.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Nelvis will be one of 10 A-State athletes competing in the 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays this weekend (April 17-19) at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.