April 10, 2007
Northwest Claims Four MIAA Athlete of the Week Awards
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Four Northwest Missouri State athletes were named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Athletes of the Week announced today by the league offices. Senior Pablo Acebedo earned Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors for the third time this season. Sophomore Khai Berry was named men's track athlete, senior Bayo Adio earned men's field athlete and sophomore Hannah Henry picked up women's track honors.
Acebedo went 1-0 in No. 2 singles and 2-0 in No. 2 doubles in competition last week against Baker (Kan.) on April 5 and East Central (Okla.) on April 6 for his fifth career MIAA weekly honor. He and sophomore Daniel Usieto defeated Trevor Hedberg and Martin Renteria of Baker 8-6 in No. 2 doubles and Acebedo won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-4 over Joes Mota for the Bearcats seventh consecutive win of the season.
Acebedo and Usieto paired to win 8-6 over Victor Rios and Chris Kreil of East Central in No. 2 doubles. His No. 2 singles match against Courtney Swartz was not completed, allowing him to maintain his eight-match winning streak at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. Acebedo currently stands sixth in the ITA/FILA North Central region rankings as of April 6.
Berry won the 110-meter hurdles at the Northwest Invitational last Saturday, clocking 14.47 seconds in what would have been a NCAA qualifying time except for strong wind readings at the time of the race. The time is the second-best in Northwest history, and stands three-hundredths of a second away from the school record set in 2002.
Adio won his first career MIAA honor after winning the high jump with a nationally provisional mark of 9-6 1/2 at the Northwest Invitational last weekend. Adio also placed second in the triple jump, third in the long jump and sixth in the 100-meter dash to win the Individual Points Title.
Henry won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal record 14.60 seconds last weekend, a NCAA qualifying time except strong wind readings at race time prevented the time from being accepted. She also finished second in the 200-meter dash behind teammate Brandi Honeywell with 26.32 seconds.
Both men's and women's teams won the Northwest Invitational team title, the first time the Bearcats have swept the team awards since 1995.
The tennis programs will be in action tomorrow in hosting undefeated Washburn in Maryville, Mo. The women's track and field program will compete at the Division II Challenge Multi-Events at Emporia State on April 12-13 before joining the men at the Jim Duncan Invitational at Des Moines, Iowa on April 14.
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