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M-F Athletic’s National Athletes of the Week - May 20, 2024

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to multiple collegiate Track and Field athletes, when applicable (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions, the National Junior College divisions, and the NAIA).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.


UW-La Crosse 4×100 Relay

Solve the equation: Spencer Reichart plus Sam Blaskowski plus Collin Conzemius plus Luke Schroeder equals what? The answer you’re looking for is 39.72 – an NCAA DIII record in the 4×100 relay. Reichart, Blaskowski, Conzemius, and Schroeder combined to cement UW-La Crosse’s billing as 4x100U in NCAA DIII history. The Eagle quartet lowered their program’s all-time division best by 0.14 seconds from 39.86, a mark it used to qualify first out of the preliminary round at the 2023 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. UW-La Crosse now has three of the top-5 performances in NCAA DIII history (No. 1, No.2 and No. 4). UW-La Crosse heads to the NCAA Championships as the de facto favorite and looks to win its third 4×100 relay crown in the past four years. The Eagles won in both 2021 and 2023. This marks just the second time in NCAA DIII award history that a relay team has been named M-F Athletic National Athlete(s) of the Week. Loras was lauded last year on May 2.


Lauren Jarrett, UW-La Crosse

Sophomore | Sprints | La Crosse, Wisconsin

Lauren Jarrett made the most out of the Augustana College Midwest Final Qualifier. Jarrett equaled the NCAA DIII lead in the 200 meters with a wind-legal 23.97, not long after she anchored UW-La Crosse to the second-fastest mark of the season in the 4×100 relay of 46.12. The UW-La Crosse standout has been on a roll recently, setting PRs in both the 100 and 200. Her all-conditions 100-meter PR of 11.44 has her on top of the NCAA DIII leaderboard, too. That came at the WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she scored 22.5 points thanks to a 100-200 sweep and a tote on the winning 4×100 relay. This is the first time in program history that a female athlete from UW-La Crosse has been named M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season.