St. Louis, Mo., May 5, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis juniors Melissa Gilkey and James Hallwood each received University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors, as announced by the Association.
Gilkey was named the UAA Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week after finishing first in the women's javelin with a season-best mark at the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State University Saturday in Normal, Ill. She recorded a throw of 42.27 meters, which was nearly three meters better than her previous season-best, to place first in a field of NCAA Division I competitors. The mark was more than eight meters ahead of the runner-up finisher, and ranks tied for 13th on the NCAA Division III Outdoor leaderboard this season. It marks the first time this season and second time in her career that Gilkey has earned Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week accolades.
Hallwood was part of two school-record performances at the Redbird Invitational to earn UAA Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season. He finished second in the 200 with a time of 21.41, which broke the 26-year-old school record of 21.50 set by Marvin Williams in 1988. The time was more than two-tenths of a second faster than Hallwood's previous career-best, and ranks ninth in NCAA Division III this season. Hallwood also teamed with senior Alan Komorowski and juniors Troy Makous and Nick Alaniva to finish second in the 400 relay with a school-record time of 41.71. The time easily broke the previous Washington U. record of 41.92 set in 2009, and ranks 23rd in NCAA Division III this season. Hallwood added a fourth-place finish in the 100 in a time of 10.87.