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Rynard, Garza collect SCAC weekly honors after big performances at UIW

Rynard, Garza collect SCAC weekly honors after big performances at UIW

SEGUIN, Texas -- Texas Lutheran junior middle-distance runner Ashley Rynard (Temple/Temple) and senior thrower Garrett Garza (Round Rock/Stony Point) each collected Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete of the week honors earlier this week.

Rynard was named the SCAC Female Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this track season, and Garza was named the SCAC Male Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season.

Rynard surged to the top of the SCAC in the 1,500 with a time of 4:41.86 on the Friday night portion of the UIW Invitational meet in San Antonio. She missed first place to a Division I runner by only .10.

Meanwhile, the next day in the high winds, Rynard battled to a second-place finish overall (to an unattached runner), and first collegiately against mainly Division I competition with a time of 2:15.88. She currently holds the top spot in that event at 2:15.86 - which is nearly three seconds ahead of the number two competitor in the 800 for the SCAC.

Garza continued his dominance in the shot put event at the UIW Invitational in San Antonio, besting all college competitors in all divisions with a toss of 16.51 meters (54-2).

Not to be outdone in the discus, Garza threw to the top of the SCAC with a third-place overall in the collegiate competition (only Division 1 competitors ahead of him) at a mark of 47.48 meters (155-9).

Other outstanding performances in the SCAC Women's Track:
Senior Allysa Warling of Colorado College posted an outstanding performance in the 5k at the Wichita State Track Invite on Friday where she ran a 18:14.71 beating her previous best of 19:49. This placed her 11th in a NCAA Division II, junior college field and she is ranked second in the SCAC in the event. Sophomore Olive Pertiut of Trinity ran two new personal bests at the UCSD Triton Invitational. She doubled the 800/1500 with a 2:25.65 and 4:55.68. Freshman Anna Wilgenbusch of Dallas set personal-best times in both the 1500 (5:06) & 5k (18:54) this weekend at the East Texas Invitational. She finished 14th & fifth, respecitvely, in each event.
 
SCAC Women's Track Athletes-of-the-Week
Week 1Ashley Myers, Texas Lutheran University
Week 2Abigail Bannon-Schneebeck, Trinity University
Week 3n/a
Week 4Megan Koch, Colorado College
Week 5Ashley Myers, Texas Lutheran University
Week 6Molly McCullough, Trinity University
Week 7Andy Garza, Trinity University
Week 8Ashley Rynard, Texas Lutheran University

Other Outstanding Performances in the SCAC Men's Field:
Senior Henry Baldwin of Colorado College high jumped 2.05 meters ( 6' 8 3/4") at the Colorado School of Mines Track Invitation in a field composed mostly of NCAA Division I and Division II schools. This tied Henry for the mark at the meet, and he remains the top high jumper in the SCAC. Freshman Tanner Lacy of Trinity had a solid meet at the UCSD Triton Invitational as the first-year cleared a bar of 4.30m in the pole vault. Tanner currently ranks #1 in the conference in the event.  Sophomore Devin Rosas of Southwestern won the men's long jump with a leap of 6.69 meters at the UIW Invitational.

SCAC Men's Field Athletes-of-the-Week
Week 1Ezrael Powell, Texas Lutheran University
Week 2Garrett Garza, Texas Lutheran University
Week 3n/a
Week 4Henry Baldwin, Colorado College
Week 5Naim Barnett, Trinity University
Week 6Garrett Garza, Texas Lutheran University
Week 7n/a
Week 8Garrett Garza, Texas Lutheran University