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Akerele Named Summit League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

Akerele Named Summit League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

TROPHY CLUB, Texas – Oral Roberts senior Omeiza Akerele has been named the 2018 Summit League Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, it was announced by The Summit League office Wednesday. Other award winners included South Dakota's Chris Nilsen (Men's Field Athlete of the Year), Shanice Cannigan (Women's Track Athlete of the Year) and Helen Falda (Women's Field Athlete of the Year).

Omeiza Akerele, ORAL ROBERTS
Sr. // Benin City, Nigeria

  • 2018 Summit League Indoor Champion – 200m
  • 2018 Summit League Indoor Champion – 4x400m relay
  • 2018 Summit League Indoor All-Leaguer – 200m, 400m, 4x4
  • Set Summit League Indoor Championship Record – 200m (21.04#)
  • Posted the Summit League's No. 1 ranked time in the 200m this season
  • Posted the Summit League's No. 2 ranked time in the 400m this season (47.68#)
  • Finished indoor season ranked 47th nationally in the 200m
  • Won the 200m dash at the 2017 Bob Timmons Challenge and helped the 4x400m relay team win the Arkansas Invitational

Chris Nilsen, SOUTH DAKOTA
So. // Kansas City, Mo.

  • 2018 Summit League Indoor All-Leaguer – Pole Vault (2nd)
  • 2018 First-Team All-America – Pole Vault (2nd)
  • Vaulted 19' 0.25" (5.80m) at the Nebraska Tune-Up (Feb. 20)
    • South Dakota and Summit League record
    • Fifth-best vault in NCAA indoor history
    • Ninth-best vault in NCAA history overall
  • Ranked No. 1 in the nation heading in NCAA Championships
  • USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week (Feb. 20)
  • Four-time #SummitITF Athlete of the Week in 2017-18

Shanice Cannigan, SOUTH DAKOTA
Sr. // Lucea, Jamaica

  • 2018 Summit League Indoor Champion – 60mH
  • 2018 Summit League Indoor Champion – Pentathlon
  • 2018 Second-Team All-America – Pentathlon (15th)
  • Women's Most Outstanding Performer of the Indoor League Championship
  • Set Summit League Indoor Championship Record – 60mH (8.41@)
  • Set Summit League Indoor Championship Record – Pentathlon (4,106)
  • Posted the Summit League's No. 1 ranked time in the 60mH this season
  • Posted the Summit League's No. 1 ranked score in the Pentathlon this season
  • Finished indoor season ranked 15th nationally in the Pentathlon  

Helen Falda, SOUTH DAKOTA
So. // Torino, Italy 

  • 2018 Summit League Indoor Champion – Pole Vault
  • 2018 Second-Team All-America – Pole Vault (14th)
  • Posted the Summit League's No.1 mark in the Pole Vault this season
  • Finished indoor season ranked 14th nationally in the Pole Vault
  • #SummitITF Athlete of the Week (Feb. 13)

# - Indicates time was converted
@ - Indicates time was recorded during preliminary race

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