FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson and McNeese’s Alanna Arvie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Jackson claims her second weekly honor of the season after an impressive weekend for the Lady Demons at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The senior set a Southland record in the 400-meter race with a 53.65 finish and fifth-place honors. She also took bronze in the 200m dash with a 23.98 before closing out the weekend as a leg of the Lady Demons’ 4x400m relay squad.Arvie stamped a pair of first-place finishes in the shot put and weight throw events at the Samford Bulldog Invite in Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend. Her double gold-medal performance was highlighted by a program record in the shot put with a 50-09.5 (15.48m) and a 64-11.25 (19.79m) mark in the weight throw. The weekly award marks her third of the season.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State – Sr. – Houston, TexasJackson set a Southland Conference indoor record in the 400m over the weekend, running a 53.65 at the Tyson Invitational for fifth place. She then followed suit with a PR in the 200m with a 23.98, a mark that was .01 off the fastest time by a Southland sprinter this season. Jackson’s 400m time stands 31st in the nation and her 53.83 split in the 4x400m relay stands as the second-fastest start in NSU school history.Honorable Mention: Sierra Temple, Central Arkansas; Kaitlin Smith, Houston Baptist; Aleyah Donald, McNeese; Omo Oboh, Nicholls; Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – Sr. – Oberlin, La.Arvie garnered a pair of gold medals at the Samford Bulldog Invite in the shot put and weight throw events. Her performance in the shot put set a McNeese program record with a distance of 50-09.5 (15.48m), moving her to No. 3 in this season’s Southland indoor performance list. Arvie’s victory in the weight throw marked her fourth of the season with a toss of 64-11.25 (19.79m).Honorable Mention: Zoe Spinn, Abilene Christian; Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State; Kaylee Bizzell, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
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