LUBBOCK, Texas – As announced by the Big 12 Conference this afternoon, junior Steven Champlin and senior Viershanie Latham both won Athlete of the Week for their performances at the Red Raider Shootout.
Champlin put together a 45.01 (converted to 45.12 with altitude) 400-meter run to claim first at the meet. This was a lifetime-best for Champlin that earned him the No. 4 nationally-ranked spot as well as the No. 7 world-ranked position.
Champlin is also a part of the men's 4x400 relay that is currently ranked fifth in the nation with their 3:03.28 time.
"I'm so proud of Steven and how he has finally put together a good open race," Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "He has been running fantastic relays, and this time he almost put together a perfect race and I am just so happy for him."
Latham has continued to produce strong marks throughout the season in the women's jumps, with the most recent accomplishment being her 6.55m/21-6 (+3.8w) long jump mark.
This was an almost foot-and-a-half lifetime-best improvement for Latham that moved her up to No. 5 in the national rankings and No. 9 in the world amongst moderately-windy marks.
"I'm very pleased with how consistent Viershanie has been all year," Kittley said. "Week in and week out she is setting personal records and school records. I love how she has competed as a senior and continues to lead our team."
In her last home meet Latham also took first-place in the triple jump at a 13.66m/44-9.75 (+2.3w) leap.
Latham has finished first in three of her five outdoor triple jump showings this season.
This weekend the Red Raiders will stay at home to host the Masked Rider Open on Saturday, May 6.