by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College added three more “athletes of the week” to its list of accolades within the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference this school year.
Women’s basketball center Abby Schmidt, freshman from Newton, received her sixth Player of the Week (fifth defensive) designation, for the week of Jan. 22-28, as voted by conference sports information directors.
Jordyn Miller of Southwestern College earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the same time period, but Schmidt holds the lead, with six total to Miller’s four and Kylah Comley’s (Sterling College) four.
Schmidt had a relatively quiet week considering her past performances this season, but was still able to rack up six total blocks and swipe three steals. Her blocks were often at key points in the upset win against NAIA-ranked Tabor College (No. 23) on Jan. 24.
Schmidt’s 43 total blocks on the season are tied for first in the KCAC, but the 37 she’s accounted for since conference play began are the most by seven.
Jen Andres, freshman from Newton, was named Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 22-28, her second time to earn the honor.
Andres continues speeding through her freshman year, which included a great showing at the Jayhawk Classic, Jan. 25-26 in Lawrence.
After breaking the 2017-18 original school record for the fifth time this season with a 7.99 in the 60 meters, Andres tied her own 200-meter record of 26.13, finishing second – above runners from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Tulsa, and several NJCAA and NAIA schools.
She then went on to set a personal record of 1:01.33 in the 400 meters at the Butterworth Classic, Jan. 27 at Wichita State University, which was good for second at the meet, and just five milliseconds off the school record.
After being named Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for Jan. 8-14, senior Julio Martinez, Phoenix, turned around and garnered the award for a second consecutive week, Jan. 15-21.
Martinez broke yet another school record this season, this time in the 1,000 meters, Jan. 19 at the Cavalier Night Relays at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. His time of 2:34.45 is the fastest of all KCAC runners so far this season, and won the meet by more than four seconds.
He proceeded to break his own record a week later, Jan. 26 at the Butterworth Classic, with a time of 2:31.11, while also qualifying for the NAIA Indoor Championships, to be held at Pittsburg State University in March.
Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel competes in the 12-school KCAC and the NAIA. See more at www.bethelthreshers.com.
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