Athletes of the Week

Michael Jefferson, Transylvania, Men's Basketball
Michael Jefferson Transylvania Men's BasketballMichael Jefferson (Berea, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior - The junior had another two incredible performances to lead the Pioneers to a pair of wins and a 2-0 week in HCAC play. In Wednesday’s 100-84 win over Mount St. Joseph, Jefferson had 36 points on 13-for-15 field goal shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. Jefferson totaled 36 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 34 minutes of work to propel the Pioneers to victory. In his Saturday encore, Jefferson posted a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 11 assists in a 91-75 win over Anderson. Jefferson shot 47 percent (7-15 FG) from the field and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line, finishing the day with 20 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, and one block. For the week, Jefferson shot 67 percent from the field (20-30 FG), 67 percent from three-point range (4-6 three-point FG), and 80 percent from the free throw line (12-15 FT). The junior averaged 28 points per game, 7.5 assists per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and one steal per game.
Ashton Woodard, Transylvania, Women's Basketball
Ashton Woodard Transylvania Women's BasketballAshton Woodard (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior - The senior led the Pioneers to another 2-0 week with a pair of game-leading performances in the scoring column. Woodard posted a game-high 20 points in Wednesday’s 79-57 win at Mount St. Joseph behind 7-for-12 shooting from the field, including 4-for-5 connections on three-pointers. Woodard added four assists, one rebound, and a steal in the win. In Saturday’s 71-38 win against Anderson, Woodard tallied a game-high 18 points on a perfect 8-for-8 showing from the free throw line and 4-for-9 shooting from the floor, once again adding four assists and a rebound. For the week, Woodard shot 60 percent from three-point range, 52 percent from the field overall, and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. The senior averaged 19 points per game, four assists per game, a rebound per game, and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4:1.
Jared Brown, Rose-Hulman, Men's Swimming
Jared Brown Rose-Hulman Men's SwimmingJared Brown (Skokie, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore - Rose-Hulman relied on Brown's perfect 4-for-4 night to help earn a narrow 148-140 win over HCAC rival Franklin. The meet winner came down to the last relay event of the night, and Brown's anchor leg of the 400-freestyle relay secured an eight-point win for Rose-Hulman. Brown also won the 50-free and 100-free events and was part of the winning 200-medley relay team.
Gauge Creech, Franklin, Men's Diving
Gauge Creech Franklin Men's DivingGauge Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Freshman – Creech put up a six-dive score of 299.95 on the one-meter board and a six-dive winning score of 270.25 on the three-meter board Friday night against Rose-Hulman.
Brynna Sentel, Franklin College, Women's Swimming
Brynna Sentel Franklin College Women's SwimmingBrynna Sentel (Sullivan, Ill.) Franklin College | Junior – Sentel claimed first place in two individual events and took part in two winning relays as the Grizzlies remained unbeaten in dual competition with Friday night's win over Rose-Hulman.
Faith Jackson, Franklin, Women's Diving
Faith Jackson Franklin Women's DivingFaith Jackson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Freshman – Jackson bested a pair of Rose-Hulman divers to win both events in Friday night's dual competition, winning each six-dive session by a considerable margin.
Kristian Zadlo, Rose-Hulman, Men's Track
Kristian Zadlo Rose-Hulman Men's TrackKristian Zadlo (River Forest, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Zadlo won the 400-meter dash (51.47) at the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, helping the Engineers win the six-team meet. He also was part of a winning 4x200 meter relay (1:34.33) and helped the 4x400 team come home in second place.
Blessed Shumba, Earlham, Men's Field
Blessed Shumba Earlham Men's FieldBlessed Shumba (Harare, Zimbabwe) Earlham College | Freshman - First-year Blessed Shumba set a new Earlham record in the triple jump with a mark of 45-3.5 (13.80m), finishing second in the event at Saturday's Coach Rob NCAC/OAC/HCAC Challenge at Wittenberg University. That mark was good enough to rank third in the Great Lakes Region performance list. Shumba also finished third in the high jump at the Coach Rob meet, clearing the bar at 6-0.75 (1.85m) and tying for 17th in the Great Lakes Region. Earlham finished fourth out of eight teams with 65 points.
Mary-Helen Shomba, Rose-Hulman, Women's Track
Mary-Helen Shomba Rose-Hulman Women's TrackMary-Helen Shomba (Hutto, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Shomba smashed her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles by .08 seconds, recording the nation's No. 5 ranked time in NCAA Division III with a mark of 9.05 seconds. She also came home second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.85 seconds.
Mariah Murray, Anderson, Women's Field
Mariah Murray Anderson Women's FieldMariah Murray (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior - Murray won the high jump and tied a facility record in the Coach Rob NCAC/OAC/HCAC Challenge, clearing a height of 1.60 meters (five feet, three inches). She currently leads the conference and is tied for 32rd in the nation in the high jump.

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