By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA May 1, 2018


NCAA & NJCAA OTF National Athletes of the Week (May 1)

NEW ORLEANS – Collegiate records and division records didn't stand a chance this past weekend.

A few of these National Athletes of the Week, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) helped rewrite the record books.

Find out more about these athletes by clicking their names or scrolling below.

CLICK HERE for a historical listing of National Athletes of the Week in outdoor track & field.

National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and NJCAA Division I).

Nominations are open to the public. Coaches and sports information directors are encouraged to nominate their student-athletes; as are student-athletes, their families and friends, and fans of their programs. Nominated athletes are noticed before those athletes found through searching TFRRS.

The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.

NJCAA DIVISION I MEN – Travis Petersen, Iowa Central CC

Sophomore | Throws
Atlantic, Iowa

Travis Petersen recorded the second-best hammer throw in all of NJCAA Division I this year at the Kim Janvrin Open over the weekend. The product out of Atlantic, Iowa, posted a throw of 57.97m (190-2), placing fourth at the meet, ahead of NCAA Division I competitors.

Petersen becomes the fourth men's athlete from Iowa Central CC to pick up a National Athlete of the Week award for the outdoor track & field season.

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN – Adva Cohen, Iowa Central CC

Freshman | Distance
Jerusalem, Israel

Adva Cohen just continues to impress. One week after setting the NJCAA record in the 5000 at the Kansas Relays, the freshman from Jerusalem, Israel, added to her portfolio by winning the steeplechase event title at the prestigious Drake Relays with an NJCAA-record time of 9:52.37. Cohen finished more than 20 seconds faster than any competitor in the race. She also helped Iowa Central CC finish third in the 4×800 (9:12.01) and fourth in the distance medley relay (11:53.89).

This marks Cohen's third National Athlete of the Week award for the outdoor track & field campaign, and her eighth overall.