After their last performances before competing at home in the Southland Conference Track and Field Championships May 3-5, Northwestern State senior standouts Micah Larkins and Kelsey Frank won Southland Athlete of the Week awards Wednesday.
Larkins, the Demons’ sensational sprinter, was voted Male Track Athlete of the Week in the Southland for the third time this outdoor season. Frank, who met a career goal in breaking a 20-year-old school record in the javelin, claimed conference Female Field Event Athlete of the Week honors. Both were winners last Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
Larkins, a two-time relay All-American, earned the weekly distinction after running a wind-aided 10.10 (a wind reading of +2.8, 0.8 too high to be a school record) 100 meter dash to win the section A final. The Haughton High School product beat six professional runners in his victory, clocking the second-fastest time of his career behind a wind-aided 10.02 last year at the Texas Relays.
The Haughton High School product is tied for the fifth-fastest time in the nation and sits atop the Southland. Larkins’ time was the fifth-fastest wind-aided in school history, with the wind (over 2.0).
Frank, the Southland champion in 2017 before redshirting last year, went almost two feet past the Lady Demon record with her winning distance of 168-5. The Oberlin native ranks first in the conference by nearly 18 feet and is tied for 20th in the nation. The old school record of 166-9 was established by All-American Regina Roe in 1999.
Larkins also claimed the same award for his performances at the Prairie View A&M Relays and the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 23 and 28. At Prairie View A&M he won the 100 (10.26) and was part of the winning 4×100 relay team (40.14). He repeated as athlete of the week after winning the 100 in Austin, Texas the following week with his previous season-best 10.11 (+2.9).
Both decorated seniors will try to win a title on their home turf May 3-5 at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex as NSU hosts the 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.