A second straight high-caliber performance at Texas Tech landed Northwestern State a pair of Southland Conference individual honors Wednesday afternoon.
Demon jumper Nikaoli Williams and Lady Demon pole vaulter AnneMarie Broussard swept the Southland Conference Field Athletes of the Week as voted on by league sports information directors.
Williams, a sophomore from Portmore, Jamaica, had a wildly productive two days at the Texas Tech Shootout this past weekend.
The 6-foot-3 Williams took first place in Section B of the men’s long jump Friday with a personal-best leap of 24-3, which ties him for the Southland Conference lead. He followed that up by jumping a Southland Conference-best 50-10.75 in Section A of the men’s triple jump, finishing third. Williams’ triple jump distance ranks 54th nationally.
In addition to his jumps performances, Williams ran his first indoor 200 meters, clocking a 22.02 to finish 14th. The award is the first of Williams’ NSU career.
While Williams collected his first SLC honor, Broussard added to her decorated legacy by nabbing her first honor of the season.
A junior from Abbeville, the 5-3 Broussard set a season best for the second straight competition, clearing 13-7.25 at Texas Tech. The leap was just two inches off her indoor best.
Broussard now leads the Southland Conference in the event by nearly a foot over teammate Karlyn Trahan and places Broussard in a tie for 42nd nationally.
NSU’s next full-squad meet is the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, from Feb. 27-28.