Washington wins Southland Conference Runner of the Week award

After running a time fast enough for the Texas Relay finals, Northwestern State sprinter Lynell Washington was named the Southland Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Washington clocked an 11.47 on Friday in a “second group” that wasn’t eligible to advance at the Texas Relays, but her time would have qualified for the prestigious final, which cut off at 11.49.

The sophomore finished second in her group at the Texas Relays as she ran the seventh-fastest 100-meter time at the prelims.

Her 11.47 ranks 28th nationally and first in the Southland Conference and is tied for the sixth-fastest time in NSU history.

Washington stepped back on the track Saturday and ran an 11.57 to win the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State.

The New Orleans native is NSU’s first outdoor track performer of the week as she joins thrower Djimon Gumbs in the superlative category after Gumbs was the field athlete of the week this past week.

NSU heads back to Texas this weekend to compete in the Baylor Invitational.