BAY CITY, Mich. -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced weekly awards following the sixth weekend of the 2016-17 indoor track and field season. In women's competition, Walsh junior Sarah Berger earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week honors, while Findlay junior Tynelle Gumbs captured GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week accolades for the second consecutive week. On the men's side, Northwood's Rami Gharsalli earned GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week distinction for the second time this year, while Ashland junior Daniel Roberts captured GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week recognition for the third time this season.
WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Sarah Berger, Walsh
At SPIRE, Walsh junior All-American Sarah Berger set her first provo mark in the mile with a time of 4:50.64 to finish first. Berger's time positions her second in the GLIAC and No. 4 in NCAA Division II.
WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Tynelle Gumbs, Findlay
Facing some of the best throwers in the country in the weight throw at the Findlay Classic & Elite Throws, Findlay junior Tynelle Gumbs took second place in the elite division of the weight throw, only being outdone by the sixth-best thrower in NCAA Division I. Gumbs’ throw measured 20.54m (67’ 04 ¾”), an NCAA DII Automatic Qualifier for the national championship meet. That throw is a new personal best, is the third-best throw in the nation this season, and is the top mark in the GLIAC this year.
MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Rami Gharsalli, Northwood
Northwood sophomore Rami Gharsalli continued the outstanding start to his Northwood career with a victory in the 60 meter hurdles at the Findlay Classic & Elite Throws. His time of 7.90 betters his NCAA Provisional mark he set of 8.02 earlier this season. His time is the best in the GLIAC this season and currently ranks him No. 3 nationally in Division II.
MEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK - Daniel Roberts, Ashland
Ashland junior Daniel Roberts won the men’s weight throw on Saturday at the Findlay Classic & Elite Throws, doing so with a top mark of 22.20 meters/72-feet-10. That throw is the 12th-best in the history of NCAA Division II indoor men’s weight throw, and it puts him as the fifth-best D-II indoor men’s weight thrower all-time, trailing Ashland’s Kibwe Johnson (Nos. 1-7), Ashland’s Ryan Loughney (Nos. 8 and 10), Grand Valley State’s Darien Thornton (No. 9) and Findlay’s Justin Welch (No. 11).