SoHi graduate Paige Blackburn, a senior thrower at Air Force, was named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
The honor came for Blackburn’s performance at the Robert Shine Invitational. At the meet, Blackburn became the second Air Force thrower to best the 50-foot mark in the shot put, throwing 51 feet, 2 3-4 inches, to improve her personal best by over 1 foot and finish second at the event, including first among college athletes. The throw is second in the Mountain West and 36th in the nation.
Blackburn also established a new personal record in the weight throw, tossing 59—7 3-4. That is a top-10 toss in the conference.
Blackburn is competing in the 2012 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The event started Thursday and will end Saturday.
Seward’s O’Leary helps set record
Seward graduate Ryan O’Leary helped the University of Wyoming’s 800-yard freestyle relay make history at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Los Angeles in mid-February.
The freshman, swimming second, helped his team to a winning time of 6 minutes, 31.62 seconds, a school record and an NCAA B qualifying time.