Reindell Cole Earns Second Straight Big West Athlete of the Week Award

April 8, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - Sophomore Reindell Cole earned his second consecutive Big West Field Athlete of the Week award after posting a season-best long jump at the Texas Relays last weekend.

Cole, who came in with a season-best of 25-1.75 (7.66) which he posted in winning the Cal-Nevada Championship, bettered that mark with a distance of 25-9.50 (7.86) to win his section of the long jump at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin. Cole's long jump is currently the second-best in the nation behind Jeremy Hicks of LSU who jumped 26-1.50 (7.96) on Mar. 28.

Complete Release Courtesy of the Big West Conference

The Big West weekly field honors had a familiar feel to them this week as Cal State Northridge's Reindell Cole and UC Irvine's Alisha Misiaita won their second straight weekly league award. UC Davis was also a big winner as the school nabbed both track awards following the weekend action.

Cole, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., claimed his second straight Men's Field Athlete of the Week honor after a stellar performance at the Texas Relays. Cole jumped a season-best 25-9.50 (7.86m) on his third attempt to win Section A of the men's long jump, the top mark in the Big West and the second best showing in the country.

Misiaita, a junior from San Diego, Calif., also competed at the Texas Relays and came through with an outstanding performance in the shot put. She recorded a mark of 51-08 (15.76m) at the Relays, good for third in the event. Misiaita has thrown at least 49-11 in the event in each of the last three weeks, including her school record 51-09 two weeks ago.

The Aggie honors on the track side went to Polly Gnepa on the men's side and Kim Conley on the women's end.

Gnepa, a senior from Turlock, Calif., came through with a pair of third place finishes in the 100 (10.89) and 110 high hurdles (14.10) at the Mondo Invitational hosted by Sacramento State. His high hurdles time was his fastest of the season, while the 100 mark qualified him for the Big West Championships.

Conley, a senior from Santa Rosa, Calif., came through with a first place finish in the 1500-meter run (4:22.17) at the Mondo Invitational. Conley's time topped her previous PR of 4:24.30 and moved her to second place all-time on the UCD career 1500 list. The result also qualified her for NCAA Regionals.