FREELAND, Mich. – Olivet College junior Noah Bailey and sophomore Ariel Floyd have been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week for their performances April 12 at the Albion College Triangular.
Bailey took first-place in both the long jump and triple jump. His mark of 23 feet, 5-1/4 inches in the long jump currently ranks No. 1 in the MIAA and No. 9 on the NCAA Division III Performance List. It also broke the longest-standing school record. Karl Wilson previously held the record at 22 feet, 4 inches in 1968. Bailey's performance in the triple jump – 46 feet, 9 inches – also tops the MIAA and is No. 13 on the NCAA DIII list. In addition to his jumps, Bailey ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay.
"Noah had an outstanding competition on Friday in the long jump and triple jump," said Olivet head coach Karen Lutzke. "He continues to make progress in both events and on Friday he jumped over seven meters in the long jump for the first time in his career. Noah's dedication to track and field is evident as he works hard every day to master both events."
Floyd placed in the top five in three field events. She claimed the top spot in the hammer throw with a school-record throw of 159 feet, 10 inches, and finished second in the discus throw (118 feet, 3 inches) and fifth in the shot put (35 feet, 3-3/4 inches). The mark in the hammer ranks No. 1 in the MIAA and No. 33 on the NCAA Division III list. Floyd also ran the first leg of the second-place 4x100-meter relay.
"Ariel continues to make improvements in all of her throwing events because of her level of commitment to become better," said Lutzke. "She has really taken off in the hammer throw and we are excited to see how she continues to develop the next few years."