Kierstin Stolley - Southwestern College Sports Information
WINFIELD, Kan. – Four Southwestern College Track and Field members have been named Daktronics-NAIA Track and Field Scholar-Athletes. Seth Topham, Taylor Needham, Shaley Shumate, and Ashley Smith have earned the award.
Senior Seth Topham ran in the 110 Meter Hurdles this season. Topham had a season-best performance of 15.43 at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in McPherson, Kan. He placed second at the meet and took home the silver medal. Topham was named the 2017 Southwestern College Most-Outstanding Male Student-Athlete.
Taylor Needham recently won a National Championship in the 400 Meter Hurdles in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Cheney, Kan. native finished the race with a time of 59.92. As a junior, Needham is the most decorated female athlete in the history of Southwestern College Track and Field.
Junior Shaley Shumate is a multi-event specialist. Shumate recorded a personal-best in the Javelin at the KCAC Championships. The Minneola, Kan. native marked a 30.28 meter throw, beating her previous personal-best by almost four meters.
Ashley Smith is a distance specialist for the Moundbuilders. The junior from Garden City, Kan. had a season-best time of 19:21.41 in the 5,000 Meter Run at the Tabor Inviational. Smith also competes in the 1,500 Meter Run and the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, click here.