KANSAS CITY – The NAIA named Cumberland freshman Praise Idamadudu and Marian junior Arriana Benjamin as National Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
In her collegiate debut, Idamadudu took first place in the 60m, 200m, and 400m while also qualifying with NAIA “A” Standards for all three events. Praise’s first-place finishing times of 23.86s and 53.82s in the 200m and 400m are the fastest in the NAIA so far this season. Her time of 7.47s in the 60m is currently tied for second-best in the NAIA thus far.
Benjamin won both the shot put and weight throw at the IWU Midwest Classic, shattering her own record in each event. In the shot put, Benjamin now holds the No. 1 mark in all of the NAIA after wiping the field at IWU with a 14.72m throw, and in the weight throw Benjamin held a 1.73m lead over the field with her 17.08m mark, now holding the No. 4 mark in the NAIA.