SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University track and field freshman Joshua Smith was named the Crossroads League Men's Track Athlete of the Week while sophomore Bethany Kuenzer was tabbed the Women's Field Athlete of the Week following their outstanding performances at the Otterbein University Twilight Invitational.
Smith continued his impressive rookie campaign with a first place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. The Sterling Heights, Michigan native turned in a personal-best time of 14.88, which not only ranks second in school history behind his father Darrow Smith, but was good enough to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Smith, who earned All-American honors at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, currently ranks 16th nationally in the event.
In addition to his performance in the 110 hurdles, Smith also grabbed second place in the 400 meter hurdles on Friday posting a time of 56.82.
For the fourth time this year, Kuenzer was recognized by the Crossroads League. The sophomore from Pittsford, Michigan recorded two second place finishes. Kuenzer turned in one of the best performances in school history in the pole vault, clearing a height of 11' 11.75" (3.65m), which matched the program's all-time best mark. She would also jump 33' 6" (10.21m) in the triple jump.
Kuenzer will be making her second straight trip to the outdoor national championship meet in the pole vault. She currently ranks eighth in the country in the event.
Up next, Spring Arbor will compete in the Crossroads League Championships. The meet will take place on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University on Thursday, Apr. 28 and Friday, Apr. 29.