Awards roll in for Pitt State Track and Field
Brett Thompson is the USTFCCCA National Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – The awards are flowing in this week for Pitt State Track and Field.
Erie High School product Brett Thompson set a personal-best in the javelin for the third straight meet last weekend at Southwest Baptist.
Thompson posted a mark of 242 feet, 4 inches – the best in Division II this season, and the 7th best all-time mark in Division II.
The senior earned both MIAA recognition and was the USTFCCCA national men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
“I got the MIAA award, and I was like wow, that’s awesome. That’s something that I’ve wanted for a couple years now,” Thompson says, “Then coach sent me that sometime that morning, telling me I won the national athlete of the week. I was like that’s awesome. I’m ust happy to keep accomplishing things, really.”
Trace Mosby is the MIAA women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week.
“It’s hard to accept, because there’s so many people who put in work every single week,” Mosby says.
Mosby won the heptathlon at SBU – posting a career-best 5,477 points.
It’s the top total in the nation this season – in her first outdoor heptathlon in more than a year.
“I was really excited to get back and do it,” Mosby adds, “I didn’t expect it to go so well. It was exhilarating, and it was good to know that the hard work has continued and paid off.”
On top of that, Mosby and Lamar product Trey Mooney have been named finalists for the MIAA women’s and men’s Winter Athletes of the Year.
“Knowing that I’m chosen to be top-5 as a student-athlete means more to me than just an athletic award, because it’s more to me than just athletics,” Mooney says, “To be a finalist means a whole lot.”
“It does feel good on the inside to know that some people see it, and I’m honored enough to make it to this level,” Mosby adds, “I don’t tend to shine a light on myself, so it’s cool.”
While they’re all excited for the individual recognition, the three have their eyes on the team’s goal of winning a conference championship next month.
“Track is an individual sport and you want to do your best, but we all are a team when it comes to conference,” Mosby says.
“We’re not really concerned about awards individually, we just want to win as a team,” Thompson adds, “We have a pretty good team, so we just want to keep getting better every week.”
“Anyone who has ever experienced a conference championship, it’s life-changing,” Mosby finishes, “Anyone on this team who has experienced a conference championship, they can say that’s the best memory of their career as a track and field athlete at Pitt State.”
Pitt State host the Jock’s Nitch High School Relays on Friday, before hosting the 13th annual Gorilla Classic on Sunday.