FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson and Lauren Clarke are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.The Lady Demons’ sweep comes after a weekend of competition for Jackson at the Matador Qualifier in Lubbock, Texas, and an appearance by Clarke in the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas. Jackson blew the competition away with a 53.43 in the 400-meter event, placing her first overall and setting a Southland indoor record along the way. Clarke was not to be outdone as she secured first place in the triple jump with a 42-11.75 (13.10m) and second-place honors in the high jump with a 5-08.75 (1.75m) leap. Both marks serve as personal bests for the sophomore.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State – Sr. – Houston, TexasJackson continues to impress as the senior set a Southland 400m record for the second-straight week, knocking .22 off her mark from last week for a 53.43 finish. The Houston, Texas, product erased a .30 deficit at the 200m split in order to take the gold medal in the event by a .34 margin. Jackson’s award marks her second-straight weekly honor and her third of the indoor season.Honorable Mention: Jessica Rabius, Houston Baptist; Hailey Alcorn, Nicholls.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Lauren Clarke, Northwestern State – So. – Houston, TexasClarke established a pair of personal bests at the Texas A&M Invitational, winning the triple jump (13.10m) and finishing second place in the high jump (1.75m) event. The sophomore’s triple jump mark is currently tied for 20th in the nation and stands as the longest jump by a Southland competitor this indoor season. Clarke’s high jump mark ranks tied for fourth in the conference and is tied for 47th nationally.Honorable Mention: Annina Brandenburg, Abilene Christian; Jemira Thomlinson, Houston Baptist; Alanna Arvie, McNeese.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
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