College Sports 360 ...                                                Primetime Performers of the Week (2/14/12; D-I Sports)

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Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3 ... Jan. 10 ... Jan. 17 ... Jan. 24 ... Jan. 31 ... Feb. 7


RELEASE: Feb. 14, 2012          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesports360.com)

CollegeSports360 National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week:

Miles Batty A 230

• BYU record-setting senior miler Miles Batty
• Stanford tennis ace Mallory Burdette
• Colorado cross-country skier Eliska Hajkova 
• Northeastern women's hockey forward Casey Pickett
• Tennessee softball pitcher Ellen Renfroe
• Princeton fencing women's epeeist Ambika Singh
... plus 11 other Primetime Performers of the Week
and the full Primetime Weekly Honor Roll

Six standout Division I student-athletes have been selected for top honors in the current edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com: BYU record-setting senior miler Miles Batty (Sandy, Utah), pictured at right ... Stanford junior tennis player Mallory Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) ... Colorado senior cross-country skier Eliska Hajkova  (Jablonic, Czech Republic) ... Northeastern women's hockey junior forward Casey Pickett (Wilmington, Mass.) ... Tennessee softball junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe  (Jackson, Tenn.) ... and Princeton freshman women's fencing foilist Ambika Singh (Skillman, N.J.). These six impressive competitors have been tabbed for the top national award, as the CollegeSports360 Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for all of Division I. athletics. They are joined by 11 others in comprising the Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of 24 Division I sports that were in action during the week of Feb. 6-12 (note that often there are multiple top honorees from a specific sport and other times there may not be a top honoree for that particular week).


The CollegeSports360 Primetime Performer awards program goes beyond simply the raw stats or results, instead taking into account the quality of the opposition, contribution to team success and other situational factors (such as all-around play, leadership, clutch efforts, adversity overcome, etc.).

The other 11 Pr
imetime Performers of the Week for their respective sports (all 17 are listed below) include: UCLA women's tennis freshman Robin Anderson (Matawan, N.J.) ... Arizona State senior women's water polo attacker Alicia Brightwell (Sydney, Australia) ... West Virginia women's basketball junior center Asya Bussie (Randallstown, Md.) ... Illinois freshman 125-pound wrestler Jesse Delgado (Gilroy, Calif.) ... Georgia senior women's gymnast Kat Ding  (Sparks, Nev.) ... Navy senior men's gymnast Andrew Faulk (San Antonio, Texas) ... Oregon women's track & field sophomore sprinter English Gardner (Voorhees, N.J.) ... NC State track & field junior distance runner Ryan Hill (Hickory, N.C.) ... Middlebury senior men's cross-country skier Patrick Johnson  (Anchorage, Alaska) ... Arizona men's track & field sophomore distance runner Lali Lalang (Eldoret, Kenya) ... Ferris State men's hockey senior goaltender Taylor Nelson (Regina, Sask.) ... and Duke men's basketball freshman guard Austin Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.).

CollegeSports360's overall honorees on the Feb.6-12 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll include an assortment of student-athletes (full list below) from 24 total sports that were in action over the past week.

Headshots of all honorees are included in the right-sidebar. More action photos and indvidual info./highlights are in the process of being added to this release (time permitting, this page will be broken down into smaller, multiple honors pages for the week, for specific sports, etc.).

BATTY (pictured above) 
– the defending NCAA indoor champion in the mile – rose to the challenge while running on Feb. 11 at the presigious Millrose Games, held in New York City on Armory Track & Field. One of six invited collegians who ran alongside professionals in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, Batty broke the NCAA record (3:55.02, by Oklahoma State's Germam Fernandez in 2009) by breaking the tape in 3:54.54. Despite being boxed-in against the rail for the first half of the race, Batty finished ahead of all of the professionals except Matthew Centrowitz, who broke the Armory record with a time of 3:53.92. Batty was honored in 2011 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as the Academic All-American of the Year for men's cross country/track-and-field, currently carrting a 3.95 cumulative GPA as a neuroscience and exercise science major. He also was named the 2011 NCAA indoor ttrack & field athlete of the year, after helping lead BYU to a third-place NCAA finish with his win in the mile (3:59.49) and strong anchor leg on the winning distance medley relay.                    

See video below to watch Batty's record-setting mile race:

                  

Mallory Burdette A 230


BURDETTE (pictured at left) – the nation's #1-ranked singles player and part of the top-ranked doubles unit (with Nicole Gibbs) – helped deliver a pair of early wins in a rare regular-season showdown between the nation's #1 and #2 teams (Florida and Stanford, respectively), as the Cardinal went on to beat the visiting Gators, 5-2, on Feb. 12. The teams had opted not to compete in the annual ITA National Team Indoor Championships, instead agreeing to a home-and-home series between the past two NCAA champions (Standord won in 2010, Florida in '11; the teams are slated to play in Gainesville during the 2013 regular season). A year ago, Stanford defeated Florida in the 2011 ITA National Indoor final, 4-2 – but the Gators later edged the Cardinal in a thrilling NCAA final, 4-3 (ending Stanford's NCAA-record, 184-match home winning streak). With all of that backstory, history and emotion in play, Burdette and her teammates grabbed a quick lead en route to ending Florida's 26-match winning streak. Burdette and Gibbs dispatched the #10 doubles tandem of Alex Cercone and Allie Will, 8-3, with the Cardinal going on to sweep the doubles point. Burdette then produced the day's first singles win (at #2; 6-1, 6-2 vs. #25 Lauren Embree) – further fueling Stanford's decisive victory (clinched at 4-0), as she avengd a loss to Embree in the deciding match during the 2011 NCAA final. Sunday's matchup was the first regular-season meeting between the Cardinal and Gators in nearly 20 years. Burdette – now 12-4 this season vs. ranked singles opponents – has compiled a 12-2 doubles record this season alongside Gibbs (Burdette and former Stanford temmate Hillary Barte won the 2011 NCAA doubles title).

See video below for post-match comments from Stanford players Stacey Tan and Kristie Ahn, along with six-time NCAA championship coach Lele Forood: 



Eliska Hajkova A 230

HAJKOVA (pictured at right) had an impressive string of finishes while competing with the University of Colorado in a pair of college skiing tournaments hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Czech native ultimately won three of the four cross-counrty races (and was second in the other) held over the weeklong span, starting on Feb. 4 by winning the classical 5K race by a margin of 10.2 seconds over rival Maria Graefnings, a senior from the University of Utah. Graefnings was making her return to the RMISA circuit (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association) and went on two days later to edge Hajkova by six seconds in the 10K freestyle race. Led by Hajkova's string of top finishes, Colorado ultimately won the nordic (cross-country) portion of the Alaska Anchorage Invite and the ensuing Seawolf Invite, but Utah was the overall winner in both events (when factoring in the alpine, slalom and GS). During the Seawolf events – also held on the Kincaid Park course – Hajkova took things to another level by winning the 5K freestyle by a 20-second margin (Graefnings was 5th) before placing first again in the 15K classical race, which used the same "mass start" format that is utilized in the NCAA Championship. That race was a photo finish, with Hajkova edging UAA's Jamie Bronga by four-tenths of a second (Graefings was third, 18 seconds back). The Hajkova-Graefings rivalry is a microcosm of the current battle between CU and Utah within the RMISA. Hajkova is riding a string of five straight podium finishes (top-3; all firsts or seconds) and has finished on the podium in 23 of her 32 career college races (seven wins, 12 runner-up).

Casey Pickett A 230


PICKETT (left; photo by Jim Burns/NU) made history on Feb. 7, scoring in overtime to give Northeastern the Beanpot title for the first time since 1998 (4-3, at #10 Boston University). The annual Beanpot tournament features the four Boston-based Division I teams – Boston College, BU, Harvard and Northeastern – doing battle, in both men's and women's hockey (a week earlier, the Huskies women tied #4 BC 1-1 and advanced after the shootout). Five minutes into the OT vs. BU, Kendall Coyne led a 2-on-1 break and passed to Pickett, who faked to her left, avoided a pokecheck by goaltender Kerrin Sperry and sweeped in a lunging backhander before being mobbed by teammates. Earlier in te game, Pickett assisted on a Coyne goal that opened the scoring six minutes into the second period (the Huskies scored again minutes later, but BU roared back for a 3-2 lead). Pickett went on to score her 17th goal of the season later in the week, in a 4-0 win over Maine.

CLICK HERE for Northestern-BU women's hockey highlights (hit refresh if needed to load the Feb. 7 video)

Ellen Renfroe A 230


RENFROE (pictured at right) won all five of her decisions at the prestigious Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., highlighted by a shutout (3-0; 7H-BB-6K) of tournament host and #1-ranked Arizona State, on it home field. Her impressive week included beating four different 2011 NCAA Tournament teams (Texas Tech, San Diego State, ASU and Western Michigan) while compiling a 1.13 ERA, four complete games (three of them solo shutouts) and 48 strikeouts while logging 31 of her team's 42 innings. The six-foot righthander opened the season with 27 shutout innings, with double-digit Ks in three of her four starts (14 vs. TT). Her 467-pitch week included only 92 in the efficent outing vs. ASU, the fourth time in Renfroe's career that she has defeated a #1 or #2-ranked team.

See video below for Lady Vols postgame video, after the win over ASU (includes comments from Renfroe):


(more coming soon to this page, including action photos and short bio. info. on more of the top honorees and others on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll, time permitting)

... Selection for these CollegeSports360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Performed at a high level in a game/event that involves a nationally-ranked team (or, in the case of basketball, involving any team receiving votes in the national polls); or excelled in a game/event that is key to the team's postseason qualification (i.e. late in regular-season) ... typical criteria for track honorees requires participation in a tournament or event involving multiple nationally-ranked teams.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the competitor's accomplishments.

• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.

• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home venue and/or against a traditional rival (and for historic performances, on a national level).

Be sure to check back later for the complete honors page (time permitting), as provided in past weeks. Thanks as always for the schools for providing the various photos on this page.


Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers: 
Jan. 31 ... Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3 ... Jan. 10 ... Jan. 17 ... Jan. 24 ... Jan. 31 ... Feb. 7



PRIMETIME PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK  (Division I sports)
(top national honors, for week of Feb. 6-12, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)

                "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

Robin Anderson  (UCLA women's tennis ... Fr. ... Matawan, NJ)

* Miles Batty  (BYU men's track & field ... Sr. ... Distance ... Sandy, UT)

Alicia Brightwell  (Arizona State women's water polo ... Sr. ... ATT ... Sydney, Australia)

Asya Bussie  (West Virginia women's basketball ... Jr. ... C ... Randallstown, MD ... #20)

* Mallory Burdette  (Stanford women's tennis ... Jr. ... Jackson, GA)

Jesse Delgado  (Illinois wrestling ... Fr. ... 125 lbs ... Gilroy, CA)

Kat Ding  (Georgia women's gymnastics ... Sr. ... Sparks, NV)

Andrew Faulk  (Navy men's gymnastics ... Sr. ... San Antonio, TX) 

English Gardner  (Oregon women's track & field ... So. ... Sprints ... Voorhees, NJ)

* Eliska Hajkova  (Colorado women's skiing ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Jablonic, Czech Republic)

Ryan Hill  (North Carolina State men's track & field ... Jr. ... Distance ... Hickory, NC)

Patrick Johnson  (Middlebury men's skiing ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Anchorage, AK) 

Lali Lalang  (Arizona men's track & field ... So. ... Distance ... Eldoret, Kenya) 

Taylor Nelson  (Ferris State men's hockey ... G ... Sr. ... Regina, Saskatchewan ... #29)

* Casey Pickett  (Northeastern women's hockey ... F ... Jr. ... Wilmington, MA ... #14) 

* Ellen Renfroe  (Tennessee softball ... Jr. ... RHP ... Jackson, TN ... #20) 

Austin Rivers  (Duke men's basketball ... Fr. ... G ... Winter Park, FL ... #0)

* Ambika Singh  (Princeton women's fencing ... Fr. ... Foil ... Skillman, NJ) 


* CollegeSports360 National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week (for all D-I sports)

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PRIMETIME PERFORMERS WEEKLY HONOR ROLL  (Division I sports)
(for week of Feb. 6-12, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)
            "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."  

MEN'S BASKETBALL 
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  (Georgia ... Fr. ... G ... Greenville, GA ... #1)
Draymond Green  (Michigan State ... Sr. ... F ... Saginaaw, MI ... #23)
Ian Hummer  (Princeton ...  F ... Jr. ... Vienna, VA ... #34)
Kenny Moore  (Tennessee State ... Sr. ... F ... Philadelphia, PA ... #31)
Kevin Pangos  (Gonzaga ... Fr. ... G ... Newmarket, Ontario ... #4)
Joe Ragland  (Wichita State ... Sr. .. G ... West Springfield, MA ... #1)
* Austin Rivers  (Duke ... Fr. ... G ... Winter Park, FL ... #0)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Shareta Brown  (Detroit ... Fr. ... F ... Pontiac, MI ... #24)
* Asya Bussie  (West Virginia ... Jr. ... C ... Randallstown, MD ... #20)
Adrienne GodBold  (Illinois Jr. ... G ... Chicago, IL ... #24)
Jennifer Hamson  (BYU ... So. ... G ... Lindon, UT ... #5)
Da’Shena Stevens  (St. John’s ... Sr. ... F ... Stamford, CT ... #3)
Stephanie Yderstrom  (Miami ... Jr. ... G ... Ostertalje, Sweden ... #3)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

WOMEN’S BOWLING
Kelly Daunno  (New Jersey City University ... Jr. ... bowls: L ... Carteret, NJ ... #17)
Carrie Hickey  (Norfolk State ... Fr. ... Palm Habor, FL)


FENCING  (men & women)
Brian Kaneshige  (Harvard men ... Fr. ... Foil ... Maple Wood, NJ)
* Ambika Singh  (Princeton women ... Fr. ... Foil ... Skillman, NJ) 
Will Spear  (Columbia men ... Fr. ... Sabre ... Wynantskill, NY)
Becca Ward  (Duke women ... Sr. ... Sabre ... Portland, OR)
Jonathan Yergler  (Princeton men ... Jr. ... Epee ... Winter Park, FL) 

* Primetime Performers of the Week

GOLF  (men & women)
Dominic Bozzelli  (Auburn men ... Jr. ... Pittsford, NY) 
Manon Gidali  (Arizona women ... Fr. ... Paris, France) 
Ricardo Gouveia  (Central Florida men ... So ... Almancil, Portugal)
T.J. Vogel  (Florida men ... Jr. ... Cooper City, FL)


GYMNASTICS  (men & women)
Olivia Courtney  (UCLA women ... So. ... Fairfax, VA)
Aubrey Cristello  (Arizona women ... Jr. ... Glenville, NY)
* Kat Ding  (Georgia women ... Sr. ... Sparks, NV)
* Andrew Faulk  (Navy men ... Sr. ... San Antonio, TX)
Diahanna Ham  (North Carolina State women ... So. ... Boston, MA)
Jacoby Rubin  (Oklahoma men ... Fr. ... Buffalo Grove, IL)
Hope Sloanhoffer  (West Virginia women ... So. ... Cornwall, NY)

* Primetime Performers of the Week

ICE HOCKEY  (men & women)
Matt Bergland  (Providence men ... LW ... Sr. ... Faribault, MN ... #17)
Laura Fortino  (Cornell women ... D ... Jr. ... Hamilton, Ontario ... #77)
Aaron McLeod  (Bemidji State men ... F ... Jr. ... Ottowa, Ontario ... #14)
Ashley Motherwell  (Boston College women ... F ... Jr. ... St. Charles, IL ... #18)
* Taylor Nelson  (Ferris State men ... G ... Sr. ... Regina, Saskatchewan ... #29)
* Casey Pickett  (Northeastern women ... F ... Jr. ... Wilmington, MA ... #14)
Nick Shore  (Denver men ... F ... So. ... Denver, CO ... #23)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

RIFLE  (co-ed)
Sarah Beard  (TCU ... Jr. ... Danville, IN)

SKIING  (men & women)
Lucy Garrec  (Vermont women ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Freeport, Maine)
Maria Graefings  (Utah women ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Falun, Sweden)
* Eliska Hajkova  (Colorado women ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Jablonic, Czech Republic)
Miles Havlick  (Utah men ... Jr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Boulder, CO)
* Patrick Johnson  (Middlebury men ... Sr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Anchorage, AK)
Espen Lysdahl  (Denver men ... Fr. ... Alpine/slalom & GS ... Asker, Norway)
David Norris  (Montana State men ... So. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Fairbanks, AK)
Rune Oedegaard  (Colorado men ... So. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Molde, Norway)
Kate Ryley  (Vermont women ... So. ... Alpine/slalom & GS ... Toronto, Ontario)
Sam Tarling  (Dartmouth men ... Jr. ... Nordic/cross-country ... Cumberland, Maine)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

SOFTBALL
Kimmy Beasley  (Arkansas ... Fr. ... LHP ... Forman, ARK ... #8)
Tifffany Denham  (McNeese State ... Sr. ... RHP ... Alvin, TX ... #1)
* Ellen Renfroe  (Tennessee ... Jr. ... RHP ... Jackson, TN ... #20)
Diedre and Haley Outon  (Houston ... So. ... RHP & C ... Pflugerville, TX ... #1 & #10)
Jessica Lujan-Dresslar  (New Mexico ... Sr. ... OF ... Murrieta, CA ... #12)
Delaney Willard  (BYU ... Sr. ... OF ... Camarillo, CA ... #28)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

SWIMMING & DIVING  (men & women)
Hannah Gadd  (Louisville women ... Jr. ... Diving ... Ft. Thomas, KY)
Nicholas Nemetz  (Notre Dame men ... Fr. .. Diving ... Ann Arbor, MI)
Maddy Schaefer  (Stanford women ... Fr. ... Freestyle ... Los Altos, CA)

TENNIS  (men & women)
* Robin Anderson  (UCLA women ... Fr. ... Matawan, NJ)
* Mallory Burdette  (Stanford women ... Jr. ... Jackson, GA)
Artem Ilyushin  (Mississippi State men ... Sr. ... Granite Bay, CA)
Tristan Jackson  (Tulsa men ... Jr. ... Perth, Australia)
Rachel Kahan  (Duke women ... So. ... Unionville, CT)
Danielle Lao  (USC women ... Jr. ... Arcadia, CA)
Sarah Toti  (Tennessee women ... Fr. ... Las Vegas, NV)

* Primetime Performers of the Week (includes Feb. 13 ITA final)

TRACK & FIELD  (men & women)
* Miles Batty  (BYU men ... Sr. ... Distance ... Sandy, UT)
Katie Flood  (Washington women ... So. ... Distance ... Des Moines, IA)
Damar Forbes  (LSU men ... Jr. ... Jumps ... Decatur, GA)
* English Gardner  (Oregon women ... So. ... Sprints ... Voorhees, NJ)
Chelsea Hayes  (Louisiana Tech women ... Sr. ... Sprints/Jumps ... New Orleans, LA)
* Ryan Hill  (North Carolina State men ... Jr. ... Distance ... Hickory, NC)
* Lali Lalang  (Arizona men ... So. ... Distance ... Eldoret, Kenya)
Deborah Maier  (California women ... Sr./Jr. ... Distance ... Cameron Park, CA)
Conor McCullough  (Princeton men ... So. ... Throws ... Canoga Park, CA)
Tim Nedow  (DePaul men ... Sr. ... Throws ... Brockline, Ontario)
Marcus Robinson  (Virginia men ... Sr. ... Jumps ... Richmond, VA)
Cale Simmons  (Air Force men ... Jr. ... Pole Vault ... Rocklin, CA)
Shaneika Thomas  (San Diego State women ... So. ... Sprints/Jumps ... Clarendon, Jamaica)

* Primetime Performers of the Week

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Ian Karbiener  (Lewis ... Jr. ... OPP ... Orlando, FL ... #27)

WOMEN’S WATER POLO
* Alicia Brightwell 
(Arizona State ... Sr. ... ATT ... Sydney, Australia)
Jessy Cardey  (UC Irvine ... Jr. ... ATT ... Riverside, CA ... #3)
Amber Pezzolla  (San Diego State ... Jr. ... UTIL ... San Dimas, CA ... #7)

* Primetime Performer of the Week

WRESTLING
* Jesse Delgado  (Illinois ... Fr. ... 125 lbs ... Gilroy, CA)
Brent Haynes  (Missouri ... Jr. ... 197 lbs ... Kansas City, MO)
Donnie Vinson  (Binghamton ... Sr./Jr. ... 149 lbs ... Marathon, NY)

* Primetime Performer of the Week


 

 










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