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Johnson, Huntley named PBC Track Athletes of the Week

Johnson, Huntley named PBC Track Athletes of the Week


By Matt Green

(contributions from Peach Belt Conference)

MARTINEZ, Ga. -- Shorter University student-athletes David Johnson and Allen Huntley have been named the Peach Belt Conference's respective Men's Field and Track Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.

The conference honors are the first for both Johnson and Huntley, who each posted impressive marks at the Rome-Shorter Relays held this past weekend at Historic Barron Stadium in downtown Rome.

Johnson, a true freshman out of Charlottesville, Va., earned PBC Field Athlete of the Week honors after posting personal bests in both the long jump and triple jump, setting an NCAA provisional mark in the process. He won the triple jump with a mark of 14.60 meters (47 feet, 11 inches) to become the only Peach Belt Conference men's track athlete to set an NCAA provisional mark so far this season. 

Johnson went on to place second in the long jump with a leap of 6.79 meters (22 feet, 3.5 inches), which is the third-longest in the PBC this season.

Huntley, a senior from Atlanta, captured PBC Track Athlete of the Week accolades after turning in PBC-best times and NCAA provisional marks in the 100 and 200 meters.

Huntley placed first in both events, posting a 10.42 in the 100 and a 21.12 in the 200 to set personal best times in each final. He is the only PBC sprinter so far in 2013 to set an NCAA qualifying time in the 100 meter dash and holds the event's fastest time in the conference by .19 seconds.

Huntley, who was a member of Shorter's NAIA national champion 4x100 meter relay team last spring, also competed in the 4x400 meter relay at the Rome-Shorter Relays.

Johnson and Huntley become the second and third Shorter athletes to earn Peach Belt Track Athlete of the Week honors after Tamala Daley captured the conference's first ever weekly honor several weeks ago.

Shorter's track and field program returns to the track April 5 and 6 when it travels to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Track Classic.

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