RICHARDSON, Texas — McMurry Track & Field stalwarts Jayden Sloan and Kelby Tidwell each won the American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Week award on Tuesday.

Sloan becomes the third athlete in McMurry Track & Field history to win eight career ASC Athlete of the Week awards, joining Hall of Honor inductees Hann Ollison with 10 and Cody Brotherton with nine. Only one other ASC athlete has achieved this record – Jack Miller of LeTourneau with 10.

Sloan – a junior from Abilene – competed in the men’s 400 at Rice University last Saturday and ran a time of 48.25. While not a personal best, the time is a season best and ranks him 14th nationally. At the event, he finished fifth out of 52 runners.

He also raced in both relay teams and helped the 4×100 to a new season best time of 41.32. This time ranks 14th nationally.

Currently, Sloan is ranked nationally in four running events, including a top-five finish in the 400-meter hurdles and a top-10 finish in the 200m. He also ranks 35th in the men’s triple jump.

Meanwhile, Tidwell earns his third ASC Athlete of the Week, winning the field award after a new personal best in the pole vault. His clearance of 3.55 yards to Hardin-Simmons ranks him 32nd nationally and tops the conference by half a yard.

Tidwell has now bettered his pole vault mark five straight times and is nearly three-tenths of a yard over his mark of 3.26m that won him the 2021 ASC Championships in Jackson, Miss.

The Post, Texas native also competed in three events on Saturday in Houston, including the 4×400 relay, 200 and pole vault. The 4×400 relay team she anchored posted a time of 4:04.87 for a new season best and the second fastest time in the ASC.

Sloan, Tidwell and the War Hawks are back in action Thursday, April 28 at the Oliver Jackson Twilight hosted by Abilene Christian University.


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