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Lincoln track sweeps MIAA awards

After dominating the competition at the Bob Timmons Challenge, Lincoln juniors Yanique Ellington and Nickeisha Beaumont swept the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s women’s track and field Athlete of the Week awards.

Ellington was named track athlete of the week, while Beaumont was tabbed as the MIAA’s field athlete of the week. Both awards, which are voted upon by a select panel of conference sports information directors, were announced Tuesday.

Ellington set three of the best times in NCAA Division II with four top-five performances over the weekend. Ellington won the 200 in 24.52, which ranks as the second fastest time in the country, and was runner-up in the 60 with a time of 7.51, the third-best mark in Division II. She was also a member of Lincoln’s 400-meter relay team, which finished second at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Saturday with an NCAA Division II-leading time of 3:51.77.

Beaumont posted the best mark in NCAA Division II in the long jump, winning the event over 10 Division I athletes at the Bob Timmons Challenge.

Beaumont took the event with a provisional-qualifying mark of 5.69 meters. She is the only MIAA athlete in the young season to have posted a provisional-qualifying mark in the long jump.

With two meets under their belts, the Blue Tigers will conclude their December action next weekend at the Indiana University-hosted Hoosier Open. The two-day meet will take place Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 in Bloomington, Ind.

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