Meet the Battle Creek Enquirer Athletes of the Week:
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
The Marshall girls swimming team is having a memorable season, and Jane Turner is a big reason why.
The senior helped the Redhawks stay undefeated in dual meets after Marshall defeated Coldwater on Oct. 13, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 6.42 seconds. Then at the seven-team Harper Creek Invitational on Oct. 15, she swam the second leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:59.53), the first leg of the state-qualifying 200 medley relay team (1:57.37) and improved her time in her signature event with a first-place finish in the backstroke, touching the wall in a state qualifying time of 1:04.39.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Shuaib Aljabaly has already proven himself to be the fastest cross country runner in Coldwater history, and he erased any doubt he was the fastest runner in his own conference this week.
The junior dual-sport athlete bested 102 other runners at the Interstate Eight Jamboree No. 2 in Hastings on Oct. 11, finishing in a winning time of 16 minutes, 53 seconds. Then at the Sturgis Invitational on Oct. 15, he ran away with the victory in 15:51.3 – his ninth first-place finish in 10 meets this season.
A key member of Bronson’s 2015 Class C state championship team, Jill Pyles has picked up right where she left off.
The senior middle blocker continues to shine for the No. 2-ranked Vikings, leading the team to the championship at the Thornapple-Kellogg Invitational on Oct. 15. Pyles used her deadly serve to finish with a team-high 15 aces and played strong at the net by leading Bronson in blocks with nine and matching the team lead for kills with 29.
Fans can vote for their favorite athlete in this Twitter poll until Wednesday at 5 p.m., with the top vote-getter receiving an ‘Athlete of the Week’ T-shirt.
Vote for the @bcenquirer Athlete of the Week - the top vote-getter by 5 p.m. Wednesday receives an Athlete of the Week T-shirt—
Nick Buckley (@NickJBuckley) October 17, 2016
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