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McMurry Lands Three NCCAA Player of the Week Awards
Story contributed by Dave Beyer, McMurry Sports Information Director
ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University athletes earned a total of three Player of the Week honors from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) for the period ending April 20, it was announced by the national office. Honored were: Cristiano Mendes (Curitiba, Brazil) for men’s tennis; LaNissa Burns (Austin, Texas) for women’s track (field events) and Grayson Morrow (Hico, Texas) for men’s track (field events).
Additionally, Mended was also selected as the Heartland Conference men’s tennis “Player of the Week.”
Mendes, a senior, was a perfect 3-0 at No.-5 singles for McMurry on the week. He won two matches by shutout - including vs. NCAA II #27 St. Mary's - and did not lose a set.
Burns, sophomore, set a McMurry school record in the hammer toss with a distance of 163’ 1” surpassing the previous mark by three feet and landing her third in the NCCAA rankings. She also placed first at the East Texas Invitational in the discus with a distance of 143’0”, also third in the NCCAA. Burns also competed in the shot put and threw for 40’ 3.25”, which placed her third in the event at the meet and fifth in the NCCAA rankings.
Morrow, junior, cleared a personal-best height of 16'8" to win the pole vault at the East Texas Invitational for McMurry University. His vault moved into the No.-2 spot in the NCCAA men’s pole vault rankings.