Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – The Crossroads League announced its athletes of the week on Monday, recognizing the top student-athletes from the week of January 23 through 29. In order to be considered for the award, a student-athlete must be nominated by their institution’s Sports Information Director.

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Caleb Oetjen, Bethel
Oetjen helped No. 4 Bethel extend its league win streak to 11 with 19.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in BC’s key wins at Huntington and against No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan. Oetjen shot 60.9 percent from the floor, netted 22 points in the win over IWU and joined the 1,000-point club for the Pilots.

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Miranda Palmer, Huntington
Palmer averaged 26.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 58.0 percent from beyond the arc in wins over Bethel and Spring Arbor. Palmer also scored the game-winner against SAU and became HU’s second 2,000-point scorer.

Men’s Indoor T/F Field Athlete of the Week
Jacob Brown, Grace
Brown claimed first place out of 22 competitors in the weight throw for Grace at the Defiance Invite with a toss of 16.26 meters. Brown’s effort was good for the NAIA B standard and the 21st-best toss of the year in the nation.

Women’s Indoor T/F Field Athlete of the Week
Plenseh-Tay Sakeuh, Taylor
Sakeuh finished second-of-33 in the long jump for Taylor at the NCAA Division II Grand Valley State Open, hitting the NAIA B standard with a leap of 5.46 meters. Sakeuh added an A standard in the 60-meter hurdles and took fourth in that event to highlight a busy afternoon.

Men’s Indoor T/F Track Athlete of the Week
Caleb Anthony, Taylor
Anthony posted the fastest 60-meter hurdles time in the NAIA so far this season with a blistering clip of 8.17. TU’s Anthony took second-of-24 in the event at the NCAA Division II Grand Valley State Open, while hitting the NAIA A standard in the event.

Women’s Indoor T/F Track Athlete of the Week
Emily Bantz, Indiana Wesleyan
Bantz hit a pair of NAIA standards and broke a school record for Indiana Wesleyan, anchoring IWU’s 4×400-relay’s 3:57.6 NAIA A standard performance and setting a program record with a NAIA B time of 58:42 in the 400-meters. The times ranked Bantz No. 4 in the 4×400 and No. 12 in the 400-meters.