Crossroads League Announces Athletes of the Week | January 22-28


AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League announced its athletes of the week on Monday, recognizing the top performers from the week of January 22 through 28. 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
Kyle Mangas, Indiana Wesleyan

Mangas turned in two more gems for No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, leading the Wildcats to wins over Goshen and No. 13 Bethel with 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 63.6 percent from deep. The standout freshman netted 25 points and six assists in IWU’s two-point win over BC, after a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double at GC.


Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Joana Soeiro, Marian

Soeiro stuffed the box score for No. 5 Marian in a pair of 18-point wins over RV Saint Francis and No. 15 Taylor, averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Knights. Soeiro went for 16 points and 10 assists in MU’s 18-point win over USF and added 13 points, eight boards and five helpers against TU.


Men’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Erik Escobedo, Bethel

Escobedo recorded the top weight throw distance in the NAIA, setting a new Bethel record with a toss of 21.5 meters to take first-of-21 competitors at the Fred Wilt Open.


Men’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Carl Jones, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Jones helped MNVU take second place as a team at the Capital Invite, taking second-of-36 in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.0 seconds and finishing fourth-of-45 with a finish of 23.03 seconds in the 200-meter dash.


Women’s Indoor TF Field Athlete of the Week
Danielle Wojciechowski, Bethel

Wojciechowski turned in another winning performance for Bethel in the pole vault, this time topping 3.96 meters for the second-best mark in the NAIA this season, behind her national-leading score of 4.07 meters from one week ago.


Women’s Indoor TF Track Athlete of the Week
Karla Singer, Grace

Singer claimed the 5,000-meter victory with a time of 20:18.05 at the Defiance Invitational, topping the field of five by nearly 37 seconds in her lone event of the day.