first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State junior Micah Larkins and Southeastern Louisiana junior Rodney Ruffin are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by This marks the second consecutive week that Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana won the respective awards. Honorable Mention: Brian O’Bonna, Lamar; Eric Moore, Central Arkansas. Honorable Mention: Markus Schweikert, Central Arkansas; Cliff Resias, Southeastern Louisiana. Both teams next head to Austin this week for the Texas Relays from Wednesday to Saturday.center_img Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Rodney Ruffin, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Gautier, Miss.Ruffin broke a 41-year-old program record with a winning jump of 26-07.00 at the Southeastern-Southern Dual Meet on Friday. He eclipsed the old mark, the third-oldest in the Lions’ record book, by 4.5 inches. The distance ranks first in the country this season. He also helped the Lions to a win in the 4x100m in 41.07. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Jr. – Princeton, La.Larkins ran the nation’s fifth-fastest time (10.26) and the fastest legal time (1.8) to take gold in the 100m dash at UT Arlington’s Bobby Lane Invitational. Larkins’ time is third in the East region and first in the Southland Conference this year. He took another gold in the 200m with the seventh fastest time in the nation (20.83) and the third fastest in the region. The Princeton, La., native’s time is second in the conference. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more