Keeney Receives NAIA Honor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alfred Kite of Northwood (Texas) has been named the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week and Rob Keeney of Doane (Neb.) has been tabbed as the Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Kite and Keeney were selected based on their performances from April 18 - 24.
Keeney broke the school record in the decathlon with a total of 7,031 points at the Doane Relays on April 23. With that mark, he became the first athlete in Great Plains Athletic Conference history to break the 7,000-point barrier in the event. The sophomore hailing from Callaway, Neb., broke the previous record of 6,867 points, which was set by John Brockhaus in 1992. En route to the first-place finish, Keeney won seven of the 10 decathlon events.
Kite helped the Knights become the first men's track & field team in program history to win back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference Championships. The senior from Eldorate, Kenya, wrapped up three individual gold medals in the 3,000-meter run, 5,000 and 10,000 and first place in the 4x800 relay. He also finished second in the 1,500 and fifth in the 800. In all, Kite earned six All-Conference honors at the RRAC Championships.