ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Oral Roberts' track and field athlete Justin Estala (Paris, Ark.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and North Dakota State women's track and field athlete Erin Teschuk (Winnipeg, Manitoba) as the Female Athlete of the Month for March.
Estala captured his first career Athlete of the Month award after a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the pole vault. Estala, a junior, earned second team All-America honors for the second straight year and was named Summit League Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in the month of March. The Paris, Ark., native kickstarted his outdoor season as the top collegiate finisher at the Texas Tech Open, clearing 16-6 (5.03m).
Teschuk earned her sixth career Summit League Athlete of the Month honor and third this year. Her six career awards sets a new all-time Summit League record (men or women). The Bison senior distance runner was voted Summit League Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second straight season after placing fourth in the 3,000-meters (9:08.45) and sixth in the mile (4:38.94) at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., earning first team All-America distinction in both events for the second consecutive year.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Yannik James, Denver, tennis; Robert Murphy, IUPUI, track and field; Zach Schroeder, Fort Wayne, baseball; Conner Currier, Western Illinois, baseball
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Julia O'Loughlin, Denver, tennis; Sierra Miranda, Fort Wayne, softball; Zoey Johnson, IUPUI, track & field; Kirsten Burnett, Oral Roberts, track & field; Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota, basketball; Macy Miller, South Dakota State, basketball; Kelsey Marlow, Western Illinois, softball
2015-16 Athletes of the Month
Month Male, School, Sport Female, School, Sport
August/September Reagan Dunk, Denver, soccer Sarah Schmid, Denver, volleyball
October Drew Whalen, Western Illinois, soccer Lauren Miller, North Dakota State, soccer
November Dan Jackson, Denver, soccer Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State, cross country
December Mo Evans, Fort Wayne, basketball Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota, basketball
January Israel Nelson, Oral Roberts, track & field Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota, basketball
February Max Landis, Fort Wayne, basketball Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State, track & field
March Justin Estala, Oral Roberts, track & field Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State, track & field
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