Welker Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
Feb. 4, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy freshman Ashley Welker has been named the Patriot League M-F Athletic Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Welker helped Navy earn a 97-84 win over Army in the annual Indoor Star Meet at West Point on Sunday.
Welker won the 800m run with a personal-best time of 2:13.63 (converted). Welker qualified for the ECAC Indoor Championship for the first time in her career with her 800m time on Sunday.
While running on Navy's 4x800m relay team on Sunday, Welker also hit an ECAC mark of 9:24.27 as the relay squad placed second.
Welker has had a strong recent two weeks, as she won the 1,000m run at the Patriot Games Invitational on January 28. Welker's 1,000m time of 2:56.77 was just 0.53 seconds away from the ECAC-qualifying standard.
The freshman from Stevenson Ranch, Calif. is currently ranked No. 3 in the Patriot League in the 800m and No. 7 in the 1,000m and has Navy's top times in both of the events this season.
This is Welker's first career Patriot League weekly honor.
Navy will host the Multi-Madness Meet in the Wesley Brown Field House on Thursday at 4:00 PM.