Somerset, N.J. (April 3, 2019) -- Justin Kimble, Kayla Barnes and Rene Rosso were all recognized by the Northeast Conference (NEC) with weekly honors on Wednesday. Kimble was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Week, Barnes earned Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors, and Rosso claimed the Women's Rookie of the Week Award.
Kimble contested the 100m and 200m dashes for the first time this season and immediately ascended toward the top of the NEC charts. His blazing-fast 100m time of 10.40 seconds broke a 47-year old school record and made him the NEC event leader while also landing him at the No. 19 spot on the NCAA Division I East Region performance list. Taking second place amongst 50 finishers at NC State's Raleigh Relays, Kimble completed the 100m dash in 10.40s. He registered the NEC's second-fastest 200m time in Raleigh. Clocking in well under the IC4A Championship qualifying standard, Kimble sprinted 200m in 21.72s and sits second on the league leader board to only Saint Francis U's Christopher Frederick.
Barnes stormed to the top of the Northeast Conference leader board in two sprint events while contesting the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University. The second-year Mountaineer took eight place in the 200m dash, crossing the line in 24.57s. The time lifted the sophomore sprinter into the Top 25 on the ECAC Championships regional descending order list. Barnes narrowly missed the ECAC Championship auto standard in the 100m dash, but her 12.22s mark bumped the native Marylander ahead of FDU's Madeline Price for the No. 1 spot in the NEC.
Competing for the first time since earning All-East honors in the Penathlon at the ECAC Indoor Championships, Rosso hurdled her way into second place on the NEC event leader board. The first-year Mountaineer contested the 100m hurdles at the Navy Spring Meet and clocked in at 14.91s. The time, which placed Rosso fourth at the meet, stands as the second-fastest on the early-season Northeast Conference performance list. Only Mount teammate Najae Nickerson has registered a better mark thus far.