Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University men's track and field athletes Terrill McCombs and Matt Taitt were voted Sun Belt Conference perfomers of the week Tuesday for their efforts in the early season.
McCombs – a sophomore from Upper Marlboro, Md. – earned the league's recognition as track athlete of the week after posting two victories so far this winter. He opened the season on December 8 with a winning time of 47.98 seconds in the 400-meter dash at the Middle Tennessee Christmas Invitational, which was the second-fastest time ever recorded by a Hilltopper at the time. However, he bettered his personal-best indoor time in the event to 47.57 seconds at the Kentucky Invitational this past weekend in winning the 400 meters.
In addition, McCombs was also a member of the winning mile-relay team that posted a new school stardard of 3:15.24 at the MT Christmas Invitaitonal, while also playing a pivotal role in the Tops runner-up effort of 3:14.69 in the 4x400-meter relay at Kentucky.
Taitt – a junior from Bowling Green, Ky. – has claimed three victories in this young indoor campaign. At the MT Christmas Invitaitonal, he recorded the second-best performance in WKU history in the weight throw with a winning toss of 56-11. Then, at the Ed Temple Classic, he claimed a pair of first-place finishes with throws of 55-7.50 in the weight and 51-10.50. Most recently at the Kentucky Invitational, Taitt finished third in the shot with a put of 54-3.75, while breaking Raigo Toompuu's school record in the weight throw with a fourth-place effort of 59-3.50.
A limited number of WKU athletes will compete this Saturday in the MT Blue Raider Invitational, while the team will be at full strength for the first time this season as it returns to Murfreesboro, Tenn., January 26 for the Middle Tennessee Classic.