Tech’s Richtman, Kaelber earn Frontier honors

Tech’s Richtman, Kaelber earn Frontier honors

WHITEFISH — Becca Richtman and McKenna Kaelber of Montana Tech were named Frontier Conference Athletes of the Week today.

Richtman won the award for Women’s Outdoor Track, while Kaelber took home the honors as Setter of the Week.

Richtman is a junior from Ellburn, Illinois. She ran at the Yellowjacket/Battlin’ Bears Open in Lockwood, winning the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:02.95. Her time is the third fastest mark in the NAIA this season.

The Frontier Conference award is the fifth weekly honor this school year for Richtman, who was named the Runner of the Week three times in cross country and once in indoor track.

Emma Adams of Montana Western and Kendra Dykstra Munsterman of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated for the award.

Kaelber is a 5-foot-11 sophomore setter from Pasco, Washington. She helped lead Montana Tech to a home sweep of Carroll College to close the regular season. The Orediggers won Thursday 3-2 and 3-1 on Friday.

Kaelber averaged 10.89 assists a set. She recorded a season-high 56 assists in the five-set comeback victory on Thursday.

Emily Feller of MSU-Northern, Natalie Hilderman of Rocky Mountain College and Cydney Finberg-Roberts of the University of Providence were also nominated.

Volleyball Attacker of the Week: Sadie Lott is a 5-9 University of Providence freshman middle blocker from Idaho Falls. Providence went 2-0 in its weekend home series against Montana Western. The 16th-ranked Argos won both matches by identical 3-0 scores and clinched their first ever regular season title.

Lott averaged 3.83 kills per set with an attack percentage of .452. She also averaged 3.83 digs per set. Maureen Jessop of Montana Tech, Tammy Maddock of MSU-Northern and Monique Rodriguez of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated.

Volleyball Defender of the Week: Ayla Embry is a 5-4 Rocky Mountain College sophomore libero from Bozeman. Rocky closed the regular season with a road sweep of MSU-Northern. The 17th-ranked Bears won 3-1 on Thursday and 3-2 on Friday.

Embry averaged 8.44 digs per set. Sacha Legros of the University of Providence, Tammy Maddock of MSU-Northern and Hannah Oggerino of Montana Tech were also nominated.

Women’s Outdoor Field: Allison Halverson is a Rocky Mountain freshman from Missoula. At the Yellowjacket/Battlin’ Bears Open, Halverson competed in the shot put (5th place), discus throw (fifth place) and hammer throw (eighth place).

Men’s Outdoor Field: Elijah Barkell is a Rocky Mountain sophomore from Belgrade. At the Yellowjacket/Battlin’ Bears Open, Barkell took first in the hammer throw with a throw of 43.85 meters. He also recorded fourth-place finishes in the shot put and discus.

Men’s Outdoor Track: Jackson Wilson is a Rocky Mountain freshman from Box Elder, South Dakota. At the Yellowjacket/Battlin’ Bears Open, he won the 1,500-meter with a time 4:00.72 (fourth fastest time in NAIA this season). Wilson also ran a leg on the 1,600-meter relay.

Joe Lamb of Montana Western and River Sheppard of Montana Tech were also nominated.

Football Special Teams: Caden Cobb is a 5-10, 175-poound College of Idaho freshman running back from Kuna, Idaho. In No. 6 College of Idaho’s 49-38 road win over No. 20 Eastern Oregon University, Cobb averaged 33 yards a kick return, including a one return of 48 yards.

Zachary Cahill of Eastern Oregon University was also nominated.

Football Offense: Ryan Hibbs is a 6-4, 215-pound College of Idaho freshman quarterback from Boise. He started his first game in the College of Idaho’s win, completing 14 of 21 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

John Lesser of Eastern Oregon University was also nominated.

Football Defense: Ty Reynolds is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound Rocky Mountain junior strong safety from Daphne, Alabama.  In Rocky Mountain’s 24-21 season-ending win over MSU-Northern, Reynolds recorded one solo tackle and two interceptions in Rocky’s come-from-behind victory.

Jacob Batubenga of College of Idaho and Zach Donato of Eastern Oregon University were also nominated.

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