OXFORD, Ohio – A personal-best performance and a title-clinching performance have earned senior jumper John Cantwell and junior tennis player Nimisha Mohan Miami Athlete of the Week connected by Frontier Communications honors for the week of April 8-14.
Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) posted a pair of personal bests at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee, over the weekend. On Saturday, he took third in the long jump (second among collegiate finishers) with a leap of 7.34m/24-1, which ties him for eighth in school history. His jump is tops in the MAC this year by over eight inches and qualifies him for the MAC Championships. The mark also ties for 26th in the East Region while he smashed his previous best by 5.5 inches. A day prior (Friday) in the triple jump, Cantwell placed eighth (out of 20) with a personal-best leap of 14.55m/47-9, which is the second-best mark in the MAC this year and also qualified him for the MAC Championships. He now ranks 70th in the East Region in the triple jump while improving his previous best in that event by 3.75 inches.
Mohan (Bangalore, India) went undefeated in all four of her matches last week, going 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles. She was a part of two critical matches for the RedHawks in wins over Western Michigan (5-2) and Bowling Green (4-3). First, she teamed with Alix Thurman (who was also 4-0) for an 8-6 doubles win over the Broncos on Friday, giving Miami the doubles point. The duo trailed 4-3, but won two straight games to grab a 5-4 lead. After the teams were tied 5-5 and 6-6, Miami won the next two games to clinch the doubles point. Mohan then won her singles match on Saturday vs. the Falcons after trailing 6-4, 5-4. She forced a tiebreaker in the second set, winning 7-5, and then took the first three games of the deciding set en route to a 6-2 final. The decision gave Miami a 4-3 match win and at least a share of the Mid-American Conference title for the fifth straight year. Mohan’s other wins came 6-4, 7-5 on Friday at Western Michigan in singles and 8-6 in doubles on Saturday at Bowling Green.
The Miami Athlete of the Week award is the first such honor for both of their careers, while Cantwell is the first men’s track and field athlete to earn the accolade this year and Mohan is the first tennis player to claim it.
Cantwell and the men’s track and field team are back in action this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at the Jesse Owens Classic, hosted by Ohio State in Columbus. Mohan and the tennis team look to lock up the MAC regular-season championship outright Saturday when they play at Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. ET.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, April 23. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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