Five Little Giants Earn NCAC Athlete-of-the-Week Honors

by Brent Harris

March 22, 2021

It was quite a week for Wabash Athletics, as five Little Giants were honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference with NCAC Athlete-of-the-Week accolades for the period ending March 21.

The honorees are Liam Grennon (Men's Tennis), Brandon Peck (Men's Field Athlete), Josh Wiggins (Men's Sprints/Hurdles), AJ Reid (Baseball), and Jan Dziadek (Men's Swimming).

Grennon, a freshman on the Wabash tennis team, scored a pair of victories Saturday to help Wabash to a 5-4 victory over Adrian College. The freshman won in straight sets by scores of 7-6, 6-2 at number one singles after earning the only doubles point for the Little Giants with an 8-5 victory in the first flight.

Five Wabash student-athletes earned NCAC Athlete-of-the-Week Honors on March 22.Peck, a senior on the Wabash track and field team, won three individual field events to score a total of 30 points to help Wabash capture the team title at Saturday's Rose-Hulman Early Bird Outdoor Track and Field Invitational. He posted a career-long of 45.26 meters (148-06) to win the discus. His throw ranks fifth among DIII athletes through the early weeks of the outdoor track and field season. Peck also produced a career-best mark in the hammer throw with a distance of 44 meters (144-04) to win that event. He also won the shot put with a top distance of 14.33 meters (47-00.25), good for 14th on the current DIII national list.

Wiggins, a senior member of the Little Giants' track team, scored a pair of individual victories on Saturday to lift Wabash to the team title at the Rose-Hulman Early Bird Outdoor Track and Field Invitational. He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.07, the third-quickest time in Division III at the start of the season. He added a victory in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing in 57.34, ninth-fastest in the nation thus far.

Reid, a freshman on the Wabash baseball team, batted .556 over the four-game series sweep of Trine over the weekend. He scored 10 runs and drove in another eight to account for 18 of the Little Giants' 55 runs in the series. Reid also drew three walks for an on-base percentage of .619. He scored four runs and collected four hits in the second game of the series on Saturday. Sunday afternoon he drove in four runs on two hits in the first contest and followed with a three-RBI effort in the series finale.

Dziadek, a senior member of the Wabash swimming and diving team, broke three individual Class of 1950 Natatorium records and was part of one relay record in his final collegiate swimming performance over the weekend against DePauw University. Dziadek broke his own pool record with a winning time in the 100-yard butterfly. He touched the wall in 48.82 to eclipse the former record of 49.06 to win that event. He broke another of his own records with a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke. He completed the race in 50.30 to break his previous pool record of 50.32. Dziadek continued his assault on the pool record board by breaking his own natatorium record in the 100-yard individual medley with a winning time of 51.22. His effort Sunday bettered his previous record of 51.85. The Wabash foursome of Wesley Slaughter, Caleb McCarty, Gavin Hill, and Dziadek took DePauw off the record board in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Wabash quartet won the final event of the meet with a time of 3:05.19 to snap the pool record set by DePauw in 2014. Wabash defeated DePauw 231-120 for the first head-to-head win by the Little Giants since 2015 and the first home victory over the Tigers since 2014.

 


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