Iowa Conference Announces Performer of the Week Honors

May 14, 2018

Blaze MurfinTanasha Atwater

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – University of Dubuque student-athletes continue to rack up Iowa Conference Performer of the Week honors, with four more grabbing awards this week. Track and field’s Tanasha Atwater and Blaze Murfin, along with baseball’s Chase Kueter and Will Doherty were the honorees for their work last week.

Tanasha Atwater (Davenport, Iowa) was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer at the Iowa Conference Championships over the weekend after her performance led the Spartans to a third place finish, the highest finish ever for the women’s program. Atwater took gold in the shot put with a mark of 48-5.5 and finished second in the hammer throw (179-10) behind her teammate, Rebecca Burmahl. This is the second time this year that Atwater has been named IIAC Women’s Track and Field – Field Performer of the Week.

Blaze Murfin (Dallas City, Ill.) used a first place finish in the shot put (56-09.25) and a second place finish in the hammer throw (189-2) to grab the Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Iowa Conference Championships. Murfin helped the Spartans finish second in the team standings at the meet, the best finish since 1963. It is the fourth time between indoor and outdoor season that Murfin has been selected IIAC Field Performer of the Week.

Will Doherty and Chase Kueter cleaned up the IIAC weekly honors on the baseball side after UD won the Iowa Conference Tournament title and earned a berth into the NCAA tournament. Doherty (Cross Plains, Wis.) hit .500 (6-12) over the three games in the tournament to win IIAC Position Player of the Week. To go along with his six hits, Doherty had one double, two triples, drove in four runs and scored four runs of his own.

Kueter (Bellevue, Iowa) started the opening game of the IIAC Tournament, throwing an eight inning complete game after the ten run rule was put into use. Kueter only allowed one run in the eight innings, scattering four hits and struck out eight to earn IIAC Pitcher of the Week. This is the second time this season he has received the honor.