Athletes of the Week

Tennessee Tech selects a Male and Female Athlete of the Week throughout the athletic season
to recognize outstanding performances by Golden Eagle student-athletes.


Male Recipient

Female Recipient

October 9 - October 15

Eduardo Mena
Tennis | SR | Bultrago del Lozoya, Spain

Week's Achievements: Mena continued to make program and conference history, advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Men's All-American Championships after boasting victories over the No. 2 & No. 16 ranked players in the nation.

Karigan Owens
Soccer | SR | D | La Grange, Ky.

Week's Achievements: Owens proved a factor on both sides of the ball in Tech's two wins over the weekend, playing all 180 minutes in two Golden Eagle shutouts. She added a goal and an assist in the team's 2-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

October 2 - October 8

Andrew Goldsmith
Football | SO | RB | Jackson, Tenn.

Week's Achievements: Goldsmith put together a career night while toting the rock for the Golden Eagles, posting a career-high 121 yards on the ground at Eastern Illinois. He averaged 7.6 yards on 16 carries while adding two catches for 12 yards.

Kari Naerdemann
Soccer | JR | GK | Herne, Germany

Week's Achievements: Naerdemann notched back-to-back shutouts on the road at SIUE and Eastern Illinois, making six total saves in the two matches. She now owns seven shutouts on the year, tying her own mark for third in single-season program history.

September 25 - October 1

Gilbert Boit
Cross Country | SO | Eten, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Boit captured yet another individual first-place finish, this time at the Sam Bell Invitational hosted by Indiana. The sophomore finished with a time of 24:39.59 in the 8K race, giving him three first-place finishes in as many meets this year.

Mayra Tarraga Manzanal
Soccer | JR | MF | Gerona, Spain

Week's Achievements: Tarraga Manzanal helped lead Tech to a perfect 2-0 weekend with wins at Belmont and against Austin Peay. The junior tallied five points behind two goals and assist, including the game-winner against the Govs on Sunday.

September 18 - September 24

Gilbert Boit
Cross Country | SO | Eten, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Boit claimed an indvidual first-place finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational, his second win in as many events this season. Finishing at 24:30.9, he now owns five of the top six times in the 8K in program history.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga continued her incredible start to her Tech career, placing third out of 285 runners at the Mountain Dew Invitational. Her time of 17:46.8 represents the fifth-fastest in the 5K in school history, a week after turning in the third-best time.

September 11 - September 17

Nick Madonia
Football | JR | K | Arrington, Ala.

Week's Achievements: Madonia let his leg do the talking during Tech's contest at Ball State, finishing 2-for-2 on field goals and connecting on his lone PAT try. He also averaged 46 yards on four punts, pinning the Cardinals inside the 20-yard line twice.

Purity Sanga
Cross Country | FR | Eldoret, Kenya

Week's Achievements: Sanga made her Golden Eagle debut a great one, finishing a stunning sixth out of 176 runners at the Commodore Classic. The freshman runner clocked in a time of 17:38.1 in the 5K, the third-best mark in school history.

September 4 - September 10

Aderick Moore
Football | SO | LB | Selma, Ala.

Week's Achievements: Moore was all over the field for the Golden Eagles in their contest at Kennesaw State, making a game-high and career-high 13 tackles, including and impressive 10 solo stops. He also recorded his first sack of the 2017 campaign.

Shealene Little
Volleyball | JR | OH | Culver, Ore.

Week's Achievements: Little showed a knack for the attack in Tech's tournament action in Dayton, Ohio, posting 32 kills and 25 digs in 10 sets with a .228 attack percentage. She hit .350 against West Virginia in the team's first action of the weekend.