The Athlete of the Week nominees for May 2-8. Voting closes at midnight Sunday. The winner will be announced with the next poll and in next Tuesday’s paper. Each weekly winner will be included in an Athlete of the Month poll.
Last week’s winner
Alec Rust | Edmonds-Woodway | Boys Track & Field
Rust, a senior, won the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 14 feet, 3 inches at the Shoreline Invitational on April 30. Rust’s vault ranks third in state in Class 3A, according to Athletic.net. Rust won The Herald’s Athlete of the Week poll for April 25-30 by claiming 377 of 1,267 votes.
This week’s nominees
Hans Beck | Meadowdale | Boys Track & Field
Beck, a senior, won the 100- and 400-meter races at the Edmonds School District Championships on May 6. Beck ran the 100 in a season-best 11.51 seconds and the 400 in a personal-best 51.67 seconds. He also helped the Mavericks’ 4×400 relay team to a winning time of 3 minutes, 32.65 seconds.
Aaron Choi | Kamiak | Boys Golf
Choi, a freshman, fired a 4-under 69 for a first-place finish in a five-team Wesco 4A meet on May 2 at Battle Creek Golf Course. Choi led Kamiak, which shot a 10-under 282 as a team, to the win.
Jacob Gabler | Edmonds-Woodway | Baseball
Gabler, a senior, pitched a three-hit shutout as the Warriors beat Shorewood 5-0 in the first round of the Class 3A District 1 Tournament on May 6. Gabler struck out 13 batters and walked just two. He also had three hits in Edmonds-Woodway’s 9-0 win over Stanwood in the quarterfinals on May 7.
Leia Jones | Stanwood | Girls Track & Field
Jones, a senior, won the 1600 meters with a personal-best time of 5 minutes, 2.9 seconds at the Stanwood Twilight Invite on May 7. Her time ranks second in Class 3A, according to Athletic.net.
Kyleigh Lynn | Lake Stevens | Softball
Lynn, a senior, tossed a two-hit shutout and also hit a home run as Lake Stevens topped previously unbeaten Jackson 7-0 on May 4.
River Mahler | Monroe | Softball
Mahler, a senior, hit two home runs and two doubles in Monroe’s 9-0 win over Shorewood on May 3. She also went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI as the Bearcats thumped Everett 19-2 on May 5.
Emerson Norris | Snohomish | Girls Tennis
Norris, a junior, went 2-0 in her No. 1 singles matches during the week, including a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Stanwood’s Audrey Medina as the Panthers clinched a Wesco 3A North title with a 7-0 win on May 2.
Talan Zenk | Mountlake Terrace | Baseball
Zenk, a sophomore, hit a grand slam in Mountlake Terrace’s 10-3 victory over Oak Harbor in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A District 1 Tournament on May 7. Zenk also drove in two runs and went 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in the Hawks’ 8-4 win over Arlington in the first round on May 6.
Note: The Herald’s Athlete of the Week nominees are chosen based off stats reported to the newspaper, recommendations from coaches and first-hand observations. Stats from games and recommendations for nominees can be sent to email@example.com.