The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Jennifer Grossarth, Women's Track and Field - Senior; Tooele, Utah
Jennifer Grossarth ran a career best time in the 400 hurdles at the Texas Relays to put her in seventh place in the nation in the event with a time of 58.35. Grossarth finished with the sixth fastest time out of 65 competitors at the presigous meet. Her time leads the conference by more than a second and puts her sixth all-time at BYU in the 400-meter hurdles.
Josh Rohatinsky, Men's Track and Field - Senior; Provo, Utah
Josh Rohatinsky has competed only twice in 2007, and both times he has set a new facility record. At the Wildcat Outdoor Open on Saturday, Rohatinsky's first meet of the outdoor season, he set a new Weber State Stewart Stadium Record of 3:46.59. This record has stood since 2001 and with the altitude conversion, Rohatinsky's time is the third best time in the nation. He also leads the MWC in the 1500 meters by more than five seconds. Rohatinsky holds the third best time in BYU history in the 5000 meters, the second best time in the 10,000 meters and the reigning Cross Country National Champion.
Jonathan Sanchez, Men's Tennis - Junior; Fullerton, Calif.
Junior Jonathan Sanchez from Fullerton, California went undefeated in four conference matches last weekend. He won twice at no. 5 singles in straight sets and twice at no. 2 doubles against the Air Force Academy and San Diego State University. Sanchez improved his singles record to 11-9 in singles and 12-8 in doubles on the year with two matches left before the conference tournament.
Anastasia Surkova, Women's Tennis - Junior; Moscow, Russia
Junior Anastasia Surkova from Moscow, Russia won three more matches at No. 1 singles last week including a marquis 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 58 Anna Sydorska from defending MWC champion TCU. Surkova's three wins extended her straight-set win streak to 8 matches. Her only loss in the last 15 matches was against a nationally ranked player, with all 14 wins coming in straight sets. She has only allowed her opponents 18 games in her last 14 sets, all at no. 1 singles. She recently broke into the national rankings in both singles and doubles. Her current record on the year is 17-5 in singles competition and 16-4 in doubles.
Kent Walton, Baseball - Sophomore; Yucaipa, Calif.
Walton was selected as the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. He is now batting a team-leading .368 and is the top slugger at .664 as well as the team leader in doubles with 14. His slugging for last week was 1.118. Walton homered three games in a row last week. He hit a lead-off homer in the second inning of Friday's game to put BYU up 1-0 against UNLV. His two-run homer in Thursday's game tied the score 5-5 in the second after BYU fell behind 5-0 to the Rebels. He tied the Binghamton game at 10-all with his sixth-inning three-run homer. He turned double plays on Monday and Friday.