NEW ORLEANS – Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Athlete of the Week, becoming the first Southeastern Conference athlete to earn the newly minted honor, the New Orleans-based organization announced on Monday.
Lendore, a Texas A&M sophomore and a native of Arima, Trinidad & Tobago, sprinted to the fastest 400 meters in the world of the 2013 season with a time of 45.91 at the Texas A&M Triangular on Saturday in College Station. The time is the first sub-46 of the collegiate season and Lendore now leads all collegians by more than three-quarters of a second. His effort is the fourth-best all-time in the world in the month of January.
Lendore also anchored the 4×400 relay at the conclusion of the meet with a split of 45.90, bringing home an event win with a time of 3:07.21 and a meet win for the No. 4 Aggies over No. 1 Arkansas and No. 10 LSU by a score of 128.5 – 99 – 82.5.
Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks earned this week’s National Women’s Athlete of the Week honor, for which LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan was named an honorable mention selection.
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