SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (January 22, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
• The USTFCCCA National Men’s Athlete of the Week for Jan. 21.
• Won the 400m at the Texas A&M Triangular in a world-leading time of 45.91, which goes down as one of the fastest times ever recorded in the month of January. Only three individuals have ever run faster in January, and two of those marks were set on the last weekend of the month.
• Bettered Trinidad & Tobago’s national indoor record of 45.92 set in 1992 by Alvin Daniel.
• Broke the meet record of 46.03 set in 2010 by Demetrius Pinder, moving him into third on Texas A&M’s all-time 400m list behind Pinder (45.33) and Tabarie Henry (45.81).
• Anchored the Texas A&M 4x400-meter relay in a time of 45.9 as the Aggies won the event in 3:07.21 over LSU’s 3:07.74.
• Helped his team win the Texas A&M Triangular over No. 1 Arkansas and current No. 6 LSU.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss
• A six-time All-American and five-time SEC Champion in the high jump, Robertson took the day off of his primary event to focus on the triple jump and, against stiff competition at the Auburn Invitational that included four nationally ranked teams, he soared to the NCAA’s best triple jump mark this season with a meet-record leap of 52-8.25.
• That mark is 6.5 inches farther than the next closest this year by Arizona State’s Chris Benard and is the best mark this season by any American at low altitude.
• The mark was a personal best and moves him to third in Ole Miss school history in the indoor triple jump.
• Robertson now leads the SEC in both the triple jump and high jump.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Cale Wallace, Arkansas
• Collected his second win in as many weeks Saturday with a victory in the 3,000 meters during the Texas A&M Triangular.
• He led a 1-2 finish for the Razorbacks in the event with a final time of 8:21.27.
• Already the conference leader in the mile, recorded the league’s fourth-fastest time at 3,000 meters in the SEC and the best by a freshman.
SEC Co-Women’s Runner of the Week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
• Shot to the top of the world rankings in her first 200-meter race of the 2013 indoor season, by taking the 200-meter title at the Texas A&M Triangular with a season-opening run of 23.15.
• Extended her historic winning streak to 19 consecutive 200-meter victories against collegiate competition between the indoor and outdoor seasons, dating back to her sophomore season indoors in 2010.
• Also led the Lady Tigers to the tri-meet victory, as the team scored 107.5 points on the afternoon to defeat both Texas A&M (103.5) and Arkansas (103) with their performance.
SEC Co-Women’s Runner of the Week: Regina George, Arkansas
• Opened her 2013 season with a pair of NCAA-best performances for the Razorbacks at the Texas A&M Triangular.
• Individually, ran to a nation-leading time of 53.30 and a win at 500 meters. It marked the fastest season opener of her career.
• Capped the tri-meet competition with a 4x400-meter relay victory with teammates Makeba Alcide, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams, who combined for an NCAA-leading time of 3:36.03, taking more than a second off the then-national leader.
• Added a fourth-place finish at 200 meters on Saturday.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sandi Morris, Arkansas
• Took the national lead in the pole vault with her first-place performance on Saturday at the Texas A&M Triangular.
• Secured the event title with a final clearance of 4.31m/14-1.75, marking her second in as many competitions this season.
• With the result, Morris also set the Texas A&M dual meet record and established a new personal best.
• Was the only performer in the nation over 14 feet during the weekend and one of only two to accomplish that feat this season.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Chanice Porter, Georgia
• Recorded a mark of 20-4.25 on the first collegiate attempt of her career to win the women’s long jump at the Auburn Invitational this past weekend.
• Logged the second-longest jump in the SEC this year (behind Texas A&M’s LaQue Moen-Davis, who holds the national lead of 20-11.25, recorded a week ago), and the third-best in the nation in 2013.
• Her mark goes down as the sixth-best in Georgia school history and the best for the program since 2007.