SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (February 5, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Dedric Dukes, Florida
• Set a Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational meet record en route to a victory in the men’s 200-meter dash in a personal-best time of 20.95, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that there was only one other athlete in his finals heat.
• Was named the Husker Invitational Men’s Most Valuable Performer efforts.
• Currently has the fourth-fastest 200m time in the SEC this season and the ninth-best nationally.
• His performance is the fastest for Florida since Tony McQuay ran a time of 20.61 at the 2011 SEC Indoor Championships.
• Third-fastest performance by a Gator in the last seven years in the men’s 200m.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Damar Forbes, LSU
• Made his season debut in the long jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, turning in one of the nation’s leading performances in defense of his title at The Armory.
• Opened with a series-best and the NCAA’s No. 2 mark at 25-10.25 to take the Armory Collegiate Invitational title for the second consecutive season.
• Is now the No. 2 ranked long jumper in both the NCAA and the SEC.
SEC Co-Men’s Freshman of the Week: Jake Blankenship, Tennessee
• Won his second consecutive and third overall meet of the 2013 season with a personal-record vault of 5.50m/18-0.50 on his second attempt in a 19-man field at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
• That mark ties Olympic silver medalist and former Vol Lawrence Johnson’s freshman school record set in 1993.
• His mark currently ranks second in the SEC, is tied for fourth in the nation and also is tied for 27th-best in the world in 2013.
• Leads SEC freshmen in the category and ranks second among freshmen in the country.
SEC Co-Men’s Freshman of the Week: Arman Hall, Florida
• Recorded his third personal-best time in the men’s 400-meter dash this season, clocking a time of 46.61 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
• Captured the event to earn the third victory of his freshman campaign.
• Currently is the nation’s top freshman in the event and ranks sixth nationally overall.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
• Already holding one of the nation’s top-two times in the women’s 200m, Duncan turned in a dominating victory in the women’s 60-meter dash at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, clocking a time of 7.16.
• After winning her heat with the second-fastest time of the qualifying round at 7.33, Duncan returned to the track to smash her personal best and finish one tenth of a second ahead of Clemson’s former NCAA leader Dezerea Bryant with a meet-record time of 7.16 to take home the No. 1 performance in the SEC and the NCAA This season.
• Finished well ahead of Bryant’s second-place time finish at 7.26.
• Beat four other sprinters who currently rank among the top-10 in the NCAA rankings in the 60-meter dash this season.
• With her performance, Duncan broke LSU great Kelly-Ann Baptiste’s previous five-year-old meet record of 7.17 set in 2008 and moved into the No. 3 spot on LSU’s all-time performance list in that event.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Denise Hinton, LSU
• Finished within two inches of the top-five of the NCAA rankings in a runner-up finish in the women’s weight throw championship at The Armory on Saturday afternoon.
• Tied her school record with a season-best throw of 69-9.75, a mark which currently leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally.
• Finished second only to the winning mark and NCAA’s No. 2 ranked throw of 71-4.75 by Kansas’ Alkena Krechyk.
• The only SEC athlete to rank among the top-20 of the NCAA rankings in the women’s weight throw.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Shaunae Miller, Georgia
• Left the Georgia school record behind in the 400-meter dash during her first collegiate race in the event at the Akron Invitational.
• Sped to a finish of 52.96, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the competition to top Georgia’s previous school record of 53.19, set 17 years ago.
• Mark currently ranks fourth best in the NCAA this season (the top by a freshman) and she is 19th on the current IAAF world list (top by a Bahamian).
• Returned to race in her first collegiate 200 and finished with the sixth-best time in Georgia history.
• Meet marked only the second time in her life that Miller had competed indoors.