SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (March 19, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Johnathan Smith, Georgia
• Ran his first outdoor meet for the Bulldogs and won the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 10.20, which leads the nation and is No. 4 on the Georgia record books with the fastest time since 1994.
• Currently holds the top American time in the 100m and is No. 2 on the current IAAF world list.
• Ran a leg on the Bulldog 4x100-meter relay team that clocked the ninth-fastest time (40.98) in the East Region and the second-fastest in the SEC.
• The three-time Division III All-American also led the Bulldog 4x200-meter relay team to a victory with a 1:24.21 and ran a leg in the “Gainey Special” (100-100-200-400) that took second with a 1:31.10.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M
• Broke his own meet record at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, as his winning mark of 81.40m/267-1 in the javelin places the Aggie senior at No. 10 on the collegiate all-time list and sixth among American-born collegians.
• Is the current U.S. and collegiate leader, while ranking seventh on the 2013 world list.
• The USTFCCA National Men’s Athlete of the Week for March 18.
• Each of his four throws measured over 262 feet, as he nearly toppled his A&M school record, a 268-7, which won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
• Opening his series with a 265-0, he bettered his own Castillo meet record of 256-6.
• His winning distance of 267-1 came in the second round and Humphreys followed with two more attempts, reaching distances of 262-9 and 266-11.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Ashinia Miller, Georgia
• Opened his outdoor collegiate career by grabbing the top collegiate finish (second overall) in the shot put with a personal best mark of 62-6 on his sixth and final attempt.
• His throw currently ranks second in the nation and fifth on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list.
• Only 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and former Bulldog All-American Reese Hoffa (68-1) topped Miller in the competition.
• Returned in the discus to finish second with a mark of 178-4.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Ashton Purvis, Texas A&M
• Won the 100 meters in a US and collegiate-leading 11.35 seconds, which currently ranks second on the 2013 world list behind an 11.25.
• Finished ahead of teammate Jennifer Madu, who posted a time of 11.54 and is currently second on the 2013 collegiate list.
• Also ran the second leg of the Texas A&M 4x100-meter relay that won with a world-leading time of 43.31 and also broke the Castillo meet record of 43.65 that the Aggies set a year ago.
SEC Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M
• Captured the Texas A&M school record in the women’s discus, producing a series of six throws that each topped the previous Texas A&M standard of 53.91m/176-10 set in 2003 by Karenrose Honea.
• The series for the 18-year-old Vaughan included a 185-0, 177-1, 182-6, 185-0, 183-3 and 181-10.
• Led the competition throughout each of the first five rounds.
• In the sixth round, China’s 23-year-old Yang Yang, who has a PR of 207-9, claimed the event with a mark of 189-1.
• The next best collegian in the meet was Alex Hartig of Arizona State with a mark of 60.61/165-8 in fourth place overall.
• The USTFCCCA National Women’s Athlete of the Week for March 18.
SEC Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Morgann Leleux, Georgia
• Opened up her sophomore campaign by winning the pole vault at the Georgia Relays for the second consecutive year with a nation-leading mark of 14-1.25.
• Returning from a detached retina during the indoor season and the surgery needed to repair her injury, Leleux passed on the first six heights before clearing 13-7.26 and 14-1.26 on her first and second attempts.
• Has the top mark for an American this year and is No. 5 on the current IAAF world list.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Briana Vaughn, Georgia
• Recorded her second collegiate victory after winning the 100-meter dash in a personal-best time of 11.37, which came in her first collegiate outdoor meet.
• Currently ranks No. 2 in the nation, behind Texas A&M’s Ashton Purvis, is tied for No. 4 in school history and is the No. 2 competitor on the current IAAF world list behind Australia’s Melissa Breen.
• Also ran a leg on the winning “Gainey Special” (100-100-200-400) as the foursome clocked a time of 1:42.52.
• Was also part of the Lady Bulldog squad that took second in the 4x200-meter relay at the Georgia Relays.