SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (April 2, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Ameer Webb, Texas A&M
• Named the Most Outstanding Performer of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, as he was part of three Texas A&M victories on Saturday’s final day of the four-day meet.
• Anchored the Aggie 4x200m relay to a 1:20.78 victory, then ran lead leg on a 38.64 win in the 4x100m relay. Closed out his performance with a world-leading 10.14 victory in the 100 meters.
• A&M controlled the 4x200m and won by 2.5 seconds over Northwestern State and Tennessee, establishing a world-leading time. Texas A&M lowered its US and collegiate-leading time from the 38.76 they ran two weeks ago.
• In the 100, Webb gained early control of the race and bettered a field that included LSU’s Aaron Ernest (10.18), Jackson State’s Brent Lee (10.33) and Ole Miss’ Isiah Young (10.35). He ran a career-best time of 10.14 that bettered the previous world-leading time of 10.15, set by Jamaica’s Jermaine Hamilton.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss
• Cleared a school-record height of 19-0.75 to win a world-class pole vault competition at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
• His vault is the best in the world so far this year and is the best vault by an NCAA athlete since 1998. That performance moves Kendricks to No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list.
• He shattered his previous school outdoor record of 18-0.5 by more than a foot.
• Aside from SEC and NCAA Championships, Kendricks has now won six consecutive regular-season college pole vault competitions dating back to a fourth-place finish at Drake Relays last April. He has 12 career collegiate victories under his belt.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Texas A&M
• Ran on three Texas A&M relays at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and came very close to claiming the 4x400-meter relay as well.
• Ran the third leg on the 4x200m squad that recorded a world-leading time of 1:20.78, then handled second leg duties on the 4x100 that improved its U.S. and collegiate leading time in winning with a 38.64 over Florida (38.99), TCU (39.54) and LSU (39.56).
• In the 4x400, ran the first leg with a split of 46.9 as the Aggies finished second in 3:02.76, just off Florida’s winning time of 3:02.65.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
• Made the most of her 2013 outdoor debut in the 100-meter dash as she defended her Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays title at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon with an NCAA-leading performance.
• After qualifying for the final with a wind-aided run of 11.15 seconds in her first 100-meter race of the season, dropped her NCAA-leading time of 11.06 with a wind-aided effort to take the title in a final that produced five of the six fastest times in the NCAA This spring.
• Duncan is just the third Lady Tiger in program history to win back-to-back 100-meter titles in the university division at the Texas Relays.
• Helped the Lady Tigers win their 13th spring medley relay title all-time at the Texas Relays and fourth in five seasons, while running the second-fastest time in school history at 3:43.98 as she teamed with Latoya McDermott, Siedda Herbert and Natoya Goule for the victory.
• Also ran the second leg on LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that ran a seasonal-best time of 43.70 for second place in Saturday’s invitational race for the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked performance in that relay this spring.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M
• Won the women’s discus at the Texas Relays on her first attempt, a throw of 56.00m/183-9 that topped the field by nine-plus feet.
• The series for Vaughan included marks of 183-9, 176-5, 173-11, 169-4, foul and 178-11.
• Her discus victory is the first-ever for an Aggie female in the Texas Relays and the first for Texas A&M since Randy Matson won the discus in 1967.
• Dominated the B division of the shot put, winning the event with a mark of 49-9.75 that moves the Aggie frosh to No. 6 on the A&M all-time list.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Marija Vucenovic, Florida
• Won the first Florida title of the meet in just her first collegiate competition, tossing a mark of 52.47m/172-2 in the javelin to take home the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays title.
• Her mark goes down as third all-time in Florida program history and is second in the collegiate ranks this year.
• Currently leads the SEC in the women’s javelin so far this season.