SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (April 23, 2013)
SEC Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
• Set a collegiate-leading time of 45.00 to win his opening 400-meter race of the outdoor season.
• Won the race by a full second and set a career-best time, improving the 45.13 he ran a year ago in winning the Big 12 title.
• Lowered the previous best collegiate time this season from a 45.54 run by USC’s Bryshon Nellum.
• Time is the second-fastest in the world this outdoor season, trailing only a 44.72 recorded by former Alabama standout Kirani James of Grenada.
• Moves to No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list with his outdoor PR of 45.00 and is No. 9 on the all-time list for Trinidad and Tobago.
SEC Co-Men’s Runner of the Week: Isiah Young, Ole Miss
• Clocked two of the world’s fastest wind-legal times this year during a spectacular performance on his home track at the Mississippi Open on Saturday.
• Ran four races within approximately a four-hour span and claimed four victories. Blew away the competition in the 100 (10.09) and 200 (20.39), while anchoring the winning 4x100m squad (39.90) and running the first leg of the winning 4x400m relay (3:10.57).
• Young’s 20.39 in the 200m ranks him third in the world and second in the NCAA this year. He currently holds the school record with a 20.16 that he ran last year.
• His 10.09 is tied for fifth-best in the world this year and is third among collegians in 2013. He finished just .01 seconds from his school record of 10.08 from last year.
• The 4x100m relay team clocked a season-best 39.90, which is tied for fourth best in school history and ranks Ole Miss 14th in the NCAA this year.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss
• Set an Ole Miss facility record for the second consecutive week with his winning pole vault clearance of 18-1.25 at the Mississippi Open.
• Broke his Ole Miss Track & Field Complex record of 18-1 set the week prior and won his ninth consecutive regular-season pole vault competition, the 15th such victory of his Rebel career, combining indoors and outdoors.
• Is currently the world leader with a mark of 19-0.75 set at the Texas Relays.
• Is the only Ole Miss pole vaulter ever to clear 18 feet, indoors or outdoors, and has now cleared that height eight times.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Arman Hall, Florida
• Ran a wind-legal 20.73 in the men’s 200 meters for a new PR in the event, blowing away 15 professionals in the field.
• His time of 20.73 ranks in the top-15 nationally (he ran a wind-aided 20.71 at the Pepsi Florida Relays).
• He is the fastest SEC freshman in the event and the second-fastest freshman in the nation.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Natoya Goule, LSU
• Continued her record-breaking junior season by breaking LSU’s school record again, while becoming the ninth-ranked collegian all-time with her victory in the women’s 800-meter run at the LSU Alumni Gold on Saturday.
• Lowered her own NCAA-leading and World-leading time in the 800-meters this season, as she broke her own school record in the event with a lifetime best 2:00.76 to also break the Bernie Moore Track facility record in the event.
• Now has broken LSU’s school record in three consecutive 800-meter races dating back to the indoor season.
• Not only did she win the 800m title on Saturday, but did so against an impressive field as LSU’s 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion LaTavia Thomas finished runner-up in 2:02.72 and senior teammate Charlene Lipsey followed in third place with the No. 3 time in the NCAA this spring at 2:03.13.
SEC Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Tepe, Georgia
• Launched the longest hammer throw of her career (200-5) on her fifth try to win her second meet for the Lady Bulldogs at the War Eagle Invitational.
• Answered a challenge by Auburn’s Daina Levy, who had a mark of 197-11 on her fourth throw, while competing in her home facility.
• Tepe’s mark improves her to No. 5 all-time in school history and No. 19 nationally. She also ranks No. 2 in the SEC by seven inches.
SEC Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Ciarra Brewer, Florida
• Captured the women’s triple jump at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic, jumping to a season-best mark of 13.28m/43-7.
• Currently ranks second in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA this season in the event.
• One of only eight athletes nationally to jump better than 43 feet in the women’s triple jump this season.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Daina Levy, Auburn
• Established a new Auburn overall record in the women’s hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 60.32m/197-11 on Friday night at the War Eagle Invitational.
• Now owns two of the top four and four of the top-10 performances all-time in Auburn history.
• Mark of 197-11 ranks third in the SEC and is the top underclassman mark with two juniors in front of the Jamaican junior record holder.
• Mark ranks her in the top-30 nationally.