BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southeastern Conference student-athletes have swept the National Athlete of the Week honors, presented by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and announced Monday. This week’s national recognition went to Texas A&M’s Prezel Hardy, Jr., and Arkansas’ Dominique Scott.
Hardy, Jr., a senior sprinter from Killeen, Texas, was named the National Men’s Athlete of the Week. He battled through an illness at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational this weekend to put up nation-leading times in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes and lead the No. 5 Aggies to a dominant team victory.
Hardy won the 60-meter final in 6.56, setting a Texas A&M school record. Hardy also captured the men’s 200-meter final in a time of 20.70 to mark a new indoor personal record.
Scott, a junior distance runner from Capetown, South Africa, was named the National Women’s Athlete of the Week. She helped key No. 7 Arkansas’ dual-meet victory against No. 1 Texas, winning the mile in 2014 collegiate-leading fasion and then anchoring the 1,600m leg of the Razorbacks’ nation-leading distance medley relay team.
Coming in with an indoor mile PR of 4:44.78, Scott finished the day with a 4:38.49 win to give her the 2014 collegiate lead by more than two seconds over The Bowerman Watch List member Laura Roesler of Oregon. Fewer than two hours later, she took the baton on the final leg of Arkansas’ DMR team, which finished in a collegiate-leading 11:25.58.
Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant was an honorable mention selection for the women’s weekly award.
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