SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (January 21, 2014)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Prezel Hardy, Jr., Texas A&M
• Recorded a pair of personal-best times in winning a sprint double in the 60 and 200 meters at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational, despite battling an illness the entire day.
• Ran 6.56 in the 60 meters to break the Aggie school record of 6.59 set by Gerald Phiri four times from 2009 to 2011. After running 6.63 to equal the meet record held by Phiri from 2010 and post the top qualifying time for the final, Hardy bettered his previous PR of 6.61 from 2011 with his victory in the final, as he claimed the meet record in addition to the school record.
• Led an Aggie sweep of the 200 as his winning time of 20.70 bettered his meet record of 20.78, set in 2013.
• Moves to No. 5 on the Texas A &M all-time list with his mark the second fastest in the world this season, trailing only a 20.68 by professional sprinter Wallace Spearmon.
• Named the USTFCCCA National Men’s Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Jeremiah Green, Alabama
• Made a huge impact in his collegiate debut, breaking the Birmingham CrossPlex facility record and Auburn Indoor Invitational meet record in the men’s triple jump with a winning leap of 16.01m/52-6.0.
• His mark went down as the fifth-longest men’s triple jump in program history.
• Green’s mark in the men’s triple jump currently leads the SEC and the nation.
• His men’s triple jump goes down as the eighth-longest in the world according to Tilastopaja.org.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Omar McLeod, Arkansas
• The freshman is now 5-for-5 this season, earning all five event titles to start his collegiate career.
• Won the 200-meter dash on Friday night at the Randal Tyson Track Center against No. 15 Texas with a time of 21.09, ranking among the top-12 athletes nationally.
• His time of 7.76 was good for the 60-meter title, which beat his time from last week and ranks him fourth nationally. His 60m hurdle time also leads the SEC and is third all-time at Arkansas.
Women’s Co-Runner of the Week: Dominique Scott, Arkansas
• Helped the Razorbacks take down top-ranked Texas on Friday night, 91-63.
• Her personal-best mile time of 4:38.49 ranks first in the SEC and the NCAA.
• The time comes in at No. 5 all-time at Arkansas.
• Also anchored the distance medley relay team that finished in a national-leading time of 11:25.58.
• Named the USTFCCCA Women’s Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Women’s Co-Runner of the Week: Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky
• Shattered school records during wins in both the 60 and 200 meters in her UK debut during Saturday’s Kentucky Invitational.
• Bryant’s 60-meter time of 7.19 leads the nation and her 200m time of 23.04 ranks No. 2 nationally. Both times rank second in the world this year, according to Tilastopaja.org.
• Broke 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist Passion Richardson’s 18-year-old UK school 60m record by .15 seconds and Michelle Brown’s 17-year-old 200m school record.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M
• Generated a stellar set of jumps in winning the triple jump at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational.
• Her best mark of 13.49m/44-3.25 broke the meet record of 43-10 and left her just an inch away from the Aggie school record of 13.52m/44-4.25, set by Yasmine Regis in 2009.
• Moen-Davis is the collegiate lead with a margin that is two inches shy of two feet.
• On her opening leap of 13.38m/43-10.75, Moen-Davis broke the meet record of 13.36m/43-10 set in 2010 by Ayanna Anderson. Then Moen-Davis bettered her personal best of 44-2 with an impressive improvement with 44-3.25, the No. 2 mark on the Aggie all-time list. The remainder of the series for Moen-Davis included 44-0, 44-0.75, 42-7 and 43-2.50.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Leontia Kallenou, Georgia
• Cleared a personal-best high jump height of 6-2 on her opening attempt to be the top collegiate finisher (all four of her heights were first attempt clearances).
• This is the second-best mark nationally and tops in the SEC, and is No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list and best since 2008.
• In the first indoor collegiate meet of her career, Kallenou was only topped at the meet by former Lady Bulldog Levern Spencer (6-3.25), who set the school record of 6-2.75, five years ago.