SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (February 11, 2014)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
• Ran his first race ever over 200m indoors during the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational and rank 20.68 to match the current world-leading mark for 2014.
• In breaking the meet record of 20.69 set by Curtis Mitchell in 2010, Lendore led an Aggie 1-2-3-4 sweep with roommate Shavez Hart claiming second in 20.72 competing in the same section, while Michael Bryan (20.98) and Prezel Hardy, Jr. (21.14) finished first and second in another section.
• In taking over the collegiate-leading mark from teammate Prezel Hardy, Jr., Lendore moves to No. 5 on the Texas A&M all-time list with the No. 10 performance. His previous-best time in an outdoor 200 was 21.20 from 2011.
• In the 4x400m relay, Lendore ran the second leg, supplying a 45.62 split as the Aggies won in 3:06.18 over LSU, Baylor and Arizona State.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Clive Pullen, Arkansas
• Finished third in the men’s triple jump at the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque with a personal-record mark of 52-6.50, which ties for sixth-best in the NCAA This season and is third-best in the SEC.
• Ranks tied for the national freshman lead in the men’s triple jump with Alabama’s Jeremiah Green.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Jalen Miller, Ole Miss
• Ran a personal-best 6.62 to place third in the championship final of the men’s 60 meters at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational.
• His sensational 60-meter time moves him up to 11th on this year’s NCAA list and fifth in school history, just behind such names as Isiah Young and James Shelton.
• Ranks first among SEC freshmen and second among all freshmen nationally in the 60.
• Also placed 10th in the 200 meters at 21.70, missing the championship finals by one spot.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky
• The USTFCCCA National Women’s Athlete of the Week.
• Produced the fastest 200-meter performance by any woman in the world so far this season on Saturday.
• Time of 22.82 capped a two-day competition in which she won two events (60m on Friday), and was named “Most Outstanding Performer” of the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet.
• Her nation (and world) leading 200m time of 22.82 means she now has the fastest collegiate time this season in both the 200m and 60 (7.19).
• 200m performance was significant on multiple levels as the time smashed her previous school-record of 23.04, set a new personal best for the two-time indoor 200m All-American (nine times in all events) and is just 0.14 seconds outside the all-time collegiate top-10 in the event.
• Ran a time of 7.27 in the 60m, defeating her teammate Harrison again, who produced the No. 11 time in the nation in that event.
• She is undefeated in both 60m and 200m finals this season, including school-record performances in both events and a 60m dead-heat finish with 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Tiana Bartoletta.
Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Brea Garrett, Texas A&M
• Became the collegiate leader in the women’s weight throw with a six-foot improvement over her previous personal-best and moved into the top-10 on the collegiate all-time list.
• Won the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational with a mark of 22.66m/74-74.75 as her series included three attempts over 71 feet.
• Her top mark is No. 10 all-time among collegians and No. 7 among US collegians.
• In bettering her previous Texas A&M school record of 20.82m/68-3.75 in five of the six rounds, defeating a field that included seniors Denise Hinton of LSU, UCLA’s Ida Storm and Baylor’s Erin Atkinson.
• Claimed the collegiate-leading mark for 2014 from the 73-4 by Purdue’s Dani Bunch and is currently fourth on the US list for this indoor season.
Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Chanice Porter, Georgia
• Porter sailed a career-long distance of 21 feet, 2 ¾ inches on her second attempt in the long jump to win at the VT Elite Meet.
• Measuring no less than 20-5 during her three attempts, Porter shot to No. 1 on the national performance list and No. 3 in the Lady Bulldog record books.
• This is the top effort for the Georgia women since Hyleas Fountain set the school record of 21-7.25 to win the 2004 NCAA Championships.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Precious Holmes, South Carolina
• Helped tally 18 points for the No. 15 Gamecocks at the USTFCCCA’s National Meet of the Week. South Carolina finished third in its first scored meet of the season.
• Riding a two-week win streak, recording a collegiate best in the 400-meter dash championship division preliminary round (53.98) and ran a new lifetime best in the finals for a second-place finish (53.33).
• That time ranks 14th in the country and is the second-best freshman time. In the SEC, Holmes is the fastest freshman at the distance and ranks fourth overall.
• In the 4x4 championship division, Holmes gave the Gamecocks a lead on the leadoff leg they would not surrender as they collected the win. The quartet’s time of 3:37.79 is the 15th best in the NCAA.