SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (February 18, 2014)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Arman Hall, Florida
• Won the 200m at the Texas A&M Invitational – a new PR and Texas A&M Invitational Meet Record.
• Ran the fastest 200m in the SEC through the Feb. 14‐15 weekend of competition and is tied for first in the SEC with the fastest mark throughout the season so far.
• His time of 20.68 ranks tied for second in the country and eighth fastest in the world
• Hall’s mark was the eighth‐fastest 200m in Florida history.
• Despite the men’s squad being split throughout the country at three different meets, helped lead the Gators to second overall at the Texas A&M Invitational.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss
• Kendricks smashed his own school record, set a collegiate meet record and moved up to No. 9 all-time in NCAA indoor history with his NCAA-leading vault of 18-8.25 at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque.
• His jump ranks him No. 1 in the NCAA, No. 1 among Americans and No. 13 in the world this year.
• He defeated a strong field of vaulters that included Akron’s Shawn Barber and UCLA’s Michael Woepse. He beat Woepse, the runner-up, by almost eight inches.
• Kendricks’ previous school indoor record was 18-4.75, set earlier this year at the UAB Blazer Invitational.
• In his five indoor meets this year, Kendricks has set five meet records and two facility records, and has eclipsed 18 feet four times.
• For his efforts, Kendricks was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honorable mention this week.
Men’s Freshman of the Week: Sean Tobin, Ole Miss
• Tobin, running his first mile as an Ole Miss Rebel, became the first person in school history to break four minutes with his time of 3:59.91 that won the men's late division race at the Husky Classic in Seattle.
• In addition to breaking the school record, Tobin's lifetime-best 3:59.91 ranks him 21st in the NCAA and 2nd among SEC runners this year.
• It was Tobin’s second college race. He also helped Ole Miss to a school record in the distance medley relay at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York a week earlier.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M
• Kamaria Brown reclaimed her world-leading status in the 200 meters with a winning time of 22.80 seconds that broke the meet record of 23.14 and equaled the facility record of 22.80 with both marks set by Miami’s Murielle Ahoure in 2009. The 22.80 mark was from the NCAA Championships that A&M hosted.
• Brown bettered a field that included A&M teammate Ashton Purvis (23.26), who holds the Aggie school record of 22.70, as well as a pair of Gators in Kyra Jefferson (23.31) and Destinee Gause (23.40).
• Running second leg on the A&M 4x400, Brown split 52.59 to put the Aggies in a commanding lead. Texas A&M won the relay in 3:32.91 over Clemson’s 3:40.09.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Morgann Leleux, Georgia
• Morgann Leleux cleared a pair of heights on her first try to win the Texas A&M Invitational by nearly a foot in the pole vault.
• She cleared 14-2, which gave her the sixth-best mark in the nation this year.
• Her performance is her best since she posted a personal-best height of 14-9 in 2013.
Women’s Freshman of the Week: Shamier Little, Texas A&M
• Shamier Little defeated an impressive field as she produced the top time over 400m in the SEC with her career best of 52.44 seconds. In the process she broke the meet record of 52.52 set by A&M’s Jessica Beard in 2011. Little’s mark is also the top freshman time in the nation this season and currently ranks third among collegians.
• Little defeated Florida’s Robin Reynolds, who finished second in 52.46, along with Gator Ebony Eutsey in third (53.01) and A&M teammate Olivia Ekpone (53.15). Little moves to No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list behind Jessica Beard and current teammate Kamaria Brown.
• On A&M’s winning 4x400 relay, Little ran the opening leg with a split of 54.43.