From the Southeastern Conference
LSU's Semoy Hackett and Alabama's Kirani James were named the SEC Women's and Men's Runners of the Year as the SEC announced Tuesday its 2011 Outdoor Track and Field awards. Arkansas' Tina Sutej and Florida's Will Claye were named Women's and Men's Field Event Athletes of the Year, while Coach of the Year honors went to Chris Bucknam of Arkansas for the men's team and LSU's Dennis Shaver for the women's team. This marks the second men's outdoor honor for Bucknam and the fourth women's outdoor honor for Shaver. Co-Scholar-Athlete honors were awarded on the women's side as Auburn's Holly Knight and Tennessee's Chanelle Price were named the recipients. Ole Miss' Lee Ellis Moore earned the Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
LSU's Jasmin Stowers and Tennessee's Dentarius Locke were named Freshman Runners of the Year, while Rochelle Farqujarson of Mississippi State and Stephen Saenz of Auburn earned Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year honors.
Hackett won the SEC Commissioner's Trophy, the high point scorer at the SEC Outdoor Championships, as she totaled 20.5 points and led the Tigers to a fourth SEC Outdoor team title in the last five seasons. She is the SEC Outdoor Champion in the100m and the 4x100 Relay and is the SEC Outdoor Runner-Up in the 200m. Hackett won the 100m title with a time of 11.01w, beating NCAA Indoor champion LaKya Brookins of South Carolina (11.02) and fellow LSU All-American and NCAA Indoor 200-Meter champion Kimberlyn Duncan (11.02). Her time in the 200 of 22.41w ranks as the No. 2 performance in the NCAA and the 4x100m relay time of 43.47 is a Spec Towns Track record.
James is the SEC 400m Champion as he clocked a time of 44.86, the second fastest 400m time in the nation and third fastest in the world. He also broke his own school record in event. James was a member of the team's second-place 4x400m relay and he also owns the seventh fastest 200m time in the nation.
Sutej made history as she set an NCAA, SEC Championship and school record (15-1.5) when won her second consecutive SEC title in the pole vault. Sutej went undefeated during outdoor season and has 13 straight wins, dating back to indoor. Her clearance ranks her No. 1 in the NCAA and she also set meet records at Texas Relays and Penn Relays. Her lowest winning clearance of 14-1.25.
Claye won two individual league titles at the Championships, claiming both the long jump and triple jump events. It marked the first time that the same athlete had claimed both events since 2004. He currently leads the nation in the men's triple jump with a mark of 17.24m/56-6.75 (+2.2) and ranks second nationally in the men's long jump with a mark of 8.29m/27-2.50. His wind-aided triple jump mark at the SEC Outdoor Championships currently is the second-best wind-aided time in the nation so far this season. His best wind-legal triple jump mark from the SEC meet currently ranks seventh in the world (17.14m). Claye is the top American and ranks No. 2 in the world in the men's long jump with a mark of 8.29m/27-2.50. He also tied for second in the individual point standings at the SEC Outdoor Championships, scoring 20 total points.
Women's Freshman of the Year, Stowers, is the SEC Champion in the 100m Hurdles (12.88) and shattered her previous wind-legal PR of 13.15 with her SEC title clinching time. Her winning time also set a new facility record at Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga. While 10 different Lady Tigers have now won the SEC title in the 100-meter hurdles, Stowers is the only freshman to accomplish the feat in program history. Stowers is the No. 3-ranked hurdler in the NCAA in 2011 as she owns a seasonal best wind-aided time of 12.86 set at the Texas Relays on April 9. She was named the SEC Female Freshman of the Week a league-leading three times during the outdoor season.
Tennessee's Locke, the men's Freshman Runner of the Year honoree, finished second by 1/100th of a second in the SEC 100-meter dash final, running a wind-aided (3.0 mps) 10.12 readout for the fastest time of his life. He finished third in the SEC 200m dash, checking in with a 20.59 clocking and he was the highest-finishing SEC freshman in the 100 and 200 meters. His runner-up showing in the 100 was the best by any freshman in men's running events at the SEC meet.
Farquharson earned the Freshman Field Event honors by winning the long jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 6.48m (21-3 1/4). This mark ties her seventh in the NCAA, second best freshman mark this season. This is the first honor of this type for the Mississippi State women's program.
Auburn's Saenz was voted Freshman Field Event Athlete of the Year as he scored 20 pts in 2011 SEC Championships and won the shot put with a throw of 19.58m (64-3). He was also the discus runner-up and placed 7th in the hammer.
As a co-Scholar-Athlete recipient, Knight finished 4th in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m events at the SEC Championships. She was the SEC Cross Country Championship runner up this past fall as well. She boasts a 4.00 in human development and family studies. Price, from Tennessee, swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 800 meters this season. An 11-time SEC scorer, the five-time All-SEC performer and four-time SEC champion, won the 2011 indoor (2:05.10) and outdoor 800m (2:04.22) titles and 2010 and 2011 indoor DMR crowns. Price also ran on UT's distance medley relay unit, which won a conference title in an SEC meet-record time of 11:05.37 and earned 2011 first-team All-America honors indoors, finishing sixth in the 800 and eighth in the DMR at the NCAA Championships. The junior went undefeated in the 800m during the outdoor season and has a 3.92 GPA in journalism and electronic media.
Moore, of Ole Miss, is the SEC Outdoor Champion in the 400 meter hurdles. He ranks sixth nationally and top in East Region in the event. Moore is also a top student in the classroom, graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He will go to medical school with the help of three different prestigious scholarships he earned as an undergrad. He received the Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor a student can receive at UM. A 2010 first team CoSIDA Academic All-American, he was Ole Miss' nominee for the 2011 SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is a multiple SEC Academic Honor Roll member and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies. He has a 3.94 GPA in biology.
2011 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Women's Runner of the Year: Semoy Hackett, LSU
Men's Runner of the Year: Kirani James, Alabama
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Tina Sutej, Arkansas
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Will Claye, Florida
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Jasmin Stowers, LSU
Men's Freshman Runner of the Year: Dentarius Locke, Tennessee
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Rochelle Farquharson, MSU
Men's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Stephen Saenz, Auburn
Women's Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Holly Knight, Auburn; Chanelle Price, Tennessee
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Lee Ellis Moore, Ole Miss
Women's Coach of the Year: Dennis Shaver, LSU
Men's Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas