BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its 2015 Indoor Track and Field Awards, recognizing outstanding performances during the past indoor season, as voted on by the league's 15 head coaches.
The men's award recipients included Omar McLeod, Arkansas (Runner of the Year); Marquis Dendy, Florida (Field Athlete of the Year); Christian Coleman, Tennessee (Freshman Runner of the Year); KeAndre Bates, Florida (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Maicel Uibo, Georgia (Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Mike Holloway, Florida (Coach of the Year).
The women's award recipients included Dominique Scott, Arkansas and Remona Burchell, Alabama (Co-Runners of the Year); Sandi Morris, Arkansas and Erica Bougard, Mississippi State (Co-Field Athletes of the Year); Brooke Feldmeier, Ole Miss (Freshman Runner of the Year); Keturah Orji, Georgia (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Morris (Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Lance Harter, Arkansas (Coach of the Year).
McLeod was the 2015 SEC Champion in the men's 60-meter hurdles, breaking both his school record and the SEC meet record with a time of 7.49. His time was the second-best in NCAA history and he became the first man in SEC history and third in NCAA history to run sub-7.50. His time is ranked No. 1 in the nation so far this season, as McLeod became Arkansas' first SEC indoor hurdle champion since 1994.
Dendy tied for the 2015 Cliff Harper Trophy, recognizing the high-points scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships, with 20 total points. He was the 2015 SEC Champion in both the long jump (8.00m/26-3) and triple jump (16.98m/55-8.50), making him the first athlete to win both of those titles in the same year at the SEC Indoor Championships since Olympic champion and former Florida standout Christian Taylor did so in 2009. He won the SEC indoor long jump title for the third time in his career, becoming the first SEC athlete to do so since Arkansas' Erick Walder (1992-94). He owns the top triple jump mark in the world this season (17.23m/56-6.50) and the No. 9 collegiate performance all-time.
Coleman placed third at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash in a time of 6.62. He posted the second-fastest 60m time in the SEC this season (6.58) and the third-fastest in Tennessee history. He was the first UT sprinter to medal in the 60m since Rubin Williams in 2008. He also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships, placing seventh (21.11). He was the SEC's Runner of the Week on Feb. 10 and a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week in 2015.
Bates finished fifth at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships in both the long jump (7.58m/24-10.50) and triple jump (16.06m/52-8.25). He accounted for eight points towards Florida's SEC team championship and moved into UF's all-time top-10 list in the triple jump. He is the top freshman jumper in both the SEC and NCAA in both the long jump and triple jump, and has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in both events.
Scott was the 2015 SEC Indoor Champion in both the women's mile and the 3,000-meter run. She set the SEC meet record in the mile (4:32.49) and was the fifth runner in Arkansas history to complete the mile-3K double at the SEC Championship meet. She is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 3,000 meters (8:52.57) and sixth nationally in the mile (4:32.48). She broke school records in both events this season and is the first runner in UA school history to run sub 9-minutes in the 3K.
Burchell set the collegiate record in the women's 60-meter dash at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships, clocking a blazing time of 7.08. She is unbeaten in 2015, including winning the SEC Indoor Championship. She has run two of the fastest five 60m times in collegiate history and seven of the 10 fastest times in Alabama history in 2015. She was the USTFCCCA Division I Co-National Athlete of the Week on March 3 for her performance at the SEC Indoor Championship.
Morris is the 2015 SEC Indoor Champion in the women's pole vault, breaking both her school record and the SEC meet record with a leap of 4.66m/15-3.50. She holds the No. 2 mark in NCAA history and the best-ever at low altitude. Earlier this season, she held the collegiate record. Morris has recorded four winning jumps better than 15 feet this season and is ranked second nationally in the event.
Bougard was the 2015 Women's Cliff Harper Trophy recipient, awarded to the high-points scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships. She placed second in the pentathlon with a total score of 4,376 and was third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.14), setting a new personal-best hurdles time in the prelims (8.03). Bougard placed fourth in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 5-11.25 and was eighth in the long jump (20-3.75). Additionally, Bougard ran on Mississippi State's fourth-place Distance Medley Relay team (11:26.86).
Feldmeier, who had never run an open 800-meter race before this season, was the SEC runner-up in the 800 meters, clocking a school-record time of 2:04.34. She surged from sixth place all the way to second during the final lap of the race at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships. She is the nation's top freshman in the 800-meter run, ranking second in the SEC and ninth nationally in the event this season.
Orji was the top scoring female freshman at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships with 16 total points. She won the SEC women's triple jump title and was third in the long jump. Orji owns the national-leading triple jump mark of 45-10.50. She is the No. 9 collegiate all-time performer in the event and holds both the American Junior record and the Georgia school record in the event. She stands sixth on the national list in the long jump (21-2). Orji owns nine out of 10 U.S. Junior all-time indoor marks in the event and six out of 10 U.S. Junior total marks in her first season competing collegiately.
For the first time, the SEC is recognizing Scholar-Athletes of the Year for Indoor Track and Field. In past years, the SEC had announced one male and one female Scholar-Athlete of the Year annually encompassing cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
Uibo, the 2014 NCAA decathlon champion, was named the 2015 SEC Indoor Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and has finished in the top-three in the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships for each of the past three years, including his 2014 victory. Uibo was the runner-up in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships with a school-record score of 6,044 points to make him the No. 8 all-time collegiate performer. Uibo holds a 3.38 grade point average in finance.
Morris, also the 2015 SEC Indoor Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Year, was named the 2015 SEC Indoor Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She carries a 3.922 cumulative grade point average as a journalism major and was a member of the 2014 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Holloway was named the 2015 SEC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year after leading the Gators to their seventh all-time SEC Indoor Championship and their first since 2011. Florida scored 114 total team points to take home the title. For Holloway, it is the third SEC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year honor in his career.
Harter was named the 2015 SEC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year after leading the Razorbacks to their fifth all-time SEC Indoor Championship and first since 2013 by scoring 130 total team points. For Harter, it is his fifth career SEC Women's Indoor Coach of the Year honor.
The 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
2015 SEC Indoor Track and Field Awards
Men's Runner of the Year: Omar McLeod, Arkansas
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Marquis Dendy, Florida
Men's Freshman Runner of the Year: Christian Coleman, Tennessee
Men's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: KeAndre Bates, Florida
Women's Co-Runners of the Year: Dominique Scott, Arkansas and Remona Burchell, Alabama
Women's Co-Field Athletes of the Year: Sandi Morris, Arkansas and Erica Bougard, Mississippi State
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Brooke Feldmeier, Ole Miss
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Maicel Uibo, Georgia
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sandi Morris, Arkansas
Men's Coach of the Year: Mike Holloway, Florida
Women's Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas