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2018 SEC Outdoor Track And Field Awards announced

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SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced its 2018 Outdoor Track and Field Awards, recognizing outstanding performances during the past outdoor season, as voted on by the league's 15 head coaches.

The men's award recipients include Grant Holloway of Florida (Runner of the Year); Denzel Comenentia of Georgia (Field Athlete of the Year); Dwight St. Hillaire of Kentucky (Freshman Runner of the Year); Anderson Peters of Mississippi State (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); and Mike Holloway of Florida (Coach of the Year).

The women's award recipients include Karissa Schweizer of Missouri (Runner of the Year); Keturah Orji of Georgia (Field Athlete of the Year); Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky (Freshman Runner of the Year); Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); and Mike Holloway of Florida (Coach of the Year).

Grant Holloway won the 110 hurdles and long jump titles at the SEC Outdoor Championships. He became the second man in history to sweep the 110 hurdles and long jump and the first man in outdoor track and field history to wind-legally break 13.20 and long jump 8.10+ meters.

Comenentia won his second consecutive SEC outdoor shot put title with a personal-best mark of 68-6, which is No. 2 on UGA's all-time list, No. 2 on the current NCAA list and No. 11 on this year's world list. He became only the second competitor in SEC history to win back-to-back titles in both the shot and the hammer throw after his top effort in the hammer traveled a meet record distance of 249-1.

St. Hillaire was the SEC bronze medalist in the 400m, running a Kentucky school record 45.05 in the prelims and final. He was the top-ranked freshman 400m runner in the NCAA this season and the top freshman finisher in the SEC 400m. He ranked No. 10 in the nation in the 400m.

Peters won the SEC Championship with a meet-record throw of 82.04m in the javelin. He also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games with a Mississippi State freshman record of 82.20m. Peters broke the Bulldog freshman record by over six meters.

Schweizer won her eighth conference title at the SEC Outdoor Championships, winning the 5000m run with a time of 15:58.14. She also finished second in the 1500m run at 4:19.98 and set the school record and the national-leading mark in the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational at 32:00.55, which currently ranks eighth on the all-time collegiate list.

Orji won her fourth straight SEC outdoor triple jump title, making her the first competitor in SEC history to win the same event both indoors and outdoors all four years. Opening with a wind-aided mark of 47-6.50 and adding a windy 47-7.25, Orji capped her competition with a wind-legal collegiate/meet/facility record of 47-11.75 on her sixth attempt, which ranks fourth on the current world list. Orji won the first SEC long jump title of her career with an NCAA leading and school record mark of 22-4.25, which also ranks fourth on the 2018 world list.

McLaughlin was a double-SEC outdoor champion, winning the 400 hurdles in a collegiate record 52.75, breaking the record by nearly a half-second. She was also part of the winning 4x400m relay team, running a 49.83 third leg on the nation-leading and NCAA No. 11 all-time time of 3:25.99. She is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 400m, having run 50.07 in her only quarter mile of the year in the rain at Florida Relays in early-April.

Gittens set a school and national record (Trinidad & Tobago) with score of 6,074 points to win the SEC heptathlon title with the fourth best score in conference history. She currently ranks fifth on 2018 world list in the heptathlon, second among collegians and her mark is the top score by a freshman in at least the past 20 years. Gittens scored 20 points in the SEC Championships, winning the heptathlon, placing third in high jump and finishing fifth in long jump.

Mike Holloway led both the Florida men and women to their sixth titles in school history. It was Florida's third SEC Outdoors title on the men's side since Holloway became head coach in 2003. For the Gator women it was the second SEC Outdoor crown since he took over as head coach in 2008.

The 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.

2018 SEC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Runner of the Year: Grant Holloway, Florida
Field Athlete of the Year: Denzel Comenentia, Georgia
Freshman Runner of the Year: Dwight St. Hillaire, Kentucky
Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Anders Eriksson, Florida
Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nicolas Quijera, Mississippi State
Coach of the Year: Mike Holloway, Florida

2018 SEC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Runner of the Year: Karrisa Schweizer, Missouri
Field Athlete of the Year: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Freshman Runner of the Year: Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky
Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Tyra Gittens, Texas A&M
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Coach of the Year: Mike Holloway, Florida

Men's First Team All-SEC
Nathon Allen, Auburn
Denzel Comenentia, Georgia
Bryce Deadmon, Texas A&M
Devin Dixon,Texas A&M
Robert Domanic, Ole Miss
Jaron Flournoy, LSU
Grant Holloway, Florida
Kyle Hosting, Arkansas
Renard Howell, LSU
Ilolo Izu, Texas A&M
Vincent Kiprop, Alabama
Shelby McEwen, Alabama
Correion Mosby, LSU
Kemar Mowatt, Arkansas
Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Richard Rose, Texas A&M
Karl Saluri, Georgia
Tahar Triki, Texas A&M
Kary Vincent, LSU
Kendal Williams, Georgia
Brian Williams, Ole Miss
Audie Wyatt, Texas A&M

Men's All-SEC Second Team
Marco Arop, Mississippi State
Josh Awotunde, South Carolina
KeAndre Bates, Florida
Clayton Brown, Florida
Noah Castle, Kentucky
Raheem Chambers, Auburn
Alfred Chelanga, Alabama
Ryan Clark, Florida
Kenzo Cotton, Arkansas
Alex Crigger, Tennessee
Tim Duckworth, Kentucky
Roy Ejiakuewu, Arkansas
Anders Eriksson, Florida
Kunle Fasasi, Florida
Kord Ferguson, Alabama
Raymond Gonzalez, Texas A&M
Cameron Griffith, Arkansas
Kevin Harris, Arkansas
Daniel Haugh, Alabama
Nathan Hite, Texas A&M
Otis Jones, South Carolina
Gilbert Kigen, Alabama
Ioannis Kyriazis, Texas A&M
Keenon Laine, Georgia
Benjamin Lobo Vedel, Florida
Zach Long, Tennessee
Gabe Moore, Arkansas
Cory Poole, Florida
Nicolas Quijera, Mississippi State
Daniel Roberts, Kentucky
Chantz Sawyers, Florida
Dwight St. Hillaire, Kentucky
Nathan Strother, Tennessee
Damion Thomas, LSU
Jahnoy Thompson, LSU
Jacob Thomson, Kentucky
Michael Timpson, Florida
Infinite Tucker, Texas A&M
Keitavious Walter, Alabama
Jordan West, Tennessee
Mustaqeem Williams, Tenessee
Will Williams, Texas A&M
Armand Woodley, South Carolina
Jacob Wooten, Texas A&M

Women's First Team All-SEC
Avione Allgood, Florida
Sharrika Barnett, Florida
Mikiah Brisco, LSU
Shelby Brown, Ole Miss
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kentucky
Kayelle Clarke, Kentucky
Megan Cunningham, Missouri
Tyra Gittens, Texas A&M
Tatiana Gusin, Georgia
Aleia Hobbs, LSU
Lynna Irby, Georgia
Gabi Jacobs, Missouri
Alexis Jacobus, Arkansas
Kortnei Johnson, LSU
Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky
Rachel Misher, LSU
Keturah Orji, Georgia
Rhianwedd Price-Weimer, Mississippi State
Faith Ross, Kentucky
Stamatia Scarvelis, Tennessee
Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss
Sammy Watson, Texas A&M

Women's Second Team All-SEC
Celera Barnes, Kentucky
Jada Baylark, Arkansas
Elisabeth Bergh, Florida
Taliyah Brooks, Arkansas
Janeek Brown, Arkansas
Shaina Burns, Texas A&M
Lloydricia Cameron, Florida
Tamara Clark, Alabama
Devin Clark, Arkansas
Kristen Clark, Texas A&M
Shania Collins, Tennessee
Yanis David, Florida
Zakiya Denoon, LSU
Jessica Drop, Georgia
Alexis Duncan, Tennessee
Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile, Kentucky
Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M
Amanda Froeynes, Florida
Yanely Gomez, Georgia
Kianna Gray, Kentucky
Cassondra Hall, LSU
Victoria Hoggard, Arkansas
Brandee Johnson, Florida
Katy Kunc, Kentucky
Felecia Majors, Tennessee
Taylor Manson, Florida
Maddie McHugh, Ole Miss
Darrielle McQueen, Florida
Lindsey Murray, Ole Miss
Abigail O'Donoghue, LSU
Kiara Parker, Arkansas
Kymber Payne, LSU
Erin Perkins, Auburn
Taylor Sharpe, Florida
Nikki Stephens, Florida
Madalaine Stulce, Texas A&M
Lisa Vogelgesang, Ole Miss
Portious Warren, Alabama
Mckenzie Yanek, Alabama

Men's Freshman All-SEC Team
110 Hurdles: Damion Thomas, LSU
400 Dash: Dwight St. Hillaire, Kentucky
400 Hurdles: Cory Poole, Florida
1500 Run: Everett Smulders, Ole Miss
5,000 Run: Matt Young, Arkansas
10,000 Run: Matt Young, Arkansas
Javelin Throw: Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Hammer Throw: Jake Norris, LSU
Long Jump: Allen Gordon, Ole Miss
Shot Put: Jordan West, Tennessee
3,000 Steeplechase: Raymond Gonzalez, Texas A&M
Pole Vault: Peyton Weissmann, Ole Miss
Triple Jump: Christian Edwards, Alabama
Discus: Joseph Maxwell, Tennessee
High Jump: JuVaughn Blake, LSU

Women's Freshman All-SEC Team
100 Hurdles: Janeek Brown, Arkansas
100 Dash: Tamara Clark, Alabama
200 Dash: Lynna Irby, Georgia
400 Dash: Taylor Manson, Florida
400 Hurdles: Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky
800 Run: Sammy Watson, Texas A&M
1500 Run: Ylva Traxler, Ole Miss
5,000 Run: Clio Ozanne-Jacques, Ole Miss
10,000 Run: Mckenzie Yanek, Alabama
Javelin Throw: Tianah List, Alabama
Hammer Throw: Kathleen Young, South Carolina
Long Jump: Tyra Gittens, Texas A&M
Shot Put: Kathleen Young, South Carolina
3,000 Steeplechase: Lisa Vogelgesang, Ole Miss
High Jump: Abigail O'Donoghue, LSU
Discus: Shey Taiwo, Ole Miss
Triple Jump: Jaimie Robinson, Alabama
Pole Vault: Elizabeth Ramos, Arkansas