BIRMINGHAM, Ala.----- The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced its 2016 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 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of LSU (Runner of the Year); Lindon Victor of Texas A&M (Field Athlete of the Year); Kahmari Montgomery of Missouri (Freshman Runner of the Year); Anders Eriksson of Florida (Co-Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Daniel Haugh of Alabama (Co-Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas (Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Chris Bucknam of Arkansas (Coach of the Year).
The women's award recipients include Tennessee's Felicia Brown (Co-Runner of the Year); Arkansas' Dominique Scott-Efurd (Co-Runner of the Year): Georgia's Keturah Orji (Field Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year); Kentucky's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Freshman Runner of the Year); Arkansas' Lexi Weeks (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year) and Arkansas' Lance Harter (Coach of the Year).
Mitchell-Blake won the SEC Commissioner's Trophy as the high point scorer at the SEC Championships. He is a three-time SEC champion (100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100 relay) and anchored LSU to an SEC Championship meet record of 38.33 to win the SEC title in the 4x100-meter relay with the No. 8-ranked time in collegiate history.
Victor set a world-leading score of 8,446 points to win the SEC decathlon, breaking the meet record, Texas A&M record and the Grenada national record. He defeated the three-time defending SEC champion en route to the fourth best decathlon score by a collegian and challenged the collegiate record of 8,465.
Montgomery claimed his second SEC title in the 400-meter dash, dropping 0.70 seconds off his personal record from the preliminary round to cross in 45.13. He overcame a field that included the NCAA leader and five of the top six finishers from the NCAA Indoor Championship.
Eriksson is the 2016 SEC champion in the hammer throw and became the second freshman since 2006 to win the event. His season-best mark of 71.14 was the fourth-longest by a Division I freshman since 2002. He was the eighth SEC hammer thrower and the third SEC underclassman to eclipse 71 meters prior to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Haugh won his first SEC title in the discus with a throw of 195-3 (59.53m) and finished seventh in the hammer with a toss of 215-4 (65.63m). He placed second in the discus throw with a mark of 189-3 (57.68m) and finished fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 216-3 (65.92m) at the LSU Invitational.
Lawson is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, and he holds a 4.0 grade point average in his graduate studies.
Bucknam was named the 2016 SEC Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year after leading Arkansas to its 19th all-time SEC Outdoor Championship to complete the program's 15th SEC Triple Crown. The Razorbacks scored 121 total team points to take home the title.
Brown set a personal record of 22.26 in the 200-meters at the SEC Championships, which was the second-fastest time in the world. She was the No. 2 scorer at the SEC Championships with 18.50 points. She also took third in the 100-meters with a time of 11.32 and earned bronze as the anchor of UT's 4x400 squad.
Scott-Efurd has been ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in two events (5,000 meters and 10,000 meters) and scored 18 points at the SEC Championships with a gold in the 5,000 and silver in the 1,500. She ran the Olympic standard in the 10,000 of 31:56.84, setting a new program record.
Orji won her fourth straight SEC triple jump competition (indoor and outdoor), topping her nearest competition by nearly three feet with her wind-aided attempt of 47 feet, 10 ¾ inches. Her winning mark matched the collegiate all-time, all-conditions record from 2008. Orji has a 3.95 GPA in Financial Planning and was the 2015 USTFCCCA National Outdoor Women's Field Scholar of the Year. She is a Presidential Scholar (4.0 term GPA) and is a member of the UGA Leadership Academy.
Camacho-Quinn won the SEC title in the 100 meter hurdles in a personal record time of 12.69. That time was the second fastest in meet history. She also ran on Kentucky's SEC bronze medal 4x100-meter relay and the SEC's fourth place 4x400-meter relay teams.
Weeks was the SEC pole vault champion and has been the NCAA pole vault leader. She posted two 15-foot clearances this outdoor season and won four of the six meets in which she competed in prior to the NCAA Championships.
Harter was named the 2016 SEC Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year after leading the Razorbacks to their sixth all-time SEC Outdoor Championship and third in a row by scoring 126.75 total team points.
The 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
2016 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Men's Runner of the Year - Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, LSU
Men's Field Athlete of the Year - Lindon Victor, Texas A&M
Men's Freshman Runner of the Year - Kahmari Montgomery, Missouri
Men's Co-Freshman Field Athletes of the Year - Anders Eriksson, Florida/Daniel Haugh, Alabama
Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Men's Coach of the Year - Chris Bucknam, Arkansas
Women's Co-Runners of the Year - Felicia Brown, Tennessee/Dominique Scott-Efurd, Arkansas
Women's Field Athlete of the Year - Keturah Orji, Georgia
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year - Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kentucky
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year - Lexi Weeks, Arkansas
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Keturah Orji, Georgia
Women's Coach of the Year - Lance Harter, Arkansas