BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Florida track & field athlete Grant Holloway and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi have been named the 2018-2019 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male and Female Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league's athletics directors, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced today.
"Grant and Maria are perfect examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference. They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence have been successful in their endeavors both in competition and in the classroom," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "They are outstanding representatives of their universities as both students and athletes, and the SEC is proud to honor them for their accomplishments."
Grant Holloway won four individual national titles and led Florida to an NCAA Indoor Championships title this past season. He broke three collegiate records, including a 40-year-old 110-meter hurdles NCAA record, and a 32-year-old American record in the 60-meter hurdles.
Holloway turned in one of the most impressive seasons in indoor track and field history, capping it with 27.5 individual points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, just a half-point behind the meet record of 28.
He became the third man in Division I history to complete the straightaway sweep (60 meters, 60-meter hurdles) at NCAA Indoors, and he did it with the fastest single-day combined time in the sport's history (13.85 seconds).
His winning time of 7.35 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles is the fourth-fastest time in history and made him the No. 3 performer on the world all-time list. Roughly 40 minutes later, Holloway tied the 10th-fastest 60 meters time in collegiate history (6.50 seconds) to win another national title.
At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Holloway set a pair of collegiate records and a school record. The Chesapeake, Va. native won his third consecutive 110-meter hurdles title with a wind-legal time of 12.98, making him one of three men since the start of 2016 to break the 13-second mark. The victory also made Holloway the only collegian in history to sweep the indoor and outdoor high hurdles titles three consecutive years.
Holloway's hurdles performance was sandwiched between his leg for Florida's 4x100 relay team - which won the national title with a collegiate-record time of 37.97 seconds - and his 43.7-second anchor split for Florida's 4x400 relay team that broke the school record and equaled the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history (2:59.60).
Maria Fassi was spectacular in her final collegiate season, winning both the SEC and NCAA individual titles.
Due to her masterful performance in her last season in Fayetteville, Fassi was named the Ping WGCA Player of the Year, while also becoming the first to ever win back-to-back ANNIKA Awards, given to the best female collegiate golfer.
She was also named SEC Player of the Year and an SEC First-Teamer for the second straight season, while earning WGCA First-Team and Golfweek First-Team All-American honors.
Fassi's 71.12 scoring average this past season was the second-best single-season average in Razorback history, topped only by her 70.50 average from the 2017-18 season. She also became one of just two Razorbacks ever to post double-digit tournament wins (10) and notch more than 60 rounds (64) at or below par, joining Arkansas Legend and former LPGA No. 1, Stacy Lewis.
On top of it all, she earned a runner-up finish at the first-ever Augusta National Women's Amateur in April.
The other male nominees were: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (football); Gilbert Boit, Arkansas (track & field); Jared Harper, Auburn (basketball); Denzel Comenentia, Georgia (track & field); Josh Allen, Kentucky (football); Mondo Duplantis, LSU (track & field); Grae Kessinger, Ole Miss (baseball); Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (tennis); Drew Lock, Missouri (football); Paul Jubb, South Carolina (tennis); Grant Williams, Tennessee (basketball); Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M (golf); JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt (baseball).
The other female nominees were: Bailey Hemphill, Alabama (softball); Derrian Gobourne, Auburn (gymnastics); Yanis David, Florida (track & field); Katarina Jokic, Georgia (tennis); Abbey Cheek, Kentucky (softball); Sarah Finnegan, LSU (gymnastics); CeCe Kizer, Ole Miss (soccer); Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State (basketball); Sophie Cunningham, Missouri (basketball); Ingrid Martins, South Carolina (tennis); Erika Brown, Tennessee (swimming); Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M (track & field); Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt (bowling).
The SEC Athletes of the Year Awards were first presented in 1976 for men and 1984 for women. The award was renamed the Roy F. Kramer Athletes of the Year in 2004 to honor the former Commissioner who served the conference from 1990-2002.
Past recipients of the SEC Athlete of the Year Award include: 2018 - Caeleb Dressel, Florida (swimming) and A'ja Wilson, South Carolina (basketball); 2017 - Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (baseball) and Kendell Williams, Georgia (track & field); 2016 - Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas (track & field) and Bridget Sloan, Florida (gymnastics); 2015 - Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas (baseball) and Lauren Haeger, Florida (softball); 2014 - AJ Reed, Kentucky (baseball) and Hannah Rogers, Florida (softball); 2013 - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (football) and Allison Schmitt, Georgia (swimming); 2012 - Anthony Davis, Kentucky (basketball) and Brooke Pancake, Alabama (golf); 2011 - John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee (tennis) and Kayla Hoffman, Alabama (gymnastics); 2010 - Mark Ingram, Alabama (football) and Susan Jackson, LSU (gymnastics); 2009 - Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Courtney Kupets, Georgia (gymnastics); 2008 - Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Candace Parker, Tennessee (basketball); 2007 - David Price, Vanderbilt (baseball) and Monica Abbott, Tennessee (softball); 2006 - Xavier Carter, LSU (track & field) and Seimone Augustus, LSU (basketball); 2005 - Ryan Lochte, Florida (swimming) and Kirsty Coventry, Auburn (swimming); 2004 - Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/track) and Jeana Rice, Alabama (gymnastics); 2003 - Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/track) and LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State (basketball); 2002 - Walter Davis, LSU (track & field) and Andree' Pickens, Alabama (gymnastics); 2001 - Matias Boeker, Georgia (tennis) and Amy Yoder Begley, Arkansas (cross country/track); 2000 - Kip Bouknight , South Carolina (baseball) and Kristy Kowal, Georgia (swimming); 1999 - Tim Couch, Kentucky (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball); 1998 - Peyton Manning, Tennessee (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball); 1997 - Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Trinity Johnson, South Carolina (softball); 1996 - Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Saudia Roundtree, Georgia (basketball); 1995 - Todd Helton, Tennessee (baseball) and Jenny Hansen, Kentucky (gymnastics); 1994 - Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming); 1993 - Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming); 1992 - Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (basketball) and Vicki Goetze, Georgia (golf); 1991 - Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (basketball) and Daedra Charles, Tennessee (basketball); 1990 - Alec Kessler, Georgia (basketball) and Dee Foster, Alabama (gymnastics); 1989 - Derrick Thomas, Alabama (football) and Bridgette Gordon, Tennessee (basketball); 1988 - Will Perdue, Vanderbilt (basketball) and Dara Torres, Florida (swimming); 1987 - Cornelius Bennett, Alabama (football) and Lillie Leatherwood-King, Alabama (track and field); 1986 - Bo Jackson, Auburn (football) and Jennifer Gillom, Ole Miss (basketball); 1985 - Will Clark, Mississippi State (baseball) and Penney Hauschild, Alabama (gymnastics); 1984 - Terry Hoage, Georgia (football) and Tracy Caulkins, Florida (swimming); 1983 - Herschel Walker, Georgia (football/track and field); 1982 - Buck Belue, Georgia (football/baseball); 1981 - Rowdy Gaines, Auburn (swimming); 1980 - Kyle Macy, Kentucky (basketball); 1979 - Reggie King, Alabama (basketball); 1978 - Jack Givens, Kentucky (basketball); 1977 - Larry Seivers, Tennessee (football); and 1976 - Harvey Glance, Auburn (track and field).