SEC Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Honors - March 23, 2021
Men's Co-Runner of the Week: James Smith, Jr., Texas A&M
Texas A&M's James Smith, Jr. won the Willie Williams Classic 400m hurdles at a meet record time of 49.95. His mark is currently No. 1 in the NCAA and made him the 11th best performer in Aggie history. Smith also ran as a member of the 4x400m that won with an NCAA-leading time of 3:06.33.
Men's Co-Runner of the Week: Dante Brown, Auburn
Auburn's Dante Brown Won the Tiger Track Classic 100m dash in 10.15, a new PR and the nation's top mark in the event. Brown's 10.15 moved him into Auburn's top 10 performers list while is time is three one hundredths faster than the nation's No. 2 time. Brown also anchored Auburn's 4x100m relay team that finished second (39.86) and posted the nation's No. 6 fastest time.
Men's Co-Field Athlete of the Week: Dontavious Hill, Auburn
On his first attempt, Auburn's Dontavious Hill cleared a new lifetime best of 2.21m/7-3 in the high jump to win the Tiger Track Classic. His mark of 2.21m/7-3 is the nation's top outdoor mark of 2021 and moved Hill into No. 6 position on Auburn's all-time performers list.
Men's Co-Field Athlete of the Week: Jake Norris, LSU
LSU's Jake Norris claimed first in the hammer throw at the Louisiana Classics. His mark of 69.21m/227-1 is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. Norris' first place finish in the hammer throw was one of 15 event titles for LSU on Saturday.
Men's Newcomer of the Week: Mitch Weber, Missouri
Missouri's Mitch Weber finished in first place with a personal best throw of 60.99m (200-1) in the discus at the Mizzou Spring Opener. His mark currently ranks second in the nation and first among SEC competitors. Weber also moved up to No. 2 in program history in the event. Weber also competed in the hammer throw and shot put on the weekend, placing fourth and second, respectively.
Men's Freshman of the Week: Devon Achane, Texas A&M
Texas A&M's Devon Achane won the Willie Williams Classic 200m with a collegiate personal best time of 20.76. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the NCAA.
Women's Co-Runner of the Week: Vanessa Watson, Tennessee
Tennessee's Vanessa Watson posted the nation's top time in the 400-meter hurdles, winning her event in 57.88 seconds at the Tiger Track Classic. The mark placed Watson at No. 7 on UT's all-time top-10 performance list and is the fastest time in the NCAA this season by .82 seconds.
Women's Co-Runner of the Week: Aliyah Abrams, South Carolina
South Carolina's Aliyah Abrams won the 400m in a time of 52.01 at the Tiger Track Classic. The senior won the event by over a second and is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. She also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay team that has the second fastest time in the country this season.
Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Week: Marie-Therese Obst, Georgia
Georgia's Marie-Therese Obst competed for the first time since the 2019 NCAA East Prelims and launched her fifth try 194 feet, 11 inches, which is a personal best and a school record in the javelin. This mark currently leads the nation and is 10th in the world and made her the No. 10 all-time collegiate performer.
Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Week: Lamara Distin, Texas A&M
Texas A&M's Lamara Distin won the Willie Williams Classic high jump with a personal best clearance of 1.83m/6-0. Her mark is currently No. 1 in the NCAA. After passing on the first five heights, Distin entered the competition at 1.73m/5-8 clearing the bar on her first attempt. She cleared the next two bars of 1.78m/5-10 and 1.83m/6-0 on her first attempts.
Women's Newcomer of the Week: Jasmine Mitchell, Ole Miss
Ole Miss' Jasmine Mitchell earned three top-10 finishes at the Tiger Track Classic in her first career outdoor meet. She won the shot put at an overall career best of 16.27m (53-04.50), the fifth-best throw in Ole Miss history, which currently ranks No. 7 in the NCAA, No. 3 in the East and No. 1 in the SEC. She also earned a top-five finish in the hammer.
Women's Freshman of the Week: Monique Hardy, LSU
LSU's Monique Hardy won the hammer throw with a mark of 64.46m/211-6 at the Louisiana Classics. Her mark ranks No. 6 in the nation and is the second-best throw in the nation by a freshman. Hardy's throw also ranks as the second best mark in LSU history.