Following an outstanding performance at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Norman, Jack Whitt was named the conference's male athlete of the year.
In the pole vault event, Whitt easily won in his hometown when he cleared a height of 18 feet, 7.75 inches. The mark broke the school record, set by Whitt earlier in the season, as well as a 29 year old meet record, 22 year old Mosier Indoor facility record and was the top mark in all of NCAA Div. I so far this season.
Whitt was also named the conference male outstanding field athlete of the year as well.
All-Conference performers are determined by their finish in the conference meet, with the winner becoming First Team All-Conference, second place becomes a Second Team All-Conference former and third place make the Third Team All-Conference list.
Joining Whitt as an All-Conference performer in the pole vault was Dustin Gehrke who finished third.
Jeffery Gibson and Tyler Banks were First Team All-Conference performers in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, respectively. Lauren McFarland added a first team award for ORU, topping teammate Daniella Szabo in the women's pole vault.
Joining Szabo on the second team list were runners Marrisa Thomas, 800-meter run, and freshman Madison Reynolds, 400-meter dash.
Several ORU track and field athletes have one final opportunity to qualify for the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark., as the Golden Eagles are schedule to take part in the ISU Qualifier in Ames, Iowa, and the Arkansas Final Qualifier in Fayetteville this weekend.
Individual Award Winners
Male Athlete of the Year – Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts
Female Athlete of the Year – Lauren Smith, Stephen F. Austin
Male Outstanding Field Events – Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts
Female Outstanding Field Events – La'Tricia Griffin, Stephen F. Austin
Male Outstanding Running Events – David Rooney, McNeese State
Female Outstanding Running Events – Jackie White, Nicholls State
Male Newcomer of the Year – Jeff Milliron, Southeastern Louisiana
Female Newcomer of the Year – Shambrail Woods, Stephen F. Austin
Male Freshman of the Year – Jonathan Reese, Lamar
Female Freshman of the Year – Chasity Clark, Stephen F. Austin
Men's and Women's Coach of the Year – Phil Olson, Stephen F. Austin
Men's Track and Field All-Conference Teams
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
60-Meter Dash Antonio Herbert, SLU Justin Walker, NWLA Cass Brown, SFA
60-Meter Hurdles Matthew Viverette, SHSU Nick McCloud, SFA Anthony Hatwood, MCN
200-Meter Dash Kendal Taylor, NWLA Hanoj Carter, NWLA Antonio, Herbert, SLU
400-Meter Dash Jeffery Gibson, ORU Cass Brown, SFA Rodney Jones, SHSU
800-Meter Run Tyler Banks, ORU De'Quan Binder, SHSU Valentinas Rudys, AMCC
Mile Run Joe Wade, LU Alex Bruce-Littlewood, MCN Martin Delguste, MCN
3,000-Meter Run David Rooney, MCN Joe Wade, LU Adam Saloom, SFA
5,000-Meter Run David Rooney, MCN Daniel Cliffe, MCN Adam Saloom, SFA
High Jump Roger De La Cruz, AMCC Jonathan Reece, LU Parminder Singh, MCN
Pole Vault Jack Whitt, ORU Colton Ross, SFA Dustin Gehrke, ORU
Long Jump Charles White, SHSU Phillippe Moore, SLU Emmanuel Williams, NWLA
Triple Jump Charles White, SHSU Reginald Douglas, NWLA Karique Stephen, SHSU
Shot Put Jon Arthur, SFA Jeff Milliron, SLU Thomas Canchola, MCN
Weight Throw Jon Arthur, SFA Brett Olsen, SLU Jeff Milliron, SLU
Heptathlon Matthew Johnson, SHSU Cody Rhodes, SFA Jamal Davis, SFA
Women's Indoor Track and Field All-Conference Teams
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
60-Meter Dash Tanesha Maxwell, UCA Ashley Idunoba, LU Brarsheyia Simpson, SFA
60-Meter Hurdles Kryshell Rolle, NICH Danielle Demas, SHSU Bria McIver, SFA
200-Meter Dash Chasity Clark, SFA Ashley Idunoba, LU Lygia Foreman, SHSU
400-Meter Dash Lygia Foreman, SHSU Madison Reynolds, ORU Cierra Jefferson, SFA
800-Meter Run Jackie White, NICH Marrisa Thomas, ORU Jasmine Boutte, AMCC
Mile Run Alyssa Dooley, SHSU Jackie White, NICH Becky Gough, LU
3,000-Meter Run Becky Gough, LU Lauren Smith, SFA Randi Plentl, SFA
5,000-Meter Run Randi Plentle, SFA Lauren Smith, SFA Vanessa Galindo, AMCC
High Jump Melai Carter, SFA Caitlin Jones, SFA Jerrica Tillery, NWLA
Pole Vault Lauren McFarland, ORU Daniella Szabo, ORU Shelbie Zotyka, SHSU
Long Jump Jasmine Cornelius, MCN Nia Stewart, SLU Kirsten Knox, SFA
Triple Jump Jerrica Tillery, NWLA Jacqueline Berry, MCN Kelli Hermes, SFA
Shot Put La'tricia Griffin, SFA Jessica Spelling, SFA Keona Jackson, NWLA
Weight Throw La'Shantena Rounds, MCN La'Tricia Griffin, SFA Ashley Jenkins, SHSU
Pantathlon Morgan Davis, SHSU Jasmin Ellis, UCA Allyson Pettit, SHSU