South Central Region honors for Sam Humphreys, pair of A&M coaches
EUGENE – Region honors for the 2013 track and field outdoor season were announced by USTFCCCA on Monday and included a South Central Field Athlete of the Year award for Texas A&M senior Sam Humphreys, South Central women’s Coach of the Year for Aggie head coach Pat Henry as well as South Central women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for A&M assistant Vince Anderson.
An undefeated Humphreys, who was recently added to The Bowerman watch list, has been the U.S. and collegiate leader in the javelin this whole outdoor season. A school record mark of 268-8 (81.90) was the leading distance at the NCAA West preliminary rounds and moved Humphrey to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list.
Humphreys’ season included a fourth consecutive conference title as he won the SEC this spring after claiming three Big 12 victories as well as winning a third Texas Relays title in the past four years. In Eugene this week for the NCAA Championships, Humphreys could become the first Aggie thrower to score four consecutive years in the NCAA Outdoor meet. He placed fifth as a freshman in 2010, finished third in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2012.
In the first year of competing in the SEC the Aggie women claimed the outdoor conference title by five points with a score of 117 points, 92 of which were scored on the final day. Coach Henry earned his first SEC conference title with Texas A&M and earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. It marks the sixth women’s outdoor conference title for Henry in his ninth year with the Aggies, who had a run of five Big 12 Outdoor championships from 2007 to 2011.
Texas A&M women captured four SEC event titles with Donique’ Flemings in the 100 hurdles, LaQue Moen-Davis in the long jump, Shelbi Vaughan in the discus and the 4x100 relay. Four runner-up performances were turned in by Jennifer Madu (100), Kamaria Brown (200, 400) and Moen-Davis (triple jump). Season highlights also included the Aggies defeating Oregon at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene along with six victories for the A&M women at the Penn Relays.
The Aggie women’s team, ranked No. 2 nationally, entered the NCAA West preliminary with 29 entries and advanced 16 to the NCAA Championships, the most of any women’s team in the field. A&M will have 12 athletes competing in nine events this weekend.
Coach Anderson’s sprint and hurdle group scored 72 points towards the Aggies winning the SEC conference title. A&M won the 4x100 and 100 hurdles and added runner-up finishes in the 100, 200 and 400. During the season the sprint and hurdle group also enjoyed a stellar weekend at the Penn Relay Carnival as they claimed Championship of America titles in the 100, 100 hurdles, 4x100, 4x200 and shuttle hurdle relay.
The Aggie sprinters and hurdles have 10 entries in the NCAA Championships, which includes four entries in the 100, three in the 200, one in the 100 hurdles and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The A&M 4x100 set the U.S. and collegiate leading time of 42.56, equal to the all-time fifth fastest performance in collegiate history, when they matched the Texas Relays record in late March. The 4x200 established a world leading time of 1:29.98, the fourth fastest all-time collegiate performance.
Other honors from the South Central Region included Charles Silmon of TCU receiving men’s Track Athlete of the Year, and Arkansas duo of Regina George and Makeba Alcide being named women’s Track Athlete and women’s Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. The South Central men’s Coach of the Year went to Arkansas head coach Chris Bucknam and the Assistant Coach of the Year was awarded to SFA’s Sean Lonergan.