June 10, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - Track and field regional honors were presented to Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry and Aggie sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh this week.

The United States Track Field Cross Country Coaches Association gave out awards for head coach, assistant coach, track athlete and field athlete across nine different regions.

In the South Central region, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Coach Henry earned the award for men's head coach while Tarmoh was selected as the women's track athlete.

Tarmoh's season included earning Big 12 Performer of the Year as she won the 100 and 200 for the second consecutive year and was a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay for a second straight season. Her efforts at the conference meet totaled 20.5 points and made her the high point scorer for the second time.

A 10.94 wind-aided victory in the Texas Relays 100 is the best collegiate time of the season under any conditions while her 22.46 in winning the Big 12 title was a collegiate leader.

Coach Henry guided the Aggie men to its first Big 12 outdoor title since 2001. With a score of 175 points A&M set a conference record bettering the 172 points scored by Nebraska in 2004. The Aggies led all teams with 19 entries at the final round of the NCAA Championships.

CoSida Academic All-America Three members of the Texas A&M men's team earned CoSida Academic All-America honors within District 6, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oklahoma schools. The College Sports Information Directors Association makes the selections and presents the awards.

Will Barry and Michael Preble were first-team recipients while Kevin Burnett was named to the second team. The 11-member first team selections will be eligible for a national honor as well.

Barry set a personal best of 3:48.70 in the 1,500 this season in the prelims of the Big 12 and then finished ninth in the final. Academically, Barry excelled with a 4.0 grade point average. He received the R. Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, one of the most difficult to obtain and hold at Texas A&M in Civil Engineering.

This year Barry, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, was one of six Aggies to earn the inaugural Dr. Gerald Lage Awards, the Big 12 conference's highest academic honor.

Preble's season on the track has included a bronze medal for third place at the NCAA Indoor in the 800 meters, where he broke the Aggie school record with a time of 1:47.88. During the outdoor season Preble won the Big 12 championship with a career best of 1:47.71.

During the Texas Relays, Preble ran on three winning A&M relays - 4x800, sprint medley and 4x400. Two of those efforts set school records in the 4x800 (7:19.57) and 4x400 (3:00.45) while the sprint medley ran 3:15.18 and just missed the school record by 0.08 of a second.

Preble earned A&M's Seick Scholarship, which is awarded for academic excellence in the field of Chemical Engineering, where Preble has a 3.69 grade point average.

Burnett placed sixth in the 5,000 meters with a career best of 13:57.91 during the Big 12 Championships and his three points in the next to last event enabled the Aggies to surpass the conference record for points in winning the men's team title after A&M concluded the meet with a victory in the 4 x 400.

Academically, Burnett earned A&M's John L. Hogg Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry. He was an Academic All-Big 12 selection in cross country and has been honored with the award twice in track and field. Last year Burnett received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.