Kendricks, Tobin Named SEC Indoor Athletes Of The Year

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Sam Kendricks (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Sam Kendricks (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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March 7, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss junior Sam Kendricks and freshman Sean Tobin were honored as two of the top indoor track & field athletes in the country's premier conference on Friday.

The Southeastern Conference coaches voted Kendricks as the SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Year and Tobin as the SEC Men's Co-Freshman Runner of the Year after their spectacular performances at the league's indoor meet this past weekend in College Station, Texas.

"It's always good to see hard work be rewarded," said Ole Miss head coach Brian O'Neal. "I am proud of both Sam and Sean. They're two guys that work extremely hard at their craft. And they are two young men that love competing for Ole Miss and wearing the Red and Blue."

Kendricks won his first SEC pole vault title last week to go along with his multitude of previous accolades. He is the current No. 1 ranked pole vaulter in the NCAA and U.S. and 14th in the world. The Oxford, Miss., native owns a season-best and school-record clearance of 18-8.25 from the Don Kirby Elite Invitational (Feb. 14) at the same Albuquerque Convention Center at which he will compete for the national title next week. In six 2013-14 indoor meets, he has broken five meet records and two facility records and eclipsed 18 feet five times. He is undefeated in collegiate pole vault competitions since he won last year's NCAA outdoor title.

Sean Tobin (photo by John Nepolitan/armorytrack.com)

The last Rebel to be named an SEC Athlete of the Year was Isiah Young, who was tabbed SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year last year. Ricky Robertson was the Rebels' last SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year in 2012.

Tobin shared SEC Men's Freshman Runner of the Year honors with Arkansas hurdler Omar McLeod after anchoring Ole Miss to an SEC title in the distance medley relay and finishing runner-up in the mile at the conference meet. The Clonmel, Ireland native ran an incredible last leg to capture the first DMR title in school history. The squad's time of 9:39.54 (second-best in school history) nearly broke the SEC meet record of 9:39.06. A couple of weeks earlier, Tobin became the first sub-4 minute indoor miler in school history when he ran 3:59.91 at the Husky Classic in Seattle. He finishes his indoor season ranked second overall in the SEC in the mile, first among league freshmen and fourth among all NCAA freshmen.

The last Ole Miss athlete to claim SEC Freshman of the Year honors was Fabia McDonald (Women's Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year in 2011).

The league also announced its indoor All-SEC honors on Friday. The four members of Ole Miss' distance medley relay squad (Robert Domanic, Montez Griffin, Will Spiers and Tobin) earned first-team status, while Miller made the second team by placing top three in the 60 meter dash. Miller and Tobin both made the SEC All-Freshman Team by finishing first among freshmen in their individual events.

2014 SEC Indoor Track & Field Awards
Men's Runner of the Year: Arman Hall, Florida
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss
Men's Co-Freshman Runners of the Year: Omar McLeod, Arkansas and Sean Tobin, Ole Miss
Men's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Jeremiah Green, Alabama
Men's Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam

Women's Co-Runners of the Year: Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M and Cory McGee, Florida
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Erica Bougard, Mississippi State
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Rebekah Greene, Florida
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Kendell Williams, Georgia
Women's Coach of the Year: Mike Holloway, Florida

Men's First-Team All-SEC
Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Texas A&M
Diondre Batson, Alabama
Robert Domanic, Ole Miss
Jeremiah Green, Alabama
Montez Griffin, Ole Miss
Solomon Haile, Arkansas
Arman Hall, Florida
Shavez Hart, Texas A&M
Raymond Higgs, Arkansas
Matt Hillenbrand, Kentucky
Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss
Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
Eddie Lovett, Florida
Anthony May, Arkansas
Keffri Neal, Kentucky
Charodd Richardson, Alabama
Carlyle Roudette, Texas A&M
Will Spiers, Ole Miss
Bradley Szypka, Kentucky
Sean Tobin, Ole Miss
Maicel Uibo, Georgia

Men's Second-Team All-SEC
Matt Airola, Alabama
Andres Arroyo, Florida
Cameron Brown, Tennessee
Darrell Bush, LSU
Greg Coleman, Texas A&M
Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M
Quincy Downing, LSU
Dedric Dukes, Florida
Kyle Felpel, Alabama
Kamal Fuller, Alabama
Najee Glass, Florida
Gabe Gonzalez, Arkansas
Hugh Graham, Jr., Florida
Cyril Grayson, LSU
Charles Grethen, Georgia
Elias Hakansson, Alabama
Devion Harris, Texas A&M
Hector Hernandez, Texas A&M
Jonathon Ilori, Missouri
Andrew Irwin, Arkansas
Adam Kahleifeh, Kentucky
Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Ken LeGassey, Arkansas
Ty McCormack, Auburn
Omar McLeod, Arkansas
Jalen Miller, Ole Miss
Vernon Norwood, LSU
Sean Obinwa, Florida
Ryan Schnulle, Florida
Parker Shearer, Auburn
Ibn Short, Kentucky
Issac Spencer, Texas A&M
Nick Uruburu, Florida
Cameron Villarreal, Texas A&M
Chase Wolfle, Texas A&M
Stipe Zunic, Florida

Men's SEC All-Freshman Team
60m: Jalen Miller, Ole Miss
60mH: Omar McLeod, Arkansas
200m: Teray Smith, Auburn
400m: Nick Uruburu, Florida
800m: Andres Arroyo, Florida
Mile: Sean Tobin, Ole Miss
3,000m: Tyler Schneider, Missouri
5,000m: Dan Roe, Missouri
High Jump: Ken LeGassey, Alabama
Pole Vault: Charles Moushey, Kentucky
Long Jump: Trae Carey, Arkansas
Triple Jump: Jeremiah Green, Alabama
Shot Put: Kyle Felpel, Alabama
Weight Throw: Alex Poursandidis, Georgia
Heptathlon: Ibn Short, Kentucky

Women's First-Team All-SEC
Erica Bougard, Mississippi State
Ciarra Brewer, Florida
Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M
Stephanie Brown, Arkansas
Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky
Loreal Curtis, Florida
Ebony Eutsey, Florida
Rochelle Farquharson, Mississippi State
Destinee Gause, Florida
Rebekah Greene, Florida
Kendra Harrison, Kentucky
Grace Heymsfield, Arkansas
Denise Hinton, LSU
Kyra Jefferson, Florida
Leontia Kallenou, Georgia
Morgann Leleux, Georgia
Cory McGee, Florida
Kearsten Peoples, Missouri
Robin Reynolds, Florida
Dominique Scott, Arkansas
Agata Strausa, Florida

Women's Second-Team All-SEC
Ocian Archer, Mississippi State
Marisa Bellamy, South Carolina
Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee
Jayla Bostic, Florida
Remona Burchell, Alabama
Taylor Burke, Florida
Olivia Ekpone, Texas A&M
Grace Fletcher, Texas A&M
Brea Garrett, Texas A&M
Briana Haith, South Carolina
Daina Harper, Arkansas
Tamera Harris, South Carolina
Precious Holmes, South Carolina
Katie Huston, Mississippi State
Jessica Kamilos, Arkansas
Shamier Little, Texas A&M
Megan Malasarte, Georgia
Yanique Malcolm, Alabama
Keri McClary, Arkansas
LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M
Valentina Muzaric, Auburn
Tamara Myers, Arkansas
Danielle Nowell, Arkansas
Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia
Kayla Parker, Kentucky
Allison Peare, Kentucky
Lynnika Pitts, LSU
Chanice Porter, Georgia
Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State
Jill Rushin, Missouri
Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina
Rebekka Simko, Arkansas
Jasmin Stowers, LSU
Brianna Swinton, Arkansas
Ariel Voskamp, Arkansas
Chrishuna Williams, Arkansas
Kendell Williams, Georgia
Regine Williams, Arkansas

Women's SEC All-Freshman Team
60m: Aaliyah Brown, Texas A&M
60mH: Skylar Ross-Ransom, Florida
200m: Felecia Majors, Tennessee
400m: Shamier Little, Texas A&M
800m: Courtney Clayton, Vanderbilt
Mile: Rebekah Greene, Florida
3,000m: Rebekah Greene, Florida
5,000m: Sandie Raines, Arkansas
High Jump: Leontia Kallenou, Georgia
Pole Vault: Georgia Stefanidi, Georgia
Long Jump: Sha'Keela Saunders, Kentucky
Triple Jump: Marshay Ryan, Auburn
Shot Put: Madison Jacobs, Kentucky
Weight Throw: Asianna Covington, Georgia
Pentathlon: Kendell Williams, Georgia

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