Ricky Robertson holds his SEC Commissioner's trophy (photo by Joey Jones)
May 27, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After a spectacular performance at the Southeastern Conference Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, Ole Miss senior Ricky Robertson was voted SEC Outdoor Men's Field Athlete of the Year by the league coaches Tuesday.
Robertson, a versatile athlete from Hernando, Mississippi, captured the Commissioner's Trophy as the SEC Championships high-points scorer, winning the high jump, finishing runner-up in the triple jump and placing fourth in the long jump. He led the way for the Rebel men's fifth-place finish, their best SEC outdoor result in 30 years.
"This is another great honor for Ricky," said Rebel head coach Brian O'Neal. "He's having a phenomenal season. This is a fitting reward for him after his exceptional SEC Championships."
He is the first man in league history to win seven SEC high jump titles (four indoor, three outdoor). Competing in the high jump and triple jump simultaneously at the SEC Championships, he placed second in the triple jump with the NCAA's No. 2 mark this year (16.52m/53-11.75). He also ranks second in the NCAA and first in the SEC in the high jump (2.29m/7-6) and is 28th nationally in the long jump (7.71m/25-3.50).
Robertson receives his second SEC Athlete of the Year award of his career. He was the Men's Field Athlete of the Year for the 2012 indoor season.
He is also the second straight Rebel to be named SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Year after Sam Kendricks received the same title for the 2014 indoor season.
Robertson earned All-SEC first team honors for his high jump victory and was joined on the first team by Kendricks, who won the pole vault. Freshmen Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin and junior Phillip Young earned All-SEC second team accolades by placing top three in the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and triple jump, respectively. Domanic and Tobin also earned SEC All-Freshman distinction.
Ole Miss is back in action this Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in Jacksonville, Florida. The Rebels boast a combined 22 entries on the men's and women's sides.
2014 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Men's Runner of the Year: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss Men's Freshman Runner of the Year: Omar McLeod, Arkansas Men's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Alex Poursanidis, Georgia Men's Coach of the Year: Pat Henry, Texas A&M Men's Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Brandon Lord, Georgia and Nathanael Franks, Arkansas
Women's Runner of the Year: Olivia Ekpone', Texas A&M Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Year: Ciarra Brewer, Florida and Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Shamier Little, Texas A&M Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Kendell Williams, Georgia Women's Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jill Rushin, Missouri
Men's All-SEC First Team Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Texas A&M Gregory Coleman, Texas A&M Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M Marquis Dendy, Florida Raymond Dykstra, Kentucky Andrew Evans, Kentucky Elias Hakansson, Alabama Prezel Hardy, Jr., Texas A&M Shavez Hart, Texas A&M Raymond Higgs, Arkansas Stanley Kebenei, Arkansas Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss Deon Lendore, Texas A&M Brandon Lord, Georgia Brandon McBride, Mississippi State Keffri Neal, Kentucky Alex Poursanidis, Georgia Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss Carlyle Roudette, Texas A&M Kyle Strawn, Florida Bralon Taplin, Texas A&M Michael Uibo, Georgia Stipe Zunic, Florida
Men's All-SEC Second Team Tremayne Acy, LSU Shermund Allsop, LSU Jake Blankenship, Tennessee Drew Branch, Georgia Rodney Brown, LSU Niklas Buhner, Auburn Justin Carter, Auburn Robert Domanic, Ole Miss Quincy Downing, LSU Dedric Dukes, Florida Fitzroy Dunkley, LSU Aaron Ernest, LSU Nathanael Franks, Arkansas Najee Glass, Florida Gabe Gonzales, Arkansas Hugh Graham, Jr., Florida Cyril Grayson, LSU Scottie Hearn, Mississippi State Hector Hernandez, Texas A&M Matt Hillenbrand, Kentucky Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas Eddie Lovett, Florida Anthony May, Arkansas Omar McLeod, Texas A&M Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, LSU Vernon Norwood, LSU Hayden Reed, Alabama Garrett Scantling, Georgia Ryan Schnulle, Florida Stephen Saenz, Auburn DJ Smith, Auburn Isaac Spencer, Texas A&M Sean Tobin, Ole Miss Nick Uruburu, Florida Nick Vena, Georgia Austin Wells, Texas A&M Chase Wolfle, Texas A&M Antwan Wright, Florida Phillip Young, Ole Miss Kaleb Zuidema, South Carolina
Men's SEC All-Freshman Team 100m: Teray Smith, Auburn 110mH: Omar McLeod, Arkansas 200m: Teray Smith, Auburn 400m: Nick Uruburu, Florida 400mH: Larry Donald, Arkansas 800m: Jacopo Lahbi, Alabama 1,500m: Robert Domanic, Ole Miss Steeplechase: Spencer Hrycay, Kentucky 5,000m: Sean Tobin, Ole Miss 10,000m: Austin Wells, Texas A&M High Jump: Ibn Short, Kentucky Pole Vault: Charles Moushey, Kentucky Long Jump: Clive Pullen, Arkansas Triple Jump: Jeffrey Prothro, Texas A&M Shot Put: Kyle Felpel, Alabama Discus: Hayden Reed, Alabama Hammer Throw: Alex Poursanidis, Georgia Javelin: Justin Carter, Auburn Decathlon: Ibn Short, Kentucky
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