May 19, 2011
FRISCO, Tex. - UT Arlington senior Cordero Gray and Northwestern State senior Trecey Rew have been named the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.
Gray, who was also voted the men's outstanding track performer, won both the 100-meter (10.12) and 200m dash (20.56) and tied with Stephen F. Austin's Xavier Rodriguez for the men's high-point scorer at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 22 points. His 10.12 mark in the 100m is currently seventh best in the nation. It was the second time in Gray's career that he was the high-point scorer of the outdoor championships, having also accomplished the feat in 2009 with 22.5 points when he also won the 100m dash.
UT Arlington sophomore Romain Martin, who cruised to an all-time conference record 5,728 points in the heptathlon at the indoor championships, was named the men's newcomer of the year after winning the decathlon with 7,556 points. It was the highest point total since McNeese State's Kristian Rahnu set the conference record with 8,081 points at the 2002 championships. Martin added wins in the discus and javelin to go with victories in the 100m, long jump, high jump and 400 meters. He finished second in the shot put, 110-meter hurdles and pole vault before a fourth-place in the 1,500 meters, the final event of the competition.
The women's newcomer of the year is UT Arlington's Lindsey Putman. The junior transfer won the women's 1,500m run, recording a time of 4:35.37.
The annual Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Awards are voted on by the league's men's and women's head coaches and are based on the performances of the student-athletes' outdoor track and field season. Additionally, all event winners earn first-team all-conference honors, while the second- and third-place finishers earn second- and third-team all-conference honors, respectively.
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