Martin, Vinson named SLC Athletes of the Week
Feb. 16, 2011
FRISCO, Tex. - UT Arlington sophomore Romain Martin has been named the Southland Conference men's track and field athlete of the week, while UT Arlington freshman Pamela Vinson was named the conference's women's track and field athlete of the week, the league office announced Wednesday.
Martin, from Le Mans, France (EGC), competed in the heptathlon for the first time in his career at the Iowa State Classic and posted the national week-high in the event by scoring 5,647 points. That score shattered the Southland Conference record, which was previously held by Adolphus Jones with 5,532 points in 2010.
Along with setting a new conference and school record, Martin finished with the top collegiate score at the Iowa State Classic and currently ranks eighth nationally in the heptathlon this season. Martin also qualified for the conference meet in the shot put, marking the fifth individual event he could compete in at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. He pole vaulted a personal-record 4.80 meters while also scoring personal-bests in the long jump (6.92 meters), the high jump (2.01) meters and the 60m hurdles (8.36 seconds). He finished in the top-six in each event and top-three in five of seven events.
Vinson, from Arlington, Texas (Arlington), turned in a pair of top-five finishes at the Iowa State Classic. She placed fourth in the 200m with a personal-best time of 24.30 seconds. She followed that with a 7.62 in the 60m to claim fifth place in the event. Vinson's already has the top 200m time (24.23) in the conference this season.
Honorable mention for this week's men's award goes to McNeese State junior long distance runner David Rooney. For the women's award, honorable mention went to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior multi-athlete Kassandrea Son.
A student-athlete must receive 25-percent of the votes from the league's SIDs in order to qualify for honorable mention. Each school's SID nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player.