Martin repeats as SLC Indoor Male Athlete of the Year
March 1, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- UT Arlington's Romain Martin was named the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year, while Maria Sandstrom was tabbed Female Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.
Along with being named Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, Martin also garnered the Men's Outstanding Field Performer accolade and was the high point scorer at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Norman, Okla.
The native of Le Mans, France, won five events in the heptathlon, including the high jump with a conference-record mark of 2.07 meters. He finished with 5,552 points in defending his league crown in the heptathlon. He has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the multi-event and will compete March 8-10 in Nampa, Idaho.
The junior also performed well in individual events. In the pole vault, Martin's mark of 5.05 meters was good for third place, while he also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.20 seconds.
"Romain is an outstanding athlete and these honors do not surprise me at all," head coach John Sauerhage said. "He truly is the most talented athlete in the conference. We're very proud of him and pleased that he's on our side."
Sandstrom, a sophomore from Malmoe, Sweden, is the women's Newcomer of the Year after finishing third in the 5000 meters (17:34.85) and ninth in the 3000 meters with a clocking of 10:11.42.
"We are very proud of Maria," Sauerhage said. "She didn't have the kind of fall that she expected to have, and now we're just starting to see how good she can be. We're excited for Maria's future."
In addition, Shannon Reynolds, who won both the 60 meters and the 200 meters at the SLC Championships, shared women's high point honors.
"Shannon is healthy and really running well," Sauerhage said. "Her performance in the indoor meet should be a huge confidence booster for her heading into the outdoor season. We're excited and impressed with her."
The awards were voted on by the league's men's and women's head coaches and sports information directors.