Atkins earns SoCon women’s track athlete of the week
Atkins earns SoCon women’s track athlete of the week
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Junior sprinter becomes two-time athlete of the week honoree

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 14, 2018) – For the second time this indoor season, junior Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) earned SoCon women’s track athlete of the week, the league office announced Wednesday.

Atkins competed in the Liberty Elite Invitational last Saturday, earning a top-finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.33. Atkins who is undefeated in the event this season, also won the prelim at 8.45.

Congrats to Kyra for earning her second athlete of the week honors for her performance at the Liberty Elite Invitational,” said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. “She is undefeated in all of her 60-meter hurdle races and is ranked 34th in the NCAA. She will have a lot on her plate at next weeks conference championship, and hopefully, she will defend her title in her specialty.”

The 8.33 time set a meet record for the Liberty Elite while also setting the new SoCon leading time for this season. Atkins just missed her personal best of 8.32 by a hundredth of a second.

Furthermore, Atkins also competed in the 200-meter dash and finished third with a time of 24.78. Atkins’ time was the third best in the SoCon this season.

Atkins also won the SoCon honor two weeks ago after winning the 60-meter hurdles and placing second in the 200-meter dash at the VMI Team Challenge in Lexington, Va. Jan. 27.

Furman’s Frank Lara and Samford’s Tray Oates earned the SoCon men’s indoor track and field athletes of the week, while Western Carolina’s Simone Williams was named the women’s field award winner.

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