SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 27, 2019) – The Southern Conference announced its track and field specialty awards following this year’s SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championship, listing two Bucs as honorees on Wednesday afternoon.
Redshirt senior Ben Johnson (Nashville) was named the Male Most Outstanding Field Performer following his sweep of the men’s throwing events last weekend. True freshman Mekayla Brown (Elgin, S.C.) earned Female Freshman of Year to end a strong rookie season.
Johnson set a season high in the men’s weight at 21.60 meters, slightly missing out on the NCAA Championships with a No. 17 ranking in the nation. Johnson also won gold in the shot put event with a new personal best of 16.39 meters.
The award marks Johnson’s first Male Most Outstanding Field Performer honor for indoor season. ETSU has won the award in two of the last three seasons with Nathan Rivera brining home the trophy in 2017.
Brown competed in four events and scored in three as a freshman — including a second place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.89 meters. She also scored 60 meter dash and the long jump, while slightly missing out on scoring in the high jump.
The Elgin, S.C. native racked up three all-freshman honors from the conference for her scoring efforts in the three aforementioned events.
Brown is only ETSU's second winner of the Female Freshman of the Year award since its conception in 1992, with the other being Kyra Atkins in 2016. The award also marks ETSU’s second straight freshman of the year award on either side, with Karon Delince (Phenix City, Ala.) winning the men’s version of the award in 2018.
Male Most Outstanding Track Performer
Ryan Adams, Furman
Female Most Outstanding Track Performers
Karisa Nelson, Samford
McLeod Dean, Wofford
Male Most Outstanding Field Performer
Ben Johnson, ETSU
Female Most Outstanding Field Performer
Selena Popp, Samford
Male Freshman of the Year
Trini Feggett, Western Carolina
Female Freshman of the Year
Mekayla Brown, ETSU
Men’s Coach of the Year
Jesse Norman, Western Carolina
Women’s Coach of the Year
Rod Tiffin, Samford
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