Kyra Atkins named SoCon Freshman of the Year
Kyra Atkins named SoCon Freshman of the Year
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 18, 2016) – On Wednesday freshman Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) was named Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field freshman of the year as voted on by the league's coaches. 
Atkins recorded a wonderful performance at the SoCon Championships claiming two individual titles. On day one of the championships, Atkins was crowned champion in the women's long jump after recording a collegiate best mark of 5.64 meters.
"Kyra is very deserving. It's an accomplishment to earn this award for the second time this year, " said director of track & field George Watts. "What's especially impressive is winning two events while not being the favorite and overcoming a mid-season injury." 
She won her second individual championship the next day in the 100 meter hurdles after running a collegiate best time of 13.42. It was the second straight year ETSU has won the women's 100mH title. 
"Her willingness to compete and score in the triple jump, an event she had not done all season just shows her talent level and toughness," said Watts. 
Currently, Atkins has the 29th fastest time in the NCAA East Region in the 100mH and 62nd fastest overall in the NCAA. 
Atkins shared the freshman of the year honors with Bri Anna Adams from Western Carolina. 
During the indoor season, Atkins earned the same honor of Freshman of the Year to become the first ETSU student-athlete on the women's side to earn the award. 
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