FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Coming off her first SEC title in the pole vault, sophomore Tori Weeks has been selected as the South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year. The awards didn’t stop there for Weeks, as she was also selected as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday.
In addition to Weeks, head coach Lance Harter picked up the 29th SEC Coach of the Year honor of his career for his work in guiding the Razorbacks to their ninth-consecutive conference crown, while rookie sensation Taylor Werner was named the SEC Freshman Runner of the Year. Assistant coach Bryan Compton rounded Monday’s award winners as the South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with the pole vault and combined events groups.
The Scholar Vaulter
A two-time All-American last season, Weeks began her 2017 campaign strong and improved through each week of competition. She led the NCAA in the pole vault for the majority of the regular season and is one of just two vaulters with a clearance over 15 feet. Weeks is also active in the community and holds cumulative GPA of 4.0 in chemistry. She heads into the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships undefeated this season and in the hunt for her first NCAA gold medal.
The most decorated coach in SEC track and field history, Harter has maintained Arkansas’ tradition of excellence for almost three decades. The USTFCCA Hall of Famer will pursue his third NCAA national title this weekend.
Compton has coached three vaulters to top-six national rankings and three multis to top-five national rankings. Under Compton’s watch, Arkansas secured another 15-foot vaulter in Tori Weeks who claimed the SEC pole vault title with a first attempt clearance at that bar. Compton also coached multis Leigha Brown and Kelsey Herman to new PRs this season – the former improving by 161 points.
First Year Phenom
Coming off a cross country season which saw her race to All-American status, Werner showed the track world she has no plans to slow down. In her SEC indoor debut, the young runner from Missouri collected the second-most points of the meet, scoring 18 between a runner-up finish in the 3K and a first-place finish in the 5K. She currently ranks as the 11th-best 3K runner in the country and promises to add another All-America title to her collection at the indoor national meet.
Women’s Runner of the Year: Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Taylor Werner, Arkansas
Women’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Louisa Grauvogel, Georgia
Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Tori Weeks, Arkansas
Women’s Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year: Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Tori Weeks, Arkansas
Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year: Bryan Compton, Arkansas
Women’s Coach of the Year: Todd Harbour, Baylor
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Courtesy: Razorback Communications