Tyler Adams, Thai Williams Named Indoor Athletes of the Year

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FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams and Lamar junior Thai Williams are the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with all-conference athletes and individual superlative winners. Southland Athletes of the Year are presented by Ready Nutrition.

Both shot their way into the conference record books last week in Birmingham, Ala., as Adams also won his third straight Outstanding Field Events Performer award and Williams was named Women’s Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive indoor season after two gold medal performances and a broken meet record.

Dave Self also repeated as both Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, earning both accolades for the third consecutive season. His Bearkat men have now won three team titles while the women have won six.

Southland Conference indoor track & field superlatives are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. First, Second and Third Team All-Conference distinction is given to the first, second and third place finishers in each championship event final.

For athletes that achieved qualifying marks this season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by Texas A&M from March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station.

The 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from May 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas, hosted by UIW.

Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston State

Tyler Adams won the heptathlon for the fourth consecutive year, tallying a final score of 5,544 points – the third-highest in overall conference history. In addition, he took gold in the standalone long jump and high jump, and sixth in the 60m hurdles to finish as the high point scorer with 34, breaking the previous meet record of 27 set in 1994. This mark’s Adams’ third-straight field events award.

Men’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Jamie Crowe, Lamar

Jamie Crowe dominated the distance running events, taking gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m, helping pace Lamar to a fourth-place team finish.

Men’s Freshman of the Year – Zachary Johnson, Sam Houston State

The Bearkat freshman put on a well-rounded performance in his first trip to Birmingham, taking second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump as part of Sam Houston’s third-straight men’s team title.

Men’s Newcomer of the Year – Jamie Crowe, Lamar

In Crowe’s first season with the Cardinals, he helped solidify Lamar’s dominance in men’s indoor distance running with his win in the 5,000m and leading a 1-2 finish ahead of teammate Matthew Arnold in the 3,000m.

Men’s Athlete of the Year – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston State

Adams emphatically paced the Bearkats to their third consecutive team indoor championship, tallying 34 points behind gold medals in the heptathlon, high jump and long jump.

Men’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston State

Self has confidently led Sam Houston State to three consecutive team titles in as many years. With the program since 2005, his team tallied 128 total points in this year’s championships, finishing 25 ahead of runner-up Stephen F. Austin. It is the largest margin of victory for his team in the last three seasons.

Women’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Sarea Alexander, UIW

Alexander earned a gold in the triple jump and silver in the long jump at the 2018 championships, helping the Cardinals to a sixth-place team finish with 56.5 points.

Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Schöneborn handily took gold in the 3,000m and 5,000m events. The senior Islander won the 3,000m by nearly five seconds and smashed the previous meet record in the 5,000m (16:36.01) by 9.55 seconds, finishing in 16:26.46 to win by almost 17 seconds over second place.

Women’s Freshman of the Year – Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin

In her first season as a Ladyjack, Ramirez found her way on to the podium with a silver medal finish in the mile run, one of two competitors finishing in under five minutes. She also ran the anchor leg of SFA’s second-place distance medley relay squad.

Women’s Newcomer of the Year – Rabea Schöneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

In her first Islander campaign, Schöneborn helped pace Corpus Christi to its best program finish in history. The Islanders finished sixth with 69 total points, paced by her gold medals in the 3,000m and 5,000m.

Women’s Athlete of the Year – Thai Williams, Lamar

Williams earned her second-straight Athlete of the Year award with a meet-record breaking 60m dash gold medal (7.37) to go along with her first-place finish in the long jump. The Cardinals finished seventh as a team with 54 team points.

Women’s Coach of the Year – Dave Self, Sam Houston State

Self also earned his third-straight Women’s Coach of the Year awards after leading the Bearkats to their third consecutive and sixth overall team title. This year, the team finished with 123 points, 28 clear of second place.

2018 Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams

Event

First

Second

Third

60m

Chris Jefferson, SHSU

Kie’Ave Harry, NSU

Michael McGruder, NSU

200m

Chris Jefferson, SHSU

Amir James, NSU

Lawrence Coleman, SHSU

400m

Maverick Bowleg, SLU

Tedrick Hawkins, SFA

Kerry Gleason, SFA

800m

Alex Hanson, UCA

Daniel Shelton, HBU

Deion Hardy, UIW

Mile

Deion Hardy, UIW

Keith Fallon, LU

Joshua Wilkins, NSU

3,000m

Jamie Crowe, LU

Matthew Arnold, LU

Garett Cortez, UIW

5,000m

Jamie Crowe, LU

Nathan Jones, MCN

Garett Cortez, UIW

60m Hurdles

Fabian McCall, SHSU

Tremayne Flagler, NSU

Darion Dunn, MCN

4x400m

SFA: K. Gleason, C. Fentress, D. Murphy, T. Hawkins

ACU: A. Williams, J. Williams, L. Bloomfield, T. Hawkins

SHSU: Z. Gasca, F. McCall, E. Pouncy, L. Coleman

DMR

LU: C. Kelly, W. Slaughter,

K. Fallon, M. Arnold

SFA: L. Deramus, C. Fentress,

D. Murphy, E. Rotich

UCA: M. Schweikert, M. Keeton, S. Sullivan, J. Jeandree

High Jump

Tyler Adams, SHSU

Eric Moore, UCA

Lentz Similien, MCN

Pole Vault

Antonio Ruiz, SFA

Clayton Fritsch, SHSU

James Manders, AMCC

Long Jump

Tyler Adams, SHSU

Isaiah Pittman, SFA

Michael Strong, UNO

Triple Jump

Brian O’Bonna, LU

Zachary Johnson, SHSU

Ceaser Stephens, NSU

Shot Put

Stevon Crooks, SLU

Morgan Knight, ACU

Cedric Paul, NSU

Weight Throw

Joshua Hernandez, SHSU

Morgan Knight, ACU

Kyrin Tucker, NSU

Heptathlon

Tyler Adams, SHSU

Hunter Key, SFA

James Manders, AMCC

2018 Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams

Event

First

Second

Third

60m

Thai Williams, LU

Daijah Washington, SLU

Dominique Taylor, LU

200m

De’Shalyn Jones, NSU

Natashia Jackson, NSU

Kendesha Ingraham, SLU

400m

Natashia Jackson, NSU

Teona Spivey, SHSU

Erekha Sebastion, UIW

800m

Camry Grigsby, SHSU

Dominique Allen, UIW

LaSean Davis, SFA

Mile

Allyson Girard, AMCC

Kelsey Ramirez, SFA

Georgia Tuckfield, LU

3,000m

Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC

Alexandria Hackett, ACU

Michaela Hackett, ACU

5,000m

Rabea Schöneborn, AMCC

Alexandria Hackett, ACU

Michaela Hackett, ACU

60m Hurdles

Daeshon Gordon, NSU

Jerica Love, UIW

Dominique Taylor, LU

4x400m

NSU: C. Willis, N. Jackson, W. Lageroy, D. Moore

SFA: I. Nave, D. Jackson, T. Williams, A. Teel

SHSU: T. Spivey, K. Dixon, K. Church, C. Grigsby

DMR

SHSU: C. Grigsby, K. Church, J. Eckford, M. Seales

SFA: L. Davis, K. Sanders, S. Ford, K. Ramirez

UIW: S. Diaz, G. Odendahl, D. Allen, K. Ramirez

High Jump

Hannah Noble, UCA

Quanese Jones-Young, NSU

Sashane Hanson, AMCC

Pole Vault

Kaylee Bizzell, SFA

Hannah McWilliams, AMCC

Carson Dingler, SFA

Long Jump

Thai Williams, LU

Sarea Alexander, UIW

Tristyn Allen, SHSU

Triple Jump

Sarea Alexander, UIW

Tristyn Allen, SHSU

Natayla Nance, HBU

Shot Put

Ashley Davis, SLU

Kristine Hanks, SHSU

Kayla Melgar, ACU

Weight Throw

Yarixza Rivera, SHSU

Lonnie Smith, ACU

Alanna Arvie, MCN

Pentathlon

Grace McKenzie, MCN

Courtney Lord, SHSU

Migle Miraskaite, LU