PLANO -- Kendall Bass of Sam Houston State has been named as Southland Conference outdoor track "Women's Field Athlete-of-the-Year" and Bearkat Curtis Collier has been recognized as Southland Conference "Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year."
The two awards were voted upon by the Southland Conference men's and women's track and field head coaches.
Bass, a senior from Frisco, TX, finished first in the women's shot put,
third in the hammer throw and eighth in the discus at the SLC Championships.
During the season, she recorded the second-best distance in the shot put and the third-best in the hammer.
Collier was named "Coach of the Year" for the sixth time in his career. He won both the men's and women's outdoor honors in both 2005 and 2006 to become the only Southland head coach to win the honor for both sports in consecutive season. He also was women's indoor track and field "Coach of the Year" in 2007.
Collier directed Sam Houston State to its third women's outdoor Southland title in the past four years.
Sam Houston's women scored 175.5 points, a 17-point margin over runner-up Texas State-San Marcos.
Southland Conference outdoor track and field "Athlete of the Year" for men was Shadrack Songok of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. For the women, Clerc Koenck of Lamar earned that distinction.
Taking the awards for Outstanding Running athletes were UTSA's Teddy Williams and Jasmine Walls of UT Arlington.
Freshmen of the Year were Henry Rop of Southeastern Louisiana and Kasandrea Son from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Rop, who transferred to SLU during the indoor track season, finished fourth in the men's 5000-meter run and second in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Newcomer of the Year awards were given to Takeshi Fujiwara of UT Arlington and A&M-Corpus Christi's Anne Ronoh.