IRVING, TX -- Three members of the Texas A&M track and field program were honored with Big 12 Indoor postseason awards this week. Junior sprinter Ameer Webb shared the men’s Outstanding Performer of the Year honor while Aggie sprinter Kamaria Brown was chosen as the women’s Outstanding Freshman of the Year.
Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry was named men’s and women’s Big 12 Indoor Coach of the Year after the Aggies swept both team titles this past weekend by 20-plus points over Texas for each championship.
Webb, a native of Tustin, California, shared the men’s Outstanding Performer of the Year award with high jump champion Erik Kynard of Kansas State. Webb lowered his collegiate-leading time to 20.62 in winning the Big 12 200m title and added a runner-up finish to teammate Prezel Hardy, Jr. in the 60 meters with a time of 6.72.
Scoring 18 points in the Big 12 Championships enabled Webb to share high point honors in the meet with teammate Hardy. Webb held the collegiate-leading time of 20.79 heading into the Big 12 Championships and lowered it to 20.62 for the title. His time currently ranks fourth in the world for the 2012 season.
Webb, who is undefeated in four 200m finals this season, became the fourth Aggie to capture a Big 12 Indoor title over that distance. Previous Big 12 Indoor winners included Billy Fobbs (1998), Brandon Evans (2001) and Curtis Mitchell (2010).
Brown, a native of Baton Rouge, La., becomes the third Aggie to claim Outstanding Freshman of the Year honors in the Big 12, joining Jessica Beard (2008) and Vashti Thomas (2009).
In scoring 20 points at the Big 12 Indoor Brown shared high point honors with Iowa State’s Betsy Saina, who was named the female Outstanding Performer of the Year. Previous A&M women who were high point scorers at the conference indoor meet include Adrien Sawyer (1998 – 23 pts), Gabby Mayo (2009 – 22 pts, 2010 – 20 pts), Jessica Beard (2011 – 20.5 pts) and Jeneba Tarmoh (2011 – 20.5 pts).
Brown’s winning time of 22.86 equaled the Big 12 meet record and is the current world-leading time for 2012. A&M won the women’s 200 at the Big 12 Indoor for the sixth consecutive year. Previous winners included Simone Facey (2007), Porscha Lucas (2008, 2009, 2010), and Jeneba Tarmoh (2011).
In addition to winning the 200 title, Brown finished second in the 400 with a NCAA automatic time of 52.60 and ran on the runner-up 4 x 400 relay that also posted a NCAA auto time of 3:31.54.
Coach Henry, in his eighth season at Texas A&M, earns his 10th and 11th Big 12 Coach of the Year awards as the Aggies completed their first sweep of Big 12 Indoor team titles. Texas A&M accomplished the same feat at the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor meet. For the indoor season this marks Henry’s second men’s honor and fifth women’s honor from the conference coaches.
The Aggie men defended their 2011 indoor conference title by scoring 154 points, placing A&M 20.5 points ahead of runner-up Texas. Meanwhile, the Aggie women totaled 140 points to claim a fifth conference indoor title over the past six seasons as they finished 28 points ahead of runner-up Texas.
Aggies travel to LSU NCAA Last Chance Qualifier
A crew of five Aggies will compete at LSU on Friday during a NCAA Last Chance Qualifier in an attempt to improve their rankings in respective events before selections are made for next weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
Competing in the 60 meters are Michael Bryan and Dominique Duncan. In field events the A&M crew includes Cameron Alexander (high jump), Babatunde Amosu (triple jump), and Jenna Hemann (high jump).
Field events at Carl Maddox Fieldhouse start at 2 p.m. while the running events will begin at 6:30 p.m. The men’s and women’s 60 finals will conclude the meet at 8 p.m.