Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore and Olivia Ekponéwere named Southeastern Conference’s runners of the year, while Aggie Shelbi Vaughan shared field athlete of the year and teammate Shamier Little was the freshman runner of the year.
“It’s great that the rest of the conference coaches see the excellence in those four athletes,” said A&M’s Pat Henry who was named the league’s coach of the year. “Each of them produced throughout the season and had a big-time performance at the conference meet.”
The A&M men won the SEC, ending Arkansas’ three-year winning streak.
Lendore won the 400-meter dash in 44.36 seconds, breaking a 45-year-old school record of 44.67 set by Curtis Mills in winning the 1969 NCAA Championship. It was the sixth consecutive SEC 400 win by Lendore who also been part of a winning six 4x400 relays.
Ekponéwon the 100 and 200 meters in career-best times of 11.11 and 22.23, respectively. Ekponé broke the Aggie school record in the 200 with the world’s best time for 2014. Ekponé also ran on the winning 4x400.
Sophomore Vaughan defended her SEC title with a meet record 208-8. Little won the 400 (a career-best 51.06) and 400 hurdles (a career-best 56.01) at the conference meet
Two Aggies named to the SEC community service team in track and field were Clifton Harlin and Heather Sterling. Harlin, a junior pole vaulter, served on the Executive Team as the Public Relations Chairman for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Sterling, a junior distance runner, was Vice President of Aggie Athletes Involved. Both worked on various community service projects which included Hard Hats for Little Heads and AggieCAN.