The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announces the 2013 SIAC Men’s and Women’s Track & Field All-Conference Conference team, which features the top two men’s and women’s performers in each event during the 2013 SIAC outdoor season based on results from the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).
In the East Division, Benedicts Deon Clifford is the SIAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after recording a 3:59.99 in the 1500 meters, 9:30.87 in the steeplechase ranking him first in the conference and a 15:42.61 in the 5000 meters ranking him second. His 9:30.87 ranks him in the top 30 nationally.
Isaiah Leggette, also from Albany State, is the SIAC Field Athlete. Competing in the triple jump event, Leggette recorded a 15.05 meter (49’3.75″ feet) jump at the 42nd Annual Morehouse Relays. Leggette’s mark has him ranked in the top 15 nationally.
Albany State University is the East Division Champions and its head coach Kenneth Taylor was awarded East Division Coach of the Year.
Clark Atlanta junior Markeshia Woodson is the SIAC East Division Athlete of the Year after posting the top mark in three different events this season. Woodson recorded the top mark in the 5000 meter (18:47.49), 1000-meter (45:38.84), and the 3000-meter Steeple Chase (12:23.83).
SIAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Paine College senior Baiesha Johnson, who was the conference leader in the high jump and long jump, where she also earned NCAA qualifications in both events. Johnson’s 6.28 meter jump at the 2013 Winthrop University Invitational ranks among the top three in the country, while her high jump mark of 1.70m (5’7″) earned her a provisional mark.
Women’s East Division regular season champion is Benedict College and the team’s head coach Frank Hyland was named East Division Coach of the Year.
Highlighting the West Division is Stillman College sprinter Jeffrey Henderson, who earned SIAC West Division Track and Field Athlete of the Year. On the track, Henderson made a name for himself after running a blazing 10.29 mark in the 100 meter event last weekend at the Ole Miss Invitational. His time, a shave off World Class standard, has him ranked second overall in Division II and 11th overall in among all NCAA 100-meter athletes. Henderson’s 7.63 meter m=mark (25’0.5″) feet is also the second best mark in the Division II.
For the team category, Stillman College won the SIAC West Division Championship, while West Division Coach of the Year was given to Stillman College coach Pierre Goode for the second year in a row.
Kentucky State’s Keona Jones is the SIAC West Division Track Athlete of the Year with her top performance in the 100 meter hurdles and the heptathlon events this season. Jones is also ranked in the women’s 4×100 meter relays.
Stillman’s Euphemia Edem, is the SIAC West Division Field Athlete of the Year. Edem qualified for nationals in the triple-jump event after
posting a 41’9.25 mark at the TSU Relays last month.
Kentucky State University was crowned West Division regular season champions and its coach Von Smith was named SIAC Women’s Coach of the Year.
2013 SIAC Track & Field All-Conference Teams
East Division Regular Season Honors
Track Athlete of the Year: Deon Clifford, Benedict College
Field Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Leggette, Albany State University
Regular Season Champion: Albany State University
Coach of the Year: Ken Taylor, Albany State University
Track Athlete of the Year: Markeisha Woodson, Clark Atlanta
Field Athlete of the Year: Baieshia Johnson, Paine College
Regular Season Champions: Benedict College
Coach of the Year: Frank Hyland, Benedict College
West Division Regular Season Honors
Track Athlete of the Year: Jeffrey Henderson, Stillman College
Field Athlete of the Year: Jeffrey Henderson, Stillman College
Regular Season Champions: Stillman College
Coach of the Year: Pierre Goode, Stillman College
Track Athlete of the Year: Keona Jones, Kentucky State University
Field Athlete of the Years: Euphemia Edem, Stillman College
Regular Season Champions: Kentucky State University Coach of the Year: Von Smith, Kentucky State University