McGruder, King Win Men’s Outdoor Weekly Awards

first_imgThe Demons and Lions both head to Austin next for the Texas Relays from March 28-31. Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Devin King, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Kentwood, La.King broke a 20-year-old facility record in the pole vault with a first-place height of 18-01.75 at UL Lafayette’s Louisiana Classics last weekend. The vault ranks second in the conference and third nationally behind his nation-best mark of 18-08.25 at the Tulane Early Bird Twilight earlier this season. It was the second time he has broken a facility record this season and was his second gold medal in the event this year. Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Michael McGruder, Northwestern State – Sr. – Forrest City, Ark.McGruder ran the 11th fastest time in the nation (10.43) and the fastest time in the conference this past weekend at the TCU Invitational in the 100m. He is 13th in the nation in the 200m and has the second fastest time in the conference (21.02) behind teammate Amir James (20.97). The Forrest City, Ark., native also ran a leg in the 4x100m relay, which ran the third fastest time in the nation (39.57) and the fastest time in the conference. This time is second all-time in conference history behind former Southland member Louisiana Tech’s time of 39.36 and is the fastest by any current Southland member. McGruder is ranked eighth in the NCAA East Outdoor Qualifying List in the 100m (10.43), seventh in the 200m (21.02), and first in the 4×1 relay (39.57). Honorable Mention: Cesar Gonzalez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Kerry Gleason, Stephen F. Austin; Daniel Shelton, Houston Baptist. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: James Manders, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Cedric Paul, Northwestern State; Morgan Knight, Abilene Christian. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior Michael McGruder and Southeastern Louisiana senior Devin King are the Southland Conference’s Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.last_img

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