OLM graduate Coleman, two Bulldogs win SEC track honors

The SEC’s indoor track and field awards, announced Monday by the league, have a local flavor.

The men’s award recipients include Christian Coleman of Tennessee as the men’s top freshman runner. Coleman is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy. Two Georgia Bulldogs were honored: Maicel Uibo as men’s top scholar-athlete and Keturah Orji as the top women’s freshman field athlete.

The other men’s winners: Omar McLeod, Arkansas (Runner of the Year); Marquis Dendy, Florida (Field Athlete of the Year); KeAndre Bates, Florida (Freshman Field Athlete of the Year); and Mike Holloway, Florida (Coach of the Year).

The other women’s winners: Dominique Scott, Arkansas and Remona Burchell, Alabama (Co-Runners of the Year); Sandi Morris, Arkansas and Erica Bougard, Mississippi State (Co-Field Athletes of the Year); Brooke Feldmeier, Ole Miss (Freshman Runner of the Year); Morris (Scholar-Athlete of the Year); and Lance Harter, Arkansas (Coach of the Year).

From the SEC news release:

“Coleman placed third at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash in a time of 6.62. He posted the second-fastest 60-meter time in the SEC this season (6.58) and the third-fastest in Tennessee history. He was the first Tennessee sprinter to medal in the 60 meters since Rubin Williams in 2008. He also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships, placing seventh (21.11). He was the SEC’s Runner of the Week on Feb. 10 and a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week in 2015.

“Orji was the top scoring female freshman at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships with 16 total points. She won the SEC women’s triple jump title and was third in the long jump. Orji owns the national-leading triple jump mark of 45-10.50. She is the No. 9 collegiate all-time performer in the event and holds both the American Junior record and the Georgia school record in the event. She stands sixth on the national list in the long jump (21-2). Orji owns nine out of 10 U.S. Junior all-time indoor marks in the event and six out of 10 U.S. Junior total marks in her first season competing collegiately.

“Uibo, the 2014 NCAA decathlon champion, was named the 2015 SEC Indoor Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and has finished in the top-three in the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships for each of the past three years, including his 2014 victory. Uibo was the runner-up in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships with a school-record score of 6,044 points to make him the No. 8 all-time collegiate performer. Uibo holds a 3.38 grade point average in finance.”