NCAA outdoor track and field champions Barrett Nugent and Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU and Trecey Rew of Northwestern State highlight the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-Louisiana track and field team released Saturday.
The team was chosen based on the best three times in the state in 21 men’s and women’s events. The state’s sports information directors nominated athletes for special awards before an LSWA panel voted on them.
Nugent is the men’s Track Athlete of the Year after winning the NCAA title in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.28 seconds. Nugent’s top time came in April with a 13.19 at the Texas Relays. Nugent was LSU’s first NCAA title-holder in the hurdles since 1987. The junior also won the SEC title.
Duncan won the women’s Track Athlete of the Year honor after sweeping the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles in the 200-meter dash. The sophomore is the sixth woman in NCAA history to sweep NCAA 200 meter titles and the first Lady Tiger since 1989. Duncan was the top individual performer at the 2011 outdoors, scoring 20.5 points. Her seasonal best of 22.24 in the 200 final is the world leader and the third-fastest time in collegiate history.
Rew earned women’s Field Athlete of the Year after winning the discus with a final toss of 192-feet, 4 inches to move from fourth to first. She was named Southland Conference Athlete of the Year and Field Events Athlete of the Year. She tallied 26 of Northwestern State’s 102 points as the Lady Demons finished an all-time best of second in the SLC championships.
The men’s Field Athlete of the Year is LSU senior Walter Henning, an NCAA Indoor champ in the weight throw and third-place finisher in the NCAA outdoor hammer throw. Henning swept conference titles in the SEC Championships and won seven All-America honors, ranking fourth among collegians during the outdoor season with a top mark of 226-8 in the hammer.
LSU’s Dennis Shaver is the state’s top men’s coach and tied with Mike Heimerman of Northwestern State for women’s coach of the year. Shaver’s Tigers finished fourth both indoors and outdoors in the NCAA Championships.
On the women’s side, Shaver’s Lady Tigers won both the SEC indoor and outdoor titles and finished third in both NCAA Championships. He was named the South Central Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Heimerman led the Lady Demons to their best finish since 1987 (second) at the Southland Conference meet. He also was Northwestern State’s throws coach, producing three All-America awards, most in one NCAA meet as the Demons finished 29th, their best ever in the women’s championship.
The choices as Freshman of the Year were Trey Hadnot of Louisiana Tech and Jasmin Stowers of LSU. Hadnot advanced to the NCAA semifinals of the 200 meters after being named Male Track Athlete of the Year and Male Freshman of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference.
Stowers swept SEC titles in the sprint hurdles with victories in the 60-meters indoors and the 100-meters outdoors at the SEC Championships. At the SEC Outdoors, Showers became the first Lady Tigers freshman to win SEC titles in the 100 hurdles in school history. She was named the SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year.
LSU’s Horatio Williams and Semoy Hackett were the choices for non-freshman Newcomers of the Year. Williams was third in the 200 in the NCAA outdoor championships and was on the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay team that finished fourth at nationals. The junior also finished second in the 100 championship with a time of 11.09.
Hackett ran the second leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that won the national title and was the No. 2 ranked performer in the NCAA in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Hackett won the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the top individual point scorer at the SEC Outdoor Championships and the SEC Women’s Runner of the Year.