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Daniel Roberts & Tai Brown earn SEC Outdoor T&F Awards

Daniel Roberts & Tai Brown earn SEC Outdoor T&F Awards

by Jake Most

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky track and field’s Daniel Roberts and Tai Brown were recognized by the Southeastern Conference in the league’s 2019 Outdoor Awards, honoring outstanding performances during the past outdoor season, as voted on by the conference’s 15 head coaches.
Roberts earned Men’s Runner of the Year, and Brown was named Co-Freshman Runner of the Year alongside Elija Godwin of Georgia and Dalton Hengst of Ole Miss.
Roberts won the 110-meter hurdles at the SEC Championships, running 13.07 in the final. The time ranks No. 2 all-time in the NCAA. He scored 11.25 points in the three-day competition.
Brown was the top freshman finisher in the 110m hurdles at the SEC Championship. He broke the Kentucky freshman record in the event, running a 13.62 in prelims.
Both Roberts and Brown qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 110m hurdles, and Roberts also ran on UK’s NCAA-qualifying 4×100 and 4x400m relays.
The UK men’s team is ranked No. 18 in the most recent USTFCCCA computer rankings. The UK women’s team is ranked No. 9.
The 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
Multiple Wildcats also earned spots on All-SEC Teams. Event winners at the 2019 SEC Outdoor Championships were named First Team All-SEC. Conference silver and bronze medalists were named to the second team and the top freshman scorer in each event was named to the all-freshman team.

Men’s First Team All-SEC
Daniel Roberts (110m Hurdles)
Women’s First Team All-SEC
Ellen Ekholm (High Jump)
Men’s Second Team All-SEC
Noah Castle (Discus)
Dwight St. Hillaire (400m)
Matthew Thomas (3k steeplechase)
Ben Young (1,500m)
Women’s Second Team All-SEC
Celera Barnes (4x100m relay)
M-J Ebwea-Bile Excel (Triple Jump)
Nicole Fautsch (Shot Put)
Kianna Gray (100m and 4x100m relay)
Janie O’Connor (4x100m relay)
Abby Steiner (200m and 4x100m relay)
Men’s All-Freshman Team
Tai Brown (110m Hurdles)
Josh Sobota (Shot Put and Discus)
Jacob Smith (200m)
Women’s All-Freshman Team
Perri Bockrath (3k Steeplechase)
Masai Russell (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles)

2019 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Men’s Runner of the Year: Daniel Roberts, Kentucky
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Mondo Duplantis, LSU
Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Elija Godwin, Georgia
Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Mondo Duplantis, LSU
Men’s Coach of the Year: Dennis Shaver, LSU
Women’s Runner of the Year: Janeek Brown, Arkansas
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Yanis David, Florida
Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year: Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU
Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Madi Malone, Auburn
Women’s Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas


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