NCAA 2015 Awards - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA 2015 Awards

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And the winner is…

They may have the Bowerman Awards stateside for best collegiate athlete but it means virtually nothing when put alongside the following trackboundUSA annual awards…..

Female track athlete of the year

Rhianwedd Price – Mississippi StateNWBXQFNFRYRMSRC.20140112042050

The Welsh athlete pulled off the remarkable feat of topping the rankings throughout the year, and clinching the national title, a feat which has taken many casualties throughout the season.

It caps a remarkable 2nd year for the Cardiff sophomore. She will represent the UK & NI in the upcoming Euro Team Championships.

Female field athlete of the year

Freya Jones – Georgia

2013’s javelin champion finished 5th at this year’s outdoor champs in a competitive. Her winning mark in 2013 would even not have been enough for a medal at this year’s event highlighting the depth in the event.

Female Freshman of the year

Alice Wright – New Mexico

The redshirt freshman stood out this year. Her All-American finish (8th) at NCAAs proved that there’s plenty room for improvement in the coming years from the latest Joe Franklin distance product.

Female Performance of the Year

Kate Avery – Iona

She became the first British or Irish female athlete to take an NCAA XC title since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1991. That was in November. On the track she may have ‘only’ finished 4th at NCAAs, but her time of 31:41 at Stanford was 15 seconds under the A Standard for the World Champs. No other British NCAA athlete got close to this. She was also only 6 seconds off the 5000m time too.

 

Male track athlete of the year

Marc Scott – Tulsa

After an injury hit 2014, the Tulsa sophomore has had a tremendous year, taking school records indoors over 3000m & 5000m, and outdoors over 5000m & 10,000m. Fifth indoors over 5000m and eleventh outdoors over 10,000m at the NCAA events, he has also dominated the distance events in the American Conference this year by picking up four titles.

(Also considered – Zak Seddon)

Male field athlete of the year

Ben Williams – Louisville

The Louisville man is a deserved winner purely for his consistency within the upper echelons of the collegiate triple jump contingent this year. He was 3rd indoors and 4th outdoors at the NCAA events, and away from these has never finished outside of the top five in any of his competitions.

Male Freshman of the year

Nicholas Percy – Nebraska

Whilst we respect all athletes who qualify for NCAA events, doing so as a freshman is hugely impressive. Percy performed well in Eugene, finishing in 15th position at his debut in the event. He has had a busy but consistent season competing well in both the discus and hammer throw events.

Male performance of the Year

Ben Williams – Louisville

The field eventer of the year also earns our performance of the year for his 16.74 triple jump in Eugene. Not only did the jump earn him 4th place at the NCAA Championships, it also takes him to the top of the UK rankings for 2015. 16.74 is also only 16cm shy of the IAAF A standard required to compete in Beijing for the upcoming world championships.

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