BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Tennessee junior Christian Coleman was named SEC Co-Runner of the Week for the fourth time in 2017.
Christian Coleman posted the top wind-legal 100m time in the nation on Friday afternoon as he placed first with a time of 10.03 at the 50th running of the Tennessee Relays. Coleman opened the outdoor season by matching the mark he recorded at the NCAA Championship last year as he took second place.
Coleman slowed up over the final 10m of the race and still posted a 10.03 mark as he was running into a -0.8 wind. He won the heat by more than half of a second and the overall competition by .38 seconds. The second place finisher ran with a 5.3 wind at his back. The Atlanta native is ranked fifth in the world this year in the 100m.
Coleman followed that spectacular individual performance by running the second leg of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays on Saturday. Coleman produced a split of 45.80 in the 4x400m as the squad took first with a time of 3:05.61. The 4x100m team put up a time of 39.65 and also took first place.
Coleman earned the Tony Wilson Award as the most outstanding men’s track athlete at the Tennessee Relays.
Coleman earned co-runner of the week alongside Texas A&M’s Robert Grant. Grant recorded a Division I collegiate leading time of 49.40 as runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the Sun Angel Classic.
This is the eighth time overall and fourth time this year that Coleman has earned the SEC Runner of the Week Award. He won the award three times during indoor season, three times as a sophomore and once as a freshman.
This is the sixth SEC weekly awards Tennessee has won in 2017 as Shania Collins won the women’s runner of the week award on January 10 and Domonique Turner was named Freshman of the Week during the indoor season.