Feb. 14, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee track & field standout Jamol James has been on campus only since January, but his rapid development as a sprinter has been impressive. The Southeastern Conference took notice on Tuesday, naming the young Vol speedster the SEC Co-Men's Freshman of the Week.
James, who hails from Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago, zipped to his first collegiate victory over the weekend, winning the Gold Division men's 60-meter dash in 6.72 seconds at the Akron Invitational. That time is a personal best and moved him to No. 12 on UT's all-time indoor performers list in the 60m.
The Big Orange rookie is tied for the 10th-best 60m time in the SEC this season and is one of four rookies ranked within the nation's top 35.
James is the second Vol to earn SEC Men's Freshman of the Week honors in 2012. Thrower Matthew Hoty was chosen on Jan. 24.
SEC Men's Runners of the Week: Arkansas Men's 4x400m Relay Team
SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Damar Forbes, LSU
SEC Men's Co-Freshmen of the Week: Jamol James, Tennessee, Damiere Byrd, South Carolina
SEC Women's Runner of the Week: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Radience Basden, South Carolina
SEC Women's Freshmen of the Week: Tynia Gaither, Georgia