May 24, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Tennessee seniors Matt Maloney and Phoebe Wright have been named the 2010 Southeastern Conference Track & Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Monday afternoon from its headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. The Big Orange also has four members on the All-SEC Teams and one on the SEC All-Freshman squad.
A graduate of LaSalle Academy in Barrington, R.I., Maloney became the second Vol in three seasons to earn SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete distinction. UT's Jangy Addy claimed the honor in 2008.
Maloney is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, and pursuing a minor in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and possesses a 3.43 GPA. He has twice been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, is a six-time Thornton Center Honor Roll member and was UT's male nominee (out of all sports) for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award.
Competitively, Maloney bounced back from an injury redshirt season a year ago to card a fourth-place finish in the javelin throw at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships. He is a two-time SEC runner-up in the javelin and was an All-American in the event in 2007. He ranks among the top 10 in school history in the javelin and hammer.
A product of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Red Bank High School, Wright gave the Lady Vols their third consecutive SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Previously announced by the SEC as the 2010 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports, Wright follows in the footsteps of Sarah Bowman, who claimed SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year acclaim in 2008 and 2009.
Wright owns a 3.96 grade point average in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology as well as ecology and evolutionary biology. Her academic accolades include 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and eight-time Thornton Center Honor Roll choice.
She is an eight-time All-American, four-time NCAA champion, seven-time SEC champion and 14-time SEC scorer. This season alone, she has claimed NCAA titles indoors in the 800m and distance medley relay (DMR) as well as SEC crowns indoors in the 800m and DMR and outdoors in the 800. She owns two world records, three American and collegiate records and five UT marks.
In terms of all-league and all-freshman acclaim, Wright and Jackie Areson were named All-SEC First Team for their victories in the 800 and 5000 meters, respectively. Runners-up Brittany Sheffey (1500m, 5000m) and Ellen Wortham (400m hurdles) were second-team honorees. Vol Terrance Livingston, the top rookie finisher in the men's 800m, at seventh, was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
In other SEC Outdoor awards announced Monday, Barnabas Kirui of Ole Miss claimed SEC Men's Runner of the Year, while Auburn's Sheniqua Ferguson grabbed SEC Women's Runner of the Year accolades after winning the 100m and 200m dashes. It marked the second year in a row a Lady Vol (Bowman, then Wright) won SEC Indoor honors but was unable to repeat outdoors despite repeating as league champ.
SEC Field Athletes of the Year included Christian Taylor and Mariam Kevkhishvili of Florida, Freshman Runners of the Year were Takeia Pinckney of LSU and Kirani James of Alabama, and Freshman Field Athletes of the Year were Maya Pressley of Auburn and Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss. The Coaches of the Year were Dennis Shaver of LSU for the women and Mike Holloway of Florida for the men.