Jan. 24, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee track & field standouts Annie Alexander and Matthew Hoty have been recognized for their performances over the weekend at the Auburn Invitational. The Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday that Alexander has been selected as the SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week, while Hoty was chosen SEC Men's Freshman of the Week.
Alexander, a senior from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, broke her 2009 Lady Vol indoor shot put record of 57 feet, two inches with a blast of 58-1 to claim victory by a whopping 4 ½ feet at the Auburn meet. It marked the 10th indoor shot put triumph of her career, including her second straight this season, and her throw automatically qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet on March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.
The four-time All-American and five-time SEC champion is only the second woman from the conference this season, and sixth SEC athlete overall (men or women) in 2012, to qualify for nationals. Her measurement ranks her No. 1 in the SEC and moved her from No. 7 to No. 2 nationally this week.
Hoty, a redshirt freshman from Sandusky, Ohio, broke his week-old UT freshman indoor record in the men's shot put. He did so by stretching the tape to 60-0 1/4 to finish second at the Auburn Invitational behind defending SEC Outdoor champion Stephen Saenz of Auburn.
After making a victorious college debut last weekend at the Kentucky Invitational and snapping Chip Kell's 1968 Vol rookie record of 58-7 by a half inch, Hoty improved his ranking this week from 12th to ninth on UT's all-time performers list in that event. He ranks No. 3 in the SEC and No. 15 nationally at this point in the season.
Alexander, Hoty and their teammates will be back in action this weekend, as they head to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge.
SEC Women's Runner of the Week: Cassandra Tate, LSU
SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week: Annie Alexander, Tennessee
SEC Women's Freshmen of the Week: Tori Bliss, LSU and Taylor Burke, Florida
SEC Men's Runner of the Week: Harry Adams, Auburn
SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss
SEC Men's Freshman of the Week: Matthew Hoty, Tennessee