Weekly College Awards

Largely ignored in the NCAA Championships prognostication, the Aggies had a huge weekend. They won the Big 12 by a wide margin, and in the process they showed they may be a national contender. Sprinters Ashley Collier, Kamaria Brown and Dominique Duncan put themselves among the best in the country, but so did long-distance runner Natosha Rogers.

Honorable mention: Florida

The Gators upset #3 LSU and #4 Arkansas in winning the SEC crown.

Team player: Ann Dudley, Middle Tennessee State

At the Sun Belt Conference Championships, Dudley did everything she could for her team. She ran four races and took fifteen jumps and three throws. That’s what it took for a high jump win, fourth in the pentathlon, fifth in the hurdles and a non-scoring 18th in the triple jump, scoring 19 points for the Blue Raiders—who won the championship by a single point.

Athlete of the Week: Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech

Hayes hit a high-quality double at the Western Athletic Conference Championships: 7.24 in the 60 meters (0.01 outside the NCAA Championships automatic qualifying mark) and 6.45m/21’ 2” in the long jump (right on the auto qualifier). She will almost assuredly be the only athlete to compete in both events at the NCAA Championships, and could be a finalist in both.

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