SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s Ryan Adams and Western Carolina’s Kevin Hires have been named the Southern Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, while Furman’s Gabrielle Jennings and Western Carolina’s Tiffani Lewis claimed honors on the women’s side, the conference office announced Wednesday. Selections are made by a group of the league’s track and field coaches and included competition held April 5-11.
Adams, a sophomore, won the 800-meter dash on Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Alabama, with a time of 1:50.82. Adams’ time at the Tiger Track Classic is a personal best in outdoor competition and is just 0.05 seconds shy of his personal-best time in indoor competition. The Hudson, Ohio, native currently ranks second on the SoCon performance list this season with his time of 1:50.82.
Hires achieved personal records in both the triple jump and long jump at the Tiger Track Classic. The senior earned a second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 49’-0.75” (14.95m). His mark in the triple jump is currently the best in the SoCon so far this season. In the long jump, Hires took seventh place after touching down at 22’-6.25” (6.86m), which ranks third in the SoCon this outdoor season.
Jennings set a Paladin record in the women’s 1,500-meter run in route to winning the event at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Alabama, on Saturday. The freshman posted a time of 4:21.68, breaking the previous Furman record of 4:25.32, which was set by Jacquelyn Crow in 2015. Jennings’ time of 4:21.68 is the top time in the SoCon in the 1,500-meter run and also ranks 20th NCAA East Regional.
Lewis set top SoCon marks in both the triple jump and long jump events at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. In the triple jump, Lewis placed sixth overall at the meet with a best jump of 39’-4.5” (12.00m). On Saturday, the senior posted her best long jump of her outdoor career with a distance of 19’-8” (5.99m) leading to a fourth-place overall finish.
Also nominated for women’s track athlete of the week: Taylor Delaney (UNCG, 800m) Kerisha Goode (VMI, 100m, 200m and 4x1), Dasha Arnuat (Western Carolina, 400m).
SoCon Men’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week
March 22: Matthew Moore (ETSU, 100m)
March 29: Malik Diggs (The Citadel, 400mH)
April 5: Brandon Hazouri (Samford, 800m)
April 12: Ryan Adams (Furman, 800m)
SoCon Men’s Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week
March 22: Brett Squibbs (ETSU, pole vault)
March 29: Tray Oates (Samford, pole vault)
April 5: Scott Peretin (Western Carolina, hammer throw)
April 12: Kevin Hires (Western Carolina, long jump and triple jump)
SoCon Women’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week
March 22: Kyrah Atkins (ETSU, 100mH)
March 29: Allie Buchalski (Furman, 5,000m)
April 5: Katrina Seymour (ETSU, 400mH)
April 12: Gabrielle Jennings (Furman, 1,500m)
SoCon Women’s Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week
March 22: Kyrah Atkins (ETSU, long jump)
March 29: Maggie Johnston (Samford, discus)
April 5: Hailey Cook (Western Carolina, shot put, hammer and discus)
April 12: Tiffani Lewis (Western Carolina, long jump and triple jump)