SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Furman’s Aaron Templeton and Savannah Carnahan swept the Southern Conference men’s and women’s indoor track athlete of the week honors, while ETSU’s Ben Johnson repeated as the SoCon field athlete of the week on the men’s side and Western Carolina’s Simone Williams claimed the honor on the women’s side for competition that took place Feb. 2-4.
Selections were made by panels of the league’s men’s and women’s track and field coaches.
Furman’s Templeton ran in the elite 3,000-meter race at the Camel City Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday, finishing 10th overall in a time of 8:07.40, which converts to 8:01.80, a personal best and the top time in the SoCon this season by more than five seconds. The senior from Knoxville, Tennessee, was the fifth collegiate finisher in a race won by former UNCG Spartan and 5,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo. Templeton’s converted time is good for 26th on the NCAA Division I performance list this season.
ETSU’s Johnson earned his second straight weekly honor after unleashing a throw of 21.39 meters at the Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational to win the weight throw (70 feet, 2.25 inches), set a meet record and add nearly four feet to the school record he set last week. The redshirt junior from Nashville, Tennessee, leads the SoCon in the event by more than 10 feet and is 17th on the NCAA performance list. Johnson also finished fifth in the shot put at the meet, turning in a throw of 15.07 meters (49 feet, 5.5 inches), and was named the male field athlete of the meet.
Like her teammate Templeton, Furman’s Carnahan also ran in the elite 3,000-meter race at the Camel City Invitational on Saturday. There, the sophomore from Cumming, Georgia, ran 9:11.99, which converts to a personal-best 9:07.30, the best time in the SoCon this season by nearly 30 seconds and currently the 10th-best time in NCAA Division I. Carnahan finished fifth overall in the event and was the second collegiate finisher. She has taken 35 seconds off her PR in the event this season.
Western Carolina’s Williams earned podium spots in a pair of throws at the ETSU Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational over the weekend, winning the weight throw with a mark of 16.78 meters (55 feet, 0.75 inches), the best mark in the SoCon this season by more than a foot. The junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, also claimed third in the shot put with an indoor personal-best throw of 13.19 meters (43 feet, 3.25 inches), the third-best mark in the league this year.
Also nominated for men’s track athlete of the week: William Sandin (UNCG), Emmanuel Tait (Samford) and Keion Crossen (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for men’s field athlete of the week: Tray Oates (Samford) and Mateius Brown (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for women’s track athlete of the week: Kyra Atkins (ETSU), Taylor Delaney (UNCG) and Ty-Leah Hampton (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for women’s field athlete of the week: Megan Meadow (Samford).
2017-18 Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Jan. 17 Dakota Lamont, Western Carolina
Jan. 24 Arsène Guillorel, Samford
Jan. 31 Dakota Lamont, Western Carolina
Feb. 6 Aaron Templeton, Furman
Jan. 17 Tray Oates, Samford
Jan. 24 Keyth Fightmaster, Samford
Jan. 31 Ben Johnson, ETSU
Feb. 6 Ben Johnson, ETSU
Jan. 17 Ty-Leah Hampton, Western Carolina
Jan. 24 Karisa Nelson, Samford
Jan. 31 Kyra Atkins, ETSU
Feb. 7 Savannah Carnahan, Furman
Jan. 17 Erin Hines, Samford
Jan. 24 Selena Popp, Samford
Jan. 31 Autumn James, Western Carolina
Feb. 6 Simone Williams, Western Carolina