March 6, 2007
Two of Auburn's most decorated track and field athletes have been bestowed another honor, the U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday. Senior sprinter Kerron Stewart was named South Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and junior thrower Cory Martin was named South Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
"It is exceptional everything these two athletes have achieved," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "Both of these young athletes have dedicated themselves to being the best throughout their careers, and I am very proud of everything they have accomplished."
Stewart won her third and fourth SEC indoor titles two weeks ago in dominating fashion. She ran a 7.14 in the 60m dash to win that event, breaking school, meet and facility records in the process. She then broke the school, meet and facility records with her 22.46 time in the 200m to take that event as well. Her 60m time is the fastest collegiate time in the nation this year, and her 200m time is the fastest in the world this year.
Stewart has posted automatic qualifiers in seven races this season, winning the 60m and the 200m every time she competed in the finals. A six-time All-American, she won this award in 2006 in addition to three other athlete of the year honors.
Martin broke his own school record, the SEC meet record and the facility record with his weight throw of 23.29m (76-5) en route to his third consecutive SEC title in that event. His throw is also the best in the nation this season. Each of Martin's registered throws from the 2007 indoor season was an automatic qualifier, and he has won every weight throw competition in which he has participated this season.
Both Stewart and Martin will compete with eight other Tigers at the NCAA Championships this weekend, Mar. 9-10, in Fayetteville, Ark.