June 1, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Junior Kerron Stewart of the Auburn women's track and field team has been named the NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year for the South District, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday. Member coaches nominated and voted on the award winners for each district.
Stewart, who is also featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of the June 5 issue of Sports Illustrated, is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in the 100-meter dash. She was the 100m champion at both the SEC Championships and the NCAA Mideast Regional, and owns the second-fastest 100m time in the world this year - a clocking of 11.03 seconds in the final at the SEC Championships.
Stewart also owns the eighth-fastest 200m dash time in the NCAA this year with a time of :22.84 set during the prelims at the Mideast Regional. She runs the anchor leg on Auburn's fifth-ranked 4x100m relay team, and also ran a leg on Auburn's 4x400m relay team that posted the second-fastest time in the NCAA this year while breaking the school record with a mark of 3:27.93 at the Penn Relays.
The award completes a sweep of district awards for Stewart, who was also named the South District Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in March.
Stewart will lead the No. 4-ranked Tigers into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.