BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–In exclusive voting by the league's head coaches, senior Robert Willett and junior Tiarra Goode have been named Southern Athletic Association Track Athletes of the Year.
Willett, a senior from Mobile, Ala., enjoyed a stellar final conference meet as he won the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter runs, and anchored the 4x400-meter relay team to his fourth gold medal of the SAA Championships. Willett has continued to raise the bar in the SAA and national level as one of the top middle distance runners in the field.
Goode, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., dominated the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 100-meter hurdles races at the SAA championships to cement her status as SAA Track Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Goode helped her Birmingham-Southern 4x100-meter relay team to a third-place finish. Throughout the two-day championships, Goode recorded national marks in the 100-meter hurdles (14.19, currently fourth on the national list) and 200-meters (24.22, currently the top time on the national list). Goode has already recorded the third-fastest national time in the 100-meters (11.94) this season to demonstrate her outstanding skills on the track.
Goode and senior Jessica Thornton were BSC's First-Team women's selections, while senior Shelby Moore and sophomore Elizabeth Bromirski were Second-Team All-SAA. Freshman Caron Byrd, freshman Amber Cardwell, junior Regan Hubbell, sophomore Victoria Ports, and freshman Markia Robinson were all named to the Honorable Mention team.
On the men's side, First-Team honorees were Willett, senior Andrew Archer, junior Hank Ballard, senior Andy Clack, freshman Jordan Frazier, junior Cody Mann, senior Aaron Sherrill, and freshman John White. Freshman Scott Wheat was a Second-Team honoree, and junior Christian Clesi, senior Shawn Morris, and junior Colin Perry were named Honorable Mention.
The All-Conference Teams were decided by results at the 2013 SAA Track & Field Championships. Winning an event earned automatic placement on the First Team, whether done individually or on a relay team. A second-place finish in an event at the Championships qualified student-athletes for placement on the Second team, while third-place results garnered Honorable Mention status.