Ballard, Roberts named SAA Men's Field Athlete and Newcomer of the Year

Hank Ballard and Chris Roberts
Hank Ballard and Chris Roberts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—In voting by the league's head coaches, senior Hank Ballard was named Southern Athletic Association Men's Field Athlete of the Year and freshman Chris Roberts earned SAA Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year honors.

A senior from Hoover, Ala., Ballard won the Pole Vault (4.65m) and the Javelin (65.15m) in record-setting form at the 2014 SAA Championship. While setting the record throw in the Javelin, his mark currently ranks him third on the NCAA Outdoor Qualifying List.

A freshman from Huntsville, Ala., Roberts finished fourth in the 10,000 (33:30.96) and second in the 5,000 (15:48.51) at the 2014 SAA Championships to propel him to Newcomer of the Year status.