Cox, Watkins named USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Coach, Track Athlete of the Year; Panthers earn 16 All-Region nods

Cox, Watkins named USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Coach, Track Athlete of the Year; Panthers earn 16 All-Region nods

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Head Coach Kenneth Cox and sophomore sprinter Jamal Watkins have added more honors to their resumes, being named South/Southeast Region Head Coach and Men's Track Athlete of the Year, respectively, by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Additionally, Birmingham-Southern earned 16 All-South/Southeast Region honors--nine on the men's side, and seven on the women's.

Cox was also voted Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year this season after helping guide the Birmingham-Southern men to the program's first SAA championship.

Watkins, a sophomore from Hampton, Ga., was named SAA Men's Track Athlete of the Year and SAA Men's Newcomer of the Year after an explosive debut season with the Panthers after transferring from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. He won four gold medals at the SAA Championship, and will run the 100- and 200-meter dash at this week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, beginning tomorrow in Waverly, Iowa. Watkins currently ranks second in the nation in the 100m and eighth in the 200m. This past March, he placed second in the nation in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championship, earning All-American honors.

Watkins was named All-Region in three events (100- and 200-meter dash, and 4x100-meter relay), while freshman Cameron Luster, who is also competing in this week's NCAA Championship, earned All-Region honors in the 4x100-meter relay and triple jump.

Other All-Region honorees on the men's side were junior Jalon Hollie (4x100-meter relay), junior Scott Lewis (4x100-meter relay), freshman Kameren Morgan (hammer throw), and junior Michael Snow (hammer throw).

For the women, sophomore Karmin Shute was named All-Region in the 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay. The other All-Region athletes were junior Erin Davis (4x100-meter relay), junior Harper DeWine (pole vault), junior Jothani Dixon (4x100-meter relay), freshman Deja Hulbert (4x100-meter relay), and sophomore Earen Robinson (hammer throw).