Jan. 22, 2013
IRVING, Texas -
After clocking the NCAA's top times, UCF's Octavious Freeman and UTEP's Anthony Rotich have been named Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week.
C-USA Indoor Track & Field Notebook & Top Times
Freeman wrapped up the Auburn Invitational equaling the NCAA-best performance of 7.19 in the 60m dash. She crossed the finish line ahead of current NCAA co-leader Dezerea Bryant of Clemson, matching the nation's best time in the process.
Rotich posted the fastest time in the nation in two events at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. In the mile, he clocked a personal-best and winning time of 4:08.48, followed by clocking 8:11.51 in the 3,000m. With altitude conversions, Rotich times would be is 4:03.07 in the mile and 7:59.40 in the 3,000m, earning him the No. 1 spot on the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) leader boards.
C-USA TRACK AND FIELD WEEKLY AWARDS
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ANTHONY ROTICH, UTEP
Sophomore / Distance / Eldoret, Kenya
Anthony had a stellar performance at the Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. where he posted the fastest time in the nation in two events. The sophomore crossed the finish line first in the mile with a personal-best time of 4:08.48. With altitude conversions, Rotich time is 4:03.07 earning him the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. The distance runner also claimed another first-place finish in the 3,000m registering a time of 8:11.51. After sea-level adjustments, Rotich time is 7:59.40, which is the fastest-time in the nation in the 3,000m. This is his first Indoor Athlete of the Week honor.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
2013 TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
OCTAVIOUS FREEMAN, UCF
Sophomore / Sprints / Lake Wales, Fla.
After clocking the fastest qualifying time in the 60 meters, Freeman tied the Auburn Invitational meet record in the finals with a first-place showing of 7.19. She crossed the finish line ahead of current NCAA leader Dezerea Bryant of Clemson, matching the nation's best time in the process. The sophomore helped the Knights clinch five of the top-10 finishes in the 200m with her fourth-place finish of 23.60, which ranks 10th in the country. This is Freeman's second consecutive Indoor Athlete of the Week honor for the season and fifth of her career.
January 15 Manuel Ziegler, Memphis
January 22 Anthony Rotich, UTEP
January 15 Octavious Freeman, UCF
January 22 Octavious Freeman, UCF
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