C-USA Indoor Track & Field Top Individual Awards
March 20, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Four new faces have been honored as the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year. Aurieyall Scott of UCF and Errol Nolan of Houston won national titles en route to earning C-USA Female and Male Track Athletes of the Year, respectively. East Carolina swept the Field Athlete of the Year honors as seniors Tynita Butts and Montrell Morrow wrapped up impressive careers for the Pirate programs.
All four awards were announced by the league office Wednesday and voted upon by the head track and field coaches.
Scott (Greenbelt, Md.) became UCF's first NCAA champion of any sport by matching her NCAA-leading time and school record 7.13 in the women's 60-meter dash final. She also picked up a silver medal at nationals in the 200m clocking 22.71. Scott won gold in the 60M, 200M and 4x400 Relay at the C-USA Indoor Championships in February. The junior has been recognized as a USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week and a two-time C-USA Track Athlete of the Week as well as appear on the prestigious The Bowerman Watch List. She won six-of-seven finals this season at both 60M and 200M. With 11 All-American honors to her name, she is UCF's most decorated student-athlete.
Nolan (Rosenberg, Texas) ended his collegiate indoor career with a national title in the men's 400m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 45.75. In the preliminary round, he topped his competition after running a school-record-breaking time of 45.72. At the conference meet, he took home the gold in the men's 200- and 400-meters for the third straight year. Along with these accolades, the three-time All-American was a member of the Jamaican 4x400 relay team at 2012 London Olympics.
Butts became the first field athlete in league history to participate in four consecutive NCAA Championships, while Morrow appeared in back-to-back national meets.
Butts (Alexandria, Va.) earned her fifth All-America selection after finishing second in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships as she tied her career-best and school-record mark of 1.90m (6-02.75"). She also won her third consecutive gold medal in the same event at the C-USA Championships with a clearance of 1.86m (6-00.00") in the high jump. Early in the season, Butts established her career- and school-record mark of 1.90m (6-02.75") at the Penn State National, which ranked second in the nation at the time of the meet. That performance earned her C-USA Co-Female Athlete of the Week (J29).
Morrow (Burlington, N.C.) appeared in his second consecutive NCAA Championship after winning his second C-USA men's weight throw title with a mark of 19.95m (65-05.50") in as many years. He followed that performance with a season-best mark of 21.00m (68-10.75") in the same event at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame for a first-place finish.
CONFERENCE USA TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR