C-USA Names 2012-13 Athletes of the Year
June 27, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today that track & field national champions Anthony Rotich of UTEP and Aurieyall Scott of UCF were selected as the 2012-13 C-USA Athletes of the Year.
Rotich, who hails from Nairobi, Kenya, earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America first-team honors with a school record 3,000m steeplechase time of 8:21.19 to become C-USA's first NCAA Champion in the event. He also is UTEP's first NCAA Men's Champion since Mickael Hanany won the high jump in 2008. Prior to nationals, he led UTEP to its third team title at the C-USA Championships where he collected three gold medals in the 1500-meters (3:43.01), 3000m Steeplechase (8:39.44) and 5,000m (14:25.92). He shattered the previous meet record of 8:53.39 in the steeplechase by finishing with a time of 8:39.44 to earn the Performance of the Meet Award.
Rotich also dominated the cross country course. The C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year and All-American was the first freshman and fourth overall to cross the finish line at the NCAA Championships registering a 10K time of 29:13.5. He also recorded a first-place finish at the 2012 C-USA Championships, which earned him C-USA Freshman of the Meet honors. Rotich posted six top three finishes, including a second place showing at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (29:55.9). Earlier in the season he claimed the crown at the NCAA Pre-National meet where he crossed the finish line with a personal-best of 23:01 in the 8K. Rotich concluded his first cross country season with three C-USA Athlete of the Week honors and USTFCCCA DI Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year with a 3.86 GPA as a pre-nursing major.
Scott became UCF's first NCAA champion of any sport by matching her NCAA-leading time and school record 7.13 seconds in the women's 60-meter dash final at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. She also picked up a silver medal in the 200m, clocking a time of 22.71 seconds. Scott won gold in the 60M, 200m and 4x400 Relay at the C-USA Indoor Championships in February. She also defended her 200m title for the third-straight season at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with a time of 23.06. The junior from Greenbelt, Md., was recognized as USTFCCCA South Region Track Athlete of the Year, National Athlete of the Week and was a two-time C-USA Track Athlete of the Week. Most recently, Scott competed in the USA Outdoor Championships where she clocked personal-best times in the 100m (10.96) and 200m (22.46). She also appeared on the prestigious The Bowerman Watch List and, with 14 All-American honors to her name, she is UCF's most decorated track & field student-athlete.
The 2012-13 athletic season marked the 10th time that C-USA has honored Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The award is based solely on athletic achievement during an academic year and the winners are determined by a vote of the conference's 12 Directors of Athletics. A complete list of winners to follow:
Conference USA Athletes of the Year