Track athletes best in C-USA
HUNTINGTON -- Conference USA honored a pair of track and field athletes as its 2012-13 Athletes of the Year.
NCAA men's 3,000-meter steeplechase winner Anthony Rotich from UTEP and NCAA women's indoor 60-meter dash champion Aurieyall Scott from UCF were selected by a vote of C-USA athletic directors. The award is based solely on athletic achievement during the academic year.
Rotich, a UTEP sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya, earned All-American first team recognition from the U.S. Track and FIeld and Cross Country Coaches Association with a school-record 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 8:21.19 to become C-USA's first national champion in the event.
Prior to nationals he led UTEP to the C-USA Outdoor Championship with gold medals in the 1,500 (3:42.01), 3000 steeplechase (meet record 8:39.44) and 5,000 (14:25.92).
Rotich was also an All-American cross country runner who won the conference title and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships.
"We are extremely proud of Anthony and his accomplishments on and off the field," said UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen. "You never have too many student-athletes like Anthony. It's a tremendous honor for him to be named the 2012-13 C-USA Athlete of the Year at such an early stage of his collegiate career here at UTEP."
Scott, a junior from Greenbelt, Md., became UCF's only NCAA champion in any sport with her school-record, winning time of 7.13 seconds at the NCAA indoor meet. She also picked up a silver medal in the 200 with a time of 22.71 seconds.
At the C-USA indoor meet she won the 60 and 200 while contributing to the first-place 4x400 relay.
Scott also competed at the NCAA outdoor meet and was third in the 200 while also helping the Knights finish second in the 4x100.
She received USTFCCCA South Region Track Athlete of the Year honors for the indoor and outdoor seasons.
C-USA Athletes of the Year
2013 Anthony Rotich, UTEP track/cross country; Aurieyall Scott, UCF track.
2012 Case Keenum, Houston football; Camilla Carrera, UTEP softball.
2011 Chad Zurcher, Memphis baseball; Tori Bowie, Southern Miss track.
2010 Anthony Rendon, Rice baseball. Blessing Okagbare, UTEP track
2009 Jason Colwick, Rice track; Toni Paisley, East Carolina softball and Sara Radosevic, Tulane volleyball.
2008 Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis basketball; Angel Shamblin, Houston softball.
2007 Joe Savery, Rice baseball; Ebonie Floyd, Houston track.
2006 Brad Lincoln, Houston baseball and DeAngelo Williams, Memphis football; Jillian Robbins, Tulsa basketball.
2005 Lance Broadway, TCU Baseball; Sandora Irvin, TCU basketball.
2004 Michael Kogan, Tulane tennis; Chandi Jones, Houston basketball.
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