Women's Track and Field sweeps South Central Region awards
METAIRIE, La. -- The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) announced its postseason regional award winners Thursday, and the top-ranked University of Texas women's squad swept all three major awards in the South Central region.
UT junior All-American Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was selected as the NCAA South Central Region Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 60 meters, 200 meters and the long jump at last month's Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Hooker notched NCAA automatic marks in all three events at the Tyson Invitational in February and will compete in all three at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships.
Freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), the younger sister of Marshevet, was honored as the NCAA South Central Region Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after setting a new U.S. junior indoor record at the Big 12 Championships.
Destinee cleared 6-3.50 to win the Big 12 title and become UT's No. 2 all-time women's high jumper. She enters the NCAA Championships as the top seed in the high jump.
Coach Bev Kearney was selected as the NCAA South Central Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year after leading the Longhorns to their fifth Big 12 indoor title last month. Texas owns the nation's top team ranking in the USTFCCCA and team polls heading into the NCAA Indoor Championships.