BRENTWOOD, Tenn. --- Tennessee State men’s track and field standouts James Faison (Decatur, Ga.) and R’Lazon Brumfield (Jacksonville, Fla.) were recognized for their excellence throughout the indoor season with Faison earning Male Ohio Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Year and Brumfield securing Male OVC Co-Field Athlete of the Year and OVC Freshman of the Year.
Faison, a senior from Decatur, Ga., ranks top four in three individual events heading into the OVC Indoor Championship. His times of 21.41 in the 200m and 48.07 in the 400m are the best in the conference, while his 60m time of 6.88 is good for fourth.
Brumfield posted the season’s best triple jump distance among OVC competitors of 15.31m (50’2.75”) at the Dec. 2 Vanderbilt Opener. He is also tied atop the OVC with a long jump mark of 7.22m (23’8.25”) from the Vanderbilt Opener.
Tennessee State men’s track and field has now won a total of 12 OVC Athlete of the Year awards – eight indoor, four outdoor.
- On the track, it is the third time a Flying Tiger won the award for the indoor season – Quamel Prince won Co-Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season in 2015 and won the award outright in 2017. For the outdoor season, Chris Howell won OVC Track Athlete of the Year in 2007.
- Faison won three Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this indoor season, earning Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 and Co-Track Athlete of the Week on Jan. 17 and Jan. 31.
- The senior has been consistent throughout the indoor season.
- Faison began the year by taking second in the 60m at the Vanderbilt Opener on Dec. 2 before winning the 200m at the Ed Temple Classic on Jan. 7.
- At the Thundering Herd Invitational, Faison secured second in both the 200m and 400m.
- He then took third in the 55m at the MTSU Invitational before earning second in the 400m and with the 4x400m relay team at the Hoosier Hills to close the regular season.
- Since the award split to Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year in 2005, Brumfield is the second TSU male student-athlete to win the honor for the field events during the indoor season – first since Buford Williams in 2007. Royce Dates also won the award for the outdoor season in 2013.
- Brumfield is the first Flying Tiger to earn Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year for either the indoor or outdoor season.
- Since OVC began the Indoor Freshman of the Year Award in 2005, Brumfield is the first honoree to also win or share OVC Field Athlete of the Year – EIU’s Zye Boey won 2009 OVC Indoor Freshman of the Year and Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
- Brumfield was honored throughout the indoor season with three OVC weekly awards. He was named Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 and Feb. 7, as well as Co-Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 31.
- Brumfield won the triple jump and took third in the long jump at the Vanderbilt Opener in his first collegiate meet on Dec. 2.
- He went on to secure second place in the triple jump at the UAB Blazer Invitational and fourth in the event at the Vulcan Invitational.
- Brumfield continued to impress, taking second in the triple jump at both the Thundering Herd and the Hoosier Hills.
OVC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
Male OVC Track Athlete of the Year: James Faison, TSU
Male OVC Co-Field Athlete of the Year: R’Lazon Brumfield, TSU; Tequan Claitt, EKU
Male OVC Freshman of the Year: R’Lazon Brumfield
Female OVC Track Athlete of the Year: Micayla Rennick, TTU
Female OVC Field Athlete of the Year: Haleigh Knapp, EIU
Female OVC Freshman of the Year: Angel Horton