BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Tennessee State track and field junior Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) was honored for her outstanding indoor season by being named Ohio Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Year as well as OVC Field Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Thursday. She is the first student-athlete in OVC history to win Female Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year.
Hughes, who was an All-American on the track and Academic All-American in the classroom a year ago, has won three OVC weekly honors this season.
Throughout the regular season, Hughes turned in a number of top performances. Her time of 24.29 in the 200m at the Commodore Invitational is the best in the OVC this season, as is her converted 60m hurdle time of 8.29 seconds from the Ed Temple Classic.
In field events, her triple jump distance of 13.29m (43’7.25”) set at the Gladstein Invitational is tops in the OVC and good enough for seventh in the nation.
Hughes and the Tigerbelles will host the OVC Indoor Championship at the Gentry Center Feb. 26-27.
OVC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year: Amber Hughes, Tennessee State
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Amber Hughes, Tennessee State
Women’s Freshman of the Year: NaAsha Robinson, Tennessee Tech
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year: Jaime Perales, Eastern Kentucky
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Julian Harvey, SIUE
Men’s Freshman of the Year: Ben Weisel, Belmont