BRENTWOOD, Tenn. --- Tennessee State women’s track and field rookie Angel Horton (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) was honored for her standout season by earning Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, it was announced on Thursday by the conference office.
The native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. in her first season at the collegiate level currently ranks first in the OVC in the triple jump thanks to a distance of 12.34m (40’6”) at the Hoosier Hills on Feb. 9. The mark is tied for 78th best in the nation among NCAA Division I competitors.
- Horton is the second Tigerbelle to win OVC Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and the first since Amber Hughes took home the honor in 2014. Dominique Ward (2005) and Amber Hughes (2014) also won the award for the outdoor season.
- Horton has excelled throughout the season with a number of standout performances. At the Ed Temple Classic on Jan. 7, Horton earned second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. She went on to win the triple jump at the MTSU Invitational on Feb. 3 and take second in the event at the Hoosier Hills.
- Horton earned two OVC weekly awards, taking Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 7 and Co-Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 14.
- The Tigerbelles will now head to the OVC Indoor Championship in Charleston, Ill. scheduled for Feb. 23-24.
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