Tuesday, May 4, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Senior Nick Horton of the Flying Tigers men's track and field team was named the Tennessee State University Male Athlete of the Year in a ceremony held last night. He is the first male recipient of this prestigious award. Horton has been a standout for the men's track team ever since his arrival on campus four years ago. He was named 2003 Indoors and Outdoors Ohio Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Year and during the current outdoor season, he was named OVC Track Athlete of the Week on three different occasions. He currently holds the top times in the 200m (20.90) and 400m (46.69) among OVC outdoor sprinters. The Milwaukee, Wisc. native is currently ranked seventh in the nation in the 400m and 21st nationally in the 200m. Horton has qualified for both the NCAA Regional Track and Field meet and also for the 2004 United State Olympic Trials. Among his various campus activities, he is a member of the Tennessee State University Criminal Justice Organization, helping to raise money for needy families during the Thanksgiving holiday, and the Wisconsin Alliance, where he was honored as Mr. Wisconsin for his dedication to the organization. He also has donated his time to read to elementary and middle school-aged children. This is the inaugural year of the Female and Male Athletes of the Year Awards. Head coaches from each of the respective teams at Tennessee State were allowed to nominate candidates that had to be at least a junior in eligibility with a minimum grade point average of 2.4 and significant campus and/or community involvement. The honorees were then chosen by a vote of the head coaches and athletics administration.