BRENTWOOD, Tenn. --- A year after making history as the first Ohio Valley Conference student-athlete to earn OVC Track Athlete of the Year and OVC Field Athlete of the Year in the same season, Tennessee State senior Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) repeated by winning both awards again this indoor season.
Hughes, who earned OVC Track Athlete of the Week three times and OVC Field Athlete of the Week once this season, is among the nation’s leaders in the triple jump, long jump and 60m hurdles.
In the triple jump, Hughes reached a distance of 13.44m (44’1.25”) at the Ed Temple Classic in January. The mark was the best in the nation at the time and still ranks fifth in Division I. Also at the Ed Temple Classic, Hughes turned in a long jump distance of 6.26m (20’6.5”), good for 20th in the nation.
The All-American clocked in with the 24th best time in Division I in the 60m hurdles (8.24 ) in the finals of the Music City Classic at Vanderbilt earlier this month.
Among OVC runners this season, Hughes also ranks in the top five in the 60m (7.54), the 200m (24.45) and the 400m (55.49).
The OVC awards mark the 13th and 14th overall for TSU women's track and field including the outdoor season.
The Tigerbelles will look to defend their OVC indoor title at the Indoor Championship on Feb. 24-25 in Charleston, Ill.
OVC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
Men’s Track Athlete of Year: Quamel Prince (TSU)
Men’s Field Athlete of Year: Julian Harvey (SIUE)
Men’s Freshman Athlete of Year: Nickson Rotich (EKU)
Women’s Track Athlete of Year: Amber Hughes (TSU)
Women’s Field Athlete of Year: Amber Hughes (TSU)
Women’s Freshman Athlete of Year: Maya Perry- Grimes (APSU)