March 21, 2012
Rice University's Clayton Chaney has been voted as the Conference USA Indoor Male Field Athlete of the Year as announced by the league office Wednesday and voted upon by C-USA's head track and field coaches.
Chaney, from Bellville, Texas, won the 2012 C-USA Indoor heptathlon title with a career-best performance of 5,370 points. This honor marks Rice's first C-USA Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honor since Jason Colwick won it in 2009. During the seven-event heptathlon, Chaney took top honors in two events, placed second in four and third in one event at the conference meet. His time of 8.21 in the 60M hurdles and toss of 13.28m (43-7) in the shot put topped the heptathlon field.
Tulsa's Chris O'Hare was named the Conference USA Indoor Male Track Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive season. This honor also marks the fourth consecutive year a Tulsa runner has earned this award. Capturing the same title on the women's side was UCF's freshman Octavious Freeman. She becomes the first freshman in league history to win this honor. Repeating her 2011 C-USA Female Field Athlete of the Year accolade is Tori Bowie of Southern Miss.
Rice, this weekend, hosts the 30th Victor Lopez Classic at Holloway Field/Ley Track. High school action gets underway on Thursday, while collegiate competition starts on Friday (March 23) and concludes on Saturday (March 24).
CONFERENCE USA INDOOR TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2012 Chris O'Hare, Tulsa
2011 Chris O'Hare, Tulsa
2010 John Beattie, Tulsa
2009 Mark Davidson, Tulsa
CONFERENCE USA INDOOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2008 Ivan Diggs, Houston
2007 Mickael Hanany, UTEP
2006 Mickael Hanany, UTEP
2005 LaShawn Merritt, East Carolina
2004 Stanford Routt, Houston
2003 Jackson Langat, TCU
2002 Eliud Njubi, TCU
2001 Kenneth Svendsen, Charlotte
2000 Rephel Martin, Charlotte
1999 Dennis Darling, Houston