6 Athletes Recognized for Excellence in Indoor Track and Field

Six Southeastern Conference student-athletes earned 2024 SEC Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches. There was a four-way tie for the men’s award and a two-way tie for the women’s award.

The four individuals who were voted SEC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year are Auburn’s Ryan Kinnane, Missouri’s Mitchell Weber, South Carolina’s Dylan Targgart and Tennessee’s Jacob Lewis. Ole Miss’ McKenzie Long and Texas A&M’s Lamara Distin earned Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.

Kinnane was a spring 2023 graduate in aviation management with a minor in business. He currently holds a 4.0 grade point average as a graduate student in Auburn’s Master of Business Administration program. Kinnane, who broke a 42-year old Auburn record in the mile earlier this year, is also a two-time SEC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree.

Weber graduated with a degree in industrial engineering and is currently a 4.0 graduate student pursuing a certificate in global supply chain management. The 2022 SEC champion in the discus throw, Weber is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Targgart holds a 3.969 GPA and is pursuing a finance degree with a minor in economics. He is currently ranked eighth in the country in the shot put and is a two-time Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. The senior was also named to the 2023 CSC Academic All-District squad.

Lewis is a graduate student with a 3.94 GPA in Tennessee’s agricultural leadership, education and communication program. He earned his undergraduate degree in history. Lewis, who set a personal best in the mile earlier this season, is also a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Athlete for cross country.

Long holds a 3.67 GPA and is pursuing a graduate degree in public health. The senior is a four-time All-American, the 2023 SEC 200m outdoor champion and was named a 2023 USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree. Long is ranked in the top-15 in the SEC in the 60m and 200m.

Distin holds a 3.5 GPA and is seeking a degree in sport management with a minor in recreation, parks and tourism. The senior has been named to the SEC Honor Roll and a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree the last three years and has made the AD Honor Roll every semester she has been enrolled at Texas A&M. She has the highest jump in the nation this season.

The 2024 SEC Championships will take place Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

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