LSU's Martingayle Elected as SEC SAAC Vice Chair
Asst. Communications Director
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU’s Harrison Martingayle has been elected Vice Chair of the Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as announced by the conference office Thursday.
Along with Martingayle, Georgia’s Kayla Smith was elected as the Chair of SAAC. The two were selected by a vote of their peers at the SEC SAAC meeting held recently at the league’s headquarters in Birmingham.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair for the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee,” said Martingayle. “It’s always a special feeling when you are elected by your peers to represent them at the highest level. I look forward to working with Kayla Smith, the Chair of the committee, as well as administrators and athletes throughout the conference.”
The pair will be involved in various meetings throughout the year with the SEC’s Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives.
“It is my goal to aid in the pursuit of excellence in the athletic arena and in the classroom environment. As student-athletes, we possess more power than many often realize. By exercising our ability to positively influence change, I believe that the student-athlete experience can be consistently improved moving forwards. I am thrilled to serve in this capacity and am excited to collaborate with others to help ensure the SEC remains at the forefront of collegiate athletics in all endeavors.”
Martingayle finished the 2017 cross country season with a pair of top-10 finishes and continues to be a contributor on the track and field team as well. His best finish in 2017 came at the New Orleans Invitational when he placed fifth. Martingayle was also named to the 2017 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
The purpose of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff. The committee serves as a conduit of communication to the conference office on issues related to student-athlete experience and student-athlete wellness.