BATON ROUGE - Following a strong performance at the LSU vs. Texas A&M Dual Meet this past weekend, LSU senior Walter Henning and junior Semoy Hackett have each been named SEC Athletes of the Week on Tuesday as announced by the Southeastern Conference office.
Henning has been named this week's SEC Male Field Event Athlete of the Week after his season-opening performance in College Station on Saturday, while Hackett has been named this week's SEC Female Runner of the Week in the wake of her record-setting performance this past weekend.
This marks the second week in a row that two LSU track and field athletes have picked up SEC Athlete of the Week honors as last week senior Zedric Thomas and junior Horatio Williams were named the SEC Male Field Event Athletes of the Week and SEC Male Runner of the Week, respectively.
Henning, who enters the 2011 season as the reigning NCAA Indoor champion in the weight throw, posted an NCAA-leading mark of 72 feet, 3 ¾ inches in his season opener to win the event crown.
It only took two throws for Henning to earn a trip back to the NCAA Indoor Championships to defend his title as he unleashed a throw of 72-3 ¾ to grab the NCAA lead by more than three feet over his nearest competitor. Oklahoma's KP Singh follows Henning on the national performance list with the No. 2 throw in the country at 69-2 ¾. Henning is currently the only NCAA automatic qualifier in the weight throw.
Hackett, a junior from Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago, cemented her position as a national contender in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash with her performance during Saturday's dual meet.
Hackett matched her own personal best in winning the 60-meter dash title in 7.24 seconds before clocking a new indoor personal best of 22.98 in the 200-meter dash in her 2011 season debut in the event. She set a new indoor PR in the 200-meter dash after running her previous best of 23.32 in winning the national title in the event at the NCAA Division II Championships as a sophomore at Lincoln University in 2010.
With her performance, Hackett now ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the NCAA in the 200 meters and No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the NCAA in the 60 meters this season. She also now ranks in the No. 6 position on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in both the 60 meters and 200 meters.
LSU's SEC Track & Field Athletes of the Week
SEC Male Runner of the Week
Jan. 18 - Horatio Williams
SEC Female Runner of the Week
Jan. 25 - Semoy Hackett