ATLANTA (April 26, 2018) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2018 All-SAA Women's Track and Field awards, Thursday. The major award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head coaches while the all-conference selections were based off a student-athlete's top finish at the 2018 SAA Championships.
Karmin Shute of Birmingham-Southern was named SAA Female Track Athlete of the Year Aja Leachman of Centre was named the SAA Female Field Athlete of the Year while Hendrix freshman Jayden Hunt captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Rhodes to the 2018 SAA Championship, Lynx Head Coach Robert Shankman was named SAA Coach of the Year.
In the SAA Championships, Shute finished second in the women's 100 meters with a time of 12.38. She then won the women's 200 meters in 24.26 while also topping the field in the women's 400 meters with a time of 56.54.
Finally, she led BSC to the 4X100 meter relay championship after the Panthers posted a time of 49.44.
In the field events, Leachman was outstanding. She won the shot put with a toss of 11.46 meters. After finishing fourth in the discus, she medaled in the hammer throw with a mark of 43.13 meters.
Behind Leachman in the shot put was Hunt, who finished third. The Hendrix freshman had her best throw at 11.07 meters. She then won the discus with a toss of 39.47 meters.
Finally, Shankman led Rhodes to a dominating championship at the SAA meet. The Lynx won with 194 points. No other team finished with more than 127.4 points.
About the SAA
The SAA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and is committed to fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeastern region of the United States. The SAA core members include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and the University of the South.
The SAA also has affiliate memberships with Transylvania University, Concordia Wisconsin, and Ferrum College in field hockey and Trinity University and Austin College in the sport of football.