A-Sun Men's Track & Field Championship Awards Announced

Thursday, April 26, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Following the conclusion of the 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Track & Field Championship, four awards from the outdoor meet were voted on by the league coaches. Kennesaw State earned two awards with Andre Dorsey and Kendall Parks picking up honors, while USC Upstate's Kenneth Sugishita and ETSU's David Walker also received hardware.

Dorsey was tabbed the Championship Most Outstanding Freshman Performer after also receiving the Most Valuable Performer honor for garnering 31 points at the 2012 A-Sun meet. Dorsey placed in the top-seven of five events, which included top-three performances in three events; javelin (1st; 56.07m), high jump (2nd; 2.01m) and triple jump (3rd; 14.35m).

Parks, the Most Outstanding Track Performer, also competed in five events for the Owls including two relay squads. The senior set the conference record in the 110-meter hurdles en route to claiming gold in the event, while also placing second in the 400m hurdles. Parks ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay, which placed second, in the second-fastest time in conference history. The Duluth, Ga. native also earned fifth place in the 100m dash and helped the Owls to third in the 4x400m relay. Parks time in the short-distance hurdles ranks as the 29th-fastest in the nation.

Sugishita dominated the throwing events for the Spartans as he placed first in the discus, shot put and hammer throw to earn the Most Outstanding Field Performer honor. His top toss in the discus (52.53m) broke the A-Sun Championship record and ranks 71st in the nation. In the shot put, Sugishita hurled the second-best distance in meet history at 16.47m, while also earning the third-best in A-Sun history in the hammer throw (56.67). The junior thrower ranks 80th in the nation in the hammer.

The final award of the championship went to ETSU's Head Coach David Walker, who led the Buccaneers to their third A-Sun Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the past six seasons. The Bucs captured the team title only 1.5 points the smallest margin of victory in league history. It is the third A-Sun Outdoor Coach of the Year honor for Walker.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region:Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.