Lions’ King earns fifth career Southland AOW honor

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FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana junior pole vaulter Devin King was named the Southland Conference’s Male Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, the fifth time he has been so honored in his career.

The Kentwood, Louisiana native earned the honor four times in 2016, twice each during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

King, the Lions’ record holder in the pole vault in both indoor and outdoor, set the meet record at the Samford Open on Saturday with a winning vault of 17 feet, 6.5 inches. That mark eclipsed the standard of 16-4.75 set by SIU’s Chad Weaver in the 2013 meet. The victory was his fourth straight to open the 2017 indoor campaign.

King ranks first in the pole vault in the Southland and is tied for 11th in the nation with a mark of 17-10.5 set at the LSU Bayou Bengal on Feb. 3.

“He is very deserving of this award,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “I believe that he has the highest performance on the national indoor performance list of any athlete in the Southland and he has more to come.”

King’s conference weekly honor was the fourth for Southeastern this season. Sophomore jumper Rodney Ruffin (Male Field Athlete) and sophomore sprinter Dekayta Alex (Female Track Athlete) were recognized in week one, while Ruffin repeated his award in week four.

Southeastern senior sprinter Sharrona Williams received honorable recognition for this week’s Female Track Athlete of the Week. The award went to Northwestern State junior De’Shalyn Jones. Sam Houston State sophomore Tristyn Allen earned Female Field Athlete of the Week honors while Northwestern State junior Amir James was the Male Track Athlete of the Week. The weekly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com.

Southeastern will compete in the LSU Twilight on Friday in its final tune-up for next week’s Southland Conference Championships.

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