STATESBORO, GA. -- Sophomore Sinead Haughey was named the Southern Conference's Most Outstanding Female Track Performer after winning the 5,000m, and junior Alexa Wilton set a new Furman record in the 400m hurdles to lead the Furman track and field teams Sunday in the final day of the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Statesboro, Ga.
After taking first place in the 10,000m yesterday, Haughey, who became the first Furman female to win the award during the outdoor season, notched a time of 17:16.84 to win today's 5,000m. Her double victory marked only the fifth time in Furman women's track and field history that an athlete won two events at the same league outdoor championship meet and the first time since 1996, when Salima Fountain clinched first in both the 200m and 400m.
"Sinead has done a fantastic job of getting her training in place the past two months, which allowed her to execute her race plans beautifully this weekend," said Furman assistant coach Rita Gary following the meet. "She fought very hard and really earned this honor and these victories. Sinead led from the gun for the 10,000m and then took a commanding position midway through the 5,000m today. Both performances were gutsy and awesome to watch."
The Paladins placed three runners among the top-12 in the 5,000m event, as senior Emily Wirzba clinched sixth place (17:38.19), and junior Catherine Burton finished 12th (18:07.63) behind Haughey.
Wilton, who placed third with a time of 1:02.22 in the 400m hurdles, earned All-Southern Conference accolades and broke the Paladins' previous record of 1:02.30, which was set by Monica Hill 12 years earlier to the day.
Senior Scott Des Marais earned All-Southern Conference honors after placing second in the discus with a mark of 48.33 (158-07). He clinched eighth place in the shot put, notching a throw of 14.04 (46-00.75).
Senior Cortez Johnson reached the finals in the 100m, where he placed sixth with a time of 10.99, and sophomore William Ivey placed fifth with a time of 1:52.51 in the finals of the 800m. The Paladin men placed three runners among the top-11 finishers in the 1,500m. Senior Wilkerson Given finished fifth with a time of 3:54.53, while junior James Perez claimed eight place after crossing the line in 3:55.13. Sophomore Tripp Hurt took 11th place with a time of 3:57.08.
Western Carolina won both the men's and women's team titles, while the Paladins placed sixth in both meets.
Furman Results - Southern Conference Day 2
6th Cortez Johnson 10.99
5th William Ivey 1:52.51
5th Wilkerson Given 3:54.53
8th James Perez 3:55.13
11th Tripp Hurt 3:57.08
17th Jack Klecker 4:04.33
16th Tyler Greathouse 15:43.92
17th Jackson Sinor 15:45.49
5th Johnson, Feacher, 42.93
7th Rodriquez, Perez, 3:28.20
8th Scott Des Marais 14.04 (46-00.75)
2nd Scott Des Marais 48.33 (158-07)
3rd Alexa Wilton 1:02.22
18th Emily Zizzi 4:50.59
22nd Erika Shaver 4:56.92
28th McKenzie Woolley 5:06.94
1st Sinead Haughey 17:16.84
6th Emily Wirzba 17:38.19
12th Catherine Burton 18:07.63
8th Holmes, Wilton, 49.39
7th Holmes, Wilton, 3:56.19