LSU hands out track and field team awards

The LSU Track & Field program held its fourth annual Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and 14 student-athletes received awards for their performances on the track, in the classroom and the community last season.

Highlighting the festivities was the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lady Tigers winning the national championship at the 1988 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

“We enjoy the opportunity to host this event each year as we celebrate those athletes who have helped build the program we enjoy today,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said. “It was a very special night for us as we were able to welcome back so many from that 1988 team that holds such a special place in the history of our program. That was a tremendous team that deserves this type of recognition.

“This was also a special night for our program as we honored those Tigers and Lady Tigers of today who have made their mark on the program over the past year. Those who took home awards are deserving of such an honor as the leaders of our program today. We’re already preparing for 2014, and look forward to seeing who steps up to lead the program over the next year.”

The banquet was capped by seniors Damar Forbes and Kimberlyn Duncan taking home the Most Outstanding Performer of the Year awards.

Duncan was named the winner for the third straight season. Duncan, winner of The Bowerman as the top collegiate track and field athlete in the country in 2012, finished her collegiate career while defending her NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor championships in the 200-meter dash. She is the only sprinter in collegiate history — male or female — to sweep indoor and outdoor national championships in the event in three-straight seasons as she ended her career as a six-time NCAA champion in the event. Duncan was also the NCAA Outdoor bronze medalist in the 100-meter dash in 2013.

Forbes was presented The Glenn “Slats” Hardin Award honoring the Most Outstanding Male Performer of the Year after being crowned the NCAA Outdoor champion in the men’s long jump last season.

Forbes swept the SEC Outdoor and NCAA Outdoor titles in the long jump while also winning the SEC Outdoor crown and claiming All-America honors as the leadoff leg of LSU’s 4 x 100-meter relay team. He had previously won four SEC silver medals and four NCAA silver medals in the long jump during his career through the 2013 indoor season.

Forbes jumped a personal best of 27 feet, ¾ inches during his senior season to finish as the No. 2-ranked performer on LSU’s all-time outdoor list in the men’s long jump.

Awards

Newcomer of the Year Award — Male: Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake; Female: Natoya Goule

Cross Country Runner of the Year Award — Male: Roger Cooke; Female: Laura Carleton

Academic/Athletic Accomplishment Award — Male (The Kenner Day Award): Damar Forbes; Female: Laura Carleton

Most Improved Athlete Award — Male: Rodney Brown; Female: Laura Carleton

Community Service Award — Male (The Kirt Bennett Award): Joseph Caraway; Female: Laura Carleton

Most Outstanding Field Athlete Award — Male: Damar Forbes; Female: Denise Hinton

Most Outstanding Track Athlete Award — Male: Aaron Ernest; Female: Kimberlyn Duncan, Natoya Goule

Academic Achievement Award — Male: Philip Dempsey; Female: Andria Aguilar

Most Outstanding Field Athlete Award — Male: Damar Forbes; Female: Denise Hinton

Eye of the Tiger Award — Male: Rodney Brown; Female: Natoya Goule

LSU L Club Team Captain Award — Male: Barrett Nugent; Female: Rebecca Alexander

Most Outstanding Female Performer Award — Kimberlyn Duncan

The Glenn “Slats” Hardin Award — Damar Forbes