FRISCO – Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams has been named the 2018 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.
This marks the second consecutive season that Adams has earned the award after another dominant indoor season. The Buffalo, Texas, native won the heptathlon for the fourth consecutive year at the Southland Indoor Championships, tallying a final score of 5,544 points. In addition, he took gold in the standalone long jump and high jump, and sixth in the 60m hurdles to finish as the high point scorer with 34, breaking the previous meet record of 27 set in 1994.
Adams went on to finish as the bronze medalist at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the heptathlon, setting a new Division I record in the event’s high jump and becoming the first Bearkat in program history to medal at the Indoor Championships. He holds a 3.42 GPA with a major in engineering technology.
On the women's side, Abilene Christian graduate distance runner Alexandria Hackett earned the honor.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities, votes for student-athletes of the year. The Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.