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HUNTSVILLE – Less than a week after the Sam Houston State won both the men’s and women’s Southland Conference Indoor Championships for the second straight season, the awards came piling in.
Head coach David Self was named the league men’s and women’s coach of the year for a second straight season, after leading the women to a third indoor title in four years and the men to a second consecutive.
Sam Houston’s Tyler Adams was named Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer. Adams continued his dominance in the men's heptathlon with his third-straight Southland championship win. He tied for first place in heptathlon 60m dash (7.10) then went on to win the 1,000m (2:41.58), 60m hurdles (8.41), high jump (6 feet, 10 ¼ inches) and long jump (23 feet, 2 ¾ inches) to finish with 5,463 points.
Adams also earned a silver medal in the standalone high jump (6 feet, 10 3/4) and a fifth-place finish in the long jump (23 feet, ½ inch) for a two-day total of 22 points.
Head coach David Self on the award for Tyler Adams…
“You can’t sing enough praises for a kid like Tyler. In my honest opinion, he deserved to be athlete of the year. Everything he did, he did by himself. He wasn’t a part of a relay. He got outscored by a half-point. Guys like Tyler Adams are the reason we keep winning championships.”
Head coach David Self on winning coach of the year…
“Those guys that sit in the office next door is why we are as good as we are. If it wasn’t for Jesse Parker, Jon Tipton, Cutter Bernhard and Tyler Sunwall and our training staff with Oscar Oriz, we would not be the team that we are. The only awards I win are because I am standing on their shoulders. That’s it.”
Head coach David Self on the women’s championship…
“We weren’t supposed to win that. It was going to be close but everything said we would come up short. It shows the quality of the young ladies on this team and they expect to win. They do the things necessary to win.”
Head coach David Self on the men’s second consecutive title…
“It feels really good. We were so close for so many years. Now, we as a staff, think we believe we have turned that corner. The young men on the team believe that too. 142 points indoors is big. That is probably the biggest total the last five or six years.”