Favors, Springs Earn SEC All-Freshman Team Selections
March 6, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two Gamecocks were honored by the SEC on Monday as the league announced its 2017 Indoor All-Conference teams. Freshmen Eric Favors and Alycia Springs were each recognized as SEC All-Freshman selections for their efforts at the SEC Indoor Championships, held Feb. 24-25 in Nashville.
Both Favors and Springs earned the distinction by ending the competition as the top freshman finisher in the shot put. Favors placed fifth in the men’s shot put. The Pomona, N.Y., native set his PR twice at the SEC meet, finishing with a top effort of 60-6 Â½. That mark ranks first in the nation this season among freshmen.
Springs placed sixth in the women’s shot put and also set a new personal best. The Charlotte, N.C., native went over 50 feet for the first time in Nashville, posting a mark of 50-5 Â¼.
Both Gamecocks improved upon their top regular-season marks at the SEC Championships. Favors entered the postseason event ranked eighth in the league, and Springs held the 10th spot heading into the league championship.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina will send four individuals and one relay squad to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas. Josh Awotunde (shot put) and Ncincilili Titi (200m) will compete on the men’s side, while Natasha Dicks (triple jump) and Rougui Sow (long jump) are in action on the women’s side. In addition, the Gamecocks will field a women’s 4x400m relay team in search of its seventh NCAA championship in the event.
Favors and Springs are next scheduled to compete at the first meet of the outdoor season, the Miami Invitational. The two-day event runs March 17-18 in Coral Gables, Fla.