Freshman Asianna Covington
April 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia freshman Asianna Covington was named the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Co-Freshman of the Week, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
This marks the first conference award of her career for Covington, and it's the sixth time this outdoor season that a Georgia track & field athlete has received a weekly SEC honor. Chanice Porter and Kendell Williams were each named SEC Field Athletes of the Week earlier this season, while Brandon Lord (SEC Runner of the Week), Garrett Scantling (SEC Field Athlete of the Week) and Derrick White (SEC Freshman of the Week) have all received weekly awards on the men's side previously in the year.
Covington is coming off a career-best performance in the hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.) this past weekend, as she recorded a new personal throw of 193-3 in the event to take third overall and second among collegiate competitors. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native established a Canadian Junior national record with the mark, topping the previous 15-year old record by three inches.
Covington's throw at the event now moves her into sixth place all-time in school history, in addition to establishing her as the top-ranked freshman in the event nationally. Covington also posted a career-long throw of 161-3 in the discus over the weekend to place 16th overall and move into sixth all-time in Georgia's career record books.
Texas A&M's Prezel Hardy was named the Men's Runner of the Week, while Kentucky's Raymond Dykstra earned the Men's Field Athlete of the Week. On the women's side, Jasmin Stowers of LSU collected Runner of the Week honors, while Florida's Ciarra Brewer was named Field Athlete of the Week. Ole Miss' Sean Tobin earned Men's Freshman of the Week honors, and Texas A&M's Shamier Little shared the award with Covington on the women's side.
Covington and the rest of the No. 5 Lady Bulldogs and No. 6 Bulldogs will hit the road later this week to compete in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning on Thursday.
Complete coverage and live results of the event can be found at georgiadogs.com and on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.