MSU’s An­der­son gets SEC Men’s Fresh­man Field Ath­lete of Year

Starkville Daily News - - TRACK AND FIELD OUTDOORS -

An­der­son Peters, Mis­sis­sippi State’s stand­out javelin thrower, has been selected the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Men’s Fresh­man Field Ath­lete of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

The con­fer­ence’s Fresh­man of the Year award was di­vided into an award for both run­ners and field athletes in 2004. MSU last claimed a men’s fresh­man award-win­ner in 2000 when Pierre Browne shared the honor with Ten­nessee’s Stephen Har­ris.

Peters won the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship and is headed to Ore­gon to com­pete for the NCAA crown next week. The St. An­drews, Gre­nada, na­tive also took a bronze medal in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion at the Com­mon­wealth Games ear­lier this year.

“I am grate­ful,” Peters said. “The sea­son has been pretty good so far be­cause I am con­sis­tently get­ting throws around 80 me­ters even though I’ve had some strug­gles. I be­lieve God has a plan and hope­fully he will help me pull ev­ery­thing to­gether for NCAA fi­nals.”

The fresh­man im­me­di­ately made his pres­ence felt when he broke the MSU fresh­man record by more than six me­ters (19-8) on the first throw of his col­le­giate ca­reer. That mark of 81.95 me­ters (268-10) stood as the NCAA leader un­til he sur­passed it at the SEC Cham­pi­onships.

Peters earned USTFCCCA Na­tional Ath­lete of the Week and SEC Fresh­man of the Week hon­ors for his per­for­mance.

Throw­ing against three-time con­fer­ence cham­pion Ioan­nis Kyr­i­azis of Texas A&M, Peters set a new con­fer­ence meet record at 82.04 me­ters (269-2). He was the top qual­i­fier out of the NCAA East Pre­lims last week­end with a mark of 74.22 me­ters (243-6) with­out need­ing to use his fi­nal throw.

Peters’ ar­rival at MSU helped make the Bull­dogs the first school in NCAA his­tory with three men to have thrown over 79.00 me­ters in its record books. All three are cur­rently on the ros­ter.

“He’s come in and im­me­di­ately helped the whole javelin group get bet­ter,” MSU throws coach April Thomas said. “I think the dy­namic be­tween the three of them makes my job eas­ier and makes them bet­ter athletes be­cause they feed off each other.”

Peters will be joined by se­nior and SEC CoS­cholar-Ath­lete of the Year Ni­co­las Qui­jera in the javelin com­pe­ti­tion in Eu­gene. The Bull­dogs are the only school with mul­ti­ple athletes in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Uni­ver­sity, for Starkville Daily News) (Photo by Dakota Sumpter, Auburn

An­der­son Peters pre­pares to throw the javelin for Mis­sis­sippi State. Peters was selected the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Men’s Fresh­man Field Ath­lete of the Year on Tues­day.

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