Devonish wins major US award
Barbadian athlete Anderson Devonish has won another major award in the United States.
Devonish, an English major, was selected as this year’s Milt Weisbecker Male Athlete of the Year at the Illionois State University’s annual Reggies awards earlier this month. The former Lodge School student performed outstandingly, earning All-valley honours at the Illinois State’s Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship.
He as a national qualifier for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Athletics Championships while he clocked a personal best 45.97 seconds in the 400 metres At the NCAA West Preliminary in May. A week later, the fleet-footed Devonish won the 200 in a personal best 20.55 seconds at the MVC Outdoor Championships, setting a facility, university and MVC meet record. Devonish also triumphed in the 400 at the IOWA State Classic in February, clocking 46.50 seconds and had sub-47 seconds clockings at the Sun Angel Classic (46.38) and Virginia Challenge (46.87).
During the ceremony, Professor of English Ricardo Cruz spoke highly of Devonish’s achievements inside and outside of the classroom.
“He’s quick on his feet, very compelling to listen to, and graceful in his communication. He runs toward knowledge at the speed of light, and, most importantly, he is certainly deserving of recognition at any event, such as the Reggies, hoping to dynamically celebrate the development of a star,” Cruz said.
Devonish was joined by fellow College of Arts and Sciences students, Kiley Walsh and J.D. Lafayette were also received top honours.
Walsh was named Linda Herman Female Scholar-athlete of the Year while Lafayette was chosen as the Doug Collins Male Scholarathlete Of The Year.
Anderson Devonish has been chosen as Illinois’ Athlete Of The Year.