Devon­ish wins ma­jor US award

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 3 - By Ezra Stu­art ezras­tu­[email protected]­

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.

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