The University of Tennessee has nominated Justin Gatlin, 2002 NCAA indoor champion in the 60 and 200 meters and outdoors in the 100 and 200 meters, as its candidate for SEC Male Athlete of the Year. In his two NCAA appearances this season, Gatlin ran the 60M dash in 6.59 and the 200M dash in 20.42 indoors and the 100M dash in 10.11 and 200M in 20.18 outdoors. He has won six national titles during his career at Tennessee. A sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., Gatlin has won the Southeastern Conference’s Commissioner’s Trophy as high scorer in the 2001 and 2002 Indoor and Outdoor meets. He is the first athlete in 44 years to win back-to-back 100 and 200 meters in consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During his time at Tennessee, the Vols have won NCAA crowns indoors in 2001 and 2002 and outdoors in 2001, finishing second in 2002.Gatlin scored 30.5 points in the 2002 SEC Outdoor Meet courtesy of winning the 100M dash (10.11), 200M dash (19.86), and as a member of the 400M relay (38.66) and finishing second in a photo finish in the 100M hurdles (13.41). He tied for the Commissioner’s Trophy in the 2002 SEC indoor competition with 22 points and won the 60M dash and 200M dash. His 6.54 mark in the 60M dash was the fastest time for a collegian in 2002 and seventh-fastest time in the world at the time.
Gatlin was named SEC Track Athlete of the Week twice in 2002 for his performances at the Sea Ray Relays and the Gatorade Classic. He was also named SEC Track Athlete of the Week Jan. 29 for his heroics at the SEC Eastern Division Challenge.Off the track, Gatlin was a part of every community service project in which the track team was involved.Each AD or designee votes on a 1-2-3 basis, with points awarded on a 3-2-1 basis. Schools are not allowed to vote for their own nominees. Winners will be released July 3.

Comments are closed.