Annie Alexander (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

Ellen Wortham (The Herald/Submitted Photo)

The Southeastern Conference announced its 2012 outdoor track & field awards on Friday afternoon, and Tennessee grabbed a pair of major honors and placed five student-athletes on the various all-star teams.

Senior Annie Alexander became the first-ever Lady Vol to be named SEC Outdoor Field Event Athlete of the Year. She earned the distinction after sweeping league outdoor titles in the discus throw and shot put for the third time in her career, recording marks of 186 feet, three inches and 56-3 3/4, respectively. With the most recent pair of victories, she tied the SEC record for most outdoor throws titles won by a woman with six. She also improved her career totals to 24 discus wins and 14 outdoor shot put victories during her career, including three shot triumphs and four discus first-place efforts in 2012.

For the fifth-straight season, a Lady Vol grabbed at least a share of the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. After her teammate Chanelle Price earned a tie for the award in 2011, senior Ellen Wortham, who owns a 3.88 grade point average in psychology, was chosen as a co-winner in 2012. The recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic recipient, Wortham also is a 21-time scorer in league championship meets. She recently won her second-consecutive league 400m hurdles title, running a school-record time of 55.55, and added a fourth-place finish in the long jump and third-place effort with the 4x400m relay.

Alexander and Wortham also earned Outdoor All-SEC First Team distinction for the second-straight season. That honor goes to winners of events at the league championship meet, with Alexander taking the shot and discus, and Wortham claiming the 400m hurdles.

Vol redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey and the Lady Vols’ Price picked up second-team recognition for their runner-up finishes. Bailey did so in the discus throw, where he stretched the tape measure to a career-best mark of 177-1. Price made the grade in the 800 meters, just missing out on a second-straight victory with a season-best time of 2:03.15.

Bailey and redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty each garnered All-Freshman Team status as the highest finishing first-year performers in their events.  Bailey, previously mentioned, was second in the discus, while Hoty produced a third-place showing in the shot put with an outdoor career best and an outdoor UT freshman-record toss of 60-10.

In other SEC Outdoor awards announced Friday, Caleb Cross of Arkansas was named SEC Men’s Runner of the Year, while Florida’s Genevieve LaCaze and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan shared SEC Women’s Runner of the Year accolades. SEC Field Athletes of the Year included Alexander for the women and Andrew Irwin of Arkansas for the men.

Freshman Runners of the Year were Aaron Ernest of LSU and Dominique Scott of Arkansas, and Freshman Field Athletes of the Year were Irwin and Morgann Leleux of Georgia. The Coaches of the Year were Chris Bucknam of Arkansas for the men and Dennis Shaver of LSU for the women.

Wortham and Tara Diebold of Arkansas were the Co-Women’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while the men’s honoree was Marvin Reitze of South Carolina.

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