Feb. 28, 2013
FRISCO - After a stellar showing at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships last weekend, jumper Johnathon Reece was named the conference's Freshman of the Year on Thursday.
Reece, a native of New Waverly, Texas, finished second in the high jump at last week's meet with a mark of six feet, 8.75 inches, which was the second-best performance by a Southland athlete this season and just 1.25 inches shy of becoming a top five performer in Lamar history.
He also finished ninth in the long jump with a distance of 22 feet, 11 inches.
"Winning Freshman of the Year was something that I came into this season wanting to do," Reece said. "I still think that I could have performed better, but winning it in indoor season is really a big thing for me because I think that I'm more comfortable jumping outdoors. Now I want to go win it again in outdoor season."
"I'm very excited for Johnathon, especially because he's only going to get better from here," head coach Trey Clark said. "Overall, I would say he's had kind of an up-and-down season at times, but that's the life of a freshman. He really stepped it up at conference and performed exceptionally well under all that pressure."
"He's a very good competitor, but we knew that when we brought him in," Clark continued. "I really think that this is something that he can hang his hat on in training and competition. He's already done well, and I think this will only push him to get better."
Reece is the third Lamar track athlete to earn the conference's Freshman of the Year honors, joining current teammate Ryan Creech, who won the award a year ago, and 2007 honoree Francis Kasagule.