UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University track & field teams have put together an outstanding outdoor season, highlighted by the success of the Cardinal multi athletes in the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Monday that SVSU swept the GLIAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year awards, with Cheyenne Williamson earning the honor for the women and Sam Black for the men.
Williamson, who swept the five GLIAC Championship Meet awards last week, earns the honor for the first time in her career. Early in April, Williamson set the tone for her outdoor season with an NCAA DII Automatic Qualifying score of 5,517 points in the heptathlon at the Duke University Tobacco Road Challenge.
In total, during the outdoor season, Williamson won 18 events, including the high jump and long jump each time she entered. She claimed six titles at the GLIAC Championships, four individual and two relays.
The Essexville, Mich., native has currently qualified automatically in the heptathlon and provisionally qualified in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 4X100 relay, 4x400 relay, high jump, and long jump.
Black, a senior from Pinckney, Mich., is currently rated as the top decathlon athlete in NCAA DII and is automatically qualified for the National Championships. Last weekend at the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi in North Carolina, Black recorded a school record of 7,807 points in the decathlon, setting the stage for later this month at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to the decathlon, Black is also provisionally qualified for the NCAA DII Championships in the 110-meter hurdles and the high jump.
The Cardinals continue preparation for the NCAA DII Outdoor National Championships hosted by Grand Valley State University May 27-29 in Allendale, Mich.