Big South announces outdoor track athletes of the week

Charlotte, NC - From Big South Sports

CHARLOTTE, NC - Coastal Carolina's Jacques Watson has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week, while Natalie Pearson from UNC Asheville was tabbed the Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the League announced Wednesday.

Watson, a redshirt junior from Sumter, S.C., set the Big South and Coastal Carolina record in the high jump as he cleared 7' 4.5" at the Florida Relays over the weekend. His jump is the fourth highest in the world and in the U.S. this season as he finished third overall in the event. Watson is currently tied for second in the NCAA rankings and leads the Big South's performance by 7.75 inches in the event.

Pearson, a senior from Sheffield, England, took first place at the Duke Invitational in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events over the weekend. She got the meet going by posting a time of 11.71 in the 100 and followed with a school record time of 23.62 in the 200. Her 200-meter time leads the Big South, is No. 6 in the East Region and is ranked No. 11 nationally.

Honorable mentions for the men included Timothy Morse of Radford, Geren Woodbridge of Liberty and Javon Young from Charleston Southern. Morse posted a throw of 215' 7" at the Liberty Invitational over the weekend. He currently ranks No. 7 in the East Region and is No. 10 nationally in the event. Woodbridge took home the gold medal in the decathlon at the Liberty Invitational over the weekend. His point total of 7,112 points is good for No. 12 in the nation. Young posted times of 10.17 and 20.62 in the 100 and 200-meter events at the Florida Relays. His 100 meter time is currently third in the East Region and is tied for third nationally. Young's time in the 200 meters is good for No. 3 in the East and tied for fourth nationally.

The women's honorable mentions included Coastal Carolina's Ikeiylah Brown. Brown crossed the line in 11.72 in the 100-meter dash and followed with a time of 23.64 in the 200 meters. Her 200 time is ranked No. 9 in the East Region and is currently 16th in country.