For a second straight week Micah Larkins was named Southland Conference Outdoor Male Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday after winning the 100 meter dash finals at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays against 90 competitors with the nation’s third-best time of 10.11.
The Northwestern State track and field senior qualified for the finals with the fastest preliminary time of 10.13 (wind reading of 3.0 mph, over the legal limit of 2.0) this past Friday, before following it up with Saturday’s win with a 2.9 mph wind over the other eight finalists.
Associate head coach and sprints coach Adam Pennington said he hopes to use this as motivation for the rest of the season.
“There were some huge Southland performances this week, so to come away with another AOW award for Micah is exciting,” said Pennington. “Micah is a very humble young man, so he is always thankful, but he understands that he can’t let up.”
“Hopefully, the team can use this as motivation and continue pushing forward.”
The Princeton native defeated Jo’Vaughn Martin of Sam Houston State (second, 10.17), Houston’s Brandon Tyler (10.18), Joseph Sheffield of Oklahoma (10.24) and Chris Jefferson of SHSU (fifth, 10.26) in the finals.
The two time All-American also ran in the 4×100 relay preliminaries and the 4×100 relay invitational finishing 12th and fourth alongside teammates Kie’Eve Harry, Tre’Darius Carr and Eddie Clarke.
The week prior to the Texas relays, Larkins claimed two top finishes at the Prairie View A&M Relays in the 100 meter dash (10.26) and as part of the 4×100 relay team (40.14) to take home his first AOW award this season.
Larkins ranks third in the country in the 100, 25th in the 4×100 relay (40.00) and 41st in the 200 (21.06) for the season.
NSU travels to the Stephen F. Austin Carl Kight Invitational this Friday and Saturday before returning home for the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational on April 13.