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MACON, Ga. – The USC Upstate men's and women's track & field teams snagged three of the four Atlantic Sun Conference weekly awards as sophomore Brittany Walls was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Week, senior Cameron Thomas earned Men's Track Athlete of the Week nods and senior Kenny Sugishita garnered Men's Field Athlete of the Week accolades as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Walls' first career A-Sun weekly honor comes after a third-place finish in the heptathlon at last weekend's Beynon Sports Catamount Classic. She tallied a school record 3870 points in the event and currently ranks first in the A-Sun this season. The previous school record was 3224 points recorded by Camille Masanotti in 2010. Walls also set a school record during the high jump portion of the heptathlon last weekend, clearing 1.60-meters (5-03.00). The previous Upstate record in the high jump was 1.57-meters (5-01.75) set by Velegar Mark at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships last year.
"I'm really glad we were able to win three of the four awards this week," said Upstate Head Coach Natalie Smith. "All three of these athletes are very deserving of this honor. I'm especially proud of Brittany getting this award with this being just the first time she has ever competed in the heptathlon. We are looking forward to Brittany, Cameron and Kenny having success and recording even better marks as the season progresses."
This marks the first career weekly conference award for Thomas as well. At the Catamount Classic last weekend, he earned first-place in the men's 800-meter with a school record time of 1:51.31, beating the previous program-best mark of 1:51.39 set by teammate Matt Johnson at last year's Clemson Tiger Qualifier. Thomas currently holds the best time in the A-Sun in the 800-meter this season and ranks 19th nationally.
Sugishita collected his third career A-Sun Field Athlete of the Week honor and first this outdoor season after winning the discus and hammer throws at the Catamount Classic. He recorded a season-best hurl of 50.31-meters (165-01) in the discus last weekend. In the hammer throw, Sugishita topped the pack with a season-best toss of 57.33-meters (188-01). Both marks rank second in the league this season.