July 2, 2012
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Utah Valley's McKell Camp was named the 2012 Great West Conference Female Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference coaches.
The award were announced Monday by the league office.
Camp won the women's award after finishing the season ranked 25th overall in the USA in the javelin. The junior from Salina, Utah, won the GWC championship with a throw of 166-feet, 11 inches, which at the time moved her up to 14th in the nation collegiately and 24th in the US overall.
Camp was awarded the Outstanding Female Performance Award at the conference meet after the GWC record-setting performance and competed in the first round of the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round.
CSU Bakerfield's Jordan Taylor, a sophomore sprinter from Palmdale, Calif., was named the Male GWC Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year. He won the 100-meter and 200-meter Great West champion at the 2012 GWC Track & Field Championships. He recorded a time of 10.27 seconds in the 100 and 20.84 in the 200, setting new GWC meet records in both events on his way to the Outstanding Male Performance Award for the championships. Taylor qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary Round, advancing to the quarterfinals in both the 100 and 200 meters.
Camp and Taylor join Chicago State's Kelvin White and Houston Baptist's Brittane Gaines as 2012 Track & Field Athletes of the Year as White and Gaines were honored earlier this year for their outstanding indoor seasons in hurdles and sprints, respectively.
Other athletes nominated for the Outdoor Athlete of the Year honors were CSU Bakersfield's Alyssa Page, Chicago State's Jamal Ephraim and Jaya Emerson, Houston Baptist's Matt Perri and Gaines, North Dakota's Shawn Johnson and Christine Weinreich, Seattle U's Erik Barkhaus and Katie Tougas, Texas-Pan American's Andy Lopez and Sylvia Alboniga, and Utah Valley's Nick Taylor.