NEW ORLEANS --- Lees-McRae College junior Evan Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) has been named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the first time in his career, announced USTFCCCA officials earlier this week.
Webb put together an outstanding season for the Bobcats, becoming just the third indoor national qualifier in program history and the eighth overall qualifier since the school began competing in track and field. The junior standout also earned all-region honors from the USTFCCCA earlier in the week, marking the third straight year he has been named to the all-region team.
A native of Salisbury, N.C., Webb has enjoyed a tremendous junior season this winter, surpassing the provisionally qualifying mark in the first meet of the campaign when he finished at 4.90 meters to win Appalachian State University's Indoor Invitational. Webb steadily improved over the course of the season, topping out at a school-record height of 5.05 meters this past weekend at the George Mason University Last Chance Meet.
With his final qualifying height, Webb goes into the national championship meet ranked ninth out of 17 vaulters selected to compete for the 2013 title. Webb is one of 10 athletes in the nation to clear five meters this season.
Webb is the eighth national qualifier in program history – both indoor and outdoor – and the second in the pole vault. Former Bobcat star Jonathan Arthur qualified for outdoor nationals in both 2009 and 2010 in the pole vault, finishing eighth in his second try to earn the program's second NCAA Division II All-American honors.
Lees-McRae is set to open the outdoor season on Friday, March 15 when the Bobcats travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take part in the Wake Forest Invitational.
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