Carson Waters was voted Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy Cheryl Treworgy/PrettySporty)
Liberty junior pole vaulter Carson Waters has been voted Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Year by the conference's track & field/cross country head coaches, it was announced on Wednesday.
Waters is the first Liberty men's track & field athlete to capture one of the Big South's year-end awards since fellow pole vaulter Kolby Shepherd was tabbed Big South Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2012.
Wednesday's other three major award winners included Winthrop's Marthaline Cooper (Women's Field Athlete of the Year), Campbell's Joan Maritim (Women's Runner of the Year) and Campbell's Amon Terer (Men's Runner of the Year).
Waters was the top collegiate finisher in 10 of his 16 pole vault competitions in 2017, highlighted by a sweep of the Big South indoor and outdoor titles.
The native of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., was named Big South Men's Outstanding Field Performer indoors after winning the conference championship with a personal-best and meet-record 17-0.75 clearance. That effort made Waters the fifth men's pole vaulter in program history and the sixth in Big South annals to make it over 17 feet.
Waters returned to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second straight year, where he sailed over an outdoor season-best 16-10.75 to tie for 22nd place.
A three-time Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week in 2017, Waters earned the honor on Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and April 6.
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