Shadae Lawrence Named Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Fresh off of winning her first Big 12 title, freshman thrower Shadae Lawrence was named Big 12 Outstanding Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced on Thursday. 

This is the second-straight year that a Wildcat has taken home the yearly honor after A'keyla Mitchell and Christoff Bryan swept the award for Kansas State last season. Overall, it marks the sixth time a Wildcat track athlete has been honored with freshman of the year accolades (indoor and outdoor) since 2000.

Lawrence won her Big 12 title in fine fashion, using a huge personal best toss of 58.84m/193-00 to win the first conference title of her career. The discus title is the first won by a Wildcat since 1999 when Renetta Seiler won the event with a throw of 52.32m/171-08. Lawrence’s mark is good for the eighth-best mark in Division I this year.

The St. Catherine, Jamaica native dominated her first season at K-State winning all four of her competitions leading up to the conference meet. Her previous career best throw came in a winning effort at the Rock Chalk Classic on April 30 when she threw 56.54m/185-06. 

Her other winning marks came at the UCLA Legends Invitational (56.40m/185-00), the LSU Battle on the Bayou (55.52m/182-02) and the John McDonnell Invitational (54.90m/180-01).

Lawrence and the Wildcats now how have a week to prepare for the NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26-28. More information on the meet can be found at the events home page by clicking here

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