The University of Tennessee named javelin thrower Leigh Smith its nominee for the 2004 Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year.
The SEC will announce the winner June 24.
Smith ended his four-year career at UT with a fifth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships last week.
But the three-time All-American, who also won the SEC javelin title three times, had the nation's second-longest throw of the season (257-feet 10-inches). That mark broke both the UT and SEC record aknd ranks as the third-longest throw of the year by any American, collegiate and professional.
The forestry/wildlife major will continue competing this summer as he attempts to earn a trip to Athens, Greece, by finishing in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Smith earns SEC Athlete of the Year nomination
Published: Fri Jun 18, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:10 p.m.