James SEC Frosh Trackman Of Year
James became the first Alabama student-athlete to earn the award for the outdoor season, and is only the second for the indoor season – Emmanuel Bor claimed the indoor honor in 2007. Until James, Alabama had never had a male student-athlete awarded any outdoor athlete of the year accolade.
At the SEC Championships, May 13-16, James clocked a career-best time of 45.01 to claim the sixth SEC outdoor 400 meter championship in program history, becoming the fourth Alabama student-athlete to win the event and first since 1993.
James was the first freshman to win the 400 meter event since Calvin Smith of Florida in 2007. By winning the 400 meter conference title, James defeated the two fastest sprinters in the world in No. 1 Smith and No. 2 Tavaris Tate (Mississippi State).
In addition, the 17-year-old's time of 45.01 bettered his No. 5 world ranking as well as his school record, and gives him the third-fastest collegiate time in the nation this year.
The SEC Championships was only his second meet of the outdoor season in which he competed in the open 400 meters. James also competed on the 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays, leading them to fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively. He led the 4x100 meter relay to the 10th-fastest time in school history.
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