John Ampomah was named the Conference USA Male Field Athlete of the Year Friday.
“He works very hard and is extremely competitive,”
Blue Raiders track and field coach Dean Hayes said:
“He really has shown great potential, and it is a payoff for all the hard work he has put in through the year.”
Ampomah, a Ghana native, captured the attention of MTSU and C-USA after throwing a 2015 NCAA-best 81.55 meters at the Penn Relays, winning the competition.
The junior also went on to finish second at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while never failing to place below second in 10 meets.
Through the 2014-15 season, Ampomah was named Conference USA Field Athlete of the Week four times and won the javelin at the C-USA Championships, setting the C-USA meet record.
After the C-USA meet, Ampomah won the javelin at the NCAA East Regional, becoming the first Blue Raider to do so.
Ampomah is the third MTSU athlete to earn a Conference USA Athlete of the Year honor.