Porter-Talbert And Toompuu Are WKU 2004-05 Student-Athletes Of The Year

Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University honored a pair of student-athletes Thursday night at the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation’s annual year-end social at E.A. Diddle Arena’s Hall of Champions. Tiffany Porter-Talbert (women’s basketball, track and field) and Raigo Toompuu (track and field) were named Western’s 2004-05 John O. Oldham Student-Athletes of the Year.

A 5-foot-9 junior guard from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Porter-Talbert was the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She became only the second Sun Belt player to win both the Player and Freshman of the Year awards during her career. The junior was named first-team all-conference and to the all-SBC Tournament team during the 2004-05 campaign.

Porter-Talbert averaged 17.9 points (ranked third in SBC) and 7.3 rebounds (ranked seventh) per game for the Lady Toppers in leading them to their second straight postseason berth in the WNIT. She was named SBC Player of the Week twice last season. The guard highlighted the year by tossing in a season-high 31 points during WKU’s conference-opening win over Arkansas State while shooting 15-of-20 from the field.

She led the league with a .552 field-goal percentage in conference games, and ranked fourth in scoring (18.2 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.7 rpg) against league opponents.

Porter-Talbert also competed on the track and field team during the spring, joining Temi Akojie, Shanea Wilson and Carita Cole on the 4x100-meter relay team. The women set a school record on three different occasions — the last time at the SBC Championships, breaking the league record in 44.81 seconds. The sprinters became the first Western relay team ever to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., where they finished 17th overall. Porter-Talbert finished in the top three at the Vanderbilt Invitational and the National City Invitational in the 100-meter dash, and she added a second place finish in the 200-meter dash at the National City Invitational.

Toompuu, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior thrower was a 2005 All-America selection. The Haapsalu, Estonia, resident earned the honor with his fifth-place discus throw of 189-7 at the NCAA Championships — his final collegiate competition. He also qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the shot put this year, finishing 10th in the event during the indoor campaign.

Toompuu finished his career holding Sun Belt Conference records in both the shot put (indoor and outdoor) and the discus, as well as school records in both the discus and the weight throw. During his tenure on the Hill, Toompuu earned 19 all-conference awards, which included 12 individual titles.

This year, he was first in the shot put and second in the weight throw during the indoor season at the SBC Championships, earning one Field Performer of the Week award during the campaign.

In the outdoor season, the Estonian won the shot put and the discus at the SBC Championships, placed third in the javelin and fifth in the hammer — he was the top-point scorer at the meet for the fourth year in a row and was also named the Top Field Performer at the championships. Toompuu collected two Field Performer-of-the-Week accolades in the spring as well.

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