Friday, May 31, 2013

LSU scuffles, Bregman injured in NCAA opening win over Jackson State

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana  --  Murphy's Law was alive and well at Alex Box Stadium on Friday afternoon.

With weekend starting pitcher Cody Glenn suspended for at least the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, LSU entered their opening game of the Baton Rouge regional against Jackson State short on pitching.

The problem was compounded against the SWAC Champions when starter Ryan Eades struggled mightily, going just 2 1/3 innings. LSU head coach Paul Mainieri was forced to go to his bullpen very early.

To make matters worse, star freshman shortstop Alex Bregman and hard-hitting left-fielder Raph Rhymes collided on ...

BOX SCORE -- LSU 11, Jackson State 7

PHOTO GALLERY: Baton Rouge Regional


NCCU’s Frazier among candidates for Prairie View A.D. job

DURHAM, North Carolina — N.C. Central football coach Henry Frazier III is among six finalists who could emerge as director of athletics at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he coached before coming to Durham.

Each finalist has been given a date to share his or her vision for Prairie View athletics at open forums with alumni, students, faculty, staff and the general public, and Frazier is scheduled to make his case during a June 6 return to the campus where he reversed the fortunes of what had been a miserable football program.

“I have had the good fortune of not just serving as a head football coach, but also the CEO of a two impressive multi-million dollar football programs,” Frazier said. “This combined with my experience and education as a doctoral candidate afford me many opportunities in higher education. I have high career aspirations and have drawn administrative interest many times in the past. While I am extremely happy leading the NCCU football program, this opportunity is of interest to me and I decided to pursue it. I feel honored to be thought of as a leader in higher education and to have the support of NCCU.”

No hard feelings, NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said.


Savannah State Tigers bring speed, ace into regional

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Junior pitcher Kyle McGowin has gotten a lot of attention this season for Savannah State. And with good reason, after compiling a 12-1 record with 1.33 ERA and 129 strikeouts.

But the Tigers (33-21), coming off their first-ever MEAC title, are more than just one player. Or one arm, to be more precise.

Coach Carlton Hardy’s team has 127 stolen bases this season to rank sixth nationally. And if they get on base against Florida State right-hander Scott Sitz today, expect the Tigers to try to put as much pressure on the Seminoles’ defense as possible.

“That’s kind of our offensive motto,” Hardy said. “Typical get-em-on, get-em-over, get-em in. And if we can get them over by a stolen base, we’ll do that.”


GSU equipment manager retires after 33 years

RUSTON, Louisiana — Grambling dubs its best athletes as “Grambling Legends,” but football coach Doug Williams said that longtime equipment manager Chuck Dawson is “more than a legend.”

Dawson will retire July 1 after 33 years of service as Grambling’s only full time equipment manager, and friends celebrated his career Wednesday night with a surprise party at the National Guard Armory in Ruston.

“I don’t tackle or do anything like that,” Dawson told his party. “But I want to make sure that when we hit the field, we look good.

“Doug Williams loves his team and will do anything for his staff ... and you don’t mind going the extra mile.”

Dawson, 78, went the first of his many miles for Eddie Robinson. Dawson was exiting the Air Force when he said Robinson repeatedly asked him to become Grambling’s equipment manager even though Dawson had no experience.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saint Augustine's Jones Selected USTFCCCA DII National Men's Track Athlete of the Year

RALEIGH, North Carolina  --  Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine's University was named Division II Outdoor National Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

“I was speechless when I found out,” Jones said. “Then I started thanking God because he has been blessing me on the track these past months.”

The award capped an amazing few days for the Wilmington, N.C., native. Jones ran anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay team which set the DII record twice at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Pueblo, Colo. The Falcons ran 39.01 during Thursday's preliminaries and followed up with a time of 38.91 in Saturday's finals. The 4x100 team, which includes Taffawee Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica), Ramaan Ansley (Sr./Philadelphia, Pa.) and Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Fr./Raleigh, N.C.), are the only relay squad in DII history to run under 39 seconds.

Jones also won the 200 dash and finished third in the 100 dash on Saturday in career-best times of 20.57 and 10.34, respectively. His running helped lead the Falcons to the NCAA DII men's outdoor crown over the weekend. Last Wednesday, Jones received his award for winning Atlantic Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year.

“We are proud of him,” said George Williams, the legendary St. Aug track & field head coach and athletic director who has led the Falcons to 33 NCAA DII men's and women's titles combined. “When you work hard, good things come your way.”

The CIAA Championships in April 2013 served as a prelude to the DII Championships for Jones, who was named CIAA Most Valuable Men's Track Performer after claiming both the 100 and 200 titles and running on the winning 4x100 relay team. Jones had a breakout season as a sophomore after showing promise as a freshman when he earned all-conference honors in the 100 dash. This year was Jones' first at the DII Championship meet.

“The key this year was working harder,” Jones said. “Listening to the coaches more and taking it more seriously. I thank God, my parents, the coaches and my whole team, both women and men. My teammates supported me a lot because there was a time when I didn't want to finish workouts but they got me through it. I wasn't expecting to get [the award], but Coach Williams kept telling me to keep working hard and everything will pay off.”

Jones is the third person from St. Aug chosen national USTFCCCA outdoor athlete of the year since the award's inception in 2006. Joe Kindred was named men's top field athlete in 2008 and 2009 and Kwonya Ferguson won the women's field athlete award in 2007.

A two-sport standout, Jones excelled in football the past three years as a wide receiver for the Falcons. He has 10 career touchdown receptions, mainly on deep passes.

“We are glad football let us have him the past two years,” Williams said. “It is great to have him.”


Livingstone Hayes win national title

SALISBURY, North Carolina — At the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships history was made. Quanera Hayes became the first female Livingstonian to become a National Champion at the event held in Pueblo, Colorado.

Hayes was the winner of the 400 meters event running a personal best and school record of 51.54 seconds. The Meet was held at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on the campus of Colorado

Hayes, who finished 5th in the same event last year, beat out the 2012 event champion Kayon Robinson of Adams State by .34 seconds. Just over an hour and 1/2 later she crossed the line in 4th in the 200 meters running 23.30 to capture her 6th all time NCAA All-American honor.

Hayes currently has the 3rd fastest time amongst all collegiate divisions.
State-Pueblo. Not only did she win her event, but her time was also good enough for a new facility record.

"This is a tremendous honor for Livingstone College Track and Field and is proof that Blue Bear Nation can compete with the best in the country," said LC Track & Field Coach Justin Davis.

Anthony Evans earned his shot at FIU

MIAMI, Florida  --  Getting a head-coaching job is extremely difficult.

Moving upward in Division I from the MEAC and SWAC has been almost as hard as getting the first job.

Blame the ridiculous search firms that think they know the profession but don't. Point to athletic directors who are wowed by the brand name of an assistant.

But actually dig deeper and search for a head coach who has had to do a lot with a little and you'll see there are quality coaches in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Florida International's new coach Anthony Evans had done wonders at Norfolk State. He won the league two years in a row, won the MEAC tournament title for the first time and had consecutive players of the year.


WSSU gives Hayes a contract extension

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina  --  Athletics Director Bill Hayes of Winston-Salem State, who is at the top of his game as an administrator, has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension.

Chancellor Donald Reaves announced the extension Thursday afternoon, after an earlier unanimous vote by the school’s board of trustees in a conference call.

“It’s phenomenal,” Reaves said of Hayes’ accomplishments since his hiring in January 2010. “When I hired Bill, I knew he was a seasoned athletics director, a football coach, and he’d been around and knew the ropes.

“I needed somebody then to get me from that transition from the MEAC and back into the CIAA and all that stuff that came along with it.”

MEAC/SWAC Challenge Ticket Sale Countdown

Courtesy: FAMU Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Florida  --  Florida A&M Rattler fans, tickets for the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney will go on sale Monday, June 3rd!  

The Rattlers will take on Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on September 1st in Orlando, Florida to kick-off the 2013 football season.  Get your game tickets first by visiting www.­meacswacchalleng­ecom or calling (800) 745-3000 for purchase.  

For more information contact the FAMU ticket office at (850) 599-3141.


PVAM Repeats as Commissioner's Cup Winner

NEW ORLEANS -- For the second year in a row, Prairie View A&M has claimed the James Frank SWAC Commissioner's Cup Award for overall program success. The Panthers also won the C.D. Henry Award for the top men's team in the league. Alabama State claimed the Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award for the women.

PVAM totaled 161.0 points to claim the James Frank Award. The Panthers won two first place titles in men's competition. They also recorded three second place finishes and two others in the top five. In the women's competitions, PVAM had six top five finishes, including a title and two in second place.

The Panthers outdistanced Jackson State in the race for the C.D. Henry Award 72-66.5, while Alabama State was third in the men's standings with 62.5 points.

Alabama State broke up the PVAM sweep by nipping the Lady Panthers by two points in the hunt for the Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award. The Lady Hornets tallied 91 points to 89 for PVAM. It came down to the final event for the women as ASU led PVAM by half a point going into the SWAC softball tournament. ASU advanced to the finals of the tournament and earned 10 points for a second finish, while PVAM fell in the semifinals and had to split 8.5 points, preserving the slim two point win for the Lady Hornets.

Jackson State rounded out the top three with 77 points.

Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award
1 - Alabama State - 91.0
2 - Prairie View A&M - 89.0
3 - Jackson State - 77.0
4 - Mississippi Valley State - 72.0
5 - Texas Southern - 68.5
6 - Southern - 57.0
7 - Alabama A&M - 52.5
8 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 42.5
9 - Alcorn State - 40.5
10 - Grambling State - 40.0

C.D. Henry Award - Men
1 - Prairie View A&M - 72.0
2 - Jackson State - 66.5
3 - Alabama State - 62.5
4 - Texas Southern - 57.0
5 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 50.5
6 - Mississippi Valley State - 44.5
7 - Alcorn State - 42.5
8 - Alabama A&M - 38.0
9 - Southern - 37.0
10 - Grambling State - 36.5


SWAC Football and Basketball Championships Headed to Houston

NEW ORLEANS  -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to relocate the 2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship and 2014 Basketball Tournament to Houston, Texas for the next three seasons.

The football championship game will be held at the home of the NFL Houston Texans, Reliant Stadium (Above), while the basketball tournament will be housed at the Toyota Center, the home of the NBA Houston Rockets.

The football championship will be at Reliant Stadium 2013 through 2015, while the basketball tournament will be played at the Toyota Center 2014 through 2016.

The 2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, while the basketball tournament is slated for March 11-15, 2014.



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Milford Mill grad Kyle Thomas talks about his Morgan State pledge

BALTIMORE, Maryland  --  There was one constant in Kyle Thomas’ recruitment before, during and after he went to prep school: interest from Morgan State.

Thomas, a full qualifier out of Milford Mill in 2012, was offered a scholarship by Bears coach Todd Bozeman coming out of high school. When the 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing did a post-grad year at Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy, Bozeman reiterated that the offer was still on the table. Thomas, who signed with Morgan State earlier this month, cited the coach’s loyalty as a major factor in his decision.

“I really liked the opportunity I would have going into Morgan,” Thomas said Tuesday. “Coach Bozeman has me doing a lot of workouts with strength and conditioning. He really just made me feel comfortable. Offering somebody a scholarship twice really shows that they want you. It seemed like the best fit for me.”

As a senior for the Millers, Thomas averaged ...


Former Gold Rush assistant earns promotion at Richmond

Coach Kim Lewis
NEW ORLEANS — Kim Lewis, a former Xavier University of Louisiana coach, has been promoted to men's basketball assistant coach at the University of Richmond.

Lewis, Richmond's director of basketball operations the past two seasons, earned the promotion after associate head coach Kevin McGeehan became the head coach at Campbell in April.

Lewis was an assistant to Dannton Jackson during Jackson's first season (2002-03) as head coach of the Gold Rush. That XU team won 11 of its first 12 games, finished 22-12 and ranked among the top 25 teams in NAIA Division I in field-goal percentage and scoring defense.

A former standout player at Tulane, Lewis also has been an assistant coach at Tulane, Centenary, McNeese State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Duquesne and Northeastern.

By Ed Cassiere, SID

All-Louisiana teams: Top honors for Didavi, Montrel, Green

Kyle Montrel
NEW ORLEANS — Led by Loic Didavi, a repeat selection as men's Player of the Year, Xavier University of Louisiana was well-represented on the 2012-13 All-Louisiana tennis teams announced late Saturday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Loic Didavi
Kyle Montrel joined Didavi on the men's team — Xavier was the only school with a pair of first-team men — and was chosen Freshman of the Year. Viktor Svoboda received honorable mention. Kourtney Howell was selected to the women's first team, and Alan Green is the women's Coach of the Year.
Both XU teams had their best seasons ever. The women were the first XU team in any sport to reach No. 1 in an NAIA coaches poll or reach the semifinals of an NAIA National Championship. The men reached their highest-ever NAIA ranking, fifth, on three occasions, including the postseason poll. The Gold Rush became the first XU program to reach the national quarterfinals in consecutive years.

Kourtney Howell
Kourtney Howell
Didavi, a senior from Cotonou, Benin, and a graduate of Lycée Jean Dautet, La Rochelle, shared the Player of the Year award with LSU sophomore Chris Simpson. The only two-time first-team NAIA All-American in Gold Rush history, Didavi was 16-6 in singles and 18-5 in doubles this season and was chosen ITA NAIA National Senior Player of the Year.    

"Loic has been a program-changer for our men since the moment he stepped on campus," Green said. "He has vaulted our team into a top-5 NAIA ranking for the first time in the program's history, and he has been our leader on and off the court. In addition to his accomplishments as a player, he has been our hardest worker in practice. He has been a coach's dream and will be almost impossible to replace. He also displays good sportsmanship and respect to the opposing players and coaches."
Viktor Svoboda
Viktor Svoboda
Didavi was 41-12 in singles and 45-13 in doubles in his two Xavier seasons.
Montrel, from Atlanta, Ga., and a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, was 16-4 in singles and 18-4 in doubles. He led the Gold Rush in singles and doubles winning percentage and, with Didavi as his partner, won his first eight doubles matches. In March he became the first XU freshman to reach the top 30 in the ITA NAIA singles rankings. He set a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference season record with four player-of-the-week awards, and he received All-America honorable mention.  

"Kyle was a pleasant surprise for us this season," Green said. "He is by far our most talented guy on the team. He wins matches by virtue of talent mostly, and he really enjoys the competition of playing college tennis. Kyle has a very bright tennis future ahead of him."
Montrel is the Gold Rush's second Louisiana Freshman of the Year and the first since Cameron Knowles in 2007.
Alan Green
Svoboda, a junior from Kamenice, Czech Republic, and a graduate of Vitezna Plan, was 18-10 in singles and 20-6 in doubles. He led the Gold Rush in singles victories and won 13 of his last 15 singles matches, including victories against nationally ranked NAIA teams Embry-Riddle, William Carey, Belhaven and Northwood (Fla.) and three victories against NCAA Division I, including a road victory at Southland Conference runner-up New Orleans. He and Nikita Soifer won 15 of their last 16 doubles matches.
Howell, a junior from Cypress, Texas, and a graduate of Cypress Woods High School, was 20-11 in singles and 23-11 in doubles, all with Brion Flowers, and led the Gold Nuggets in singles and doubles victories. Howell was a first-team NAIA All-American, a three-time GCAC Player of the Week and led the Nuggets with eight dual-clinching victories. She and Flowers were No. 1 in the ITA NAIA doubles rankings of April 17.
"Kourtney is the one person on the team I can always count on to go above the call of duty as a student-athlete," Green said. "We have received numerous compliments from referees this season, and most of it is because of the leadership Kourtney provides to her teammates."
Howell and Flowers were the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional doubles runner-up during the fall. It was the first time the Gold Nuggets reached the finals of that event.
Green, in his 10th season at Xavier, won the women's coaching award for the second time and the first time since 2009. He was the men's Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. His women finished 19-8 and were 12-1 against ranked NAIA opponents, including victories on consecutive April days against Auburn Montgomery and William Carey, the finalists at the NAIA National Championship. The Gold Nuggets had a program-record 11-dual win streak from March 26-May 16. Green was chosen the women's ITA NAIA National Coach of the Year.
An LSWA panel of sports information directors selected the teams.

2012-13 All-Louisiana Tennis

Klaudia Gawlik, freshman, McNeese State
Kourtney Howell, junior, Xavier
Polina Konop, junior, Northwestern State
Emma Levy, senior, Tulane
Ella Taylor, freshman, LSU
Renee Villarreal, freshman, Southeastern Louisiana
Klara Vyskocilova, junior, Tulane

Medy Blankvoort, junior, Louisiana-Monroe
Isabel Brito, senior, Southeastern Louisiana
Joanna Nalborska, freshman, Louisiana Tech
Alexandra Starkova, freshman, Louisiana Tech
Demetria Woods, senior, Southern

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  (tie) Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State; Klara Vyskocilova, Tulane
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Klaudia Gawlik, McNeese State
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  Valya Rusakova, Southeastern Louisiana
COACH OF THE YEAR:  Alan Green, Xavier

Sandra Ahlqvist, Louisiana-Lafayette
Andrea Nedorostova, Northwestern State



Rick DeGroot, junior, Louisiana-Lafayette
Loic Didavi, senior, Xavier
Dmitry Kozionov, senior, Nicholls State
Dominik Koepfer, freshman, Tulane
Kyle Montrel, freshman, Xavier
Chris Simpson, sophomore, LSU

Damian Farinola, sophomore, Louisiana-Lafayette
Hunter Johnson, freshman, Louisiana-Lafayette
Idan Mark, senior, Tulane
Hossam Meligy, senior, New Orleans
Nico Mertens, freshman, Nicholls State
Rui Silva, sophomore, New Orleans

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  (tie) Loic Didavi, Xavier; Chris Simpson, LSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Kyle Montrel, Xavier
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:  Rui Silva, New Orleans

Mark Bowtell, LSU
Viktor Svoboda, Xavier

By Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

Xavier's Cousin on list of best HBCU athletics directors

XU teams have won 46 conference and unaffiliated group championships since
Dennis Cousin was named director of intercollegiate athletics in 2004.
 NEW ORLEANS — Dennis Cousin, director of intercollegiate athletics at Xavier University of Louisiana since 2004, is on's list of the five best ADs at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University).
During Cousin's tenure, XU teams have won 46 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and NAIA unaffiliated group championships and made 34 appearances at NAIA National Championships. Under Xavier’s current head coaches, 125 of 130 senior student-athletes received degrees from Xavier or are still enrolled.

Xavier made two major facility upgrades during 2012-13  with the October opening of the XU Tennis Center and the November opening of the Convocation Center, a multipurpose arena which seats nearly 4,000 for basketball and volleyball.
 "Leading an HBCU is not an enviable gig," wrote, "but there are many who are making the most of the job that, next to being an HBCU president, is the hardest at any institution."
Also on the list of best HBCU ADs are William Broussard of Southern University, Marty Miller of Norfolk State, Lynn Thompson of Bethune-Cookman and William Hayes of Winston-Salem State.
Xavier is one of 38 U.S. colleges listed as a "Best Buy School" in the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Note to media: Dennis Cousin's last name is pronounced COO-zan.

By Ed Cassiere, SID

Family claims hazing in suit over B-CU band member's death

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida  --  Bethune-Cookman University failed to stop fraternity hazing which led to the death of a Marching Wildcat band member, according to a lawsuit filed in Volusia County.

Marcus Thomas, 19, died when the car in which he was riding crashed into a utility pole on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard near Orange Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, 2012.
The suit filed by the dead student's mother claims hazing by members of the Pi Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America subjected Thomas and other pledges to sleep deprivation. The pledges, including the car's driver, Carl A. Beasley Jr., fell asleep, leading to the fatal crash, according to the lawsuit. All the others in the car besides Thomas survived.
B-CU officials said Tuesday they have a zero tolerance policy for hazing.
Thomas' death came ...

Robert Vowels named athletic director at UDM

Robert Vowels was named the new UDM Director of Athletics
 on Tuesday

DETROIT, Michigan  -- Robert C. Vowels, NCAA Vice President of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs, has been named Director of Athletics at University of Detroit Mercy. The announcement was made today at a press conference by UDM President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi. Vowels will oversee the 19 men's and women's athletic teams in the University's Division I intercollegiate athletic program.

“Robert Vowels has a tremendous amount of intercollegiate athletics leadership and management skills and experiences, and we are very fortunate to have him as our Director of Athletics,” Garibaldi said. “Our student-athletes, coaches, and other athletics staff will benefit greatly from his current work at the NCAA.”  More than 70 individuals applied for the position.

With more than 23 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, Vowels is Vice President of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) where he oversees educational programs designed to improve student-athlete well-being, leadership development and inclusion. At the NCAA, he leads a department of 26 NCAA staff members and oversaw a budget of $17 million.

Prior to that position, Vowels served as the Commissioner of two intercollegiate athletic conferences at Division I (Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Division II (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) programs. Some of the accomplishments during his years as a Conference Commissioner included league expansion and television packages. He also worked as an Associate Commissioner at the Big Ten Conference and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Vanderbilt University.

While at the SWAC, Vowels revised the conference's strategic plan, compliance programs, championships and corporate alliance programs to make them more efficient and effective. In 2004-05 he also negotiated a multi-year media agreement with ESPN/ESPNU on behalf of the SWAC. He worked with ESPN and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to develop the concept of the initial MEAC-SWAC Challenge.

During his time at SIAC, Vowels oversaw the expansion of the conference to 11 institutions and negotiated the first multi-year SIAC football and basketball television agreement with Urban Sports and Entertainment. He also negotiated the league's first licensing and agreement program and developed the conference's first corporate partnership program.

Vowels also served on the Division I Management Council, Division I Men's Basketball Committee, Division I Football Board of Directors and the Collegiate Commissioner's Association (CCA). He also served as Chair of the Minorities Opportunities and Interest Committee (MOIC).

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he was a full scholarship football student-athlete and his Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

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Chowan University's David Fulton Signs with Green Bay Packers

Courtesy: Chowan University Athletics
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin  --  The Green Bay Packers have signed recent Chowan University graduate David Fulton.  The transaction was announced on Tuesday by Ted Tompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

David Fulton graduated from Chowan University in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice.  The Raleigh, NC native played in 34 games over the course of his career and compiled 101 total tackles for the Hawks (66 solo, 35 assisted).  As a senior, Fulton hauled in four interceptions in CIAA play, ranking 2nd in league play in that same category.  Fulton collected nine break-ups during his senior campaign to contribute to a career total of 15.  Additionally, he was one of six Hawks to receive an invitation to compete in the DII vs. NAIA Senior Bowl Game in Myrtle Beach, SC in December of 2012.

A student-athlete that flew “under the radar” for most of his career, used a monster senior year to ready himself for future professional opportunities.  Fulton joined the Hawks as a walk-on, but grew to become an integral part of Chowan's success as his career progressed.

Fulton was part of the Hawks' most successful season in Division II program history as Chowan turned in a 6-4 overall record and 5-2 record in league play this past season.  The 2012 season was the most successful in terms of wins and conference finish since the school began its transition to a four year school in 1992.  Predicted to finish 5th in the CIAA North, the Hawks continues their rise in the conference with a 2nd place finish in the Northern Division.

Fulton will wear No. 40 for the Green bay Packers, and is the 21st Hawk to go on to the professional ranks.


Outdoor USTFCCCA DII All-America Honorees Announced

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday those who earned USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. Honors are awarded for performances at the final site of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships occurring this past weekend at Pueblo, Colorado.

USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships. Student-Athletes listed are participants in programs that are members of the USTFCCCA.

Vashti Thomas of the indoor/outdoor champion Academy of Art women’s team led all student-athletes with six All-America honors — championships in the long jump and 100 hurdles, runner-up showings in the 200 meters and 4×100 relay, third place in the triple jump and eighth in the 4×100 relay.

Two other women earned four honors apiece in 100, 200 and 4×100 champ Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith and Shavine Hodges of Grand Canyon.

Ashland sprinter Joe Horn collected the most All-America honors on the men’s side with four, while eight other men earned three awards each. Men’s champion Saint Augustine’s and Lincoln (Mo.) both had a pair student-athletes with three All-America honors. For Saint Augustine’s it was 200/4×100 champ Jermaine Jones and 4×100 champ Taffawee Johnson, while for Lincoln it was 110h/400h champ Sabiel Anderson and Michael Ashley.

The Saint Augustine’s men won the meet by a wide margin, and they also claimed the highest number of All-America honors with 23 in total. Runner-up Ashland was next with 18, while Lincoln (Mo.) earned 12.

A testament to how closely contested the women’s competition was, neither champion Academy of Art (16) nor runner-up Johnson C. Smith (nine) claimed the most All-America awards. That honor is split three ways between Grand Valley State and Lincoln (Mo.) — who finished tied for third — and Grand Canyon at 17 All-Americans each.

The GLIAC was the best-represented conference on the men’s side with 37 awards, edging out the MIAA with 35 and the CIAA with 30. Conference competition on the women’s side was even closer, with the MIAA taking home 34 to the PacWest’s 33, with the GLIAC at 27 and the CIAA at 25.

FINAL Season Information:NCAA Team Scoring Summary | National Team Rankings FINAL Week-by-Week
2013 Men’s Team Winner: Saint Augustine’s, 105 | NCAA Recap
2013 Women’s Team Winner: Academy of Art, 60 | NCAA Recap
Final Results: TFRRS
Championships Video (NCAA): Men | Women
USTFCCCA National Championships Central


DiscusAndrew HudsonAbilene Christian
HammerBaptiste KerjeanAbilene Christian
Long JumpJohnny CarterAcademy of Art
1500 MetersMatt DanielsAdams State
1500 MetersStephen EmeryAdams State
10,000 MetersJovanny GodinezAdams State
Long JumpCarlton LavongAdams State
Triple JumpCarlton LavongAdams State
Shot PutWesley LavongAdams State
5000 MetersDavid SanchezAdams State
SteeplechaseTabor StevensAdams State
5000 MetersTabor StevensAdams State
JavelinFranz BurghagenAlaska Anchorage
JavelinCody ParkerAlaska Anchorage
5000 MetersMichael  BiwottAmerican International
10,000 MetersMichael  BiwottAmerican International
5000 MetersGlarius RopAmerican International
10,000 MetersGlarius RopAmerican International
4×400 RelayIsidro GarciaAngelo State
4×400 RelayDallas GrayAngelo State
4×400 RelayLuis PerezAngelo State
Triple JumpAustin SloneAngelo State
4×400 RelayRobbie ThayerAngelo State
HammerZac BallAshland
1500 MetersBrian BaumAshland
200 MetersKeith ClevelandAshland
4×400 RelayKeith ClevelandAshland
400 Meter HurdlesWaquiem ComarAshland
4×400 RelayJacob CookAshland
4×100 RelayDeAndre DavisAshland
HammerGarrett GreyAshland
4×100 RelayJordan HoppelAshland
100 MetersJoe HornAshland
200 MetersJoe HornAshland
4×100 RelayJoe HornAshland
4×400 RelayJoe HornAshland
4×400 RelayCory LamarAshland
800 MetersTom ScottAshland
DiscusKyle SteinhauserAshland
4×100 RelayEric ThompkinsAshland
800 MetersDrew WindleAshland
SteeplechaseTravis BeniakAugustana (S.D.)
DecathlonHenrik HolmbergAugustana (S.D.)
Shot PutAaron JungAugustana (S.D.)
1500 MetersRobert SandlinBellarmine
DecathlonScott HubbardCal State LA
800 MetersTerrance EllisCal State Stanislaus
HammerThomas  GesserCal State Stanislaus
Pole VaultCaleb MonticalvoCal State Stanislaus
Shot PutJosh UikilifiCal State Stanislaus
1500 MetersDawson VorderbrueggeCal State Stanislaus
5000 MetersAaron DinzeoCalifornia (Pa.)
800 MetersKellin LochCentral Missouri
JavelinChris SwearinginCentral Missouri
DecathlonBrent VogelCentral Missouri
Shot PutCody HuntChadron State
110 Meter HurdlesKarl McFarlaneChadron State
10,000 MetersIsaac ChavezChico State
DecathlonJ Patrick SmithChico State
800 MetersAyrton AzcueClayton State
SteeplechaseTyler CurtisColorado Mines
1500 MetersRussell DrummondColorado Mines
10,000 MetersPhil SchneiderColorado Mines
JavelinJosh HontzEast Stroudsburg
JavelinMatt TholisEast Stroudsburg
High JumpMarcus CallejaEmporia State
110 Meter HurdlesAndrew EtheridgeEmporia State
4×100 RelayAndrew EtheridgeEmporia State
4×100 RelayDerwin HallEmporia State
4×100 RelayVincent HowzeEmporia State
DecathlonPayson MaydewEmporia State
High JumpBriar PloudeEmporia State
4×100 RelayShjuan RichardsonEmporia State
Shot PutDarren BassFindlay
4×400 RelayJohn GuagentiFindlay
Shot PutTaylor MillerFindlay
400 Meter HurdlesTimothy SandersFindlay
4×400 RelayTimothy SandersFindlay
4×400 RelayMichael TravisFindlay
Shot PutDerrick VicarsFindlay
DiscusDerrick VicarsFindlay
HammerDerrick VicarsFindlay
4×400 RelayDillon WebsterFindlay
Long JumpRamon CooperGrand Canyon
Pole VaultEric FrawleyGrand Canyon
Pole VaultVince FrawleyGrand Canyon
100 MetersDario HorvatGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayDario HorvatGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayCarl HoustonGrand Canyon
Triple JumpKevin  LashleyGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayLance ParkerGrand Canyon
100 MetersFred TaylorGrand Canyon
200 MetersFred TaylorGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayFred TaylorGrand Canyon
High JumpTrent ChappellGrand Valley State
HammerDarien ThorntonGrand Valley State
4×100 RelayJoshuah BassIndianapolis
4×100 RelayJerel FlournoyIndianapolis
4×100 RelayRobert Gardner IIIIndianapolis
4×100 RelayQuinntyn QuallsIndianapolis
400 MetersRolando BerchJohnson C. Smith
110 Meter HurdlesAndre CollinsJohnson C. Smith
High JumpEdward DudleyLake Erie
Triple JumpJoseph PostwaiteLake Erie
400 Meter HurdlesEthan SnyderLake Erie
DecathlonJustin BalczakLake Superior State
High JumpJordan ManningLimestone
4×400 RelayAlonzo AllenLincoln (Mo.)
110 Meter HurdlesSabiel AndersonLincoln (Mo.)
400 Meter HurdlesSabiel AndersonLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelaySabiel AndersonLincoln (Mo.)
400 MetersMichael AshleyLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayMichael AshleyLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayMichael AshleyLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayJermaine BlakeLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayTyrone HawkinsLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayDevin HillLincoln (Mo.)
100 MetersRomel LewisLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayRomel LewisLincoln (Mo.)
110 Meter HurdlesDarius ReedMetro State
4×100 RelayAnthony GustafsonMinnesota State
200 MetersJerrell  HancockMinnesota State
4×100 RelayJerrell HancockMinnesota State
4×100 RelayCarmono LaneMinnesota State
DiscusGrant  LuerMinnesota State
4×100 RelayNicholas NelsonMinnesota State
Pole VaultDan  NovakMinnesota State
Shot PutChristopher  ReedMinnesota State
DiscusChristopher  ReedMinnesota State
HammerChristopher  ReedMinnesota State
DiscusDustin GreenMissouri Southern
SteeplechaseDylan LafondMount Olive
400 MetersDerek BredyMSU Moorhead
Long JumpDerek BredyMSU Moorhead
Long JumpDavid  ThomasNew Haven
4×100 RelayJason CrowPittsburg State
Triple JumpMarquise CushonPittsburg State
Long JumpSteven MannPittsburg State
Pole VaultJeff PiepenbrinkPittsburg State
4×100 RelayKeenan SolesPittsburg State
Long JumpKeenan SolesPittsburg State
DiscusJohn TalbertPittsburg State
4×100 RelayKyle UtseyPittsburg State
4×100 RelayGreg WrightPittsburg State
DecathlonTyler GrobSaginaw Valley State
4×100 RelayRamaan AnsleySaint Augustine’s
200 MetersJosh EdmondsSaint Augustine’s
400 MetersJosh EdmondsSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayJosh EdmondsSaint Augustine’s
400 MetersBurkheart Ellis Jr.Saint Augustine’s
4×100 RelayBurkheart Ellis, Jr.Saint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayBurkheart Ellis, Jr.Saint Augustine’s
400 MetersDane HyattSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayDane HyattSaint Augustine’s
100 MetersDaniel JameisonSaint Augustine’s
100 MetersTaffawee JohnsonSaint Augustine’s
200 MetersTaffawee JohnsonSaint Augustine’s
4×100 RelayTaffawee JohnsonSaint Augustine’s
100 MetersJermaine JonesSaint Augustine’s
200 MetersJermaine JonesSaint Augustine’s
4×100 RelayJermaine JonesSaint Augustine’s
800 MetersMarcelis LynchSaint Augustine’s
400 Meter HurdlesElhadji MbowSaint Augustine’s
110 Meter HurdlesTy’reak MurraySaint Augustine’s
400 MetersJames QuarlesSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayJames QuarlesSaint Augustine’s
High JumpEddie SheltonSaint Augustine’s
Triple JumpDeJon WilkinsonSaint Augustine’s
JavelinDerek NothsteinShippensburg
Triple JumpSteve WaitheShippensburg
Pole VaultJagger GranSioux Falls
Pole VaultCameron DaughertySlippery Rock
800 MetersKevin JewelSlippery Rock
4×400 RelayTwayne ForthSouthern Connecticut
JavelinOmar GonzalezSouthern Connecticut
HammerArthur GuerraSouthern Connecticut
4×400 RelayJimm GuerrierSouthern Connecticut
DecathlonNick LebronSouthern Connecticut
4×400 RelaySelasi LumaxSouthern Connecticut
800 MetersBrian NillSouthern Connecticut
400 Meter HurdlesLogan SharpeSouthern Connecticut
4×400 RelayLogan SharpeSouthern Connecticut
5000 MetersJohnnie GuySouthern Indiana
10,000 MetersJohnnie GuySouthern Indiana
SteeplechaseMichael JordanSouthern Indiana
1500 MetersTrenton MorrisSouthwest Baptist
400 MetersWilliam ShellSouthwest Baptist
100 MetersJeffery HendersonStillman
200 MetersJeffery HendersonStillman
Long JumpJeffery HendersonStillman
Triple JumpCJ GriggsTexas A&M-Kingsville
High JumpJeron RobinsonTexas A&M-Kingsville
Pole VaultJordan YamoahTexas A&M-Kingsville
High JumpEugene CannadayTiffin
DiscusMacklin TudorTiffin
JavelinNash HoweUC San Diego
4×400 RelayCraig BennettUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayKeith LewisUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayCasey O’BrienUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayTimothy ReganUMass Lowell
10,000 MetersJeff  VeigaUMass Lowell
5000 MetersPardon NdhlovuUNC Pembroke
4×400 RelayClive CameronVirginia State
4×400 RelayTe’Shad ChambersVirginia State
4×400 RelayPrince Owusu-MensahVirginia State
400 Meter HurdlesDaniel RossVirginia State
4×400 RelayDaniel RossVirginia State
110 Meter HurdlesCameron LacourWest Texas A&M
SteeplechaseTrevor BlackmanWestern State
1500 MetersVegard OlstadWestern State
5000 MetersGabe ProctorWestern State
10,000 MetersGabe ProctorWestern State
SteeplechaseAdam SindaWestern State
SteeplechaseStewart JonesWheeling Jesuit


JavelinAmeilia MitchellAbilene Christian
Triple JumpAmanda OuedraogoAbilene Christian
1500 MetersChloe SussetAbilene Christian
100 Meter HurdlesDinesha  BeanAcademy of Art
4×100 RelayDinesha BeanAcademy of Art
4×400 RelayDominique BerryAcademy of Art
4×400 RelayKeanna MoodyAcademy of Art
100 Meter HurdlesJesseka RaymondAcademy of Art
4×100 RelayJesseka RaymondAcademy of Art
HeptathlonJesseka RaymondAcademy of Art
400 Meter HurdlesBriana StewartAcademy of Art
4×100 RelayBriana StewartAcademy of Art
4×400 RelayBriana StewartAcademy of Art
200 MetersVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
100 Meter HurdlesVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
4×100 RelayVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
4×400 RelayVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
Long JumpVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
Triple JumpVashti ThomasAcademy of Art
Shot PutKatie KrugerAdams State
SteeplechaseKelly LambAdams State
5000 MetersLauren MartinAdams State
SteeplechaseAlicia NelsonAdams State
5000 MetersAlicia NelsonAdams State
200 MetersKayon RobinsonAdams State
400 MetersKayon RobinsonAdams State
HeptathlonKarolin AndersAlaska Anchorage
5000 MetersRuth KeinoAlaska Anchorage
10,000 MetersRuth KeinoAlaska Anchorage
SteeplechaseSusan TanuiAlaska Anchorage
5000 MetersSusan TanuiAlaska Anchorage
Triple JumpKearah DanvilleAngelo State
800 MetersJaylen RodgersAngelo State
Long JumpTheresa SueAngelo State
Shot PutKimberly WilliamsAngelo State
JavelinKimberly WilliamsAngelo State
HeptathlonKendra BassittAshland
Shot PutJessica BridenthalAshland
High JumpJennifer FosterAshland
Pole VaultKatie NageotteAshland
Shot PutJamie SindelarAshland
HammerCynthia WattAshland
10,000 MetersRuna FalchAugustana (S.D.)
1500 MetersAngela MuskBellarmine
1500 MetersAmy VarsellBentley
SteeplechaseVictoria DavisBloomsburg
5000 MetersVictoria DavisBloomsburg
High JumpJill SchmidtCal Poly Pomona
HeptathlonJill SchmidtCal Poly Pomona
DiscusSamantha GutierrezCal State LA
1500 MetersLisa OhbergCal State LA
JavelinChanning WilsonCal State Stanislaus
HeptathlonZoe SharplinCentral Missouri
DiscusBrooke SwearinginCentral Missouri
HeptathlonRobin HannahChico State
SteeplechaseAmy  SchnittgerChico State
High JumpShannon SmithClayton State
10,000 MetersSarah KrolickEdinboro
4×400 RelayJackie JacobsEmporia State
Long JumpCarmen KingEmporia State
4×400 RelayLindsay KunkelEmporia State
4×400 RelayMarqueita MarisetteEmporia State
4×400 RelayPeyton WeissEmporia State
HammerJessica PillingFerris State
HammerJessica RowlandFindlay
JavelinMakayla McPhailFort Hays State
Shot PutTiffany OkiemeGeorgian Court
100 MetersSamantha BogatzGrand Canyon
200 MetersSamantha BogatzGrand Canyon
4×100 RelaySamantha BogatzGrand Canyon
4×400 RelayJennifer DowtyGrand Canyon
400 MetersPetra FantyGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayPetra FantyGrand Canyon
4×400 RelayPetra FantyGrand Canyon
Pole VaultLauren  GrahamGrand Canyon
100 MetersShavine HodgesGrand Canyon
200 MetersShavine HodgesGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayShavine HodgesGrand Canyon
4×400 RelayShavine HodgesGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayBrianne KeeGrand Canyon
DiscusVanessa LevyGrand Canyon
400 MetersMoya MckenzieGrand Canyon
4×400 RelayMoya MckenzieGrand Canyon
Triple JumpAmber YinglingGrand Canyon
4×100 RelayKayla AddisonGrand Valley State
4×100 RelayBrittney BanisterGrand Valley State
4×400 RelayBrittney BanisterGrand Valley State
10,000 MetersCourtney BrewisGrand Valley State
100 Meter HurdlesKalena FranklinGrand Valley State
4×400 RelayKalena FranklinGrand Valley State
Pole VaultKristen HixsonGrand Valley State
4×400 RelayAndrea KoberGrand Valley State
4×100 RelayMichaela LewisGrand Valley State
Shot PutSam LockhartGrand Valley State
DiscusSam LockhartGrand Valley State
HammerSam LockhartGrand Valley State
SteeplechaseHannah OsbornGrand Valley State
HammerLaura SchroederGrand Valley State
4×100 RelayCarly ScottGrand Valley State
4×400 RelayBrittany TerryGrand Valley State
HammerAlyssa ZokoeGrand Valley State
1500 MetersEwa ZaborowskaHarding
Pole VaultKayla CaldwellHillsdale
4×100 RelayNaffene BriscoeJohnson C. Smith
100 Meter HurdlesSamantha ElliottJohnson C. Smith
400 Meter HurdlesSamantha ElliottJohnson C. Smith
4×100 RelaySamantha ElliottJohnson C. Smith
4×100 RelayTrudy-Ann RichardsJohnson C. Smith
100 MetersDanielle WilliamsJohnson C. Smith
200 MetersDanielle WilliamsJohnson C. Smith
100 Meter HurdlesDanielle WilliamsJohnson C. Smith
4×100 RelayDanielle WilliamsJohnson C. Smith
100 Meter HurdlesLeslie MitchellLake Superior State
High JumpSheri Kaye CampbellLincoln (Mo.)
Triple JumpSheri Kaye CampbellLincoln (Mo.)
100 MetersCardine CopelandLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayCardine CopelandLincoln (Mo.)
400 Meter HurdlesMichelle CumberbatchLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayMichelle CumberbatchLincoln (Mo.)
100 MetersYanique EllingtonLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayYanique EllingtonLincoln (Mo.)
400 Meter HurdlesYanique HayeLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayYanique HayeLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayAnna-Kay JamesLincoln (Mo.)
4×100 RelayJenea JohnsonLincoln (Mo.)
400 MetersLovan PalmerLincoln (Mo.)
800 MetersLovan PalmerLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayLovan PalmerLincoln (Mo.)
1500 MetersTwishana WilliamsLincoln (Mo.)
4×400 RelayTwishana WilliamsLincoln (Mo.)
200 MetersQuanera HayesLivingstone
400 MetersQuanera HayesLivingstone
5000 MetersBrenae EdwardsMansfield
10,000 MetersBrenae EdwardsMansfield
5000 MetersJessica ScordinoMansfield
10,000 MetersJessica ScordinoMansfield
1500 MetersBreanna HemmingMetro State
5000 MetersJanelle LincksMetro State
High JumpWhitney  HardyMissouri Southern
Long JumpKaylee MorganMissouri Southern
Long JumpBrittani ReaganMissouri Southern
Triple JumpBrittani ReaganMissouri Southern
800 MetersMarissa BongersNeb.-Kearney
4×100 RelayBriana ConyersNew Haven
4×100 RelayMarshae HoltNew Haven
4×100 RelayAlissa HowellNew Haven
100 MetersAda UdayaNew Haven
200 MetersAda UdayaNew Haven
4×100 RelayAda UdayaNew Haven
DiscusYvonne FreeseNorthern State
400 Meter HurdlesEmily BallockPittsburg State
JavelinAmber KlosterPittsburg State
Shot PutLarissa RichardsPittsburg State
DiscusLarissa RichardsPittsburg State
800 MetersKimone HewittQueens (N.C.)
Long JumpNikia SquireQueens (N.C.)
4×400 RelayJaivairia BacoteSaint Augustine’s
400 MetersNicketa BernardSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayNicketa BernardSaint Augustine’s
400 MetersCherrisse LynchSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayCherrisse LynchSaint Augustine’s
400 MetersKelly ShawSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayKelly ShawSaint Augustine’s
4×400 RelayMcKayla FrickerSeattle Pacific
HeptathlonKaty GrossSeattle Pacific
4×400 RelayJasmine JohnsonSeattle Pacific
4×400 RelayKishia MitchellSeattle Pacific
4×400 RelayEmily QuatierSeattle Pacific
HeptathlonAli WorthenSeattle Pacific
JavelinMallory SannerSeton Hill
High JumpTiana WillsSF State
10,000 MetersKatrina SpratfordShippensburg
400 Meter HurdlesCaitlin StuetzShippensburg
800 MetersLindsey  ButterworthSimon Fraser
800 MetersHelen CroftsSimon Fraser
800 MetersSarah SawatzkySimon Fraser
Pole VaultKayla CoffeeSioux Falls
Pole VaultBrigitte GrossSioux Falls
Pole VaultKristin MajerusSioux Falls
JavelinAlexandra ArnoldSlippery Rock
Pole VaultJulia CainSlippery Rock
Long JumpEuphemia EdemStillman
Triple JumpEuphemia EdemStillman
High JumpNikki McNortonTarleton State
High JumpAmanda HavenTexas A&M-Kingsville
Triple JumpShauna Kay CrearyUDC
SteeplechaseJennifer AgnewU-Mary
1500 MetersMelissa AgnewU-Mary
200 MetersKathryn StewartU-Mary
4×400 RelayShannon CunninghamUMass Lowell
Shot PutCandace GreeneUMass Lowell
400 Meter HurdlesElisabeth MontyUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayElisabeth MontyUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayTaelour MurphyUMass Lowell
400 Meter HurdlesAntoinette ToussaintUMass Lowell
4×400 RelayAntoinette ToussaintUMass Lowell
800 MetersTaylor-Ashley BeanVirginia State
100 MetersCam’ree JacksonVirginia Union
4×100 RelayCam’ree JacksonVirginia Union
100 MetersC’evon JonesVirginia Union
4×100 RelayC’Evon JonesVirginia Union
4×100 RelayG’Ana RobinsonVirginia Union
4×100 RelayS’Kaylah WoodsVirginia Union
HammerCarly FehringerWayne State (Neb.)
HammerLachel MilanderWayne State (Neb.)
DiscusSara  WellsWayne State (Neb.)
4×100 RelayMarisa HoliwellWest Texas A&M
4×100 RelayBri LeeperWest Texas A&M
SteeplechaseBrenda SindetWest Texas A&M
4×100 RelaySarah SniderWest Texas A&M
4×100 RelayLibby StricklandWest Texas A&M
JavelinAmanda SchumakerWestern Oregon
10,000 MetersTara RichardsonWestern State
High JumpBarbara SzaboWestern State
DiscusAlissa RauschWinona State

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


PUEBLO, Colorado – The Johnson C. Smith University women's outdoor track and field team recorded a total of 54 points to place second overall at the 2013 NCAA Division Outdoor Championships held at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on the campus of Colorado State University at Pueblo (May 23-25). The second place finish is the best in school history and surpasses a fourth place finish at the 2011 championships.

Junior and USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year Danielle Williams (St. Andrew, Jamaica) put on a monumental performance over the championship weekend. She won two individual national titles, set three JCSU records, and set a new NCAA record. In the 100m hurdles, Williams finished second to Vashti Thomas from the Academy of Art (12.70) with a time of 12.89. Williams' time of 12.89 set a new school record for the event and earned her All-American honors.

In the 100m dash, Williams won the event by crossing the finish line in 11.24 seconds. She set another JCSU record and collected All-American status with her performance. Williams returned for the 200m dash to win the national crown with the fastest time (22.62) ever for NCAA Division II. Those three performances alone earned JCSU 28 team points.

Sophomore Samantha Elliott (Kingston, Jamaica) won the national title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.38. Elliott established a new NCAA DII and JCSU record for the event by beating out former record holder Michelle Cumberbatch from Lincoln University (MO). Cumberbatch held the record for the facility (57.25) since 2012 and the NCAA Championship record (56.85) since 2010.

Elliott also placed third behind Williams in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.31. She earned All-American honors for both the 400m hurdles and 100m hurdles. Elliott holds the national and Penn Relay titles for the 400m hurdles.

The women's 400 meter relay team of senior Naffene Briscoe (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Williams, freshman Trudy-Ann Richards (St. Thomas, Jamaica), and Elliott won the fourth national title for JCSU with a victory in a time of 44.05. All four members claimed All-American honors and set a new NCAA DII record. The previous record of 44.17 stood since 1995.

Sophomore Monique Lovelock (St. Catherine, Jamaica) competed in the 400m hurdles, but did not qualify for the finals in the event.

The Golden Bulls were edged by just six points to champions from the Academy of Art University.

“It was an excellent meet; rarely will you see a team break three national records and six school records all at the same meet,” said JCSU head coach and USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year Lennox Graham. “We had the altitude to content with, but our student-athletes listened and remained hydrated, and it showed in the results.”

Williams and Elliott will continue their seasons for the Jamaican Trials and possibly the World Championship Games.