|Eight Bears Earn All-Region Honors|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Friday, 07 March 2014 08:01|
Eight members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Teams earned 2014 USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region Honors. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
On the men's side, six earned all-region for the Bears including sophomore Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) in the men's 60-meter hurdles. Baxter owns the school record (7.43 seconds) and has placed first in all four races this indoor season.
Baxter earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in the event last year and is currently ranked sixth in the nation this season.
Baxter will once again look to garner All-America accolades when he competes in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2014 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 14-15.
Both senior Aaron Nelson (Mayodan, N.C.) and freshman Jawanzza Harris (Pinebluff, N.C.) earned all-region accolades in the men's pole vault for the Bears. Both have the school record in the event (13'5").
In the men's weight throw, the Bears also had two athletes garner All-Southeast Region accolades: sophomore Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) and junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.). Downs holds the program record in the event with a toss of 49'3".
Rounding out the men's side for the Bears is sophomore Victor Brannan (Powder Springs, Ga.), who was named to the All-Southeast Region Team in the high jump. Brannan has a career-best jump of 6'6".
Two members of the L-R Women's Track and Field Team earned indoor all-region honors: sophomore Tarryn Cornejo (Deland, Fla.) in the pole vault and redshirt freshman Grace Turner (Lincolnton, N.C.) in the 5,000-meter run.
Cornejo has the school record in the women's pole vault (8'6") while Turner's best run this season in the 5K has been 19:01.
The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top three relay teams. The regions used for this award match those used during the cross country season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams open the outdoor season on March 14-15 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Baxter, L-R Athletics
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