The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honorees for the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season and the GRU Augusta women’s outdoor track and field team posted five student-athletes, while the men had three earn the honor.
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, and student-athletes must come from USTFCCCA member institutions.
The 2015 season will conclude May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan, at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.
For the Jaguar ladies, sophomore trio Sabiyah Broderick, JaVoni Canty, and Angelica Clayton were named All-Region and freshman Heather Hammett and junior Jordan Humphrey received the accolade as well. On the men’s side for GRU, senior Christian Collier, sophomore Taylor Coxwell, freshman Sean-Michael Rand, and senior Dustin Ross represented Augusta.
Sabiyah Broderick competed in 29 events in 2015, including 10 at the Peach Belt Conference Championships. Broderick won the javelin throw and the 800m run at the PBC Championships and had 21 top-10 finishes on the year, while setting five personal-best records.
JaVoni Canty logged 17 events this season and had 13 top-10 finishes and 10 top-five places. Canty was named the PBC Field Athlete of the Week on March 11, 2015 for her discus and shot-put performances. Canty posted her best distances in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw all this year.
Angelica Clayton raced in 11 events total in 2015, but she finished in the top five in all of them and top three in nine – sparked by three first-place marks. Her 12.44 time in the 100m race at the Emory Classic gave her a new personal best.
Heather Hammett was named the Female Freshman of the Year at the GRU Augusta Athletics Banquet. Hammett recorded eight first-place finishes in hurdles and the 4×400 relay and finished in the top 10 in 21 of her 22 events. She holds the record for the 100m and 400m hurdles at GRU and she aided the Jags to top-10 finishes in all six regular-season meets.
Jordan Humphrey carded six top-five places in eight of her events on the track this season. In the 10,000m race at the Emory Invitational, Humphrey finished in 38:49.52 for her best finish ever. She placed in the top five in six consecutive meets for her strength in the 10000m, 5000m, and 1500m races.
Christian Collier carded 32 events and set four personal records on the season. Collier notched 28 top-10 finishes and won four events overall – highlighted by a conference championship in the long jump with a distance of 7.29m at the PBC Championships. The jump was Collier’s personal best.
Taylor Coxwell logged an impressive 44 events of competition this season and had five first-place marks; five of them coming consecutively at the PBC Championships for decathlon, 110m hurdles, shot put, discus throw, and long jump. Coxwell set personal records in 10 events and now holds the GRU record in decathlon, javelin, and 100m hurdles.
Sean-Michael Rand was named the PBC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year for his performance in the high jump in his rookie season. Rand was named the PBC Track Athlete of the Week twice as well and set the PBC record for the high jump with his mark of 2.06m to win at the Cougar Classic on April 4. Rand had seven first-place finishes this year, six for the high jump and one for the long jump, and placed in the top 10 in 17 of his 18 events competed in on the season.
Dustin Ross earned All-Region honors for both the 800m race and the 1500m race. Ross raced 11 events overall and had seven first-place finishes and set a PBC record for the 800m and 1500m race at the championships. Ross blazed the 1500m run and won the event out of 31 racers in 3:49.78 on Thursday. Ross outkicked the competition to win his second championship in back-to-back style. Ross also won the 800m run in 1:51.24.
JAGUAR WOMEN: 2015 ALL-REGION
Sabiyah Broderick GRU Augusta Southeast Heptathlon
JaVoni Canty GRU Augusta Southeast Discus
Angelica Clayton GRU Augusta Southeast 100 Meters
Heather Hammett GRU Augusta Southeast 400 Meter Hurdles
Jordan Humphrey GRU Augusta Southeast 10,000 Meters
JAGUAR MEN: 2015 ALL-REGION
Christian Collier GRU Augusta Southeast Long Jump
Taylor Coxwell GRU Augusta Southeast Decathlon
Sean-Michael Rand GRU Augusta Southeast High Jump
Dustin Ross GRU Augusta Southeast 800 Meters
Dustin Ross GRU Augusta Southeast 1500 Meters
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