Sophomore sprinter Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine’s was named men’s outdoor track athlete of the year on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
His coach, George Williams, is men’s outdoor coach of the year, and his assistant coach, Sandy Chapman, is men’s outdoor assistant coach of the year.
Jones ranks among the nation’s top 10 Division II runners in the 100 and 200 dashes. He anchors the 4x100 relay team, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a time of 39.33 this year. Jones, also a wide receiver on the football team, is the CIAA champion in the 100 and 200 dashes and was named men’s track MVP at the conference championships.
No. 2 North Carolina saw its NCAA run come to an end Sunday as the Tar Heels fell to seventh-seeded UCLA, 4-1, on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Tar Heels (28-4) ran out to an early lead thanks to a pair of dominant doubles wins before the Bruins rallied to take four singles matches.
Four Tar Heels will compete in the NCAA singles tournament starting Wednesday. Gina Suarez-Malaguti (seeded seventh), Zoe De Bruycker, Whitney Kay and Caroline Price are all in the field.
Duke incoming freshman Kianna Holland and North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields were among six finalists for the Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year.
Other finalists: Saniya Chong (UConn), Rebekah Dahlman (Vanderbilt) and Toni Jankoska (Michigan State). Chong was selected the Player of the Year.
• North Carolina assistant coach Trisha Stafford-Odom is the new head coach at Concordia University Irvine.
North Carolina freshman outfielder Skye Bolt has accepted an invitation to join USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.
Bolt was named a second team All-ACC performer on Monday after posting a .359 average with 10 doubles, six home runs and 44 RBIs in 38 games with the Tar Heels.
Saint Augustine’s quarterback Teddy Bacote was named to the CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.
The CIAA named Shaw’s Charles Silva, Juan Sanchez, and Andre Monti to the CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Second Team.