Addison, Kemp capture Regional Athlete of the Year Honors
NEW ORLEANS Jonathan Addison won USTFCCCA’s Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and Erika Kemp won Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, as announced by the organization Friday afternoon.
Both Wolfpack athletes set school records and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on the path to the awards.
Addison has won the award for the second year in a row -- just a week after winning an individual ACC title in the long jump. The Raleigh, N.C., native earned an indoor school record in the long jump with a leap of 26’9.75” and enters the NCAA Championships with a tie for the No. 1 seed.
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Kemp has national qualifying marks in the 3,000m and 5,000m – ranking sixth nationally in both events. Kemp opened the year with a school-record performance in the 5,000m, crossing the finish line in 15:45.46. She added a 3k national mark at Camel City with a time of 9:12.71. Just a week later, she defended the mark and improved her PR at the Husky Classic with a time of 9:06.07. She earned bronze in the 5k at the ACC Indoor Championships last week.
North Carolina: Senior guard Marcus Paige is a first-team Academic All-America as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
N.C. State: Junior guard Ashley Williams has been named the ACC’s Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.
North Carolina: Freshman Destinee Walker was named to the 2015-16 All-ACC Women's Basketball Academic Team.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack’s senior catcher Chance Shepard set a team record with a homerun in his sixth consecutive game Friday in a 7-1 win over Niagara.
Track and Field
Duke: After producing stellar results during the 2016 indoor track & field campaign, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named senior pole vaulter Megan Clark and associate head coach Shawn Wilbourn the Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, for the NCAA Division I Southeast region. The honor marks the first of Clark’s career, while Wilbourn earned the same award during the 2015 outdoor season.
Mt. Olive: Austin Steagall was named Conference Carolinas Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship Track Event Most Valuable Performer for the second consecutive year.
Mt. Olive: Paulena Kremling was named 2016 Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and Matt van Lierop was named 2016 Conference Carolinas Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Wake Forest: The team began play Friday at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the Long Cove Club. The Demon Deacons are in 11th place after the first round of the event, which features 12 of the top 50 teams in the nation, including the top four in the latest Golfstat rankings.
North Carolina: Elizabeth Mallett posted a 1-under-par in the opening round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and is tied for fifth. Mallett’s 1-under 70 led the team to a fifth-place finish after the first day.
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