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12 SAU track and field student-athletes claim 27 All-America honors

Twelve Saint Augustine’s University student-athletes were recognized for winning 27 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field All-America awards by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

The Falcons, who grabbed their fifth straight NCAA DII men’s outdoor crown over the weekend, tied for the most All-America honors (16) in the nation among the men’s teams and the Lady Falcons totaled 11 All-America accolades. Shawn Rowe and Tia-Adana Belle led the country with four All-America awards apiece.

Rowe earned first-team status by winning the 400-meter hurdles, the 4x400-meter relay and placing second in the 110-meter hurdles. Rowe made second-team All-America in the 4x100-meter relay.

Belle finished first in the 400-meter hurdles, third in the 100-meter hurdles, fourth in the 4x400-meter relay and eighth in the 4x100-meter relay. She became the second three-time women’s 400 hurdles champion in DII history, breaking the DII record which she owned with a time of 55.42.

Omar Johnson and Khari Herbert, Jr. each garnered three All-America awards. Johnson was second in the 400-meter dash, third in the 200-meter dash and competed in the 4x100 relay. Herbert finished third in the 400 dash and was on the winning 4x400 relay team in addition to running on the 4x100 relay squad.

The top eight finishers in each event earned first-team All-America status. Student-athletes received second-team honors by finishing ninth through 12th in individual events and ninth or 10th in the relays. A total of 251 men claimed 301 All-America awards and 230 women won 305 All-America honors.

Men’s Golf

NC State: Freshman Benjamin Shipp, sophomore Stephen Franken, and senior Jacob McBride have been named to the Golf Coaches Association of America’s (GCAA) PING All-Region Team, the organization announced recently. The honor is the second for Franken (2016) and the first for both Shipp and McBride.

Field Hockey

Duke: Rising juniors Morgan Bitting, Christy Palazzese and Erin Scherrer, rising redshirt sophomore Sammi Steele, rising sophomores Kirby Comizio, Haley Schleicher and Jillian Wolgemuth, as well as incoming freshmen Lexi Davidson and Lily Posternak received invitations to take part in the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship, as announced by USA Field Hockey over the weekend. The Blue Devils’ nine selections to the Young Women’s National Championship were the most of any collegiate institution.

Baseball

Mount Olive: Austin Hutchison and Zack Mozingo picked up their third All-America honors as they were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-America Team, it was announced Tuesday. Hutchison, a senior from Dandridge, Tenn., earned first-team All-America honors at starting pitcher. Mozingo, a senior from Goldsboro was named first-team All-America at relief pitcher.

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