St. Aug’s hurdler Jackson to be inducted into D-II track hall of fame
RALEIGH Saint Augustine’s alumnus Bershawn “Batman” Jackson will be inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.
Jackson’s decorated pro track career includes a gold medal for winning the 400-meter hurdles at the 2005 World Championships. He also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2009 worlds.
A five-time U.S. outdoor champion in his signature event, Jackson captured the Diamond League Title in 2010, and won gold medals in the 4x400 relay at the 2010 World Indoor Championships and 2011 World Championships. He also is a two-time U.S. indoor champion in the 400 dash.
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Jackson won the 400 hurdles national title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships and the 400 dash national crown at the Division II Indoor Championships in 2004. He also was part of the 4x400 relay squad which won gold at the indoor and outdoor championships that year.
Jackson still holds the Division II record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 48.48 seconds. He also has the Division II championship record in the event (48.50).
Track and Field
Saint Augustine’s: The school claimed four of the eight NCAA Division II Atlantic Region outdoor track and field individual awards from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Tia-Adana Belle and Shakinah Brooks were named women’s track and field athletes of the year, respectively. Burkheart Ellis Jr. was selected men’s Track Athlete of the Year, and George Williams was chosen Head Coach of the Year.
Elon: After placing third in the Colonial Athletic Association, the team saw seven players earn postseason recognition from the conference. Garnering first-team recognition were relief pitcher Chris Hall, first baseman Tyler McVicar, designated hitter CJ Young and utility player Nick Zammarelli. Shortstop Ryne Ogren was a third-team selection. He and Liam O’Regan were named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Third baseman Danny Lynch earned a spot on the All-Academic Team.
The team will open its CAA tournament at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., against sixth-seeded College of Charleston.
Campbell: Nick Greely, a 6-foot-7 forward from Fairmont, W.Va., signed an athletics grant-in-aid with the team. Greely earned all-state honors while leading Bridgeport High School to the West Virginia AA semifinals.
N.C. State: Jenna Kalwa, a two-year starter for the Wolfpack in 2014-15, was as the team’s new director of operations.
Duke: For the second straight year, the team has a date in the NCAA semifinals of match play. The sixth-seeded Blue Devils upset third-seeded Southern California, 4-1, at the Eugene Country Club and will face second-seeded and reigning NCAA champion Stanford on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.
N.C. State: Martina Frantova’s at-large selection to the NCAA singles championships comes as just the fourth-ever individual bid granted to a member of the program. The junior is ranked 45th by the ITA. She is set to begin NCAA tournament play Wednesday at Tulsa.
Duke: Freshman Kaitlyn McCarthy’s selection to the singles tournament marks the eighth consecutive year at least one Blue Devils player will compete in the event. The Cary native, who’s ranked 55th by the ITA, opens first-round action Wednesday.
N.C. State: Simon Norenius concluded the dual season ranked 55th in the ITA poll and was named to the All-ACC team and the ITA Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year. He will begin play at the NCAA singles championships Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla.
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