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Appalachian State University women’s track and field student-athlete, Tristin Van Ord, has been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.

The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Van Ord, a standout star in both cross country and track and field, finished her four-year career at Appalachian as one of the most distinguished runners in school history. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native, carries a 3.91 cumulative grade-point-average in the major of sustainable development. With her nomination to the first team, Van Ord is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American status.

Van Ord, most recently, competed in the 2017 NCAA East Region Preliminaries and finished 36th in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 35:33.28 and took 38th in the 5,000-meters with a time of 17:14.60.

She claimed the silver medal in the 10,000-meter race at the Sun Belt Championships with a time of 36:41.96. In the 5,000-meter race, Van Ord picked up her third-consecutive title with a time of 16:55.29.

During the season, Van Ord topped her own program record in the 10,000-meters with a time of 34:04.64 at the Raleigh Relays. She also earned Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week during the season.

This marks the 27th year of the Woman of the Year program, which was established in 1991. NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated a record 543 female student-athletes for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 229 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 197 competed in Division III athletics.

The Sun Belt Conference will assess each nominee’s eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.


From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

Eric Jenkins scored on a groundout in the first inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 7-2 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday.

The ground out, part of a two-run inning, gave the Crawdads a 1-0 lead before Tanner Gardner hit an RBI double later in the inning.

The Crawdads later added one run in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth to secure the victory.

Hickory right-hander Kyle Cody (3-6) picked up the win after allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. Opposing starter Yosmer Solorzano (2-6) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed seven runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Burke County: 13
Rutherford County: 9

Cherryville: 12, 6
Caldwell County: 5, 4

Taylorsville: 8
Hickory: 7

Micker Adolfo hit a two-run home run and had two hits, driving in three, and Luis Martinez allowed just three hits over six innings as the Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Hickory Crawdads 4-1 on Monday.

Martinez (2-0) allowed one run while striking out five and walking two to pick up the win.

Hickory started the scoring in the first inning. After hitting a single, Leody Taveras scored on a double by Alex Kowalczyk.

Kannapolis answered in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead for good when Adolfo homered to bring home Aaron Schnurbusch.

The Intimidators later tacked on a run in both the second and fifth innings. In the second, Grant Massey scored on a ground out, while Adolfo hit an RBI double in the fifth.

Sal Mendez (4-4) went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked two. Danny Dopico pitched two scoreless innings for his second save of the season.

Hickory: 8
Burke County: 1

Taylorsville: 8
Cherryville: 4

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Swimming Team – freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) and junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) – earned 2016-17 Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors by the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America).

To be an honorable mention selection, a swimmer or diver must have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and must have achieved a “B” time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet.

Queen, a premedical science major, earned his NCAA Division II “B” qualifying time in the 400-yard individual medley with a school-record time of 4:00.68. Queen also holds the school record in the 100-yard freestyle (47.48), 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.39) and 200-yard individual medley (1:51.88).

Queen was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week on October 18 as well.

McRea, a psychology major, was also a qualifier at the “B” cut level in the 400-yard IM (4:01.08) this year and was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week on January 26.

In addition, McRea holds program marks in the men’s 200-yard freestyle (1:41.62), 50-yard backstroke (24.83), 100-yard backstroke (52.25) and 200-yard backstroke (1:51.85) and is an honorable mention Scholar All-American for the second straight year.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

Caldwell County: 1, 2
Henderson County: 0, 6

Gastonia: 5, 5
Maiden: 4, 4

The Hickory Crawdads fell in both games of a doubleheader at home on Sunday, losing game one 1-0 and game two 8-5 Sunday.

In game one, Caleb Baragar struck out nine hitters over six innings, leading the Augusta GreenJackets over the Hickory Crawdads in a 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Hickory had runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, but a runner was thrown out on a single to end the game as Patrick Ruotolo earned his fifth save of the season.

Baragar (2-5) allowed three hits while walking one to pick up the win.

The game's only run was scored in the top of the fourth inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Jose Vizcaino scored following singles by Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa.

Michael Matuella (0-4) went four innings, allowing one run and six hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out one and walked one.

The Crawdads were blanked for the fourth time this season, while the GreenJackets' staff recorded their fifth shutout of the year.

In game two, Jacob Heyward hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-5 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

The home run by Heyward capped a five-run inning and gave the GreenJackets a 7-4 lead after Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run single earlier in the inning.

The GreenJackets tacked on another run in the sixth when Heyward hit an RBI single, driving in Vizcaino.

Sandro Cabrera (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Matthew Smoral (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Eric Jenkins doubled twice, scoring two runs for the Crawdads. Leody Taveras tripled and singled, driving in two runs.

Caldwell County: 5
Bruke County: 2

Cherryville: 8
Taylorsville: 2

Hickory: 2, 10
Asheville: 3, 3

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Swimming Team was recognized as a Scholar All-America Team for the Spring Semester of 2017 by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Bears’ GPA for the semester was 3.38.

The top grade point averages in NCAA Division II were McKendree (women) and Urbana (men) with grade point averages of 4.00 and 3.69, respectively.

Across all NCAA levels, a total of 720 teams representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher this past spring semester. The numbers of schools topping the 700-mark was a first in the organization’s 95-year history.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team opens the 2017-18 campaign with the annual Black and White Intersquad on Friday, September 29.

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