Lenoir-Rhyne University officials announced today that Danny Williamson has accepted the position of Head Coach for both Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field.
Williamson comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after an impressive 30-year career as Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1987 to 2016. Williamson retired from WCU in July of 2016 after nearly 30 years of coaching. Shortly after retiring, he was invited to serve as the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for Cherokee High School in Cherokee, N.C., this past school year. Williamson also served as a college liaison and athletic support specialist for the high school.
“This is an exciting day for the Bears as we welcome Danny Williamson, a legend in the Track & Field coaching ranks, to assume leadership of our cross country and track and field programs,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. “He is the ideal candidate to build on the great foundation that Coach Jason Stewart established while taking our programs to the next level. Coach Williamson is a relentless recruiter, a great teacher and motivator, and is known for getting the absolute most out of his student-athletes. He understands and knows how to develop and build perennial championship programs while prioritizing the student-athlete experience.”
Williamson replaces Jason Stewart, who resigned after 16 years as mentor of the cross country programs (2001-16) and 13 seasons heading up the school’s track and field teams (2005-17).
“Lenoir-Rhyne has a great history and we want to build upon it,” said Williamson. “I want to give credit to former coach Jason Stewart and his staff for the outstanding accomplishments they achieved over the past 16 years. Moving forward, we want to take that formed foundation and build something special that Lenoir-Rhyne University will be very proud of.”
During his tenure at the helm, he developed the Catamounts from the bottom of the Southern Conference to a prominent level at the top of the league standings year in and year out. Williamson led Western Carolina to 32 Southern Conference (SoCon) Team Championships and was named Southern Conference Coach Of The Year 39 times.
Williamson earned coaching honors in track, including the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Southeast Region Coach Of The Year (2006), the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Indoor Coach Of The Year (2004 and 2005), the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Southeast Region Outdoor Coach Of The Year (2005), and the 10K Southern Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Hard Charger Coaches Award in 1999.
Williamson coached over 700 student-athletes in track and field to All-SoCon accolades and led over 250 student-athletes in cross country and track and field to individual conference event championships. In addition, 19 Catamounts were named SoCon Athletes Of The Year and three student-athletes earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in track and field under Williamson’s guidance.
“The vision that President Whitt and Kim Pate have for the track and field and cross country programs as well as the entire athletic program is something anyone in the coaching profession is looking for. It is a very exciting time for Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” added Williamson. “Having an opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of young student-athletes is very important to me.”
Williamson was an instructor of Health and Human Performance at Western Carolina and was the Southern Conference Representative on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Executive Committee for seven years (2007-14).
Coach Danny Williamson is a 1985 graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He completed his Master's in Education at WCU in 1986.
Lenoir-Rhyne placed third in men’s track and field and fourth in women’s track and field at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past April. The Bears cross country squads both finished sixth overall in 2016 – three spots better than the previous year.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., on Saturday, October 21, and will host the 2018 SAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on campus at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT DANNY WILLIAMSON
“Danny (Williamson) was my mentor when I started coaching in 1992. He is an excellent leader with high moral values. He believes in family and has influenced the lives of hundreds of student-athletes. He has helped create champions in athletics and in life. I can’t think of a more qualified individual to lead the Lenoir-Rhyne programs. I think the university has made an excellent choice.”
Harlis J. Meaders
Head Coach and Director of Track and Field and Cross Country – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
“I have known Danny (Williamson) for well over a decade. I have observed and watched his teams over the years and have always found his squads well-prepared for the conference championship meets. Danny is a great coach and a great motivator. One thing is for sure, you are never going to find a team that is in better shape and is as well-conditioned as Danny’s squads.”
Director of Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field – East Carolina University
“Coach (Danny) Williamson – or Pops as I call him – simply put is an amazing individual. At Western Carolina University, Coach Williamson created a family atmosphere for us and that is why we were so successful both on and off the track. He instilled a burning desire to fight and work hard for what we wanted to achieve. Now as a professional athlete, those same morals and life lessons have transferred over. Lenoir-Rhyne has found a gem in Coach Williamson and I cannot wait to see the program prosper under his tutelage.”
Olympic Medalist | United States and World Champion
“Danny (Williamson) is the ultimate student of the sport of track and field which leads to the success of his student-athletes. With all the success his student-athletes have experienced in track and field, he is even more proud of their accomplishments in the classroom. He will bring a wealth of experience and energy to Lenoir-Rhyne University.”
Retired – Former Associate Athletics Director and Interim Athletics Director – Western Carolina University
“I gave Danny (Williamson) his first full-time job when I was Athletics Director of Western Carolina University. He is a great person and will fit well with the staff at the University. He is also a strong supporter of the total athletic program and the student-athletes will benefit because of his personal attention to their lives on and off the field.”
Dr. Terry Wanless
Retired – Former Athletics Director – Western Carolina University, University of North Dakota and Sacramento State University
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
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.
Burke County: 1
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
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.
Burke County: 1
Taylorsville: 3, 3
Henderson: 2, 1
Ti'Quan Forbes hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 5-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday.
The single by Forbes, part of a two-run inning, gave the Crawdads a 1-0 lead before Tanner Gardner hit an RBI single later in the inning.
After Hickory added two runs in the third, the GreenJackets cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa hit back-to-back home runs.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Eric Jenkins scored on a ground out.
Luke Lanphere (3-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Augusta starter Melvin Adon (1-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Nick Dignacco retired the side in order for his second save of the season.
Appalachian State University Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, named Shelly Hoerner head softball coach on Friday. Hoerner brings 18 years of head coaching experience with over 500 career wins to the App State program.
“We’re looking forward to the experience and excitement Shelly will bring to the program at Appalachian State. I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Jonathan Reeder, for their work,” said Gillin. “After a national search, Shelly’s success as a coach, in addition to her reputation as a leader, made her a natural fit for App State. I am thrilled to welcome Shelly, Jeff, and Meeka May to the Appalachian State family.”
Hoerner comes to App after a four-year stint as Head Coach at Georgia Tech, where she earned her 500th career win in 2016. At Tech, her team had the highest GPA in the athletic department in 2016 and 2017, averaging over a 3.2 all four years. Hoerner coached the Yellow Jackets to four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with three Yellow Jackets earning All-ACC honors.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, she led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference.
From 2000-05, Hoerner was the head coach at Barry University, compiling an overall record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as Regional Coach of the Year.
Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000). She first embarked on her coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. In her two seasons at Barry, she struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.
Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school's all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.
Hoerner also gained professional playing experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.
A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master's degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999, and have a daughter, Meeka May.
Statement from Coach Hoerner…
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Doug Gillin for this incredible opportunity to rebuild and lead the App State program. The vision he has for the athletic department mirrors what I was looking for. Jonathan Reeder and the entire search committee have been terrific through this process and very welcoming. I am excited to lead this program with passion and purpose, and will provide the necessary structure and support to help our student-athletes be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The young women will be prepared for life after they graduate from App State. I look forward to bringing a family atmosphere to this program along with engaging our alumni and their families. We will work as one unit to establish a championship mentality and elevate App State Softball in the Sun Belt Conference.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT SHELLY HOERNER…
"Coach Hoerner will bring a lot of game experience to the program at App. State. She is a coach that also truly cares about the student-athlete and their collegiate experience. I feel like this is a great fit for Coach Hoerner and App State.”
- Ken Erickson, Team USA Head Coach, South Florida Head Coach
“She was my first-ever recruit at Barry, and through her infectious personality we’ve been able to remain friends. It has been fun to follow her career and I’m excited to see what she will do at App State. She knows the game very well and is going to make some things happen for the program.”
- Lisa Navas, Associate Head Coach, University of South Carolina
“Shelly is a wonderful person and leader. She has a terrific personality and a passion for the game. She will do great things for Appalachian State’s program.”
- Bobby Cremins, Legendary College Basketball Coach
“Shelly has great experience playing and coaching at some outstanding programs. She's knowledgeable and works to get the best out of her players. She does it right and is concerned about the person as well as the athlete.”
- Mike Rappi, Former Canisius Head Coach
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2017 class on Wednesday.
Tyquann Perinchief (Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School), Olamide Onajide (Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)) and Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) will officially join the Mountaineers.
“We are pleased to announce our final roster additions for the 2017 class,” O’Keefe said. “We have been able to address all of our needs with this class. It has size, speed, strength, versatility, competitive spirit and winning mentality. The group will be one that helps add to our current group and set a foundation to build on for the next four years.”
With the addition of three more newcomers, the class of 14 now features four forwards, a dual threat, two midfielders, three defenders and a goalkeeper. In the class, nine of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida, one from Rhode Island, two from Bermuda and one from Germany.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Austin Hill - MF/F - 5-6 - Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - MF/F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - MF/F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Olamide Onajide - MF - 5-6 - Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)
Tyquann Perinchief - F - 5-11 - Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School
Marc Pfrogner - MF/F - 5-8 - Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Prince Titus - F - 5-9 - Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 - Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
OLAMIDE ONAJIDE (5-6, 160, Midfield, Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.))
Played two years at Iowa Lakes Community College ... named first team academic all-region ... a two-time ICCAC regional semifinalist ... helped lead his team to a 26-9 record in two years and a No. 15 national ranking ... a three-year letterwinner at North Providence ... named first team all-division twice ... named to the Dean’s list the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 ... full name is Olamide Onajide ... born March 29, 1998 ... son of Adenike Onajide ... intends on majoring in political science ... enjoys reading and playing soccer in his spare time ... cousin, Olumide Onajide played basketball at Rutgers.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Olamide joins us with two years of college and Nigerian youth national team experience. He has an infectious positive personality which will help us every day. He is a left footed versatile player who can play in the back or midfield. He is very competitive and wants to be great in everything he does which will add to our overall depth.”
TYQUANN PERINCHIEF (5-11, 156, Forward, Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School)
Played soccer and rugby at Saltus Grammar School ... played on XRoads - “A” Division soccer team ... named to all-stars East vs. West soccer game ... was MVP for soccer and rugby ... was also a track and field champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017 ... during the CAIS Tournament, scored 14 goals in seven games ... full name is Tyquann Tyrell Perinchief ... born on May 20, 1999 ... son of Melody Rand ... has one sibling: Jacob Rand.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Tyquann is a center forward from Bermuda with a nose for the goal and a toughness that will be very helpful in his transition to the college game. He is one of the hardest working players I have seen. He can score a spectacular goal or create something out of his sheer work and desire. He will bring a professional attitude and discipline which will help us from day one.”
MARC PFROGNER (5-8, 140, Midfield/Forward, Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen))
Attended Gymnasium Feuchtwangen ... also played with FC Nürnberg ... full name is Marc Pfrogner ... born Jan. 9, 1998 ...son of Gertrud and Wolfgang Pfrogner ... has three siblings: Kai, Lars and Thea.
O’Keefe’s Take: “We are very excited to have Marc join us in August. He is a pacey, crafty attacking player that can create and score goals. He will help continue to develop our team’s soccer IQ and help our team continue to develop a style of play by increasing our relationships on the field. Marc has played at the highest level in Germany as a youth and will bring some great experience to our team.”
Caldwell County- 4
Rutherford County-4 /10 innings
Ricardo Valencia hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning, as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Augusta GreenJackets 5-4 on Thursday.
Alex Kowalczyk scored the game-winning run after he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then went to third on a single by Valencia.
The GreenJackets tied the game 4-4 in the top of the eighth when Adam Sonabend hit an RBI double, bringing home Sandro Fabian.
Hickory starter Edgar Arredondo allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He also struck out two and walked one. Kaleb Fontenot (3-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Nolan Riggs (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Yeyson Yrizarri doubled twice and singled, driving in three runs in the win. Kowalczyk doubled and singled twice.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Second Team for Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Salamon, a junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, earns Academic All-America accolades for the second straight year. Salamon is an exercise major with a grade point average of 3.93.
This indoor season, Salamon earned All-Southeast Region accolades in both the shot put and weight throw and established a school record in the shot put (40’1") at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., in the middle of January.
In outdoor track and field, Salamon was named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women's Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 and 2016 SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of the Year. In addition, Salamon holds the school record in the discus (154’11”) and won the event two years in a row – 2015 and 2016 – at the South Atlantic Conference Championships.
At the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Mich., Salamon was named a Second-Team All-American after finishing 12th in the discus.
Salamon was also a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and placed eighth in the women’s discus at the 2015 Pan-Am Junior Games in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
Twenty of the 45 members of the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with nine student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.90.
The 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams consisted of 13 student-athletes who made repeat appearances on the team, including four student-athletes who received their third appearance on the list.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America®
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
NCAA Division II
Sabrina Anderson, Slippery Rock, Gr., Warren, Pa., 3.91, 4.00 (G), MBA (G) / Exercise Science (UG)
Jamie Ashcroft, Alaska Anchorage, Sr., Shawnigan Lake, B.C., 3.85, Health Science
Breanna Colbenson, Minnesota Duluth, Sr., Elmwood, Wis., 3.89, Physical Education
Bethany Drake, Western Washington, Gr., Sandy, Ore., 3.87, 4.00 (G), Master In Teaching (G) / Art (UG)
Olivia Esbenshade, Cedarville, Sr., Marietta, Pa., 3.82, Nursing
Lacey Herbert, Oklahoma Baptist, Sr., Perryton, Texas, 4.00, Elementary Education
Summer Hill, California (Pa.), Jr., Honesdale, Pa., 3.89, Sport Management
Alyssa Johnson, Wingate, Sr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Carsyn Koch, Cedarville, Jr., Washburn, Maine, 3.54, Nursing
Marissa McCay, Humboldt State, Sr., McKinleyville, Calif., 3.83, Liberal Studies / Elementary Education
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack, Sr., Ashland, Mass., 3.88, Criminology
Natalie O'Keefe, Southwest Baptist, Sr., Granite City, Ill., 4.00, Art
Georgia Porter, Western State Colorado, Sr., Stevenson, Wash., 4.00, Recreation & Outdoor Education
Stachia Reuwsaat, Chadron State, Sr., Black Hawk, S.D., 3.97, Legal Studies (Pre-Law)
Cheyenne Thompson, Montevallo, Sr., Chelsea, Ala., 4.00, Biochemistry
Kaitlyn Barber, Walsh, Jr., Toledo, Ohio, 3.96, Pre-Physical Therapy (Biology)
Sarah Berger, Walsh, Jr., Wadsworth, Ohio, 3.90, Pre-Med Biology
Thalie Carmigniani, Lynn, Gr., Tours, France, 3.99, 4.00 (G), Financial Valuation (G) / Business (UG)
Michaela Dendinger, Wayne State (Neb.), Jr., Coleridge, Neb., 3.63, Biology
Kendra Foley, Grand Valley State, Sr., Noblesville, Ind., 3.54, Communication Studies
Mel Herl, Chadron State, Gr., Eaton, Colo., 3.79, 3.78 (G), Organizational Management
Brittany Kallenberger, Central Missouri, Sr., Lee's Summit, Mo., 3.81, Design & Drafting Technology
Alicja Konieczek, Western State, Colorado, So., Zsrit Powodowo, Poland, 3.78, Exercise & Sports Science
Molly Montonye, Minnesota State Moorhead, Sr., Graceville, Minn., 3.96, Medical Technology
Colett Rampf, Saint Leo, Sr., Premnitz, Germany, 3.78, Economics
Emily Roberts, Southern Indiana, Jr., Fredericktown, Ohio, 3.82, Exercise Science (Occupational Therapy)
Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 3.93, Exercise Science
Emily Sechrist, Oklahoma Baptist, Jr., Hillsboro, Kan., 4.00, Special Education
Kendra Smith, Lindenwood, Sr., Whitby, Ontario, 3.88, Marketing
Emi Trost, Minnesota Duluth, Jr., Goodhue, Minn., 3.76, Exercise Science
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Volleyball Coach Dave Markland has signed six recruits for the 2017 campaign. The Bears welcome Madison Asher, Maggie Bogart, Angelica Hernandez, Taylor Prall, Megan Treadway and Taylor Walton.
"I'm very excited about this class," said Markland. "This group fills a variety of needs and every position is covered. All these student-athletes are top-notch academically and will be excellent representatives of Lenoir-Rhyne University."
Asher (Abingdon, Va.) is a three-time first-team all-conference honoree and a two-time all-region selection who graduated as Abingdon High School's all-time leader in kills. Asher was also a member of the VHSL All-Star Team and was Team Most Valuable Player. Asher was a member of the Tri Cities Extreme Travel Team as well.
Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) was an Eastern Kansas League honorable mention selection in 2016 was named to the All-State Academic Team twice (2015 and 2016). Bogart also played club volleyball for Final Slam 18s.
Hernandez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named most outstanding player for Colegio Espíritu Santo. Hernandez's club teams were GVA (Guaynabo Volleyball Academy), VB Rags and Borinquen Coqui.
Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) earned first-team all-league honors twice and is a two-time all-district selection. Prall led Tippecanoe High School to the section and district championships in 2015. Prall also played club volleyball for Elevation out of Mason, Ohio. An outstanding all-around athlete, Prall also earned all-conference accolades in both women's basketball and women's track and field.
Treadway (Valdese, N.C.) was Team MVP and an all-conference honoree for Jimmy C. Draughn High School. Her club team, BEVC Kryptonite, was coached by former Lenoir-Rhyne player and assistant Meredith Lutz and current player Kathryn Sizemore.
Walton (Advance, N.C.) was an all-league and team most valuable player for Davie County High School. Walton also played for the Piedmont Volleyball Club.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 season on Friday, September 1, against Saint Leo (11:30 a.m.) and American International (4:30 p.m.) in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Gary Higgins has officially released the Bears’ 2017 schedule.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-5-2 overall, 8-2-1 South Atlantic Conference) is looking to build on last year’s league regular season championship crown and subsequent berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
“We are very excited for the upcoming season,” said Higgins. “We are looking to build on a strong 2016 campaign and are looking forward to a very challenging schedule.”
The Bears will play nine games at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex including non-conference opponents Limestone (Thursday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m., in the opener), Mount Olive (Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m.), Lees-McRae (Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m.) and Saint Leo (Tuesday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m.).
In the opener, the Bears will take on a Saints’ squad which went 18-2 on the year, earned a playoff berth and finished with a No. 22 national ranking. In addition, Saint Leo (13-4-1) also played in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The league portion of the schedule begins on Wednesday, September 13, against Catawba in Salisbury, N.C., at 5:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne shared the league title last year with Tusculum (10-5-3) and Carson-Newman (17-4-1). The Bears host the Pioneers on Saturday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m., before traveling to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. The Eagles were a playoff team in 2016 as well.
“We had five to six freshmen starting almost every game last season so we are looking forward to them having a little more experience as well as some talented players joining our program,” added Higgins.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns sophomore forward Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.), last year’s league freshman of the year, and all-league senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.).
“We have eight incoming players with a good mix of freshman and transfers so hopefully we can hit the ground running and have another successful year,” added Higgins, the 2016 SAC Coach Of The Year.
“As always, we have given ourselves a very tough schedule and will play some quality regional opposition. Our conference is always strong with at least three of four teams pushing for a national ranking each year.”
“We hope to see our loyal fan base cheering on the Bears as we look to defend our conference championship and hopefully represent Lenoir-Rhyne University on the national stage once again.”