Lincoln Athletes Earn All-American Honors
JEFFERSON CITY - Sixteen athletes from Lincoln's men's and women's track & field teams earned All-American honors after stellar performances at last week's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the honors, which go to any athlete who scores a team point at the national championship meet, late on Tuesday.
The Blue Tiger women earned 17 All-American honors, tying with Grand Canyon and Grand Valley State for the most by a single program in the country. It was also by far the most by an MIAA program, surpassing Emporia State, which received five All-American nods. Nine members of the Lincoln women's track & field team turned in All-American performances, led by Lovan Palmer, who earned the status in three events (400m, 800m and 4x400m relay).
Six other members of the LU women's team earned multiple All-American awards, with Michelle Cumberbatch and Yanique Haye each earning the distinction in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Cardine Copeland and Yanique Ellington, meanwhile, both received All-American nods for performances in the 100m and the 4x100m relay. Twishana Williams, who earned All-American status in the 1,500m, was the fourth member of the 4x400m relay squad while Anna-Kay James and Janae Johnson each rounded out LU's 4x100m relay unit. Sheri Kaye Campbell led Lincoln's performance in the field events, earning All-American awards in the high jump and the triple jump.
The Lincoln men had seven athletes combine to earn 12 All-American honors, the third-most in the nation behind Saint Augustine's (23) and Ashland (18). It was also the most by an MIAA program, with LU earning three more awards than Pittsburg State, which earned nine. Lincoln was one of just two programs, along with Saint Augustine's, to have a pair of athletes earn three All-American distinctions. Sabiel Anderson, who won individual national titles in the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles, and Michael Ashley each earned the status in the 4x100m relay. Ashley also earned All-American honors in the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
Romel Lewis also earned multiple All-American honors after turning in strong performances in the 100m and the 4x100m relay. Devin Hill was the fourth member of Lincoln's 4x100m relay unit while Alonzo Allen, Jermaine Blake and Tyrone Hawkins joined Ashley on LU's 4x400m relay team.
Both Blue Tiger teams combined to receive 29 All-American honors, again the most by an MIAA team. Emporia State and Pittsburg State were next with 13 honors each. The Lincoln women's track & field finished tied with Grand Valley State for third at the NCAA Championships while the LU men finished sixth.