Thompson shoots 70, UNCP women’s golf finishes 3rd

Staff report

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Junior Ashlii Thompson carded a final-round 70 Tuesday to grab a runner-up finish at the Armstrong Pirate Invitational, setting the pace for a third-place finish for the No. 26 UNC Pembroke golf team in a field of 13.

Ashlii Thompson (+9) charged up the leaderboard Tuesday, jumping four spots from sixth to second in the 71-player field. It’s her 13th-career top-five finish and sixth of the season in eight events. The junior’s 70 is the second-best round of her career and bested the next-lowest round by three strokes Tuesday on the par-72, 5,934-yard Savannah Quarters Country Club course.

The Braves (+72) carded a combined 304 in the final round, 11 shots better than Monday’s opening-round 315 and 13 strokes lower than their second-round 317.

UNCP held serve with Peach Belt Conference foe and No. 22 Armstrong State (+57) Tuesday, as both squads shot 304, tying for the lowest final-round score with fifth-place Mount Olive (+89). The Pirates took the team title by 10 strokes over runner-up No. 24 West Georgia (+67). The Black & Gold finished five shots out of second and bested fourth-place No. 39 West Alabama (+87) by 15 strokes.

PBC member North Georgia (+108) took seventh, while league foe Young Harris (+139) placed 10th. The final conference school in the tournament, Columbus State (+149) finished 12th.

Laura Bird (+13) fired a final-round 79 after back-to-back 75s Monday to finish amongst a three-way tie for fourth. It’s Bird’s second top-five of the season and eighth of her career. Rebecca Mirovich (+23) carded a 79 Tuesday and grabbed a share of 22nd, while Savannah Thompson (+27) tied for 27th after a final round 76. Amanda Levy (+40) shared 51st with two others with a third-round 85.

West Georgia’s Franziska Bremm (+6) took home the individual title after firing 73-74-75 in the 54 hole-tournament.

The Braves will take over a month off before teeing it up at the UWG Wolf Invitational April 4 and 5. The West Georgia-hosted tournament will be played on the Sunset Hill Country Club course in Carrollton, Georgia.

Track & Field sends five to All-Region squad

NEW ORLEANS — The fruits of hard work throughout the indoor portion of the 2016 schedule paid off for the UNC Pembroke track & field team on Tuesday as five student-athletes earned all-region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the all-region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top three relay teams. The regions used for this award match those used during the cross country season. Jaynell Brown, Jeanna Cube, Onya Daye, Kory Jones and Jani Perez were all included in Tuesday’s announcement.

Jones was the lone male representative for the Braves as he took in the all-region nod in the high jump. Jones set a new indoor personal best with a leap of 2.01 meters on the way to a runner-up finish in the event at the Wake Forest Invitational in mid-January. That mark was just .02 meters off of an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Four student-athletes combined to rake in five all-region honors on the women’s side. Cube earned the accolade in both the high jump and pentathlon. The Pinellas Park, Fla., product shattered a school record and produced an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a jump of 1.65 meters in winning the high jump at the Winston-Salem D2 Invitational in late January, and established a school record with 2,919 points in the pentathlon at the East Tennessee State-hosted Buccaneer Invitational in early February.

Brown’s throw of 13.26 meters at the Kent Taylor Invite on February 21 earned the senior all-region honors in the shot put, while Perez was recognized with the laurel in the 60-meter dash thanks to a school-record time of 7.81 seconds at both the Wake Forest Invitational and the Kent Taylor Invite. Daye shattered a school record with a toss of 14.16 meters in the weight throw at the Camel City Invitational on January 29, but then broke her own school record with a mark of 14.78 meters in the event at the Kent Taylor Invite. She earned all-region honors after ranking third in the southeast in that specialty.

The Braves will be back in action again on Friday when they lift the lid on their outdoor season by hosting the inaugural Braves Track & Field Classic at the Dick & Lenore Taylor Track. Action is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m.

Staff report

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