NEW ORLEANS – Seventeen different student-athletes from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke track and field team combined to rake in 26 all-region honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
Nine women and eight men from the Braves were included in the announcement, marking the sixth-straight year that UNCP has sent multiple representatives to the distinguished listing. The nine female student-athletes named to the team established a new program standard, and it was the second time (2013) in the history of the program that eight male student-athletes made the squad.
To be named all-region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-3 relay team.
Five females earned multiple all-region recognition, including Fatima Funderburk who was decorated for her performances in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay. Jaynell Brown earned recognition in both the shot put and discus throw, while fellow thrower Onya Daye picked up the honor in the shot put and hammer throw. Olivia Lowman was the only distance runner included in the bunch, as she picked up all-region nods in the 800-meter run.
Jeanna Cube was an all-region selection for the second-straight year in the heptathlon, but also picked up the recognition for her performance in the high jump. Lakezia Sykes was an all-region selection in the heptathlon as well, while Jani Perez made the all-region team for the third time in the last four years thanks to her showings in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay.
The 4×100-meter relay team (Funderburk, Perez, Briana Taylor, Jada Wallace) gave the UNCP women their fourth all-region nod in that event in the last five years.
The UNCP men’s 4×100-meter relay team (Brandon Bulla, Brett Godwin, Steven Miller, Michael Powell) earned all-region nods for the fifth time in the last six years, while the 4×400-meter relay team (Godwin, Adrien King, Miller, Quincy Ridley) gave the Braves their first all-region award in that event since 2011. Kory Jones, who will represent the Braves at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next week, earned all-region honors in both the high jump and long jump, while Evan Guinn picked up all-region laurels in the hammer throw.