NEW ORLEANS – A total of eight members of the Stevenson University women's outdoor track and field team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mideast All-Region honors for the 2017 season. To be named all-region, and athlete must either be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in their respective region according to the final TFRRS data or be part of top-3 relay team.
Six of Stevenson's eight All-Region student-athletes are freshmen, with the other two being sophomores.
Freshmen Kimberly Hammond and Cierra Roberts each earned three All-Region nods. Hammond placed third in the region in the long jump with a 5.51 meter effort at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, while Roberts was fifth in the long jump at 5.45 meters.
The pair were also on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams along with freshman Dyonne Hicks, with the 4x100 placing third in the region at 48.13 seconds with their effort at the ECAC Championship, while the 4x400 was second at 3:58.36 with their mark coming at the Penn Relays. Freshman Chalisse Lockley was the fourth member of the 4x100 team, while freshman Jaleah Sydnor was the fourth member of the 4x400 relay squad that earned All-Region.
Freshman Danika Ani, who will be in competition at this week's NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship in Geneva, Ohio, earned All-Region in a pair of events. In the shot put, in which Ani will be competing at NCAAs, she was first in the region with a 14.10 meter throw set at the Towson Invitational. She also earned All-Region in discus with a 39.46 meter throw at the MAC Championship, good for fourth in the region.
Sophomore Lauren Dioses took down All-Region accolades in the hammer throw, placing third regionally with a 48.07 meter effort at the Danny Curran Invitational. Sophomore Jess Rega was an All-Region performer in the shot put, finishing the year fifth in the shot put with a 12.90 meter throw done at the Towson Invitational.
The Stevenson women's track and field team had its best-ever finish at the MAC Championship, placing third, while it finished fourth at the recent ECAC Division III Championship.