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Parkland's Jahnae Bowman (yellow head band) is No. 5 in the NCRunners state rankings for Class 4-A in the girls' 100-meter dash. Bowman also anchors the
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ond-place finish behind No. 3-ranked Genaya Johnson of
Charlotte Mallard Creek (11.97). Johnson also prevailed
in the 200 (24.93), but just barely. Bowman ran a season
best 2501 for second place.
"I'll keep working hard to achieve my goals," said
Bowman, who signed with UNC Wilmington two weeks
ago. "I know I can run faster. I just need help from my
coaches to help make that happen.
"My coaches are incredible. Even when I feef like I
haven't done great, they still push me. When I do well,
they continue to push me. That makes me feel like there's
always something for me to achieve."
Aside from UNC Wilmington, Bowman, who plans to
major in dentistry, considered East Carolina, the
University of Olive Hill and Western Carolina. After
weighing her options, she decided that UNCW would be
the right fit.
"My decision was based mostly on academics," said
Bowman, who has a 3.6 grade-point average. The coach
sat me down with an (academic) adviser who explained
everything I would have to do to earn a degree that will
lead to a career as a dentist. The advisor showed me how
to achieve my goals and I really liked that.
"The other coaches wanted me for track, but they
never told me much about the academic side". I'm excited
and ready for a better experience. Ibelieve this is the best
way for me to go."
Hughes agrees wholeheartedly.
"UNC Wilmington is getting a tremendous athlete
who can do a lot of different things [100,200, long jump,
triple jump, 4x100 and 4x200 relays]," he said. "Work
ethic is the biggest area of improvement for her.
"When I first worked with Jahnae, I saw her poWer
right away. I knew then that she could go around 11.7 (in
the 100). Even though she hasn't hit that mark yet, 1
believe she'll hit it before she gets to UNC Wilmington.
She's going to be one of their top sprinters when she gets
At the plate, Mercedes Hargett had a 545 batting
average with five RBls. The junior from Havelock
was named tournament MVP.
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o Mercedes Hargett of WSSU delivered superlative pitching performances during the CIAA tournament,
* which included a no-hitter against Bowie State in the semifinals.
"Mercedes had an exceptional all-around
-LaTaya Hilliard-Gray, coach
faced the possibility of having to play
a second game in the double-elimina
tion tournament if they should lose.
WSSU had beaten Chowan 3-2 in the
quarterfinals two days earlier.
The comeback started when
Melissa Carillo reached base after
being hit by a pitch. With one out,
Zimmer singled and Mercedes
Hargett tied the game with a RBI hit
* to score Carillo. Destiny Snipes, a
CIAA All-Rookie pick, drew an
intentional walk to load the bases,
which set the stage for Demko's
Hargett, the Lady Rams lead
pitcher and best power hitter, was
voted tournament MVP. The junior
right-hander posted a 4-0 record with
26 strike-outs and eight walks. A day
earlier in the semifinals, Hargett (20
10 pitching record) threw a no-hitter
against Bowie State in an 11-0 win. In
that five-inning game, she faced 16
batters and surrendered only one
walk. At the plate, Hargett had a .545
tournament batting average with five
RBIs and one home run.
"Mercedes had an exceptional
all-around tournament," said Hilliard
Gray. "As a pitcher, she got a lot of
help defensively from Destiny Snipes
and Idaysha Quinones in the outfield.
They had her back. Chowan is a
good-hitting team and they hit some
solid shots. But Destiny and Idaysha
have a lot of speed, so they were able
to make catches on balls hit to the
gaps, which prevented them from put
ting together scoring rallies."
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. of 16 members, all of whom are presidents or chancellors
- at their respective Division II institutions.
"We are thrilled that Dr. Robinson has been selected to
represent the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
n(CIAA) in Region 2," said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA
Commissioner. "His passion for higher education and
intercollegiate athletics will contribute immensely to tie
governance and leadership of Division II and the
Since Chancellor Robinson's appointment at WSSU
began in January 1, 2015, the university has taken home
seven CIAA championships, including women's indoor
track and field (2015 and 2016), volleyball (2016), foot
ball (2016), Softball (2016), baseball (2015), and cross
"Chancellor Robinson's commitment to our student
athletes, coaches, staff, and alumni is a tremendous asset
to WSSU's athletics program, as well as to our conference
and the Division," said WSSU Director of Athletics Tonia
Walker. "He is an outstanding choice for this important
Rebecca Demko's seventh-inning single produced
the game- winning score for the Lady Rams in the