NEW ORLEANS – Eight members of the Adrian College track and field team have been named All-Region by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as announced on Sunday, May 19. Seven of the selections are on the men's team and one from the women's side, tying last year's mark of eight with the same split, with seven repeating from last year. Four of the eight named All-Region for the outdoor season also picked up All-Region nods for their indoor performances as well.
Senior Randy Fry led the way with three nominations, picking up the honors in the 100-meter and 200-meter, along with the 4x100 relay team. Fry anchored the relay team that jumped up to sixth in Division III heading into the NCAA Championships this week. He's also sixth in the 100-meter heading into the final weekend with his school-record time of 10.54 set last week and enters the championships in 13th place in the 200-meter. Fry picked up two All-Region nods for the indoor season was named All-Region in the same three outdoor events a season ago, giving him eight All-Region awards in the final two years of his career.
Classmate Jordan Davis also picked up two nods, joining Fry on the relay team and also for his performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Davis runs third on the relay team and had a big performance in the finals of the Final Qualifying Meet last week to put him in eighth place in the country in that event. This marks the third year in a row that Davis has been named All-Region by the USTFCCCA in the outdoor season to go along with his indoor All-Region honors this winter.
Denzel Tinsley was the final Bulldog with multiple All-Region citations, picking them up in the same events as Davis. The sophomore has come on strong late in the season and runs the opening leg of the relay team, taking over for the injured Donavan Ervin from last year's All-American team. Tinsley sits right above Davis in the 110-meter hurdles, entering the championships in seventh place with a time of 14.31, just .02 seconds faster than Davis's 14.33. Tinsley was named an All-Region performer last year in the 110-meter hurdles as well.
The final member of the 4x100 relay team that earned the All-Region award was sophomore Marcus Higginbottom, running the second leg of the event. Higginbottom also tried to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter, setting a PR last week but it wasn't enough to get into the top 20. This makes it two All-Region awards for the sophomore in his two years on the team.
Two sophomore high jumpers picked up All-Region honors as well, with Nicholas Jackson and Daz Lawrence both earning the award. The duo enters the championships with the same seed, both reaching a season-high height of 6'9" earlier in the season, a week apart from each other. That mark puts them tied for 12th in the nation entering the weekend. In addition to repeating as All-Region performers in the outdoor season from a year ago, both Jackson and Lawrence picked up All-Region nods in the high jump during the indoor season.
The final men's athlete to be named All-Region is also a jumper, with junior John Hamilton earning the award in the triple jump. He set a PR with his distance of 47'1.75" in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships – a mark that won him the conference title. That distance moved him up to 21st at the time, only one spot out of qualifying. That would be as close as he got, ultimately finishing the season in 26th spot in Division III.
Adrian's lone representative on the women's side is sophomore Britney Carnagie, picking up her second-straight All-Region citation in the javelin throw. Perhaps the most impressive part of Carnagie's award is the fact that she's only thrown four times so far this year. She suffered a collarbone injury at the third indoor event of the year which sidelined her until the week before the MIAA Championships.