18 Blue Tigers earn honors

The national champion Lincoln women’s track and field team and the Lincoln men’s team combined to earn 29 All-American honors at last weekend’s NCAA Division II National Championships.

Ten athletes from the women’s team, which won its seventh outdoor national championship and first since 2009, were named to the list, while eight members of the men’s team were also honored.

Five athletes on the women’s team turned in multiple All-American performances at the national meet, with Yanique Ellington, Janae Johnson and Tamara Keane each earning three honors.

Ellington and Johnson were both honored for their performances in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with the 4x100-meter relay. Keane, meanwhile, received All-American recognition in the 400, 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay.

Jhevere Hall, who was honored in the 800, and Donna-Lee Hylton, an All-American in the 400, were also part of the 4x400-meter relay team, with Willomena Williams rounding out the foursome.

Kimberly Bailey and Judith Riley were both members of the 4x100-meter relay team, as well.

Ladonna Richards was named All-American in the 100-meter hurdles and Monique Thompson was recognized in the 800.

Romone Hill led the Lincoln men with three All-American honors, earning recognition in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay.

Also earning multiple honors was Michael Ashley, who was a member of the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay squads.

Wesley Best and Romel Lewis also earned All-America status for their performances in the 4x100-meter relay. Ashley was joined by Roger Blake, Jermaine Blake and Winston Edwards in the 4x400-meter relay.

Orneldo Thomas was also honored in the long jump.

Thanks in large part to the Lincoln women’s performance, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association led all NCAA Division II conferences in total awards with 42. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Association was next with 36.

On the men’s side, the MIAA posted 31 total All-American performances, the third most on the conference list. The Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association was first with 37, while the Lone Star Conference was second with 33.

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