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Lincoln track star tries his hand at football

Lincoln track star tries his hand at football

September 20th, 2012 in News

Lincoln kicker Michael Ashley practices kicking this week with holder Jon Manning. Ashley, a native of Jamaica, is in his first year with the Lincoln football team.

Photo by Stephen Brooks

Michael Ashley is a Jamaican athlete at Lincoln University.

That's not out of the norm, considering the Blue Tigers' highly successful track and field program, of which Ashley is a member, recruits heavily in Jamaica.

The surprising part? Ashley is also the kicker for the Lincoln football team.

Ashley, a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, came to Lincoln for the 2011-12 school year. As a sprinter on the men's track team, he earned All-American honors as part of the Blue Tigers' 4x400-meter relay team, which helped Lincoln end 2012 as the NCAA Division II national runner-up. Ashley also led the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.34 seconds.

The junior is familiar with football, just not the American kind.