Forty-nine GLIAC indoor track and field athletes earn USTFCCCA all-America honors

Forty-nine GLIAC indoor track and field athletes earn USTFCCCA all-America honors

USTFCCCA All-America List

NEW ORLEANS – All-Americans for the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field season were announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the running of the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Athletes of member institutions who finished in the top eight of their respective individual events and relays at this past weekend's national meet took home first-team all-America honors, while those who placed ninth through 12th in their individuals events or on a relay team that finished ninth or 10th were named second-team all-Americans.

In all 187 men from 60 different institutions and 184 women from 58 different programs earned First-Time All-America.

Grand Valley State led all men's programs will 14 First-Team All-America selections after finishing fourth at NCAAs. National champion Ashland posted nine All-America honors.

Overall the Lakers also had the most men's All-America awards with 18, thanks to four second-team nods. Central Missouri and Western Colorado tied for second overall with 12 student-athlete selections. As national champions, the Eagles had 10 All-America honors overall.

On the women's side, national runner up Grand Valley State had the most first-team all-America honorees with 19 overall. National champion Adams State was right behind with 15 selections. The two programs combined to earn 18.5 percent of the first-team awards handed out this indoor season.

The Lakers also had the most women's all-America awards as well with 22 in total after adding in their three second-team athletes.

GLIAC Men's First Team All-America

Ashland: Brayden Chaney (4x4 relay), Brent Fairbanks (weight throw), Alex Hill (weight throw), Paul Murray (4x4 relay), Channing Phillips (4x4 relay), Myles Pringle (400 meters, high jump and 4x4 relay), Nick Zak (weight throw)

Ferris State: Cody Stilwell (weight throw)

Grand Valley State: Jacob Battani (pole vault), Thomas Capers (4x4 relay), Jonathon Groendyk (distance medley relay), Jaylen Hasan (4x4 relay), Jordan Johnson (60 meters), Dennis Mbuta (800 meters, distance medley relay), Andrew McFarland (4x4 relay, distance medley relay), Zach Panning (3,000 meters, 5,000 meters), Nick Salomon (distance medley relay), Daniel Walker (4x4 relay), Hunter Weeks (high jump)

Northwood: Rami Gharsalli (60 hurdles), Mason Phillips (60 meters, 200 meters)

GLIAC Women's First Team All-America

Ashland: Lindsay Baker (shot put), Natalie Helenthal (weight throw), Ellie Jindra (high jump)

Grand Valley State: Sarah Beulla (4x4 relay), Abby Crouch (distance medley relay), Jessica Eby (4x4 relay), Angelica Flloyd (long jump, 60 meters), Bobbie Goodwin (weight throw), Hanna Groeber (5,000 meters), Heather Johnson (4x4 relay, distance medley relay), Elli Kimes (pole vault), Carly Livingston (pole vault), Allie Ludge (distance medley relay, mile, 3,000 meters), Gina Patterson (3,000 meters, 5,000 meters), Rachael Walters (4x4 relay, 800 meters, distance medley relay)

Northern Michigan: Shayla Huebner (800 meters)

Saginaw Valley State: Lauren Huebner (Pentathlon)

GLIAC Men's Second Team All-America

Ashland: Channing Phillips (400 meters)

Grand Valley State: Thomas Capers (400 meters), Tanner Chada (5,000 meters), Jonathon Groendyk (800 meters), David Jones (800 meters)

GLIAC Women's Second Team All-America

Ashland: Mackenzie Leigh (weight throw), Lindsay Baker (weight throw)

Grand Valley State: Tiara Wiggins (60 meter hurdles), Alexis Duncan (long jump), Hannah Groeber (3,000 meters)

Northwood: Heaven Powell (high jump)

Northern Michigan: Michelle Juergen (high jump)