Women’s Track Sweeps CAC Major Indoor Awards
YORK, Pa. – Wesley College's women's track & field team has swept the Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Major Awards, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon. Freshmen and high school teammates Kiona Mency and Elizsha Streeter were named the CAC Co-Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively, while head coach Stephen Kimes was named the CAC Coach of the Year.
Mency swept top honors in the sprints (60m and 200m Dash) to become the first Wesley women's track & field competitor to be named the CAC Athlete of the Year during either the indoor or outdoor seasons. A Hagerstown, Md., native, Mency won the 60m Dash at CAC's in a CAC-record 7.82 while crossing the tape at 26.03 in the 200m Dash, edging Streeter by .02. The school-record holder in the 60 and 200m Dash, as well as the 4x200 and 4x400m Relays indoor, Mency currently ranks 12th nationally in the 60m Dash and 33rd in the 200m Dash.
Streeter, who is also the first Wolverine to be named the CAC Rookie of the Year in either indoor or outdoor track, gained two of the team's four second team All-CAC honors by taking the silver in both the 200 and 400m Dash. Also a Hagerstown product, Streeter finished the 200m in 26.05 and the 400m in 1:00.19, while also taking third in the 60m Dash (8.00). Streeter also ran the fastest leg in the bronze medal and school-record finishing 4x400m Relay (4:09.77). The school-record holder in the 55m and 400m Dash, as well as the 4x200 and 4x400m Relays, Streeter currently sits 35th nationally in the 200m Dash.
In just his second year at the helm of the Wolverines track program, Kimes is earning his first-ever Coach of the Year award. After two indoor seasons, Kimes' women's athletes have broken 19 of 22 school-records, 14 of which came this year. The six All-CAC selections by the Wolverines this season is also a program-record.
Also earning All-CAC honors were freshmen and local products Tyesha Purnell in the high jump and classmate Kadijah Doughty in the shot put. A native Felton, Del., Purnell took silver at the CAC Championships with a 5-3 mark and currently ranks 19th in the Nation in the event with a school-record mark of 5-05.25. Doughty, who hails from Milton, Del., placed second in the shot put with a school-record and ECAC qualifying mark of 40-09.75.
The Wolverines return to the track for the ECAC Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Fielder Center in Boston, Mass., on March 7-8.