Sport Shorts

– We’re No. 1 –

Track and Field wins its first CAA title

After winning 13 medals over the two-day meet, the TU outdoor track and field team captured its first Colonial Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field  Championship title last spring. The Tigers recorded 163.5 points to earn the first-place finish, followed by Elon (158) and James Madison (140).

TU competitors won six medals on day one, along with setting a school record. The Tigers recorded 68 points to lead the eight-team field after the first day.

Freshman Skyler Duncan became the second Tiger in program history to win gold in the javelin throw. Classmate Tymia Joseph captured the long jump title for the first time in TU history. For a second-straight year, TU won two medals in pole vault. Brynn Warrington brought home gold and Courtney Rose took bronze. Senior Allison Marella won bronze in the 10,000-meter run.

The next day the Tigers added seven medals, including four gold, one silver and two bronze.

Sophomore Lauren Coleman became the first Tiger to win shot put, recording a school record of 15.29-meters (50’2”). Zhane Washington captured bronze in the triple jump with a personal-best of 11.85m (38’10.50”). The Tigers’ 4x100m relay team of Jaina McLean, Zanae Freeland, Jamila Brown and Liz Reid timed 46.28 to win silver. Freeland continued her day by winning the 100m and 200m dashes. She is now the two-time CAA champion in the 100m dash (11.89) and the first Tiger sprinter to capture the 200m dash title (24.34). Megan Kelly became the second Tiger to capture the 400m hurdles (1:00.66)
Freeland became the second Tiger in program history to be named Co-Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, according to a vote by the league’s head coaches. She shared the vote with James Madison’s Kennedy King.

 


2 – Top Throwers

Two members of TU’s outdoor track and field team took their best shots last May, competing in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field East Regional Preliminary Championships at the University of Kentucky. Sophomore Lauren Coleman competed in the shot put while junior Ksenia Safonova participated in the hammer throw. To qualify, each had to rank in the top 48 for her event in the NCAA East region.

4 – the driver

John Hulede concluded his TU golfing career in May by finishing fourth at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Florida. It was the 31st edition of the 54-hole, stroke-play event. He shot a 228 for the weekend, scoring a two-over 74 in the first and third rounds. “It was awesome,” Hulede says. “Being able to represent your school at an event that promotes the advancement of minority collegiate golfers is something I always took very seriously.”

13 – With Honors

The list is 13 names long. These TU outdoor track and field teammates earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors—Zanae Freeland, Megan Kelly, Skyler Duncan, Tymia Joseph, Lauren Coleman, Brynn Warrington, Courtney Rose, Jaina McLean, Liz Reid, Jamila Brown, Ksenia Safonova, Zhane Washington and Allison Marella. In addition, head coach Mike Jackson was named the CAA’s Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.

30 – Coach’s Box

Mike Gottlieb ’80 concluded his 30-year baseball coaching career at the end of last season. He compiled a 733-821-10 record and led TU to all three of the school’s NCAA Division I Tournament appearances (1988, 1991, 2013). Matt Tyner, who spent the previous four seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Richmond, took the helm for the Tigers.

Successful Runs

knoblock wins postgraduate scholarship

Megan Knoblock ’17 received the 2017 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) Post-Graduate Scholarship Award.

A four-year member of TU’s cross country and track and field programs, Knoblock graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May. She began studies a graduate program in sport management at the University of Florida in the fall.

An impressive student-athlete, Knoblock graduated from TU with a 3.92 GPA and made the dean’s list every semester. She also received the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Research Grant.

Knoblock helped guide the Tigers to their first CAA Championship in track and field last spring, placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2017 conference meet. She set four TU records as part of the track and field programs. She posted a program-best of 9:55.16 in the indoor 3,000m run and was a member of the indoor distance medley relay that timed 12:14.66. Knoblock ran the 3,000m steeplechase in a program-record 10:41.89 and helped the outdoor distance medley relay team finish with a time of 12:19.40.

Knoblock participated in multiple community service and volunteer programs. She worked as a sales intern for Athlete Network and as a counselor for the Nike Green Mountain Running Camp. Knoblock coached the West Towson Elementary Girls Running Club and tutored fellow student-athletes in math and chemistry.