The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named All-Region honorees for the 2012-13 Division II outdoor track & field season. The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region’s top three have earned the All-region distinction for this season.
A total of 1,283 student-athletes have earned a total of 1,836 USTFCCCA All-Region honors. The USTFCCCA regions for track & field match those used for NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On the women’s side 613 different student-athletes earned All-Region distinctions. For the men 670 student-athletes were named All-Region.
NNU Crusaders earning All-Region honors include: Carly Dranginis, West-Hammer; Vessie Umu, West-Shot Put, Rimar Christie, West-100 Meters, West-200 Meters, West-4×100 Relay; Andrew Curtis, West-4×100 Relay; Cody Henderson, West-4×100 Relay; Derek Sepe, West-4×100 Relay, Kevin Rima, West-Discus.
Dranginis earned GNAC All-Conference honors with a third place finish in the women’s hammer. She scored a total of 14 points in three events at the conference championships on May 10-11. Vessie Umu won her first conference title in the shot put throwing 45′ 7”.
Christie won conference titles in three events, winning the 100, 200 and running the anchor leg on the 4 x 100 relay. He was named the meets’ outstanding male performer by the GNAC. Christie is also a finalist for the West Region male track athlete of the year.
Sepe, Henderson and Curtis combined with Christie in winning the conference title in the 4 x 100. During the regular season the foursome established a new school record of 41.25 while turning in the #2 time in GNAC history in this event.
Kevin Rima turned his talent to the track after a very successful breakout year on the hardwood with the Crusader men’s basketball team. Rima, a two time All-Conference performer in the discus established a new school record in the discus throwing 161′ 5” in 2013.