May 19, 2020 9:41 AM

Cougars accumulate 38 All-America awards

Posted May 19, 2020 9:41 AM

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their indoor regional awards with the Barton Community College track and field team earning thirty-eight All-America awards highlighted by three prestigious honors.

A pair of Cougar freshmen earned National Field Athletes of the Year while Trent Edgerton was named National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year following the men's third straight national runner-up finish, the latest coming this past spring at the 2020 NJCAA Indoor Championships held at the Liberty Indoor Track Complex in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Annia Ashley garnered the women's award after compiling a field meet best twenty-eight points winning two jump events and placing runner-up in a third event. Ashley's national titles came in the long jump at 5.97m (19-7) and the high jump on fewer misses at 1.71m (5-7.25) with her runner-up placing coming in the triple jump at 12.47m (40-11).

In the men's field, Shakwon Coke earned the award setting two personal best performance in sweeping the horizontal jumps at the NJCAA Championships. In the triple jump, three of his marks would have won the event with his best coming on a national 9th all-time leap of 16.19m (53-1.50) to win by more than two feet over the defending champion. The day prior Coke took the long jump lead after round three before posting his best of 7.78m (25-6.25) in the fifth round. Both of Coke's jump performances landed No. 5 on the all-time program list.

Ashley's two championships were half of the women's four individual titles while Coke's pair were of the five event winners by the Cougar men. Both were also selected as the Central Region field athletes of the year as well.

Completing his first year in the Barton program, Edgerton's primary responsibilities were in the sprints, hurdles, and mid-distance with his group of Cougars accounting for 53 of Barton's 99.5 points including three individual national championships. Davonte Burnett won the 60m in 6.62 for the nation's 9th best all-time clocking and just .01 seconds off his program third best time, Caleb Boger's 3rd best all-time and school record 20.68 in the 200m, and Phillip Lemonious' 7.80 60m hurdle clocking coming up shy of his program's third best and nation's 5th best all-time performance set earlier in the season.

The Barton women's performances at the national championships produced sixteen placers with twelve personal best efforts including a pair of adjustments to the storied program record book while the men also produced sixteen scoring performances highlighted by breaking three program records among its twenty-personal best with seven total record book adjustments.

Joining Ashley and Coke on the post-season award list, Fiona Richards was recognized as the Central Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. Richards shattered the school record in the shot put earlier in the season, setting the new mark of 16.28m (53-05.00) to rank 4th best all-time in NJCAA history while ranking 3rd in the weight throw at 17.04m (55-11.00) to also land 5th best in Cougar history.

Complete 2020 USTFCCCA Post-Season Awards

Student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status by virtue of finishing among the top-8 in their events, including as a member of a relay team, at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships, while coaching honors were voted and selected by coaches within the USTFCCCA.

All-America Honors (Women)

The Barton women accumulated a nation's fourth best All-American at the indoor Nationals, Ashley leading with three awards as six others achieving multiple event honors.

Annia Ashley: High Jump (1st), Long Jump (1st), Triple Jump (2nd)

Sasha Brown: 600m (3rd), 4x400m Relay (8th)

Ana da Silva: Shot Put (3rd)

Arianna Hayde: Pentathlon (1st), Long Jump (8th)

Cameron Hinton: 400m, 4x400m Relay (8th)

Christal Mosley: 200m (6th), 400m (1st)

Yoveinny Mota: 60m Hurdles (3rd)

Shemia Odaine: Long Jump (3rd), 4x400 Relay 8th)

Fiona Richards: Shot Put (2nd), Weight Throw (5th)

T'Nia Riley: 4x400m Relay (8th)

Aquila St. Louis: 60m Hurdles (7th)

All-America Honors (Men)

On the men's side, the Cougars totaled a nation's third best nineteen All-American awards led by multiple event earners Boger, Burnett, and Coke.

Kaleb Ambrose: Heptathlon (5th)

Phillipe Barnett: Weight Throw (2nd)

Caleb Boger: 200m (1st), 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Davonte Burnett: 60m (1st), 200m (4th)

Logan Carroll: Shot Put (8th)

Shakwon Coke: Long Jump (1st), Triple Jump (1st)

Denzel Feagin: 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Gamali Felix: 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Fabio Hessling: Weight Throw (3rd)

Deshaun Jones: 60 Hurdles (3rd)

Phillip Lemonious: 60m Hurdles (1st)

Fred Moudani: Shot Put (3rd)

Jevon O'Bryant: 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Tyrese Reid: 600m (7th)

Jhonny Renteria: 60m (5th)

Tyrone Treadwell: Long Jump (7th)

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