Accolades Pile On Golden Tigers Athletes and Coach Following Fourth Consecutive Track & Field Title
The accolades keep coming for the 2016 Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Champion Golden Tigers, including the conference 2015-16 Coach of the Year title for Brenau head track coach Byron Kramer.
The first-year head coach led the team to its fourth consecutive conference championship in Mobile, Alabama, where the Golden Tigers wrapped up the SSAC title with a 138-point lead over the second place finisher, New Orleans-based Loyola University, on April 23. This also marks the fourth consecutive Coach of the Year title for Brenau since Kramer’s predecessor, Richard Ludwig, won the three previous titles.
“The conference was more competitive this year than in any previous year, so I wouldn’t say it was easy,” Kramer said. “I inherited a team that was very good and I had two really good assistants and a lot of support from the athletics director and the university. I put in a lot of hard work and they all contributed greatly to how our team did.”
The SSAC also recognized junior Aubrey Fearnow from Arnoldsville, Georgia, as the 2016 SSAC Field Athlete of the Year and freshman Ayana Daniels from Snellville, Georgia, as the 2016 SSAC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year. Fearnow won both the hammer throw and shot put competitions in Mobile and Daniels won the pole vault event.
The SSAC named 17 Golden Tigers as All-Conference selections because of first-place finishes in championship events. In addition to Fearnow and Daniels, the group of first-team honorees includes Stone Mountain, Georgia, senior Deishane’ Honeycutt; Bowling Green, Kentucky, senior Jasmine Ray; Sandy Springs, Georgia, junior Cheyenne Wells; Lawrenceville, Georgia, junior Anazjah Mays; Hampton, Georgia, freshman Nia Griffin; Dunwoody, Georgia, junior Monika Nwajei; Marietta, Georgia, senior Olamide Sokunbi; and West Palm Beach, Florida, senior Dana Cole.
Second-team selections include Buford, Georgia, junior Aunica Clinton; Lawrenceville, Georgia, junior Ismaelle Occeus; Lawrenceville, Georgia freshman Anita Button; and Connelly Springs, North Carolina sophomore Sydney Haas. Third-team All-Conference players are Scottdale, Georgia, senior Amber Curney; Monticello, Georgia freshman Felicia Gordon; and Newnan, Georgia senior Andrea Holloway.
The SSAC also honored nine Golden Tigers as Academic All-Conference athletes: Clinton, Cole, Fearnow, Haas, Holloway, Honeycutt, Nwajei, Occeus and Sokunbi. The designation recognizes students enrolled for at least four semesters who have maintained at least a 3.25 out of 4.0 grade point average in their studies.
The Golden Tigers, who have won the SSAC title every year since outdoor track & field began at Brenau four years ago, will next appear in the 2016 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships, scheduled May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.