Track and Field Earns Three All-American Titles at National Championships
Eight Brenau student-athletes competed at the 2016 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with two seniors earning All-American honors.
Four-time Southern States Athletic Conference All-Conference selection Olamide Sokunbi of Marietta, Georgia, made Brenau history by finishing second in the triple jump, recording a 12.06 meter leap that was just 0.11 meters short of a first-place finish. She earned a second All-American recognition in the 100-meter dash, finishing fifth with a time of 11.75. Sokunbi’s second-place finish is the highest of any Brenau student-athlete at the NAIA track championship and she is the first Golden Tiger to collect two All-American honors at the competition.
Two-time SSAC Female Track Athlete of the Year Deishane Honeycutt of Stone Mountain, Georgia, concluded her tenure as a Golden Tiger with another All-American performance, finishing sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 56:40. She also placed 25th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:06:06.
The Golden Tigers also performed well in team relays. The 4×100 team of Sokunbi, Honeycutt, junior Cheyenne Wells of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and junior Ismaelle Occeus of Lawrenceville, Georgia placed 10th with a time of 47.69. In the 4×400, Honeycutt, Wells, junior Anazjah Mayes of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and freshman Ayana Daniels of Snellville, Georgia, placed 15th with a time of 3:53:02.
Student-athletes from 66 women’s track and field programs participated in the NAIA championships. With 15 points – the most in the four-year history of the program – Brenau’s outdoor track and field team finished ahead of all other SSAC teams and placed 24th overall.
Coach Byron Kramer said the Golden Tigers’ impressive showing in Gulf Shores bodes well for the future of the program, which has already won four consecutive conference championships. “It’s a good first step toward real national prominence,” he said.