Appointment of 3 brave men in the academic football team at the level of all regions

NOVEMBER 24 – PEMBROKE – A testament to their strong work ethic both in the competitive arena and within the classroom, three UNC Pembroke football players were honored with College Sports Communicators Academic All-District awards Wednesday, the organization announced.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a significant starter or reserve with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. The cumulative grade point average may not be rounded to 3.50. No student-athlete is eligible until he or she has completed a full calendar year at his/her current institution and is on the college’s roster in that sport for two years.

Seniors Josh Jones and Alex Alvarado are joined by sophomore Colleen Johnson on this year’s prestigious list. This is the sixth time in the past 13 seasons that Black & Gold has been represented on the Academic All-District team, but the first time since Matt Davis made the then-CoSIDA team in 2015.

The 2022-23 CSC Academic All-America Team, as well as Academic All-American of the Year, will be announced later in December.

Chepkesir named Kosgei to the All-Region cross country team

Stellar performances in the NCAA Southeast Region paved the way for Joshua Chepkesir and Jackline Kosgei as they were both named to the US Track, Field and Cross Country (USTFCCCA) All-District team, officials announced Wednesday.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must score a best 25 points in their respective regional race.

This announcement marks the sixth time in program history that the Black & Gold program has sent at least one male and female student-athlete to the distinguished list.

Chepkesir, who won the NCAA Southeast Region, was named All-District for four years. Three-time regional champion Chebeksir will be looking to win his second All-American honor at the NCAA National Championships on Dec. 3.

A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Kosgei finished the NCAA Southeast Region race in fifth place and earned a ticket to Seattle, Washington, for the NCAA Tournament. The top sprinter in the South Carolina conference ran the program’s fastest 5K earlier in the season, and hit the fastest 6K mark of the season in October.

Chepkesir and Kosgei will compete for the NCAA National Championships on December 2 in Seattle, Washington. The race will be held at Chambers Creek Regional Park.

Mincia Martinez earns “Swimmer of the Week” laurels

An impressive performance at the William Peace Club, hosted by Team William Peace, Friday and Saturday in Curry paved the way for further recognition for rookie Mariel Mencia Martinez on Wednesday when the Dominican Republic product was lauded as the Carolina Swimming Conference Honor of the Week. .

Mincia Martinez claimed three individual event titles, as well as swimming on two event-winning relay teams, to help lead the Black and Gold to a third-place finish in the event held inside the Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center. She also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle event.

She opened the weekend with a final leg swim of the 200-yard freestyle relay team win in the Friday evening session, and followed up second place in the 200-yard Freestyle event with an impressive win in the 50-yard freestyle finals. Her time of 24.04 in the event was just 0.11 seconds off the NCAA B-standard qualifying mark.

Saturday was more bountiful for Mincia Martinez as she swam the final leg of the 200-yard Medley Relay team win at UNCP, then picked up individual wins in both the 100-yard Freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. She was less than a second short of creating NCAA B-standard marks in those individual events as well.

The Braves will be back in action again on December 3 when they suit up to host Salem and Conference Carolina Chuan in a three-way meet at 1 p.m. inside the UNCP Aquatic Center. Admission to all 2022-23 UNCP Swimming events is free.

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