After earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors for the fourth consecutive year, Blue Streak senior Lee Jennings earned national recognition last week as she was named to a pair of All-America teams.
D3Hoops.com named Jennings a first team All-American, making her the first player in program history to earn that honor. Additionally, she was named to the State Farm Coaches’ All-America team, earning honorable mention status.
“I am extremely honored to be named an All-American,” said Jennings. “My ultimate goal for this season was for us to win a conference title and take a trip to the NCAA tournament. We came up eight points shy of that goal but that was my main focus.”
The consummate team player, Jennings was quick to emphasize that she wasn’t aiming for individual accolades.
“I am honored to have received this award but it was not the one I was going for. I am proud of the mark I have left on this program, and I hope this is the beginning of John Carroll becoming a dominant OAC force.”
Jennings certainly will be leave a mark on the program as she leaves as the school leader in scoring and assists.
Track and Field
Both the men’s and women’s track teams took their annual spring trip this past weekend as they participated in the 49er Classic, hosted by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The meet, which contained a field made up predominantly of scholarship schools from the Division I or NAIA level, was unscored. It was used as a training trip and an opportunity to compete against some high-caliber athletes in preparation for the Ohio Athletic Conference season.
It was also the first time the teams were able to participate outdoors since their indoor season ended on Feb. 26 at the conference indoor championships.
Junior Jake Smith covered 5,000 meters in 15:28.65 which was the best time among all non-scholarship school participants and 19th in a 62-man field.
Seniors David Hickey and Denny Love each cracked the top 20 in hurdle events. Hickey was 16th in the 400-meter hurdles while Love took 20th in the 110-meter high hurdles.
The field events were kind to the Blue Streaks as freshman Cory Biro had the best individual performance by a Blue Streak as he placed ninth in the pole vault, clearing 4.15 meters. Freshman Anthony Chizmadia earned two top-25s in the shot put and the discus, and senior Lou Galiano took 13th in the shot put.
On the women’s side, freshmen Nicki Bohrer and Anna Busta both finished 24th in their respective events.
Bohrer was 24th in the 800-meter run which had 88 participants. Her time of 2:22.08 was the second best among all Division III competitors. Busta was 24th in a field of 61 participants and was the top Division III finisher in the 5,000-meter run.
The tennis team took their spring trip over the school’s Spring Break, competing in Hilton Head, S.C. The men’s team finished 3-2, while the women went 1-4. The men’s team will have their last non-conference meet on Saturday with Case Western Reserve University while the women begin OAC play Saturday with Ohio Northern University.