Athletes and teams representing Sandhills Community College made another strong statement nationally in the 2018-19 fall, winter and spring seasons by performing at high levels in their respective sports, as well as academically.

In all, the eight Flyer teams produced eight NJCAA All-American athletes and 13 academic All-Americans. In addition, the men’s and women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s track and field and volleyball teams earned the status of NJCAA Academic All-American teams by achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Sophomore Daniel Taylor won the men’s national cross country title in the fall and last month in Utica, N.Y., repeated as the national champion in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at the track and field championships. 

The other individual national title-holder was sophomore Trey Capps, who won medalist honors by six strokes three weeks ago at the men’s golf championship in Chautauqua, N.Y. 

The teams making the most noise at the national championships in their respective sports were men’s cross country and men’s golf with runner-up finishes. The men’s basketball squad came on strong at the end of the season to win the District VII championship before finishing fifth at the national tournament.

The Lady Flyers volleyball team won 19 matches in a row on the way to a 27-6 season that ended one victory short of qualifying for the national tournament.

Taylor (men’s cross country and track and field) and Brianna Spencer (women’s track and field) hold the distinction of achieving 2018-19 NJCAA All-American status for their performances both as athletes and in the classroom. 

Rachael Mashburn (volleyball) along with Danielle Mirovich and Alicia Dunlap (women’s golf) earned Academic All-American honors for the second time. Alex Worley (men’s track and field) repeated as an All-American in the decathlon.

Four members of both the women’s golf and women’s track and field teams received Academic All-American honors. Through the end of the spring semester 31 Sandhills student-athletes received their degrees.

Individual National Champions: Daniel Taylor — cross country and track and field (5,000m and 10,000m); Trey Capps — men’s golf.

All-Americans (8): Daniel Taylor — cross country and track and field (5,000 and 10,000m); Trey Capps — men’s golf; Daniel Hagan — honorable mention cross country and honorable mention track and field (3,000m SC); Andrew Bowen — honorable mention cross country and second team track and field (10,000m); Alex Worley — second team track and field (decathlon); Brianna Spencer — honorable mention track and field (1,500m); Abby Wallace — honorable mention volleyball; Grant Gilbert — honorable mention men’s golf.

Academic All-Americans (13): Rachael Mashburn — first team volleyball; Daniel Taylor — first team men’s cross country and track and field; Luke Owen: first team men’s cross country and track and field; Hannah Canady — first team women’s track and field; Yesenia Chavez — second team women’s cross country and track and field; Emily Doorey — second team women’s cross country and track and field; Shirley Ou — second team women’s golf; Keisha Schmitt — second team women’s cross country; Yesica Valdez-Upson — second team women’s cross country; Brianna Spencer — third team women’s track and field; Alicia Dunlap — third team women’s golf; Danielle Mirovich — third team women’s golf; Taylor Pratte — third team women’s golf.

NJCAA Academic All-American Teams 3.0 or higher as a team: volleyball; women’s golf; men’s cross country; women’s cross country; women’s track.

This article was provided by the SCC athletics department.

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