Grizzlies combine for 22 All-American honors


NEW ORLEANS – A total of 22 All-American honors were given to Adams State University student-athletes for the outdoor track & field season.

The Adams State women tied for the NCAA Division II lead with 15 All-American honors. That number tied with national champion West Texas A&M along with Grand Valley State and Pittsburg State.

The ASU Women notched 12 First Team All-American recipients and three Second Team All-Americans. The ASU Men had four First Team All-Americans and three Second Team placers.

Individually, Dianna Johnson and Sunayna Wahi each earned three First Team nods in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Johnson grabbed the 100m individual crown with a school and facility record time of 11.40. She placed sixth in the 200m at 23.95. Wahi took second overall in the 200m at 23.57 and fourth in the 100m at 11.69. The duo were joined by Jessica Scherrer and Oweneika Watson for All-American honors in the 4x100m relay. Scherrer added an individual First Team nod in the 400m hurdles with a third place mark of 59.00.

Other ASU Women named to the First Team were Aden Alemu (10,000m), Roisin Flanagan (1500m), and Serena Canegan (heptathlon). Eilish Flanagan (3000m steeplechase), Jenna Thurman (3000m steeplechase), and Kaylee Bogina (10,000m) were each named Second Team All-Americans.

Sydney Gidabuday led the ASU Men with a pair of First Team nods thanks to his efforts in the 5000m and 10,000m. Gidabuday took third in the 5000m at 14:13.61 and fourth in the 10,000m at 29:44.05. Kale Adams and Sam Reid also earned First Team recognition in the 3000m steeplechase and shot put, respectively. Adams clocked an eighth place time of 8:59.12 as Reid placed seventh with a shot put distance of 17.25m.

Second Team recipients for the ASU Men were Austin Anaya (1500m), Micah Ballantyne (100m), and Tom Gifford (800m).

At the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the ASU Women placed third with 43 points as the ASU Men took 16th with 14 points.

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