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The Shawnee News-Star
  • OBU tracksters recipients of All-America awards

  • OBU had 15 athletes named NAIA Scholar Athletes and 20 athletes earned 33 All-America Awards. Women’s pole vaulter Evan Shimanek won one of each.


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  • OBU had 15 athletes named NAIA Scholar Athletes and 20 athletes earned 33 All-America Awards. Women’s pole vaulter Evan Shimanek won one of each.
    For the Lady Bison, Jura Levy and Verone Chambers are four-time All-Americans for the 2012 season. Both were in the 400 and 1600 relays. Levy also was an All-American in the 100 and 200 meters, setting an NAIA record in the 100. Chambers also was All-America in the 400 and the 100 hurdles.
    Stacy Warrior and Nikita Tracey were three-time All-Americans. Both were in the 1600 relay and Warrior also was All-America in the 400 relay and 400 meters. Tracey additionally earned the honor in the 3200 and the 400 relay.
    Hannah Helker was a two-time All-American, earning the honor in the 800 and 3200.
    Also for the Lady Bison, Uniqua Cooper was All-America in the 4X100, Halie Herbert in the 4x800, Shondia Drew in the 4x800, Kenney Meigs in the high jump and Shimanek in the pole vault.
    The Lady Bison ended a three-year streak of runner-up finishes by claiming its first NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field championship Saturday in Marion, Ind.
    On the men’s team, Adam Godwin and Ross Harlan were two-time All-Americans. Godwin earned the honor in the 1500 and the 4x800 relay, while Harlan won the award in the 400 hurdles and the 4x400 relay.
    Also making All-America for the men were Travis Hinton, Justin Frye and Travis Bish in the 4x400, Jory Custar, Rah’man Byrd and Cody Camacho in the 4x400 and Blaine Bassler and Andy Peffer in the pole vault.
    Five Bison made NAIA Scholar Athlete, which requires a 3.50 cumulative grade point average and junior or senior academic standing. Those five were Nathan Ellis, Neal Ellis, Austin Germiller, Cordell Baker and Jared Huckabee.
    Ten Lady Bison are Scholar Athletes — Mariah Strong, Emily Christensen, Shimanek, Sara Branson, Aubrie Dolliver, Nadia Majed, Brandy Moore, Katy Palmer, Kirsten Stukey and Laura Voth.

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