All-Conference Winners For Women's T&F Released

All-Conference Winners For Women's T&F Released

ATLANTA – The SAA announced the 2017 Women's Track & Field All-Conference award winners and, after voting among the league's head coaches, Annie Rodenfels of Centre and Genesis Leggett of Berry captured Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year, respectively. Kayla Trice of Oglethorpe won Newcomer of the Year while Rhodes' Robert Shankman was named Coach of the Year after delivering the Lynx' fifth straight SAA title.

A sophomore from Centerville, Ohio, Annie Rodenfels (pictured at right) of Centre racked up 40.75 points at the 2017 SAA T&F Championships with a series of dominating performances. Rodenfels won the women's 3000 meter steeplechase, the women's 5000 meter run, the women's 1500 meter run, and the 800 meter run to stamp her Track Athlete of the Year status. Rodenfels' season best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase of 10:57.50 currently ranks her 12th in all of NCAA Division III and set a new Centre school record. Overall, Rodenfels broke 6 indoor and outdoor school records this season.

A freshman hailing from Live Oak, Fla., Berry's Genesis Leggett tallied 28 of her squads' 118.5 points at the 2017 SAA T&F Championships with some outstanding efforts in the throwing events. Leggett won both the shot put and discus individual titles and claimed runner-up in the hammer throw to seal her Field Athlete of the Year candidacy. Leggett also established school records in the shot put and discus in a 2017 indoor and outdoor season to remember.

A freshman from Hampton, Ga., Kayla Trice enjoyed a breakout season for the Stormy Petrels that culminated with an outstanding showing at the 2017 SAA T&F Championships. Trice started the meet with a 2nd place finish in the women's long jump. On the second day of the meet, Trice helped anchor the Oglethorpe women's 4x100 meter relay team to a 4th place finish. She returned later to finish 1st and claim the women's 100 meter dash title in a new school record time. Towards the end of the second day, Trice finished 2nd in the 200 meter dash and at the end of the championship meet, she anchored the Oglethorpe women's 4x400 meter relay team to a 4th place finish. Trice scored 36 points out of 58 for the Oglethorpe women's team in an incredible two-day performance.

Robert Shankman just completed his 27th year at the helm of the Rhodes men's and women's track & field teams and he secured the women's title for the fifth consecutive year. His fourth in five years, the 2017 Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year honor marks the 17th time he has received the Coach of the Year honor as voted on by his peers. Shankman is a graduate of Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis), where he competed as a hurdler from 1977-80. He received his Masters of Education degree from the University of Memphis in 1993.

2017 SAA Women's Track & Field All-Conference Award Winners

Women's Track Athlete of the Year:
Annie Rodenfels of Centre
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Genesis Leggett of Berry
Women's Newcomer of the Year: Kayla Trice of Oglethorpe
Women's Coach of the Year: Robert Shankman of Rhodes

2017 SAA Women's Track & Field All-Conference First Team
Erin Davis (Birmingham-Southern)
Jothani Dixon (Birmingham-Southern)
Deja Hulbert (Birmingham-Southern)
Karmin Shute (Birmingham-Southern)
Genesis Leggett (Berry)
Serena Gale-Butto (Centre)
Sarah Hayhurst (Centre)
Aja Leachman (Centre)
Anastasia Lyon (Centre)
Annie Rodenfels (Centre)
Caitlyn Yockey (Centre)
Victoria Amadi (Hendrix)
Bailey Brya (Hendrix)
Payton Passantino (Millsaps)
Kayla Trice (Oglethorpe)
Sarah Kate Capel (Rhodes)
Alice Fugate (Rhodes)
Kendall Reed (Rhodes)
Faith Udobong (Rhodes)

2017 SAA Women's Track & Field All-Conference Second Team
Jessica Allen (Birmingham-Southern)
Rebecca Bryant (Birmingham-Southern)
Sage Jordan (Birmingham-Southern)
Rachel Bibbey (Berry)
Abby Carroll (Berry)
Danielle Patterson (Berry)
Taylor Singleton (Centre)
Kiersten Huitt (Hendrix)
Ashton Sitkowski (Hendrix)
Samantha Stockdale (Hendrix)
Arielle Shaw (Oglethorpe)
Kira Curry (Rhodes)
Laurel Sharp (Rhodes)
Abby Watkins (Rhodes)

2017 SAA Women's Track & Field All-Conference Honorable Mention
Alexa Bilsky (Berry)
Alainna Chretien (Berry)
Meredith Herman (Berry)
Molly O'Dea (Centre)
Emily Winkler (Centre)
Harper DeWine (Birmingham-Southern)
Mackenzie Gearin (Hendrix)
Kayleigh Johnson (Hendrix)
Irrianne Jones (Hendrix)
Nicolette Andrey (Oglethorpe)
Reagan Alley (Rhodes)
Leda St. Cyr (Rhodes)


The All-Conference Teams were decided by results at the 2017 SAA Track & Field Championships. Winning an event earned automatic placement on the First Team, whether done individually or on a relay team. A second place finish in an event at the Championships qualified student-athletes for placement on the Second team while third place results garnered Honorable Mention status.

 

 

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