CIAA Announces Regular Season Tennis & Outdoor Track & Field Honors



Bowie, MD (April 20, 2017) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces its Women's Tennis and Women's and Men's Outdoor Track & Field regular season honors. Student-athletes, coaches, and teams were formally recognized at a ceremoy hosted by Bowie State University on Thursday evening.

The 2017 All-CIAA Women's Tennis team is a 12-member squad, announced in partnership with the Tennis Coaches Association and the Sports Information Directors Association.

2017 CIAA Women's All-Conference Tennis Team

Student-Athlete Team
Sydney Yao Virginia State University
Anna Makhneva Chowan University
Daniela Vanko Shaw University
China Brown Winston-Salem State
Sheila James Virginia State University
Cynthia Carrier Chowan University
Angelique Gouin Chowan University
Gabrielle Lindsay Winston-Salem State
Sabrina Connor Virginia Union University
Amirah Burnett Johnson C. Smith 
Victoria Smolchenkaya Chowan University 
Polina Novachuck Chowan University


The 2017 CIAA Women's Tennis Rookie of The Year has been awarded to Shaw University freshman, Helena Fekete.  Fekete is undefeated 10-0 in CIAA singles and 11-1 doubles play.  

This season's most outstanding women's tennis student-athlete is Polina Novachuk from Chowan Unviersity. Novachuk competes at Number 1 in singles and doubles and is undefeated 11-0 and 8-0 in each category, respectively.

The CIAA Team Academic Award is presented to the program with the highest cumulative grade point avergae.  Earning this years women's tennis award with a team grade point average of 3.545 is Chowan University.

In her 19th year at the helm of the program, Virginia State University Head Coach Linda Person is named CIAA Coach of the Year. She led her team to a 6-1 record in the Northern Division and an 10-3 in CIAA play.

Sweeping this season's student-athlete categories in CIAA Outdoor Track & Field is the dominant Saint Augustine's University. These student-athlete honors are nominated and voted on by the CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Coaches Association.

The Women's Outdoor Track & Field Running Events Athlete of the Year is awarded to Tia-Adana Belle, a senior from Saint Augustine's University. Belle holds the season's best NCAA Division II time in the 400 meter hurdles and is ranked fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter dash.  

The 2017 CIAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Events Athlete of the Year is awarded to another senior from Saint Augustine's, Shakinah Brooks. Brooks is ranked 4th nationally and 1st in the CIAA long jump.  

The Men's Outdoor Track & Field Running Events Athlete of the Year goes to the Saint Augustine's senior who holds the top NCAA Division II time in the 400 meter hurdles, Shawn Rowe

This year's Men's Outdoor Track & Field Events Athlete of the Year is Saint Augustine's University sophomore Jumonne Exeter. Exeter is ranked 6th nationally, 1st in the CIAA in the triple jump, and 2nd in the conference in the long jump.

Succeeding academically are repeat honorees from the indoor track & field season. Earning a team grade point average of 3.353 is the women's outdoor track & field team from Johnson C. Smith University.  On the men's side, earning a 3.002 cumulative grade point average, the Panthers of Virginia Union University.

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