Robert Davis V and Demetrius Banks jumped their way to qualifying for the NAIA national track meet that will be held in Alabama May 23-25. (Photo: CCSJ Athletics)
The 2018-19 academic year brought multiple accomplishes for athletes at Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ).
Ten fall athletes were named the 2018 CCAC Fall All-Academic Team. The men’s soccer team had four players listed: Roy Gean, Kenneth Eze, Eliseo Hernandez, and Kevin Helsdingen. Alyssa Morales and Kalyn Jarrett represent the women’s volleyball team. And the last four spots belong to runners on the men’s and women’s cross country teams: Luis Muñoz, Kellyn Vale, Hannah Carr, and Grace Dwyer.
In addition to being on the conference academic team, half of the athletes were recognized in the country. Gean, Vale, Carr, Jarrett, and Muñoz became the five student athletes chosen as CCSJ’s 2018 NAIA Fall Scholar Athletes.
In men’s wrestling, Josh Fuqua (157), Nick Fowler (285) and David Whitaker (197) all qualified for Nationals. Josh Fuqua was the individual Champion of the 157 weight class. Whitaker won the 197 weight class in 3 matches, defeating Jaden Davis from Lindenwood University to take the title. Fowler finished 3rd in his weight class, which was good enough to find his way to Iowa.
The men’s basketball team got off to a blazing start with a 12-0 record. Their record gained them their highest ranking in CCSJ history and a ranking of 22nd in the nation for NAIA.
Indoor track and field had a busy season. On the men’s side Robert Davis V qualified for nationals in long jump. He traveled to South Dakota to compete against other NAIA jumpers. Ronnie Strain broke the records for shot put and weight throw.
For the women’s team, five records were broken: 60 meter dash (Emijah Davis), weight throw (Krystina Barksdale), long jump (Julia Mears), 3000 meter race walk (Arianna Canales), 1000 meter run (Kellyn Vale) and high jump (Harley Sutton). Sutton was crowned the pentathlon for the third year in a row. She also received the award for Indoor Field Athlete of the year during the CCAC Indoor Championship held at Olivet Nazarene University.
Men’s bowling continued their streak. For 13 years straight the team has qualified and gone to nationals. They are the only sport in CCSJ history to attend the NAIA national tournament for the program’s entire career. They finished 3rd this year while averaging 181 pins a match.
Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field is heading into their conference meet with confidence. Between both teams, nine records were broken. Grace Dwyer obtained the 3,000 meter run and 3,000 steeple chase records on her own. She also shares the record for the distance medley relay with teammates Kellyn Vale, Delilah Delgado, and Daniella Niño. Vale broke the 800 meter run record and Desiree Vega did the same with the hammer throw. The men’s team smashed four records of their own. Ronnie Strain increased his records in shot put and discus; Robert Davis V beat his own in long jump, and Antonio Kneeland broke the 110 meter hurdles record.
Two athletes on the men’s side stamped their tickets for nationals. Robert Davis V and Demetrius Banks jumped their way to qualifying for the NAIA national track meet that will be held in Alabama May 23-25.
The Crimson Wave left their mark this athletic year. Rankings, national qualifiers, broken records, and scholar athletes helps end the 2018-2019 seasons on a positive note.
(Ivan Miranda contributed reporting to this post.)
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