Heather Hammett & Kiana Kelly Named USTFCCCA All-Region

Heather Hammett & Kiana Kelly Named USTFCCCA All-Region
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta University sophomore Heather Hammett and freshman Kiana Kelly were named to the All-Region team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Women's Track & Field season on Wednesday.

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To be named All-Region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top-5 of an individual event in the region according to final TFRRS data or be part of a top-3 relay team.

Augusta's Heather Hammett (Evans, Ga.) earned All-Region honors in the 400 meter hurdles. Hammett competed in six meets in the regular season and three events at the Peach Belt Championships.

She recorded 13 top-10 finishes on the year, including three first-place finishes in the 400m hurdles and posted personal records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 400H.

Kiana Kelly (Augusta, Ga.) shined in the heptathlon to gain the All-Region nod. Kelly was named the Female Freshman of the Year at the Augusta University Athletics Awards Banquet and she competed in six regular-season meets and 12 events at the Peach Belt Championships.

Kelly carded 30 top-10 finishes on the season and placed in the top-10 in 10 out of 12 events at the PBC finals. She set personal records in the 100H, heptathlon, 200m, shot put, and 800m.

Libby Strickland of West Texas A&M hauled in the most individual All-Region honors as she captured six of them for her efforts during the regular season. Strickland earned All-Region honors in the 100, 200, 4×100, 4×400, high jump and long jump.

All told, there were eight athletes — including Strickland — who took home five or more All-Region awards: Six women (Strickland, Claflin's Trisana Fairweather, Queens (N.C.)'s Nikia Squire, Angelo State's Kami Norton, Grand Valley State's Angela Ritter and Merrimack's Carly Muscaro) and two men (Academy of Art's Mobolade Ajomale and Saint Augustine's Burkheart Ellis Jr.).

No team earned more All-Region honors than the men of American International. The Yellow Jackets nabbed 30 awards, one more than the Queens (N.C.) women.

Including American International and Queens (N.C.), there were five teams that took home more than 26 All-Region honors. Those three other teams were the Grand Valley State women, the Saint Augustine's men and the Southern Connecticut men.

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