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Five HBCU tracksters make U.S. team
Black college products finished 1-3 in the men's 400 meter hurdles and three others earned top three finishes at the recently concluded USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. All five HBCU products earned spots and will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships August 10 - August 18 in Moscow, Russia. Reigning Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley out of Jackson State took home the title in the 400 meter hurdles and former Saint Augustine's hurdler Bershawn "Batman" Jackson finished third in Saturday afternoon's men's final. Tinsley held off Kerron Clement to capture his first national outdoor title. Tinsley finished in 47.96 seconds, the best time in the world this year, nipping Clement who ran 48.06. Jackson was a close third in 48.09. Tinsley runs for adidas while Jackson is with Nike. In the long jump, current Stillman junior sprinter and long jump specialist Jeffrey Henderson, who won NCAA Div. II national titles in the long jump and 100 meters two weeks prior, was narrowly edged for the top prize by George Kitchens, Jr. Henderson leaped 8.22 meters (26 feet, 11 3/4 inches) in his next-to-last (fifth) jump Sunday afternoon to come up just short of Kitchens' winning jump of 8.23 meters (27 feet). This will be Henderson's second trip to the World Championships. "This is my second time making the team, so I'm just preparing for Moscow," Henderson said in an interview after the meet. "The first time I was kind of scared. I was shocked that I made the team but I'm really prepared now." Former Howard hurdler David Oliver, now running for Nike, also claimed a secondplace finish in the men's 110 meter hurdles late Sunday afternoon. Oliver finished in 13.11 seconds, just off Ryan Wilson's winning time of 13.08. Oliver had run 13.05 in the semifinals. Aries Merritt was third in 13.23. Former Hampton standout Francena McCorory, now running for adidas, was runner-up in the women's 400 meter dash Saturday afternoon. McCorory's time of 50.01 seconds was
TINSLEY WINS: Former Jackson State trackster takes first place with worldbest time in 400 meter hurdles at USA championships.
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DRIVER'S WAY: Former Alcorn State and Green Bay standout receiver Donald Driver receives sign for street named in his honor near Lambeau Field.
Green Bay, Wis. - Former Alcorn State wide receiver, Donald Driver was recently honored by the Green Bay Packers organization for his dedication and 14 seasons with the team. The Packers all-time leading receiver, announced his retirement in January and the city of Green Bay saluted Driver by naming a street after him, "Donald Driver Way" between the RECEIVER STATUE intersection of the former Pearl Street and Dousman Street which is just across from Lambeau Field, and unveiling a statue in his honor. Driver put a stamp on an amazing career with 743 receptions and 10,137 yards, both franchise records. Driver also finished with 61 touchdowns which ranks third in team history. He was enshrined in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in December of 2012. "To have a statue that has my name on the back of it, it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with you," Driver said to the many Packers fans in attendance (via Packers.com). "Because you all have put me on a pedestal that I would have never thought to be standing on." The ceremony took place at Titletown Brewing Co. in downtown Green Bay where the Driver statue is now located. The statue was originally a generic "receiver" statue that was dedicated at the Packers Hall of Fame across from Lambeau Field in 1985. The statue was moved to Titletown Brewing Co. in 2005, and on Saturday, the statue was unveiled with a new look: It had been painted with Driver's number. Fittingly, the statue is located at the corner of Dousman Street and the newly named Donald Driver Way. The three-time Pro Bowler played in a total of 15 postseason games in his career, including the Packers' Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, where he caught two passes for 28 yards. Driver is known for his contributions off the field as well. He and his wife Betina started the "Donald Driver Foundation" in 2001. He is also the author of three books and the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" with dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd in 2012. Donald Driver attended Alcorn State where he lettered in both football and track & field. He finished his college football career with 88 receptions for 1993 yards (19.69 Yards Per Catch). He is one of the most decorated track athletes in the NFL (he is an Olympic class high jumper, being able to jump 7 feet 6 inches and could have qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics team). He was a five-time "Athlete of the Year" in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for his track and football prowess. RALEIGH, N.C. —Shaw University will no longer compete in baseball, the university announced today. "This was a difficult decision to make," said Interim Athletic Director Marcus Clarke. "Shaw has a long tradition in baseball, however as we look to address the fiscal needs of the entire athletic program, it became apparent that reducing the number of sports was a tough, but necessary decision that had to be made at this point." In 2013, the Bears were 8-26 and 1-17 in the CIAA. Shaw won CIAA championships in 1947, 1969, 1982, 1993, 2001, 2002 and 2006. Over the last three seasons, the Bears were 34-78, with a 16-48 mark in the conference.
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MOSCOW BOUND: (Top l.) Hurdler Michael Tinsley (r.) breaks the tape ahead of Kerron Clement (l.) in winning the men's 400 meter hurdles Saturday at the USA Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. (Top r.) Women's 400 meter runner up Francena McCorory is comforted by Sanya Richards-Ross after the women's 400 meters final Saturday. (Middle l.) David Oliver clears a hurdle on way to second-place finish in the men's 110 meter hurdles final Sunday. (Middle r.) Bershawn Jackson is up and over en route to his third-place finish in the men's 400 meter hurdles. (Bottom r.). Stillman junior Jeffrey Henderson, who finished second in the men's long jump final Sunday, is shown resting at a meet earlier this year.
Top four photos courtes USATF Henderson photo courtesy Stillman Athletics
behind Natasha Hastings winning time of 49.34. Ashley Spencer was third in 50.58. McCorory's former Hampton teammate, Kelly Wells, now with Nike, finished fourth in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a time of 12.54. Wells could make the team as an alternate.
Barbara Pierre, formerly of Saint Augustine's but now running for Nike, set a stadium record with a world-leading time of 10.85 seconds in the women’s 100 meter semifinals, but came up short of making the team with a fifthplace finish in the finals. Pierre will probably go to the World Championships representing her native Haiti.
Prairie View's Toyelle Wilson leaves for assistant's position at Baylor Prairie View A&M head women's basketball coach Toyelle Wil-
son is leaving to become an assistant coach at Baylor. Wilson joins Sytia Messer as new additions to Kim Mulkey's staff. "I am excited to welcome Toyelle and Sytia to our staff and thrilled to be able to hire two individuals with head coaching experience. They will be valuable and welcome additions to the Lady Bear program," said Mulkey. "I have admired Toyelle's leadership and coaching while she's been at Prairie View A&M and I have always kept up with Sytia, I recruited her out or Wilson high school." Wilson comes to Baylor after leading the Prairie View A&M Panthers to three straight SWAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearances. Wilson compiled a 55-43 record in her three seasons as the program's head coach. Prior to accepting the head coach position, Wilson was the Panthers' top assistant for four years, she also spend three seasons as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University. Wilson was recently one of 30 coaches across the nation that participated in the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The CCE is an elite program for select basketball coaches and is designed to provide college women's basketball coaches with the professional skills and personal ethics training necessary to be exceptional leaders. A native of Camden, N.J., Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Manhattan College in 2003 and was a four-year letter winner for the women's basketball team. She was a team captain and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors while leading the squad to an NCAA Tournament berth and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship. Messer comes to Baylor after three years as a head coach at Tennessee Tech and serving two stints at Georgia Tech. Wilson and Messer will begin on July 1 and replace Rekha Patterson and Damion McKinney. Patterson, the daughter of Fayetteville State head women's basketball coach Eva Patterson-Heath, has accepted a position as associate head coach at Ball State. McKinney resigned in May to pursue "other professional opportunities".
This past season was undoubtedly filled with many highlights for the Tigers basketball program including Davis capturing his 250th career win on Feb. 18th as Texas Southern defeated Mississippi Valley State. "We were extremely happy with the outcome of last season during the circumstances in which we brought Coach Davis in," said TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland. "He's proven, not only to be a great coach, but a great leader and more importantly a great person and role model. It was incumbent on us to solidify one of the best coaches in my opinion that we could get at this point in time."
TSU's Davis receives contract extension
SHAW ELIMINATES BASEBALL:
HOUSTON- The Texas Southern University Board of Regents has approved a two-year contract extension on Friday for TSU head men's basketball coach Mike Davis. The extension runs through the 2018 season. This past season in his first year at the helm of the program Davis led the Tigers basketball team to a Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season championship as Texas Southern dominated league play with a 16-2 overall conference record. TSU finished the season on a 12Davis game winning streak capped off with two decisive title clinching wins at home versus Southern and Alcorn State respectively. For his hard work on the court Davis was tabbed as a 2013 SWAC Co-Coach of the Year along with being named one of the 20 finalists for the 2013 Ben Jobe Award. The Ben Jobe award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball.
Prairie View A&M President Dr. George Wright officially announced Ashley Robinson as the incoming Athletics Director for the University last week in the A.I. Thomas Administration Building. Robinson is the currently Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State and is no stranger to Prairie View A&M. He served as the assistant vice president of athletic compliance & academic advising for three years before his nine-month stint as the MVSU Athletics Director. The selection of Robinson concludes a nationwide search which spanned nearly three months after former PVAMU Athletic Director Fred Washington announced he Robinson would be stepping down to focus on his role as the Vice President of Auxiliary Services. He will take over a Prairie View A&M Athletics Department that has claimed its second-consecutive SWAC Commissioners Cup, awarded to the university with the most successful athletic achievement each season. In the 2012-13 athletic season, Prairie View A&M won championships in men's indoor track, women's basketball, bowling and men's tennis. The Panthers were also runners-up in several sports including: baseball, men's basketball, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field and men's cross country. Robinson said that providing Prairie View A&M with the coaches and resources necessary to continue winning is one of his goals as an athletics director. He will have a solid foundation of recent success to build on. A native of Jackson, Miss., Robinson was a four-year letterman in basketball and is the single season and career record-holder in assists after playing point guard for the MVSU basketball team. Robinson also was named MVSU Athlete of the Year in 2002, receiving the President's Scholar Award in that same year. In August of 2006, Robinson left Mississippi Valley to begin a career in athletic administration as an academic coordinator at Delaware State University in Dover, Del. Robinson helped implement a comprehensive academic support system for the department's 300 student-athletes and was the department's liaison to DSU's faculty, campus academic offices and support services. He also assisted with the CHAMPS / Life Skills and Student-Athlete Advisory (SAAC) Board. After eight months in Delaware, Robinson received the opportunity to return home as he accepted the position of assistant compliance director at Jackson State University. Robinson continued to advance up the compliance ranks by returning to his alma mater of Mississippi Valley State as the athletic department's compliance director in August of 2007. In July of 2008, Robinson was named the SWAC'S Assistant Commissioner for Compliance where he supervised a NCAA Division I Collegiate Conference Compliance and Academic Service department, the National Letter of Intent (NLI) program and was a liaison between the conference and the NCAA for rules, interpretations and appeals.
Former MVSU hoopster named PV AD
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