by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College freshmen Jamina Morris and Janae Cunningham have been named all-region for the 2017 women's outdoor track and field season by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Morris was a triple honoree, gaining all-region status in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and triple jump. She joined Breyuana Kittrell as the only Lady Bulldogs to earn all-region honors in three separate individual events in the same season.
The Edison, N.J., resident led the Southeast Region and ranked 20th nationally in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.42 posted during the JCSU Invitational. In the same meet, she recorded a time of 14.25 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles which ended the year third-fastest in the region. Morris also ranked third in the Southeast in the triple jump with a distance of 11.85 meters set at High Point University's VertKlasse Meeting. All three marks are school records.
Cunningham achieved all-region status in the discus, becoming the first Lady Bulldog to ever do so in a throwing event.
The Hubert, N.C., resident finished the year ranked fifth in the Southeast Region in the discus with a mark of 39.77 meters recorded at Elon University's Phoenix Invitational. Cunningham set school records in all four throwing events during that meet, three of which still stand, including the discus mark. She went on to earn all-conference honors following a third place finish at the Conference Carolinas Championships.
All-region honors are awarded by the USTFCCCA to the top five individuals in each region in an event, as well as members of the top three relay teams.
Barton has had multiple individual recipients in every season except one since 2011.