Wingate junior Keeley Wood (SLHS) continues to add accolades to her already impressive college resume. Recently, Wood was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III women’s track & field/cross country team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Student-athletes selected for Academic All-District honors must be a starter or important reserve and must possess a minimum of a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Wood is currently carrying a 3.86 GPA in her Communication Studies major. This was the second year in a row that she has received this honor.
Wood will now advance to the national ballot for the opportunity to make one of the three Capital One Academic All-America teams. The NCAA Division II District III includes schools affiliated with the South Atlantic Conference, the Conference Carolinas and the Peach Belt Conference.
Wood’s cross country and track accomplishments this year include winning the 2012 Food Lion SAC cross country championship with a 5K time of 19:27. Finishing second in the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Region race with a 6K time of 22:54 and coming in as the top Southeast Region finisher at the NCAA Division II national cross country meet in Joplin, Mo., with a personal best 6K time of 22:21.8. In track this past spring, Wood set a new 5000-meter school record turning in an 18:22.31 in the first meet of the season and won the 5000 meters at the 2013 Lenoir-Rhyne Southeast Region championships for the second year in a row with a time of 18:40.29.
Wingate head cross country and track and field coach Joe Soehnlen commented, “This award is a true testament to Keeley’s dedication and her desire to be successful in everything she sets out to do. She is very involved on campus and she truly deserves every honor she receives. She is a prime example of what we want one of our student-athletes to be — involved and well-rounded.”
Wood is a three-time All-SAC performer and a two-time All-Region pick on the cross country course. She is also a three-year Wingate cross country team MVP. On campus, Wood was The Weekly Triangle editor for the 2012-13 school year. As a sophomore, she helped lead the local Girls on the Run program at Wingate Elementary School and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma national honor society.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and N.C. State (50-14, 19-10) manhandled Carolina, knocking off the Heels 8-1 in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on Sunday. The victory gives the Wolfpack their first ever 50-win season in school history. This is only State’s second trip to the College World Series with the previous coming in 1968. N.C. State will play its second-round game today at 8 p.m. against UCLA with the game to be broadcast on ESPN2.
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) and his fishing partner Bryce Owen represented the N.C. State Bass Pack this past week at the 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Wild Card Tournament at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., finishing 33rd in the 73-team field. McDuffie and Owen would land seven fish weighing in at 22 pounds, 12 ounces. Jacob Hardy and Jake Lawrence, representing Bethel University, would go on to win the tournament by catching their limit of 10 fish weighing in at 40 pounds, 14 ounces.
Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) and the San Jose SaberCats (8-4) saw their late comeback fall just short as they lost a heartbreaker to the Iowa Barnstormers, 73-68, Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The SaberCats will be at home this week, hosting their divisional rivals Arizona Rattlers (12-1) in the Net 10 Wireless Arena Football Game of the Week on the CBS Sports Network.
Aaron Mellette (SLHS) completed the mandatory Baltimore Ravens three-day mini-camp last Friday for all rookies and veterans in Owings Mills, Md. Poor weather forced the team to use its indoor facility for the final day of the mini-camp. Mellette and the rest of the rookies will report back next week to continue learning the playbook while the veterans will have some time off before training camp begins in late July.