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Three WildCats Earn All-Region Track and Field Honors

Three WildCats Earn All-Region Track and Field Honors

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Seniors Philemon Afrifa-Boakye (Accra, Ghana/Mfanisipim) and DJ Petty (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) and first-year Taja Hunley (Dalzell, S.C./Thomas Sumter Academy) from the Randolph College men's and women's track and field teams were named 2019 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field All-Region honorees, as announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each member of the region's top-3 relay teams. 

Afrifa-Boakye earned All-Region in the triple jump and high jump. The senior posted a school record mark of 1.94m in the high jump at the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn first-place before taking third in the triple jump with a school record length of 13.91m.

Petty, who recently became the first Randolph student-athlete to qualify for the indoor national championship meet, received All-Region distinction in the 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter dash. Petty retained his ODAC title in the 60 meter hurdles where he grabbed a first-place finish with a blazing time of 8.23 seconds. setting both a new school and meet standard in the process. Petty will not only compete in the hurdle event at the NCAA Indoor Championships but also in the 60 meter dash after securing a time of 6.96 seconds for a second-place finish at the ODAC meet. 

Hunley was named All-Region in the high jump on the women's side and is the first female Randolph student-athlete to receive the accolade. Earlier in the season, Hunley had set a new high jump school record at the Finn Pincus Invite at Roanoke College where the she turned in a height of 1.59m to win the event. Hunley went on to earn three top-10 finishes at the ODAC meet, which included a ninth-place performance in the high jump with a mark of 1.47m.

Afrifa-Boakye and Petty become the second and third male Randolph student-athletes to receive All-Region recognition after Anthony Quinn '17 earned Randolph's first All-Region indoor honor in 2016. 

For the full list of honorees, click here.

Petty will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday-Saturday, March 8-9 in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Boston while the rest of the WildCats prepare for their first outdoor competition to be held on Friday-Saturday, March 15-16 at the W&L Carnival.